Posted: 29 september, 2015 By: Comments: 0

Human Behaviour in Fire 2015

I’m currently in Cambridge, UK, attending the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire. This is the conference for learning about the latest trends in the field, and I’m glad to have been accepted to present my paper The relationship between obstructed and unobstructed walking speed: Results from an evacuation experiment in a smoke filled tunnel here. I’ll do my presentation tomorrow afternoon in a session chaired by Edwin Galea from the University of Greenwich in the UK. In the same session, Bryan Hoskins from Oklahoma State University, Kosuke Fujii from the National Research Institute of Fire and Disaster and Xavier Deckers from Fire Engineered Solutions will be presenting their respective work.

Apart from my own presentation I’m glad to be affiliated with a number of other contributions to this conference. In particular, I’m looking forward to this afternoon’s session, in which my colleagues, and dear friends, Johan Norén and Mattias Delin will present their work on ascending stair evacuation. The results stem from a project which I initially initiated, led and worked in before I moved from Lund University to SP Fire Research. Their presentations (and papers) are entitled Ascending Stair Evacuation – Effects of Fatigue, Walking Speed & Human Behaviour and Ascending Evacuation – Walking Speed in Stairs as a Function of Height.


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