∗ 2013 – TU/e metaforum landing

LocationLanding between 0th and 1st floor, Metaforum Building,
Eindhoven University of Technology
AimStudy diluted/undisturbed pedestrian dynamics
Recorded Area2.3m (L) x 1.2 m (W) / 1 Kinect sensor
ProcessingOffline, 24/7 recording
Data2.200 trajectories per day/230.000 trajectories in total

The simplest pedestrian dynamics occurs in narrow corridors, where interactions are limited and we can study the undisturbed motion. We run a months-long, 24/7, measurement campaign in a staircase landing at Eindhoven University of Technology. 

Sketch of the measurement setup

Through Microsoft Kinect and ad hoc tracking we collected a dataset of 230.000 trajectories, nearly 2.200 per day along a period of six months. Example of the collected trajectories are reported below.


The data collected enabled us to perform unprecedented statistical analyses on the behavior of pedestrians, focusing particularly on the “diluted” motion (i.e. the motion of pedestrians when not influenced by neighboring peers) and on its statistical signatures.  

Pedestrians exhibit frequent small fluctuations in the walking velocity and rare large variations, e.g. U-turns. This can be thoroughly represented as Langevin-like motion with a bi-stable velocity potential. For more details see

A. Corbetta, C. Lee, R. Benzi, A. Muntean, F. Toschi, Fluctuations around mean walking behaviours in diluted pedestrian flows. Phys. Rev. E. 95, 032316, 2017

or this poster .


The full list of publications related to this acquisition setup, dealing with physical modeling, data analytics and tracking technology follows


Corbetta, Alessandro; Lee, Chung-min; Benzi, Roberto; Muntean, Adrian; Toschi, Federico

Fluctuations around mean walking behaviours in diluted pedestrian flows Journal Article

Physical Review E, 95 , pp. 032316, 2017.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Corbetta, Alessandro; Lee, Chung-min; Muntean, Adrian; Toschi, Federico

Frame vs. trajectory analyses of pedestrian dynamics asymmetries in a staircase landing Journal Article

Collective Dynamics, 1 , pp. 1-27, 2017.

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Corbetta, Alessandro; Lee, Chung-min; Muntean, Adrian; Toschi, Federico

Asymmetric pedestrian dynamics on a staircase landing from continuous measurements Book Chapter

Knoop, Daamen & W V L (Ed.): Traffic and Granular Flow '15 , pp. 49-56, Berlin: Springer, 2016.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Corbetta, Alessandro

Multiscale crowd dynamics: physical analysis, modeling and applications PhD Thesis

Eindhoven University of Technology, 2016.

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Corbetta, Alessandro; Muntean, Adrian; Vafayi, Kiamars

Parameter estimation of social forces in pedestrian dynamics models via a probabilistic method Journal Article

Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 12 (2), pp. 337 - 356, 2015.

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Corbetta, Alessandro; Bruno, Luca; Muntean, Adrian; Toschi, Federico

High statistics measurements of pedestrian dynamics Journal Article

Transportation Research Procedia, 2 , pp. 96-104, 2014.

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