Prof. Still - Biography

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G. Keith Still is the Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (UK). He has lectured at the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College (EPC) from 1999 - 2013 contributing to a wide range of crowd safety related courses. Keith is currently developing and teaching a MSc course (Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis) at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and continues to teach short courses around the world.

His tools (Legion, Paramics UAF, Myriad, Dwell AnalysisProgressive Crowd Collapse and Tawaf models - click here for a link to the modelling projects page) have been used for the analysis of crowds in complex and built spaces for ove two decades. Although he has developed and used some of the most sophisticated crowd modelling and simulation tools, his work remains true to the core principles of his original research. As stated in Chapter 2 of his PhD The objective of this research is to develop standards for crowd safety.

Keith was made a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) in late 2007. In August 2012 Keith was made a fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (FICPEM).  In March 2014 a Specialist Fellow of the Institute of Risk and Safety Management (SFIIRSM). In August 2015 he became a member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI) and in December 2015 Keith became a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (FIPM). In June 2017 Keith became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

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Education and milestones

  • BSc in Physical Sciences (majoring in Physics)
  • PhD (Crowd Dynamics) Interdisciplinary Mathematics from Warwick University
  • Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its applications. (FIMA)  
  • Visiting Professor of Crowd Science - Bucks New University (2010 - 2016)
  • Regular Visiting Speaker at Easingwold (the UK Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College 1999 - 2014) 
  • Member of Mensa for over 30 years
  • Fellow of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management (FICPEM)
  • Specialist Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (SFIIRSM)
  • Professor of Crowd Science - Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
  • Member of the Expert Witness Institute (MEWI)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (FIPM)
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Suffolk - appointed 2017
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Mathematical Interests

"As a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) Professor Still has demonstrated his professional standing within the mathematics community and his support for mathematical disciplines." Caroline Irwin (institute of Mathematics and its Applications).

Crowd Simulations, Games Theory, Complexity Theory, Queueing Theory, Fractals, Chaos, Self-organised Systems, Network Analysis, Algorithmic Graph Theory, Cellular Automata, Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Biology, Small World Network Theory, Topology, Strange Nonchaotic Attractors, Symplectic Geometry and Xenofractals

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Personal Interests

Magic, Motorbikes (Harley Davidson - Heritage Soft Tail Classic), Golf, Crown Green Bowls, Singing, doing stuff with my family (Val, Harry, Erin), Writing Music, Playing Jazz Saxophone, Games Design, Archery - not necessarily in that order of course.

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Keith on his Harley (in the showroom - 2005)

News reports and TV items:

Physics Education vol 15 1980. 'A versatile nodal slide.' (Patented nodal slide/optical bench. Pat. No. 7351593). Articles written for Health and Safety ('The Lemming Factor' Dec 92) and Fire ('New computer system can predict human behavioural response to building fires' Jan 93). VEgAS featured on ITN (Nov 92) and Tomorrows World (Jan 93 and Feb 95). Articles in New Scientist (Nov 92 and April 93 "Lessons from the Inferno" Two pages in the supplement), the TIMES (Nov 92), Beyond 2000 (Jul 93, August 1996), Personal Computer World (Oct 94). Focus Magazine (Nov 94, Mar 96). Cover Disk Personal Computer Word (Dec 94, Jun 96). European Business News (Jul 95, Nov 95, Mar 96, Aug 96) for Crowd Modelling, Business Process Re-Engineering VR models, Fractal Compression and Predicting the money markets. New Scientist (Feb 96) Rock fans go with the Flow, Economist (April 12th - Fractal Futures), Personal Computer World (June 1996) Cover Disk. Sunday Times (front page editorial - 7th July 1996). Scientific American (with Ian Stewart - March 1996), Crowd Modelling (Radio 4 April 98). Discovery Channel (World of Wonder - April 98). Also featured in a chapter of Ian Stewart's latest best selling book (Life's Other Secret). "Wirequakes - a question of seismology" with Len Reynolds and Ian Stewart - a paper comparing earth and wire quakes (Wire Industry, December 1999). Various Sydney Olympics news and broadcasts (1999 through 2000). Nature July 5th Volume 412 article on Starlab. 2001 Open University programme - Crowd Dynamics. November 2002 - Channel 5 documentary on "Battlefield Detectives" (shown July 2003). Building the Ultimate Stadium and Battlefield Detectives-Gettysburg shown on the History Channel around the world. Testimony at the USA House Committee (9th June) for the evacuation of the the Capitol Buildings (May 11th). "Understanding Crowd Dynamics". Article in the Main Event (Nov 2005). Numerous Radio and TV appearances relating to Crowd Safety (2005) following the Jamarat Tragedy. National Geographic TV "Escape Tech" (10th April 2006). Technical consultant on an episode of "Numb3rs" (CBS TV programme). Emergent Systems - TV programme for NOVA (just completed filming Nov 2006). IJCIS "Review of Crowd Simulations". Published Nov 2006. Jan 2009 TV programmes – Overcrowding on UK trains, Articles in Focus magazine, Dubai News, USA Time Magazine and various other TV/News and media programmes relating to the current state of over crowding on public transport in the UK. 2009 ACPO Magazine, Mensa Magazine, ISquared Magazine, Secure London and Emergency Services Show. 2010 – connect (Safety in Numbers). Course of Change (DIM-ICE overview for the EPC), More recent articles and publications - click here.

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Publications:

  • Still G. K. New Computer system can predict human behaviour response to building fires. Fire 84 (January 1993), 40-41
  • Still G. K. Towering Inferno New Scientist (Supplement April 1993).
  • Still G. K. New Insights into Crowd Behaviour - It's Fractal. Focus November (1994).
  • Still G. K. Simulating Egress using Virtual Reality - a perspective view of simulation and design. IMAS Fire Safety on Ships symposium (May 1994).
  • Still G. K. The Secret Life of crowds. Focus (June 1996)
  • Still G. K. Last word, mind the gap. New Scientist (March 20th 1999).
  • Reynolds, L. Fielden, I, Still, G. K, Stewart, I. "Wirequakes - a question of seismology" with Len Reynolds and Ian Stewart - a paper comparing earth and wire quakes (Wire Industry, December 1999).
  • Still G. K. Crowd Dynamics. PhD Thesis, Mathematics department, Warwick University. (August 2000) - click here
  • Still G. K. Optimising Office Egress. Web based publication (Sept 2001)
  • Still G. K. "Agincourt" Chapter in book "Battlefield Detectives" ISBN 0-233-05083-3
  • Still G. K. "Review of Pedestrian and Evacuation Simulation" Critical Infrastructures - click here
  • Still G. K. "Safety in Numbers" iSquared Magazine - (2009) click here
  • Still G. K. "Crowd Dynamics" Article in Move (2012) - click here
  • Still G. K. “Introduction to Crowd Science” (2013). Taylor Francis
  • Kroll, Still, Neuman, Graham and Griffin "Acute forces required for fatal compression asphyxia: A biomechanical model and historical comparisons” Medicine, Science and the Law April 2017 - click here
  • Lectures, training courses and publications - click here.

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Click here for to link to the book/lecture/workshop blog.

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Analysis, projects and reports

  • Still, G. K. (2000). Crowd Dynamics, PhD Thesis 1–280.
  • Still, G. K. (2004a). Jamarat Bridge Report and Analysis, 1–75.
  • Still, G. K. (2004b). Ministry of Hajj Workshops, 1–34.
  • Still, G. K. (2005). Application of Fruin's Causes and Prevention of Disaster, 1–28.
  • Still, G. K. (2006a). Jamarat Bridge - 5678 Levels, 1–26.
  • Still, G. K. (2006b). London New Year Eve Study, 1–30.
  • Still, G. K. (2006c). Wembley Stadium. White Horse Bridge Marshalling Study
  • Still, G. K. (2007). Review of Pedestrian and Evacuation Simulations, 1–13.
  • Still, G. K. (2008a). Design Criteria for the Al-Masjid al-Haram (Holy Mosque) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, 1–34.
  • Still, G. K. (2008b). Al-Masjid al-Haram - Fundamental Analysis (Powerpoint), 1–79.
  • Still, G. K. (2008c). Al-Haram - Fundamental Risk Analysis and Tawaf models, 1–46.
  • Still, G. K. (2008d). Al-Haram 3rd Extension - Fundamental Analysis, 1–29.
  • Still, G. K. (2008g). Tawaf and Sa'e - Fundamental Analysis, 1–42.
  • Still, G. K. (2008h). Tawaf 18 Simulation Manual, 1–11.
  • Still, G. K. (2009a). Beijing Olympic Torch Relay, 1–68.
  • Still, G. K. (2009b). iSquared Magazine, 1–5.
  • Still, G. K. (2009c). Tawaf 25 Manual - Modelling Assumptions, 1–11.
  • Still, G. K. (2011). The Course of Change… DIM-ICE Meta Modelling, 1–3.
  • Still, G. K. (2012a). Jabal Omar Development Project - Crowd Movement Analysis, 1–49.
  • Still, G. K. (2012b). Karbala, Iraq. Crowd Modelling, Monitoring and Management, 1–12.
  • Still, G. K (2014a). T in the Park. Site proposal analysis and recommendations (internal crowd movement)
  • Still, G. K (2014b). Etihad Stadium (UK) South Stand Development
  • Still, G. K (2015).  Etihad Stadium (UK) L Gate Design and Analysis
  • Still, G K. (2016 - 2017) Online MSc “Crowd Safety and Risk Analysis” at MMU. 

Legal Cases (Expert Witness)

  • Clear Channel (Night Club Overcrowding) - Report and court attendance
  • London Underground (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis
  • Senate House Committee USA (Testimony) - Report and Senate Testimony
  • New York State USA (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis, Supreme court witness
  • Nottingham, UK - Lava and Ignite (Fatalities)  - Report and analysis
  • Birmingham, UK JLS (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis
  • Hillsborough Inquiry, UK (Risk Analysis) - Report and analysis 
  • Duisburg, Germany - Love Parade (Mass Fatalities) - Report and analysis
  • London, UK - Event (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis
  • Chicago, USA - Crowd Crush (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis, deposition
  • Las Vegas, USA - Crowd Problem (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis
  • Memphis, USA - Crowd Problem (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis
  • Scotland, Major event, Crowd Problem (Personal Injury) - Report and analysis
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