Published: Apr 1, 2008 7:13:43 AM
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Rani Muhdi, doctoral candidate in the Department of Industrial and Systems engineering, will speak on the integration of occupant characteristics and building designs in evacuation modeling as part of the Graduate Seminar Program in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The seminar will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 1 p.m. in Shelby Center 3210. Muhdi, who has accepted a position as an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia, is advised by Jerry Davis.
The primary objective of Muhdi's research is to bridge the gap between the development and representation of occupant data pertaining to walking and crawling, some of the important responses to fire and smoke conditions. The research demonstrates the application of the estimation of distribution algorithm in building design for walking and crawling egress. This has been undertaken by evolving the optimal placement and number of exits required to minimize total evacuation time. The study further suggests the need to validate the configurations found by the algorithm in real evacuation drills.