Georgia Tech researcher to talk on improved security system simulation

Published: Feb 27, 2009 9:01:00 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille,, 334.844.3447

Volkan Ustun, postdoctoral research fellow in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will present "Human Behavior Representation in Physical Security Systems Simulation" on Monday, March 2, at 3 p.m. in 3210 Shelby Center. His seminar is hosted by Auburn University's Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Physical security systems are designed to prevent access to a facility by intruders, detect the presence of intruders or facilitate the capture of intruders once they are detected. These systems generally include a combination of physical barriers, human guards and sensor-based detection systems, such as video surveillance systems. Due to the complex interactions between guard, intruder and neutral entities, as well as the interactions between these entities and the environment, analysis of these systems is difficult and often limited to static "line of sight" and "field of view" models designed to help with camera placement.

In his talk, Ustun will introduce the computational framework that supports realistic computer characters and can operate within physical security system simulations. He will demonstrate its capabilities with a retail store's security system as a sample application domain.

Ustun received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Middle East Technical University and his doctoral degree from Auburn University. He has worked as a software engineer at the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey. His research interests include discrete-event and agent-based simulation models and frameworks for complex systems with a focus on human behavior representation. He is the recipient of the Gene Newman Award of Excellence in Modeling and Simulation Research and the Winter Simulation Conference I-Sim/ACM-SIGSIM Best Student Paper Award.