Real-Time Autonomous Pedestrian Navigation with Groups

Z. Wang and J. Cremer (USA)


real-time animation, autonomous pedestrians, navigation


Much research on modeling pedestrians has focused either on individual navigation and control or on simulating large crowds composed of many individuals. But many pedes trians travel in small groups of two to five or a few more. This paper describes improved real-time pedestrian behav iors that include support for small groups. We present our model for autonomous navigation of individuals, and then extend it to support small groups. We demonstrate our ap proach by using it to drive a commercial motion generation engine that produces high quality pedestrian animation.

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