The importance of crowd simulation for efficient designs

Presentations now available

From project case studies to academic research into crowd behaviour and safety - the quality of presentations were exceptionally high in our first event tailored towards the importance of crowd simulation. The event took place at 8 Fitzroy Street, London - home to Arup, where guests were able to network, learn and share their thoughts about crowd simulation, which is becoming integral for architects, planners and engineers to create safer and more efficient spaces.

For those who were unable to attend, we have recorded the presentations and provided an insight into each presenter. If you have any questions relating to this event, or would like to propose another topic or region we should be considering, please email


Pedestrian Simulation - setting the scene
Peter Debney, Oasys Ltd

Peter is a Chartered Engineer and application specialist for the Oasys structural and pedestrian modelling software. Apart from working in the water, building, petrochemical, and engineering software industries, Peter also teaches engineering analysis and optimisation, and first published a paper on BIM in 1999. 


The importance of crowd safety
Professor Keith Still, Manchester Metropolitan University

Prof. Still has 25 years of experience in crowd safety. He works around the world advising on crowd safety and crowd risk analysis. He has lectured at Easingwold, the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College, on human factors and safety considerations to the events industry for 15 years, been a special advisor to the Ministry of Hajj (Saudi Arabia) for 10 years, and is the Professor of Crowd Science, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.


MassMotion validation & verification for evacuation modelling
Dr Michael Kinsey, Arup

Michael is currently working as a fire engineer in Arup Fire London office where he specialises in human behaviour in fire and evacuation modelling. The main focus of his research was involved with understanding and modelling high-rise building evacuations (using lifts) and underground stations (using escalators). Michael is an active member of the human behaviour in fire research community. He has authored/co-authored a number of journal/conference papers and is a reviewer for a number of scientific journals. 

The study and simulation of crowd movement
Professor Arnab Majumdar, Imperial College London

Professor Arnab Majumdar is Lloyds Register Foundation (LRF) Senior Lecturer in Transport Risk Management. He is also the Director of the Transport Risk Management Centre (TRMC) at the Centre for Transport Studies, Imperial College London, which he has led since 2010. The professional activities of Dr Majumdar are centred on human performance and reliability modelling, with particular reference to transport risk.  


The history & lifecycle of MassMotion
Erin Morrow, Oasys Ltd / Arup

For more than 15 years Erin has demonstrated the highest commitment to excellence in transport and urban planning through membership in both the American Institute of Certified Planners and the Canadian Institute of Planners, peer reviewed publications on pedestrian simulation and analysis, and a track record of successfully managed projects for some of the world’s highest profile transit facilities. Erin has extensive knowledge and experience in analyzing and predicting patterns of pedestrian behaviour in large-scale transport systems.