November 16, 2017

Human behavioural models for crowd movement

This project aims to investigate how the evacuation of people in the event of building fire is affected by the human behavioural response to a fire situation subject to the burning of various building fire scenarios. Because of the availability of high-level data that can be obtained through high-fidelity computational models, the collective phenomenon of escape panic can be studied through the use of model predictions into the stochastic social-forces models, or other generalised force models to better accommodate a mixture of socio-psychological and physical forces, influencing the evacuation process. Possible mechanisms of jamming by uncoordinated crowd movement and new design of ease-of-access fire exits will be investigated.