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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 125910, 14 pages
Research Article

Pedestrian Guiding Signs Optimization for Airport Terminal

1School of Traffic and Transportation, Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China
2School of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Beijing, China

Received 24 September 2013; Revised 24 December 2013; Accepted 27 December 2013; Published 25 February 2014

Academic Editor: Huimin Niu

Copyright © 2014 Jianxin Lin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The pedestrian guiding sign (PGS) is used to lead people within the transportation terminal to their directions efficiently and without boundaries. In this paper, we aim to optimize the guiding signs for people in the comprehensive transportation terminal with a mathematical model, which describes the pedestrian's reaction, judgment, and perception of the outline about the guiding signs, as well as pedestrian's moving status through self-organized characteristic behavior. Furthermore, the model also reflects the information intensity of the guiding signs within the pedestrian's visual field which is taken as the influence level score of PGS. In order to solve the model, cellular automation (CA) is employed to simulate the characteristics of the pedestrians such as crowd moving and sign selection.