First Italian Workshop on AI and Crowds

10 December 2014
Pisa, Italy

Workshop of the XIII AI*IA Symposium on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been one of the main contributing disciplines to the current state of smart technologies that nowadays support space managers to provide safer, more efficient and comfortable environments for our everyday social activities taking place in crowded contexts. Most applications to contexts characterized by specialized crowd dynamics (spontaneous crowd formation, evacuation dynamics, herding and other collective phenomena) provide fruitful opportunities for researchers from multiple subfields of AI. The main aim of the workshop is to enhance the cross fertilisation both among IA research subfields, and between other research fields that are involved in the intrinsically multidisciplinary research area of crowd studies (from physics and urban planning, to fire engineering and psychology).

The workshop participation is open to international contributions but it is primarily expected to host Italian researchers with specializations in several subfields of Artificial Intelligence.

The current literature on crowds studies involving AI techniques, methods and tools is disseminated in a vast range of conferences proceedings, journals and books; from physics and urban planning, to fire engineering and psychology. Following the principles of other international events with the same spirit and aims, the goal of this workshop is to contribute at the regional Italian level.

The workshop focus will be on both application (experimentation) experiences in the Italian context from different disciplines with the opportunity to present their work, introduce their methods and communicate their ideas on AI-based contributions to any of the several tasks and open issues of Crowd studies.

Topics of specific interest for the workshop include (but are not limited to):

  • modeling and simulation of crowd dynamics
  • detection and analysis of crowd behaviors and known or recurring features (starting from crowd images or other types of information)
  • representation of behaviors, emotions, goals, decision-making processes, other reasoning and interaction mechanisms taking place at both crowds (macro) and pedestrian (micro) levels, and also at the meso level of internal crowds’ structures

The workshop encourages submissions regarding all AI sub-fields presenting research proposals, experimentation, applications or needs related to the crowd studies and application contexts.

Workshop Program

AI&Crowds Workshop - 10 December 2014 Sala Riunioni Est, Building C

14:00-15:00 The study of crowds in-vivo, in-vitro and in-silico
Sara Manzoni (Università di Milano-Bicocca)
15:00-16:00 Visual tracking of People in crowd
Rita Cucchiara/Simone Calderara (Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia)

16:00-16:30 Coffee break

16:30-17:30 Market overview and current trends in pedestrians modelling and simulation
Mizar Luca Federici (CROWDYXITY)

Workshop Organizers

Sara Manzoni
DISCo, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Workshop Sponsor