The goal of this research project was the development of a suite of models and simulations that represent human behaviors in reaction to emergency situations. By using Cell-DEVS, an extension of the Discrete-Event System Specification (DEVS) formalism, a suite of modular and integrated models and simulations were developed to demonstrate different egress and evacuations methods. Taking an agent-centric approach, the scope of functionality to be implemented included random movements, agents following of directional cues and optimal paths, agents patrolling areas under threat, herd and crowd mobility, and complications such as panic and blocked exits. Upon completion of these models and simulations, a comparative assessment was made by applying these models to a simulation of the Daytona Beach Airport. This suite of models and simulations provides a framework for future development and visualization activities, with the objective of providing training and real-time assistance to evacuation planners and controllers.
Research Performed by:
Ryan Lawler, Master of Software Engineering Spring 2014
Research Advised by:
Dr. Shafagh Jafer, Assistant Professor of Software Engineering