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Modelling the allocation of crowd control resources

21 March 2013

Anna Lambert


The movement and behaviour of a rioting crowd is a complex phenomenon which is not yet fully understood. This problem is clearly of high importance, in particular when designing public order policing strategies. Since these events are rare and unpredictable, they cannot be studied experimentally. My research will look to create an agent based model that can be used as a virtual testing ground for policing strategies, with the aim of finding the optimal strategy with finite resources. The model will incorporate movement rules from well studied models of pedestrian dynamics, and will use recent research on the psychology of crowds. I am working with the College of Policing on this project.