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A Framework for Modeling and Managing Mass Pedestrian Evacuations Involving Individuals With Disabilities: Networked Segways as Mobile Sensors and Actuators

[+] Author Affiliations
Daniel Stuart, Keith Christensen, Anthony Chen

Utah State University, Logan, UT

Ke-Cai Cao

Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Caibin Zeng

South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China

YangQuan Chen

University of California, Merced, Merced, CA

Paper No. DETC2013-12652, pp. V004T08A011; 11 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5591-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Based on our previous work on Mobile Actuator and Sensor Network, Applied Fractional Calculus, Sensor Networks and BUMMPEE (Bottom-Up Modeling of Mass Pedestrian flows implications for the Effective Egress of individuals with disabilities), a general framework is proposed for modeling and managing Mass Pedestrian Evacuations (MPE) in this paper. A distinctive feature compared with previous work is the incorporation of Individuals with Disabilities (IwDs) in understanding modeling and control of mass pedestrians evacuations. Networked Segway Supported Responders (NSSR) have been firstly employed in the research of modeling and control/managing problem of crowd pedestrians as mobile sensors and mobile actuators. Future simulation and experimental results will be referenced for public policy professionals and planners for better evacuation policy making and route planning.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Sensors , Actuators , Modeling



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