Research + Development

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We engage in research activities relating to pedestrian movement and have done so for some time. We are now looking to expand these activities and collaborate with research-active organisations and individuals.

We have developed and employed state-of-the-art approaches across a wide array of projects, sectors and services. We have acquired a great deal of evidence and expertise that informs our practice. This practice includes:

  • Observing people movement and analysing the evidence generated
  • Applying models to generate projections and insights related to people movement
  • Developing tools and procedures to aid in data analysis, generation and presentation.

Given the innovative nature of many of these activities, we needed to develop novel approaches, gaining insights along the way – engaging in research as a means to a practical end. We now intend to continue this research effort, while also more explicitly addressing research objectives. This is intended to enhance our understanding of core subject matter across scenarios of interest and our capacity to apply this understanding. And, of course, be of benefit to the wider people movement community and those they serve.

We are already active in several research areas, including the:

  • assessment of hospital evacuation performance
  • characterisation of pedestrian movement (given collected travel speeds, flow and density) [1] 
  • assessment of the effectiveness of evacuation drills and safety/security procedures
  • compilation of existing data-sets representing movement of evacuees with movement impairments  
  • compilation and analysis of pre-evacuation data-sets [2] 
  • development of concepts for vulnerability assessment and mapping
  • development of wildfire guidance
  • development of a wildfire modelling platform(pedestrian, traffic and fire) [3] 
  • quantification of evacuee response to wildfire from publicly available data-sets
  • development of VR systems to inform evacuee response.

To build on these existing research activities, we are interested in future research pursuits that relate to

…all parts of the people movement narrative…


… given different scenarios (safety, operational and security) and settings (building, transport, street, etc.), while examining conditions across a range of application scales...


to inform our understanding of people movement and meet the objectives of research and practice.

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This research is intended to provide a better foundation for the scope, refinement and integrity of our current practice - allowing us to work more credibly and expand into new sectors while continuing to adopt the latest techniques available. We are already working with a number of organisations in our research efforts.

Publications

  • Lovreglio, R, Kuligowski, E, Gwynne, S, Boyce, K, A Pre-Evacuation Database for Use in Egress Simulations, Fire Safety Journal, 2019 (in Print).
  • Intini, P, Ronchi, E, Gwynne, S and Pel, S, Traffic Modeling for Wildland–Urban Interface Fire Evacuation,  J. Transp. Eng., Part A:Systems, 2019, 145 (3): 04019002
  • Gwynne, SMV and Hunt, ALE, Testing Evacuation Models,Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics, 2018.
  • Gwynne, SMV and Hunt, ALE, Deducing the Impact of Excluding Social Groups When Modelling Pedestrian Flow, SFPE EXTRA, 30, June 2018.
  • Gwynne, SMV, The Unintended Consequences of Ignoring Evacuee Response, Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference (FEMTC) 2018, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, 2018.

References
[1]
 http://lup.lub.lu.se/luur/download?func=downloadFile&recordOId=8967276&fileOId=8967283
[2] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379711218302212
[3] https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Resources/Fire-Protection-Research-Foundation/Current-projects/WUINITY-a-platform-for-the-simulation-of-wildlandurban-interface-fire-evacuation

This research is intended to provide a better foundation for the scope, refinement and integrity of our current practice - allowing us to work more credibly and expand into new sectors while continuing to adopt the latest techniques available. We are already working with a number of organisations in our research efforts.

Publications

  • Lovreglio, R, Kuligowski, E, Gwynne, S, Boyce, K, A Pre-Evacuation Database for Use in Egress Simulations, Fire Safety Journal, 2019 (in Print).
  • Intini, P, Ronchi, E, Gwynne, S and Pel, S, Traffic Modeling for Wildland–Urban Interface Fire Evacuation,  J. Transp. Eng., Part A:Systems, 2019, 145 (3): 04019002
  • Gwynne, SMV and Hunt, ALE, Testing Evacuation Models,Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics, 2018.
  • Gwynne, SMV and Hunt, ALE, Deducing the Impact of Excluding Social Groups When Modelling Pedestrian Flow, SFPE EXTRA, 30, June 2018.
  • Gwynne, SMV, The Unintended Consequences of Ignoring Evacuee Response, Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference (FEMTC) 2018, Gaithersburg, MD, USA, 2018.

References
[1]
 http://lup.lub.lu.se/luur/download?func=downloadFile&recordOId=8967276&fileOId=8967283
[2] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379711218302212
[3] https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Resources/Fire-Protection-Research-Foundation/Current-projects/WUINITY-a-platform-for-the-simulation-of-wildlandurban-interface-fire-evacuation

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  We are seeking to collaborate with organisations engaged in research.
If you wish to discuss potential research opportunities, please contact Dr. Steve Gwynne