By Unit Penjenamaan, FSKTM
By employing an agent-based model, researchers can analyze crowd behavior and improve evacuation procedures in educational environments.
Safety during emergencies is of paramount importance, this is particularly true especially in densely populated educational environments.
Understanding and predicting individual behaviour during such instances can greatly increase the effectiveness of evacuation procedures. Traditionally, live drills and physical experiments have been the go-to methods for this purpose.
However, these practices can be time-consuming, expensive, and incapable of capturing the full breadth of possible human behaviours.
At the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FCSIT) at UNIMAS, researchers led by Hamizan Sharbini are turning to agent-based models—a type of computer simulation—as a solution.
These simulations mirror the behaviour of individuals within a crowd, functioning like a 2D particle agents where each agent can react independently and make its own decisions.
In the face of an emergency, such as a fire alarm ringing, swift and safe evacuation of all occupants is vital. In these simulations, the agents represent the students who must understand the evacuation protocol for such emergencies during the learning process.
The agent-based model considers a variety of factors that ...