Date of Award

5-1-2010

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Computer Science

First Advisor

Hexmoor, Henry

Abstract

Study of Crowd dynamics had had significant overlaps with models of biological swarms. Understanding and directing human crowds have also been of interest. However, to be able to build crowd models, we have to understand how and why people form crowds. In this thesis, we describe a few basic cognitive processes that account for life cycle of typical human crowds. Individual stage to Crowd stage and back to Individual stage is been considered. This stride lays the groundwork for further modeling of crowds.

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