2020-07-01 / ZonMw COVID-19 project SamenSlimOpen granted

Indoor spaces (restaurants, buildings, shops, etc.) play an important role in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2. That is why following the rules is of the utmost important in these type of spaces. In this study we determine the effectivity of measures to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2.

2020-06-01 / ZonMw COVID-19 project HeatTrack granted

The purpose of this project is to specialize a contemporary crowd monitoring system of TU Delft, named Crowd Monitoring Dashboard (CMD). In particular, to generate a real-time insight into the crowding of high-risk areas. 

2020-04-01 / EIT KIC UM CityFlows granted

citiflows-logo-europeThe EIT-KIC project CityFlows aims to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the provision of decision-support for the management of pedestrian flows. In the process to meet this aim, the CityFlows project tests and evaluates various innovative crowd monitoring techniques in real-life settings where large crowds meet, such as mass events, tourist spaces and transfer hubs. Moreover, the CityFlows project prepares a unique crowd management decision support system for market launch which incorporates these state-of-the-art monitoring techniques

2020-01-10 / ERC Proof-of-Concept project iMTFM Granted!!


The ERC PoC project, which is coined iMTFM, of Serge Hoogendoorn (PI), Dorine Duives and Winnie Daamen has been granted by the European Research Council. This research team will be developing an intelligent Multi-modal Transfer Flow Management System. In the coming year, this system will be tested in close collaboration with the Dutch Railways. The knowledge derived during the ERC advanced project ALLEGRO will be the foundation for iMTFM.

2019-11-01 / Cycling research board @ Delft was a success

National and international researchers gathered at Royal Delft to present and discuss their latest work featuring Cycling behaviour. Also members of our lab presented some very cool studies.

  • Does your attitude chage after exposure? Evidence from a pilot with e-bikes at TU Delft – Danique Ton
  • The basic level of bicycle accessibility – Florian Schneider
  • Understanding the model shift in response to bike-sharing system in the city of Delft – Xinwei Ma

Besides that Alexandra Gavriilidou organized a bicycle field experiment at the TU Delft campus, which resulted in approximately 40 researchers cycling up and down the road to study merging and intersecting behaviour of cyclists.

Experiment CRB @ TU Delft  Experiment CRB 2019 @ TU Delft

The next version of this wonderfull event will be held at the Technical University of Eindhoven from 4-6 November 2020. For more information one follow this link.

2019-08-18 / PhD of the Active Mode Lab present at ICMC 2019

Lara-Britt Zomer will present an interesting paper featuring the movement behavior of tourists on bicycles in Amsterdam at the International Choice Modelling Conference in Japan. The paper is named ‘On the relation between learning the city and routing’. I am super proud that she is presenting in a special session on tourism behavior and decision making.

2019-08-02 / Active Mode Lab to 2nd round EIT-KIC Urban Mobility

A very nice proposal featuring crowd monitoring systems and decision-support tools for crowd managers has made it to the 2nd round of EIT-KIC Urban Mobility with a very good review and score. With a budget of 1.2 Mln Euro, this proposal aims to develop four living labs in three European cities, namely Amsterdam (EURO 2020, SAIL), Barcelona (Sagrada Familia) and Milan (Milano Centrale). We are currently developing a business plan. Hopefully, the final approval is provided end of November.

2019-07-02 / The Active Mode lab goes to Traffic and Granular Flow ’19

Flag spainThe Conference on Traffic and Granular Flow (TGF) brings together researchers from several fields (ranging from physics to computer science and engineering) to discuss the latest developments in the science of a variety of flowing collective systems. The thirteenth edition of TGF will be held in Pamplona (Spain) from July 2nd to July 5th, 2019. This year several PhD students of the Active Mode lab will present work on the study of evacuation behaviour by means of Virtual Reality (Yan), the first results of the CrowdLimits experiment (Dorine & Martijn), supervised learning to predict travel times (Guilia) and cycling behaviour on bicycle paths (Marie-Jette).

2019-06-26 / Planning the Cycling City – UvA

We are glad to provide a guest lecture in the Course of Marco te Brommelstoet & Meredith Glaser, which examines the impacts of history, policy, infrastructure, planning, and culture within the context of urban cycling in the Netherlands. Danique Ton and I will provide a guest lecture on the fundamentals of modelling cycling behaviour. For more information on the course click the link.

2019-06-02 / The Active Mode lab connected with mathematicians at CIRM

The workshop on Crowds and Control at CIRM brought together WP_20190605_11_47_47_Pro[1]mathematicians working on crowd-related issues and several crowd dynamics & crowd modelling experts. During this 5-day workshop, information exchange between disciplines was realized. The Active Mode lab presented work featuring the calibration of pedestrian models (Winnie Daamen), the impact of hetrogeneity of crowds on the fundamental diagram (Dorine) and a new modelling framework to dynamically connect several pedestrian simulation models. 

2019-04-03 / Railforum – Fiets en OV, hoe faciliteren we deze sterk groeiende combi?

Public transit and bicycles are more and more frequently combined to travel. The question is how we facilitate the steep growth of this combination. The session is organised by Railforum in combination with TU Delft and will be held at Seats2Meet in Utrecht. The meeting is in Dutch. See the full program here.

2019-02-11 / CIE5822 Active Modes: Traffic and Transportation

From Monday the 11th of February onwards, Dr. Daamen, Prof. Hoogendoorn and I will be teaching a specialisation course in the Transport & Planning master program of Civil Engineering and Geosciences of TU Delft. This course features the use of behavioural insights, empirical research and modelling to design, monitor and manage active mode infrastructures. To our knowledge, this is a world-wide unique course that for the first time treats the design of active mode infrastructures from an engineering perspective.

2019-02-09 / Active modes in the news

A nice newspaper article featuring Prof. Serge Hoogendoorn and myself was published today in De Gids of de Volkskrant. For some first insights regarding the management of crows see ‘Wat móét je, als je bang bent voor een massa? by Natalie Hanssen.

2019-02-02 / The Cycling Research Board meeting is coming to the DUT

asphalt-bicycle-bike-686230Among experts, it was already known for some time. Yet, the meeting of the Cycling Research Board will be organised by the department Transport & Planning of Delft University of Technology. We are looking forward to hosting another inspiring conference featuring the latest (international) research regarding cyclist movement and choice behaviour.

2019-01-15 / First results study Validity of Virtual Reality presented at TRB

A PhD of mine, named Yan Feng, presented her first work at the Annual meeting of the Transportation Research work. The paper named ’19-05388 – Pedestrian Exit Choice Behavior During an Evacuation: A Comparison Study Between Field and VR Experiment’ features a validation study of evacuation choice behaviour in an educational building. Here, the actual choice behaviour of students during an unannounced drill is compared with the choice behaviour of students that are experiencing the same drill by means of a head-mounted display.

2018-11-06 / Workshop @ Lorentz Center


A large group of crowd researchers has gathered in Leiden, The Netherlands, for a workshop named ‘Physics and Psychology of Human Crowd Dynamics’. The aim of the workshop is to establish a consensus on sensing, analyzing and understanding human crowd dynamics. The gathering of engineers, crowd psychologists and safety experts is bound to inspire new collaborations and ideas to work on for the years to come. For more information on the workshop go to the website of the Lorentz center.

2018-10-20 / MATTS 2018

© Michiel Minderhout – Delft – Mijnbouwstraat 120, rijksmonument.

The conference Mathematics Applied in Transport and Traffic Systems follows on earlier workshops on the Mathematical Foundations of Traffic. Delft University of Technology hosts this edition of this 3-day-workshop

The aim of this workshop was to bring together two communities that can mutually benefit from each others expertise. By means of a set of keynote presentations and 3 days of lecture sessions more than 50 international researchers have explored the current issues in depth. The keynotes of Michel Bierlaire, Axel Klar, Carolina Osorio and Ludovic Leclercq gave quite some food for thought. If you are interested in their presentations, check out the website of MATTS2018.

2018 – 06 – 23 / Crowd monitoring at the TT Festival in Assen


This week we have been working in Assen to analyse the movements of the visitors of the TT Festival. The new additions that automate part of the crowdedness measurements of the crowd monitoring dashboard were tested. Moreover, a student performed a survey related to the perception of the Level of Service. It was a tiring week, yet very fruitfull.

2018-06-06 / CrowdLimits Experiment

On the 5th and 6th of June two large pedestrian experiments were performed at Delft University of Technology. Roughly 360 participants took part in these bi-directional and crossing walking experiments. Martijn Sparnaaij and I are very pleased that the experiments were a success. We would like to thank all the participants and staff members for their help in the past week. We are looking forward to diving into all the data that we gathered. More news will follow as soon as we performed the video analysis.