Platform for developing and evaluating emergency management services into intelligent environments
Researchers of the research Group on Intelligent Systems (GSI) at the Technical University of Madrid in collaboration with the Intelligent Systems and Telematics Group of the University of Murcia have developed the EscapeSim platform. This platform allows the development and evaluation of open emergency management services into intelligent environments.
EscapeSim allow developers to (1) define emergency scenarios; (2) use predefined emergency management strategies; (3) implement new strategies; (4) build user profiles, such as handicapped or emergency managers; and, (5) conduct an evaluation of emergency plans though a batch of simulations. After this, the leap from an agent-based social simulation to a multi-agent system implementing the emergency plan is straightforward.
One of the most promising fields for Ambient Intelligence (AmI) is the implementation of intelligent emergency plans. By using AmI, it is possible to improve the collaboration and coordination strategy of response efforts in emergency situations.
Designing and testing emergency plans in intelligent environments is a must. But drills are expensive and cannot cover the great variety of possible situations. EscapeSim employs Agent based social simulation as a technology to provide developers with a decision support system in this scope. An emergency plan can be easily implemented and evaluated in millions of scenarios at the expense of little time. Moreover, after pure simulated tests, participatory simulations where real users interact with the simulation through mobile devices such as smartphones are possible.
“The leap from an agent-based social simulation to a multi-agent system implementing the emergency plan is straightforward“
“Several recent catastrophes, such as the Madrid Arena and the Brazilian Santa Maria, have demonstrated the necessity of improving emergency plan strategies”
Emilio Serrano, Geovanny Poveda, Carlos A. Iglesias, Mercedes Garijo, Juan A. Botía
Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Area
Centre of Support for Technological Innovation – UPM