The seminar aims to bring together policy makers, first responders and academics. Disasters happen, but can fatalities be reduced through the use of technology and better information to enable evacuees to make life-saving decisions? We cannot set up experiments with real disasters, but we can simulate them on a computer to study evacuation dynamics. The seminar speakers will discuss how first responders deal with such emergencies in practice and how academics model and simulate these disasters. Can these state of the art models help save lives? How can a complexity theory approach help policy makers?
The Cabinet Office, Home Office, Police, Emergency Services, London Underground and other relevant bodies will be involved as speakers and participants.
This ESRC Complexity seminar is held in conjunction with the FP7 European project SOCIONICAL.