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Agent Based Modeling of Emergency Response
Natural and human-caused disasters leave both long-term geospatial and human scars. Recent catastrophic events such as the 2008 Sichuan earthquake that killed at least 68,000 people, the 2010 Haiti earthquake that killed over 200,000 people, or the 9–11 terrorist attacks that killed not only building occupants but also emergency response personnel, have left their historical mark. Although geospatial images of each of these events prior to and immediately after the event can provide physical details, ultimate scenario outcome following the disaster is of course absent and unknown. It is the goal of this project to investigate the use of agent-based modeling combined with geospatial information and network analysis to dramatically improve
the effectiveness and safety of emergency response personnel.