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Jason Tsai, Natalie Fridman, Emma Bowring, Matthew Brown, Shira Epstein, Gal Kaminka, Stacy Marsella, Andrew Ogden, Rika Inbal, Ankur Sheel, Matthew Taylor, Xuezhi Wang, Avishay Zilka, Milind Tambe: “ESCAPES – Evacuation Simulation with Children, Authorities, Parents, Emotions, and Social comparison”

May 5, 2011 | Taipei, Taiwan

Speaker: Jason Tsai, Natalie Fridman, Emma Bowring, Matthew Brown, Shira Epstein, Gal Kaminka, Stacy Marsella, Andrew Ogden, Rika Inbal, Ankur Sheel, Matthew Taylor, Xuezhi Wang, Avishay Zilka, Milind Tambe
Host: Innovative Applications Track of the Tenth International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) 2011

In creating an evacuation simulation for training and planning, realistic agents that reproduce known phenomenon are required. Evacuation simulation in the airport domain requires additional features beyond most simulations, including the unique behaviors of first time visitors who have incomplete knowledge of the area and families that do not necessarily adhere to often-assumed pedestrian behaviors. Evacuation simulations not customized for the airport domain do not incorporate the factors important to it, leading to inaccuracies when applied to it. In this paper, we describe ESCAPES, a multiagent evacuation simulation tool that incorporates four key features: (i) different agent types; (ii) emotional interactions; (iii) informational interactions; (iv) behavioral interactions. Our simulator reproduces phenomena observed in existing studies on evacuation scenarios and the features we incorporate substantially impact escape time. We use ESCAPES to model the International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and receive high praise from security officials.