Crowd Science: Run, Hide, Tell

Crowd Science
People run down Oxford Street, London, Britain November 24, 2017. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

By Prof Keith Still*

The recent crowd reaction to an incident at Oxford Circus Underground station highlights the escalating risks to crowds in places of public assembly. Namely, the crowds are reacting to incidents (real or perceived) very differently to how they reacted a few years ago.

Do you remember school, we were all drilled for evacuation practise? You line up, walk (DO NOT RUN) to the nearest exit. Now the message is very different. The advice is now to RUN. Continue reading “Crowd Science: Run, Hide, Tell”

Meet the IPM: Interview with Prof Keith Still

Keith StillProf Keith Still, a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management, is an international expert in crowd dynamics. He has over 25 years’ experience of crowd modelling and for several years he was a Special Advisor to the Saudi Authorities for Hajj projects (Jamarat Bridge development).

Prof Still is the professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University where he teaches a MSc in Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis. He delivers short courses around the world on all aspects of crowd dynamics. Keith developed the Legion, Paramics UAF, Myriad and 3D RTDS modelling systems which are used around the world.

Prof. Still has advised on many large scale crowded spaces such as the Royal Wedding (2011 UK), Olympics (Sydney 2000 and London 2012), New Year Events (UK and Sydney), Stadia design (UK and Europe), Westfield shopping Mall (UK 2012).

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