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Modeling Emergency Scenarios in Virtual Evacuation Environment

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2 Author(s)
Sharma, S. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Bowie State Univ., Bowie, MD, USA ; Vadali, H.

There has been an increasing interest in the use of Virtual Reality for learning and training. The development of Virtual Reality environment makes it possible for a user to understand and observe multiple paths and emotions that an agent would observe during evacuation. This paper presents a fuzzy logic application for modeling an evacuation scenario where fuzzy parameters such as stress, panic, and anger are modeled using fuzzy logic and integrated in the virtual environment. We present a virtual environment that has a group of agents move towards their goal which is the shortest distance from their initial position. Changing the fuzzy parameters has an effect on agentspsila speed. This paper presents a virtual reality application for simulation of panic behavior in a library building. The results show that the application can be used for way finding in the building, evacuation simulation, and safety evaluations of the building.

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Computer Science and Information Engineering, 2009 WRI World Congress on  (Volume:4 )

Date of Conference:

March 31 2009-April 2 2009