Estimating social relation from trajectories


  • Zeynep Yucel Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
  • Francesco Zanlungo ATR IRC, Kyoto, Japan
  • Claudio Feliciani University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Adrien Gregorj Okayama University, Okayama, Japan
  • Takayuki Kanda ATR IRC, Kyoto, Japan



dyads, interaction, pedestrian groups, recognition, social relation


This study focuses on social pedestrian groups in public spaces and makes an effort to identify the social relation between the group members. We particularly consider dyads having coalitional or mating relation. We derive several observables from individual and group trajectories, which are suggested to be distinctive for these two sorts of relations and propose a recognition algorithm taking these observables as features and yielding an estimation of social relation in a probabilistic manner at every sampling step. On the average, we detect coalitional relation with 87% and mating relation with 81% accuracy. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to infer social relation from joint (loco)motion patterns and we consider the detection rates to be a satisfactory considering the inherent challenge of the problem.


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How to Cite

Yucel, Z., Zanlungo, F., Feliciani, C., Gregorj, A., & Kanda, T. (2020). Estimating social relation from trajectories. Collective Dynamics, 5, 222–229.



Proceedings of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2018