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Virtual Crowds Produce Real Behavior Insights

July 9, 2014

Kevin Rio, doctoral student in Cognitive Science.

Cognitive scientists in the Virtual Environment Navigation lab – including doctoral students Kevin Rio and Greg Dachner -- are advancing a frontier of behavioral research and technology. 

Led by Professor William Warren, the group developed a wireless virtual reality system to study a phenomenon that scientists don’t yet understand: how pedestrians interact with each other and how those individual behaviors, in turn, generate patterns of crowd movement. It’s an everyday experience for all kinds of animals including ants, birds, fish and people. Read more of David Orenstein's story on crowd behavior or watch the video.