MAIA carried out a comprehensive research program for the study of pedestrian behavior, which comprised mathematical modeling, systematic empirical measurements and software development. We used video techniques to collect empirical data of pedestrians from venues around the world, then we systematically analysed all the data.
Our phenomenological model of pedestrian behavior represents individual pedestrians as intelligent agents with memory and the ability to learn and adapt. The behaviour of the modelled pedestrians is based on the results of our data analysis, and the data has been used for calibration and validation to substantiate the model. The Simulator based on our model has been used successfully all over the world for more than ten years.
The model achieves verifiably realistic simulations unique in quantitative accuracy, in a broad context. Our client, Legion, has integrated the Simulator at the core of its software products. Legion software is used by Legion’s customers around the world to assess safety and evacuation standards, and to help optimize the design and operation of public venues such as railway stations, airports, sports stadia and Olympic venues.