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Character Animation with Direct3D® by Carl Granberg

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Introduction to Crowd Simulation

There’s a lot of academic research being done in the crowd simulation field of computer science. There are several uses for crowd simulations (aside from games). One example is when simulating area or building evacuations. By using crowd simulations it is possible to simulate the time it would take for a crowd to evacuate a building in case of fire, for example. It can also show where any potential choke points are or help to determine where the most efficient place for a fire exit would be, and so on. Another example of using crowd simulation is in civil engineering when simulating pedestrian crossings, sidewalks, city planning, and more. The bottom line is that this is a relatively cheap method of testing all ...

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