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Optimal Control of Hughes' Model for Pedestrian Flow via Local Attraction

by   Roland Herzog, et al.

We discuss the control of a human crowd whose dynamics is governed by a regularized version of Hughes' model, cf. Hughes: A continuum theory for the flow of pedestrians. Transportation research part B: methodological, 36 (2002). We assume that a finite number of agents act on the crowd and try to optimize their paths in a given time interval. The objective functional can be general and it can correspond, for instance, to the desire for fast evacuation or to maintain a single group of individuals. We provide an existence result for the forward model, study differentiability properties of the control-to-state map, establish the existence of a globally optimal control and formulate optimality conditions.


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