Crowd analysis: a survey

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Computer Science , Volume 19, Issue 5-6, p.345-357 (2008)



Crowd studies; Crowd dynamics; Socio-dynamics; Crowd simulations; Computer vision


In the year 1999 the world population reached 6 billion, doubling the previous census estimate of 1960. Recently, the United States Census Bureau issued a revised forecast for world population showing a projected growth to 9.4 billion by 2050 (US Census Bureau, Different research disciplines have studied the crowd phenomenon and its dynamics from a social, psychological and computational standpoint respectively. This paper presents a survey on crowd analysis methods employed in computer vision research and discusses perspectives from other research disciplines and how they can contribute to the computer vision approach.