Crowd Evacuations SaaS: An ABM Approach

Crowd evacuations involve thousands of persons in closed spaces. Having knowledge about where the problematic exits will be or where the disaster may occur can be crucial in emergency planning. The authors implemented a simulator using Agent Based Modelling able to model the behavior of people in evacuation situations and a workflow able to run it in the cloud. The input is just a PNG image and the output are statistical results of the simulation executed on the cloud. This allows to provide the user with a system abstraction and only a map of the scenario is needed. Many events are held in main city squares, so to test their system the authors chose Siena and they fit about 28,000 individuals in the center of the square. The software has special computational requirements because the results need to be statistically reliable. Because these needs they use distributed computing. In this paper they show how the simulator scales efficiently on the cloud.


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  • Accession Number: 01567951
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 2 2015 1:52PM