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Wildfire: Human Behaviour and Evacuation Modelling GEO-SAFE Workshop, February 20, 2020, Greenwich, UK

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About the Workshop
Wildfire: Human Behaviour and Evacuation Modelling GEO-SAFE Workshop

Attendance is Free of Charge.

This is the 7th GEO-SAFE workshop and the only GEO-SAFE workshop to be held in United Kingdom. This workshop will present the evacuation models developed and human behaviour analysis that has been performed in the GEO-SAFE project. The Workshop is organized within the Work Package WP2 of the European Project GEO-SAFE (H2020-MSCA-RISE project n. 691161). The key features of this workshop are:
  •  One day at UoG
  •  Main themes are -
    •  Role, requirements and capabilities of evacuation modelling in the planning and management of wildfires.
    •  Identification and calibration of human behaviour in response to wildfire. 
    •  Development and application of Large Scale Wildfire Evacuation Models
    •  Embed evacuation simulation environment into a training environment.
    •  Future directions for wildfire evacuation modelling.
  •  Consists of:
    •  7 lectures
    •  3 discussion panels
    • 1 hands on session using webEXODUS
    •  1 Demonstration session showing recent developments in coupling wildfire, pedestrian and vehicle models
  •  Agenda
  •  Speakers


Time Session Theme
08:00-08:50   Registration
08:50-08:55   Welcome, Introduction to GEO-SAFE – Prof Ed Galea FSEG UoG, Chair
09:00-09:20 1a Challenges of wildfire evacuation in the United Kingdom - Rob Gazzard, Forestry Commission, England
09:20-09:45 1b "Future directions for wildfire evacuation modelling” theme: evacuation during wildfire and next generation of decision support systems.- Stefano Marsella, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Interior - CNVVF, Italy
09:45-10:10 2 Human Evacuation Behavior in Wildfires – Sandra Vaiciulyte, FSEG UoG and Arup
10:10-10:35 3 Large-scale Evacuation Modelling Applied to Wildfires End-user Requirements – David Martin Gallego, FSEG UoG and PCF Spain
10:35–10:50 Discussion Panel
10:50-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-11:25 4 A Lexicographic Goal Programming Model for Early Supported-Evacuation and Commodities Distribution - Maria Teresa Ortuño Sánchez, UCM Spain
11:25-11:50 5 Adapting the RCPSP framework to Evacuation Problems  – Alain Quilliot, CNRS/UCA France
11:50-12:15 6 Representing and Reducing Community Vulnerability to WUI Incidents – Steve Gwynne, MS UK
12:15-12:45 7 Coupled Pedestrian, Wildfire and Vehicle Modelling for WUI Crisis Management – The urbanEXODUS evacuation simulation environment, Anand Veeraswamy, FSEG, UoG
12:45-13:00   Discussion Panel
13:00-14:00   Lunch
14:00-14:50 8 Brief introduction to webEXODUS and hands-on session with webEXODUS, Anand Veeraswamy, FSEG, UoG
14:50-15:05   Coffee Break
15:05-15:45 9 urbanEXODUS Demonstration, wildfire, pedestrian and vehicle interaction, Peter Lawrence, FSEG, UoG
15:45-16:00 10 Final discussion Panel and wrap up


Workshop Proceedings The proceedings to the workshop is available here to download as a PDF file. 

When referring to the proceedings please cite as follows:  

Galea, E.R. Editor; Proceedings of workshop, ‘Wildfire: Human Behaviour and Evacuation Modelling GEO-SAFE Workshop 2020’, Published by, University of Greenwich, London, UK, 20th Feb 2020.

Download Proceedings here.




Venue University of Greenwich Maritime Campus, Queen Anne Building

Rooms: QA063 from 08:00 to 13:00 and QA280 from 13:00 to 16:00


We welcome everyone with an interest in wildfire evacuation research to attend the workshop. The workshop is free to attend, however the places are limited. Please register your attendance through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/geo-safe-evacuation-workshop-tickets-82324425573

The last date of registration is 19 Feb 2020. For further information, please email fsegadmin@greenwich.ac.uk


Travel information


Hotel information De Vere Devonport House
ibis London Greenwich Hotel
Novotel London Greenwich Hotel
Travelodge London Greenwich High Road

GEO-SAFE Forest fires (also referred to as wildfires and bushfires) are an annual occurrence in many parts of the world causing massive damage to the natural and built environments, endangering lives and forcing the large-scale evacuation of entire residential areas and business and industrial facilities. In the EU and Australia, every year thousands of square miles of forests and other regions burn due to wildfires. These fires result in significant economic and ecological losses, and often, human casualties. The threat posed by wildfires is not restricted to countries with hot climates. A large number of wildfires occur in Great Britain every year.

The Geospatial based Environment for Optimisation Systems Addressing Fire Emergencies European GEO-SAFE (H2020-MSCA-RISE project n. 691161) project, co-ordinated by FSEG of the University of Greenwich, is a four year project (running from May 2016 to April 2020) with 17 partners from 7 countries (United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Australia) with an estimated project cost of €1,386,000.00. The aim of GEO-SAFE is to create a network enabling the two regions to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience, thus boosting the progress of wildfires knowledge and the related development of innovative methods for dealing efficiently with such fires.



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