Talk on Understanding Dynamics of Spiritually Motivated Crowd at IIT Indore

By Prof. Ashish Verma (IISc)

On January 20, 2024, the Civil Engineering Department at the Indian Institute of Technology Indore hosted a highly successful talk on “Understanding Dynamics of Spiritually Motivated Crowd: An application of multi-source data from World’s largest Human Gathering, Kumbh Mela.” The event featured the esteemed Prof. Ashish Verma as the distinguished speaker, and it provided valuable insights into transportation systems engineering and crowd behaviour.

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Image credit: Priyansh Singh

Prof. Verma, the convenor of IISc’s Sustainable Transportation Lab (IST Lab), delivered an enlightening and thought-provoking session. Drawing from his extensive research and experience, he explored the dynamics of spiritually motivated crowds, focusing on the Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest human gathering. Through the application of multi-source data, Prof. Verma presented a comprehensive understanding of crowd behaviour and movement patterns in such monumental events.

Insights and Expertise:

Prof. Verma’s talk showcased his deep understanding of transportation systems engineering, sustainable transportation planning, and intelligent transportation systems. His expertise in these areas was evident as he shared his research findings, providing valuable insights into the behavior and dynamics of spiritually motivated crowds.

With over 260 research publications to his name, including journals and other scholarly works, Prof. Verma demonstrated his dedication to advancing the field. His contributions to the establishment of transportation engineering programs and professional organizations in India have been invaluable, solidifying his reputation as an expert in the field.

Successful Conclusion:

The event concluded on a high note, with attendees expressing their appreciation for the engaging and informative session. Prof. Verma’s talk left a lasting impact on the audience, inspiring further research and exploration in the field of transportation systems engineering. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Prof. Verma for sharing his expertise and enriching our understanding of transportation systems and crowd dynamics. Special thanks are also due to all the attendees who actively participated and contributed to the event’s success.

For those interested in learning more about Prof. Verma and his work, please visit his homepage: [].

Priyansh Singh
Priyansh Singh
Assistant Professor

My research interests include Pavement Materials Characterization, Pavement Modeling, Design, Construction, Evaluation, Pavement Recycling, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements.

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