The Games Institute will host Dr. Steven Gwynne of the National Research Council Canada. Two public talks will be hosted at the GI, and a light lunch provided for attendees.
**This event is open to all members of the University of Waterloo community. Coffee and refreshments provided**
Presenter: Dr. Steven Gwynne
Date: March 13th, 2017
Where: The Games Institute, East Campus 1
Dr. Steven Gwynne is a Senior Research Officer at that National Research Council of Canada, where he works for the Fire Safety Unit (as Team Leader of the Fire Resistance and Risk Management Group) and as the Safety Thrust Lead for the Working and Travelling on Aircraft programme. He has worked in evacuation and pedestrian dynamics for over 20 years. He has been a Reader at the University of Greenwich (UK), a Senior Scientist at Hughes Associates, Inc. (US), a Visiting Researcher at NIST (US) and remains an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland (US). He has been involved in developing and applying models of people movement to emergency and non-emergency scenarios in aviation, maritime, rail and the built environment, along with urban-scale scenarios.
11:00AM - Talk #1 and Q&A Session
12:00PM - Lunch and Discussion with Dr. Gwynne
1:00PM - Talk #2 and Final Q&A
Talk #1 Abstract: Understanding Evacuee Performance
Over recent decades, we have learned a great deal about what we can expect from evacuees during a fire incident. This understanding has been gathered from real incidents and from research. This expectation relates to their reaction to cues, decision-making, interaction with others and performance of their chosen response given their capabilities. Although still an immature field, this new understanding has profound implications - both for design and emergency management. This brief presentation will identify several factors that influence the evacuee response to an incident and what actions we can expect as part of this response. This will include reference to several real incidents and relevant research.
Talk #2 Abstract: Engineering Evacuee Performance
Our better understanding of evacuee performance has meant that the evacuee response to the incident can (and must) be more credibly factored into the design process - to both exploit and cater for evacuee capabilities. It is no longer reasonable to assume (a) that evacuees will simply panic and not be responsive to safety management or (b) that they will automatically follow management requirements. Evacuees are more complicated than either of these simplifications. Our understanding of evacuee response then influences attempts to assess, integrate and quantify performance. This brief presentation will address the translation from behavioural theory into engineering practice - discussing the behavioural assumptions made by regulations, fire safety systems, and engineering models, and how these might impact evacuee safety. This will include discussion of evacuation models and example applications from different environments, and how recent technological developments may help us influence evacuee performance before, during and after an incident has taken place.
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