FSEG LOGO FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING GROUP The Queen's Anniversary Prize 2002 The British Computer Society IT Awards 2001 The European IST Prize Winner 2003 The Guardian University Awards Winner 2014
The Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities


FSEG is a world leader in Computational Fire Engineering (CFE). From the Airbus A380 superjumbo, to the new aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy; from the Sydney and Beijing Olympics to the World Trade Center evacuation, the group and their advanced fire and evacuation/pedestrian dynamics modelling tools, SMARTFIRE and EXODUS, have solved some of the world's toughest fire and safety engineering problems.

The 30-strong multi-disciplinary team of mathematicians, physicists, behavioural psychologists, fire safety engineers and computer scientists has been pushing back the frontiers in this fast-growing discipline for twenty years, undertaking a unique combination of leading edge research, large scale human factors trials, and practical real world consultancy.

This expertise has been recognised through the award of a number of national and international honours including;

  • 2014 The Royal Institution of Naval Architects Medal of Distinction,
  • 2014 The Guardian University Award for Research Impact,
  • 2008 Bono Award from the SFPE,
  • 2006 the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Gold Award and George Taylor Prize,
  • 2004 European IST prize by the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering (Euro-CASE) for their development of the EXODUS suite of software,
  • 2002 the Queen’s Anniversary Prize,
  • 2001 RINA/LR Safer Ship award,
  • 2001 the British Computer Society IT award,
  • 2001 the British Computer Society Gold Medal for IT
  • 2001 CITIS Award for Innovation in IT for Ship Operation.

Accolades that attest to the groups international standing include:

Queen’s Award Citation:
“The University is a recognised world leader in the area of evacuation model development….”

BSC IT Award presentation:
“The winners not only demonstrate technical innovation, but also show how technology can be used to benefit society at large….,” Judith Scott Chief Executive of the BCS

Team members also contribute to formal Inquires, such as those for the Paddington Rail Crash and the Swiss Air MD11 crash; to international standards committees, including IMO and ISO, and to several UK Government committees concerned with homeland security and civil defence, including SAPER.

The Fire Safety Engineering Group's work falls into four main categories:


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