Authors: Shri Rai, Kevin Wong
Simulators have been used for some time to provide training to people in a number of occupations. Simulation systems enable what-if questions to be posed and the consequences of user actions to be studied in a cost-effective and safe manner. Simulations also enable detailed user behavior to be logged for later study to extract data that may be difficult to capture in real life. This paper describes the development of a multi-user simulation platform that enables certain emergency events to be simulated. All user behavior is logged for later analysis so that user behavior under certain stressful events can be studied. Software agents in the simulation system can be used to model crowds or agents with a particular intent. The system can be used to provide emergency evacuation training.
The system can also be used to test the security of building designs to find out how the security of these buildings can be compromised.