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How big is that Crowd? The importance of Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis in an era of change

Professor Keith Still

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Thursday, 2 March 2017,
18:00 to 20:00
Waterfront Building, Ipswich

The lecture starts at 18:00 with registration from 17:30

Keith is the Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). His main focus of his research is crowd dynamics and the development/delivery of an on-line MSc programme in crowd safety and risk analysis. 

He develops and teaches a wide range of crowd dynamics, crowd planning, crowd safety and crowd risk analysis short courses for event organisers, police, first responders, emergency planners, city authorities, building control officers, licensing officers, architects, event managers, security companies, venue operators and consulting engineers. 

These courses focus on anticipating and preventing crowd related accidents and incidents in places of public assembly. Keith has consulted on some of the world’s largest, and most challenging crowd safety projects in the world. The courses draw on extensive research and application of Crowd Dynamics over the last 25 years.

Prof Still will be presenting his fascinating inaugural lecture "How big is that Crowd? The importance of  Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis in an era of change" as part of the Open Lecture Series at University of Suffolk on  Thursday 2nd March –at 5.30 pm  In this lecture, he shares his wealth of experience and demonstrates the principles and applications of crowd dynamics and crowd risk analysis. Having recently been at the centre of a global news story, providing expertanalysis for the New York Times on the size of the crowds at Donald Trump’s inauguration as 45th President of the United States of America, the lecture promises some fascinating insights.  The analysis had led to a huge debate between the office of the President, who claim the crowds were far larger than estimated, and the American media.

Prof Still said: “We used seven live video feeds during the inauguration and a geometric analysis. We have developed a technique which can provide scientific estimates of crowd dynamics, which has important real-world applications in the preparation of large events for crowd safety.

“On the basis that the crowd for President Obama’s inauguration was over one million people (physical counts vary for this), Trump’s was a third of the crowd size from the available, verified images. From a non-expert’s point of view, if you stand in front of a crowd it would change your perception and you would see a sea of people and possibly think the numbers are far greater. But the evidence is undeniable.”