Keep right or left? Towards a cognitive-mathematical model for pedestrians

Mary J. Bravo, Marco Caponigro, Emily Leibowitz, Benedetto Piccol

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In this paper we discuss the necessity of insight in the cognitive processes involved in environment navigation into mathematical models for pedestrian motion. We first provide a review of psychological literature on the cognitive processes involved in walking and on the quantitative one coming from applied mathematics, physics, and engineering. Then, we present a critical analysis of the experimental setting for model testing and we show experimental results given by observation. Finally we propose a cognitive model making use of psychological insight as well as optimization models from robotics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-578
Number of pages20
JournalNetworks and Heterogeneous Media
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


  • Crowd dynamics
  • Experimental settings
  • Mathematical psychology
  • Multiscale models
  • Pedestrian behavior

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