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Agent-Based Modelling Could Remove an Ethical Barrier to Researching Inclusivity in Crowded Places

Harding, John Edwin (2018). Agent-Based Modelling Could Remove an Ethical Barrier to Researching Inclusivity in Crowded Places. In: Proceedings of the 9th Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access and Assistive Technology (Langdon, Patrick; Lazar, Jonathon; Heylighen, Ann and Dong, Hua eds.), University of Cambridge, Cambridge, pp. 33–42.

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It is widely accepted that accessible transport benefits a wide group of people. It is less well known that congestion can be a barrier to inclusivity to enabling accessible stations. This paper reviews inclusivity issues in congested spaces and transport buildings. It identifies ontological, ethical and methodological barriers to researching vulnerable groups and large groups of people. The industry recognises Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) as a valid and verifiable way to consider pedestrian congestion. However to date it has not been used to evaluate inclusivity issues. This review suggests ABM is an acceptable way to analyse inclusivity impacts within congested spaces. Such an approach may extend current pedestrian movement theory. In addition, a future case study could test the ethics of researching people in large crowded locations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
ISSN: 0963-5432
Keywords: Agent Based Modelling, inclusivity, inclusive design, transport buildings
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Design and Innovation
Item ID: 55428
Depositing User: John Edwin Harding
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 08:20
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 08:20
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