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An Interactive Cellular Automata Based Application to Foster Sustainable Forms of Movement in the Urban Fabric
Irene Georgiadi, Ioakeim G. Georgoudas, Giuseppe A. Trunfio and Georgios Ch. Sirakoulis

This study presents an application that estimates all possible paths within an urban environment and proposes the optimal one according to objective criteria and individualized options. The application grounds its functionality on a Cellular Automaton (CA) that models the area of interest and provides the rule that activates the processing of input data. The model incorporates the term walkability as a discrete magnitude that integrates qualitative features of pedestrian mobility. The proposed application fosters sustainable forms of movement at a local level that undoubtedly improves the human physical status and upgrades civilian living conditions. In the context of this paper, we provide a thorough description of the operational principles of the model, and we test its validity by applying it in Xanthi, a medium size city located in northeastern Greece. Finally, we describe variants of the initial scenario to demonstrate the sensibility of the model in external assessments as well as its resilience in biasing manipulations.

Keywords: Pedestrian movement, cellular automata, walkability, Dijkstra algorithm, simulation, application

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