Coming soon! New training course in pedestrian simulation

Following the launch of our in-house Aimsun Next pedestrian simulator, we’ve developed a new half-day training course in pedestrian simulation.

The syllabus covers topics like the social force model, pedestrian interaction with other road users, different types of pedestrian crossings, and how people choose to take public transportation. We’ll also consider wider applications and how to generate pedestrian skims to extend the mobility modeling workflow.


The course will be available by mid December.


Course overview

This training course guides you through the process of simulating pedestrians in an Aimsun Next microscopic simulation. You’ll learn the basics of the social force model, how to put together all the required pieces to run a pedestrian simulation and how to manage pedestrian flows interacting with other road users in a truly multimodal way.  


Next, you’ll master handling conflicts between pedestrians and motorized vehicles at signalized as well as unsignalized intersections. You’ll also learn how to make pedestrians use public transportation and how to model their choice between walking and taking public transportation. Finally, you will evaluate the pedestrian simulation, examine its different applications and learn how to extend the mobility modeling workflow (for example the possibility of using Dynamic Public Transport Assignment to get skims for the four-step model).


It’s important to note that the pedestrian model embedded in Aimsun Next is designed to increase the realism of urban studies modeling multimodal networks, so this training course is primarily aimed at practitioners and engineers with a strong focus on road networks. For modeling high-fidelity pedestrian flows inside terminals and other buildings, you’ll need to use Aimsun Next in conjunction with third-party tools, such as Legion’s pedestrian simulator.



Course contents

  • Applying the pedestrian model
  • Preparing the model for pedestrian simulation
  • Pedestrians interacting with motorized traffic
  • Pedestrians interacting with public transportation
  • Evaluating the model
  • Pedestrian skims for upper-level modeling

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