Sybren Stuvel , Sybren A. Stuvel is with the Virtual Human Technology lab, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
We present a novel dense crowd simulation method. In real crowds of high density, people manoeuvring the crowd need to twist their torso to pass between others. Our proposed method employs capsule-shaped agents, which enables us to plan such torso orientations. Contrary to other crowd simulation systems, which often focus on the movement of the entire crowd, our method distinguishes between active agents that try to manoeuvre through the crowd, and passive agents that have no incentive to move. We introduce the concept of a focus point to influence crowd agent orientation. Recorded data from real human crowds are used for validation, which shows that our proposed model produces equivalent paths for 85% of the validation set. Furthermore, we present a character animation technique that uses the results from our crowd model to generate torso-twisting and side-stepping characters.
holonomic motion, crowd simulation, crowd animation, dense crowds, agent representation,
Sybren Stuvel, Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Daniel Thalmann, A. Frank van der Stappen, Arjan Egges, "Torso Crowds", IEEE Transactions on Visualization & Computer Graphics, vol. , no. , pp. 1, 5555, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2016.2545670