Journal article

A Time-Aware Routing Map for Indoor Evacuation

Haifeng Zhao, Stephan Winter

SENSORS | MDPI | Published : 2016

Abstract

Knowledge of dynamic environments expires over time. Thus, using static maps of the environment for decision making is problematic, especially in emergency situations, such as evacuations. This paper suggests a fading memory model for mapping dynamic environments: a mechanism to put less trust on older knowledge in decision making. The model has been assessed by simulating indoor evacuations, adopting and comparing various strategies in decision making. Results suggest that fading memory generally improves this decision making.