Multi-agent simulations for emergency situations in an airport scenario

  • Ana Cristina Bicharra
    Universidade Federal Fluminense bicharra[at]
  • Nayat Sanchez-Pi
    Universidade Federal Fluminense
  • Luis Correia
    Universidade de Lisboa
  • José Manuel Molina
    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid


This paper presents a multi-agent framework using Net- Logo to simulate human and collective behaviors during emergency evacuations. Emergency situation appears when an unexpected event occurs. In indoor emergency situation, evacuation plans defined by facility manager explain procedure and safety ways to follow in an emergency situation. A critical and public scenario is an airportwhere there is an everyday transit of thousands of people. In this scenario the importance is related with incidents statistics regarding overcrowding and crushing in public buildings. Simulation has the objective of evaluating building layouts considering several possible configurations. Agents could be based on reactive behavior like avoid danger or follow other agent, or in deliberative behavior based on BDI model. This tool provides decision support in a real emergency scenario like an airport, analyzing alternative solutions to the evacuation process.
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