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Automated Methods of Flow Analysis and Diverse Movement Data Sets


Evacuation and pedestrian planning modelling in contemporary infrastructure require the use of sound and accurate data as inputs, and while movement and anthropometrical data exists for common population groups such as adults there is a dearth of available data which can represent groups pertaining to those with potential movement disabilities. The presentation will include a summary of two recent Springer-Nature book projects on this and related topics: Egress Modelling of Pedestrians for the Design of Contemporary Stadia and Fire Evacuation and Exit Design in Heritage Cultural Centres. The overarching data collection exercises and resulting evacuation modelling will be discussed. The presentation will review the development of various technologies being developed at York University that allow for the generation of movement and anthropometrical data of diverse population groups. The focus being on semi-autonomous and autonomous technologies that use Lidar and computational subroutines for data extraction.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. John Gales is an Associate Professor at York University in the Department of Civil Engineering in Toronto, Canada where he leads their Fire Safety Engineering Research Group. Dr. Gales also performs duties as a visiting professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Boston, USA, Queen’s University, Canada, University of Waterloo, Canada and Carleton University, Canada. He received his engineering doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2013. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Gales’ primary research interests include resilient structural fire design, and human behaviour in emergency situations. His research is active in various international collaborations and student exchanges related to fire safety engineering research with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, and NIST in the USA. His students have been recipients of 95 major scholarships and he has been recipient of 16 major NSERC Canada research grants in the last five years. To date he has more than 200 scientific contributions. He was one of four Task Group Chairs in the Fire Protection Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers for acceptance criterion development, the leading structural fire committee in the United States. He is currently voting member on the Canadian Board for Harmonized Construction Codes (CBHCC) Fire Protection committee; Inaugural Chair of the committee on Fire Behaviour and Safety of Structures of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers; Chair of Working Group 10 on Structural Steel Fire design in CSA (Canadian Standards Association); Associate Editor of Fire and Materials (John Wiley); Associate Editor Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering (Canadian Science Publishing); Editorial board of Fire Technology (Springer- Nature) and was Chair of the 2018 Workshop on Fire Resistance of Structures for ASTM International

Start date: 
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 - 12:00

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