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Author (up) Glenn I. Hawe; Graham Coates; Duncan T. Wilson; Roger S. Crouch pdf  isbn
  Title Design decisions in the development of an agent-based simulation for large-scale emergency response Type Conference Article
  Year 2011 Publication 8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: From Early-Warning Systems to Preparedness and Training, ISCRAM 2011 Abbreviated Journal ISCRAM 2011  
  Volume Issue Pages  
  Keywords Application programs; Information systems; Software agents; User interfaces; Virtual reality; Agent based simulation; Agent behavior; Application requirements; Design decisions; Emergency response; Geographical area; Large-scale emergency; Visual user interfaces; Emergency services  
  Abstract As part of ongoing research into optimizing the response to large-scale emergencies, an agent-based simulation (ABS) is being developed to evaluate different rescue plans in silico. During the development of this software, decisions regarding its design have been required in order to best satisfy the following specific application requirements: (1) the construction of a sufficiently detailed virtual environment, representing a real geographical area; (2) the programming of a wide variety of agent behaviors using a minimal amount of code; (3) the computational handling of the “large-scale” nature of the emergency; and (4) the presentation of a highly visual user interface, to encourage and facilitate use of the software by practitioners involved in the project. This paper discusses the decisions made in each of these areas, including the novel use of policy-based class design to efficiently program agents. Future developments planned for the software are also outlined.  
  Address School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom  
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  Publisher Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM Place of Publication Lisbon Editor M.A. Santos, L. Sousa, E. Portela  
  Language English Summary Language English Original Title  
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  ISSN 2411-3387 ISBN 9789724922478 Medium  
  Track Intelligent Systems Expedition Conference 8th International ISCRAM Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management  
  Notes Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 563  
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