Multi-scale models for transportation systems under emergency conditions

The range of emergencies that can affect transportation networks varies from foreseeable weather-related events (e.g., severe storms), to man-made disasters (e.g., terrorist attacks) to epidemics (e.g., 2014 Ebola disaster). Over the past decade, the frequency and intensity of these disasters has increased, causing significant disruptions in local and regional transportation systems. How to prepare for and respond to a disruption in transportation systems is a complex decision incorporating a variety of factors, from system use to system preparation. Moreover, unexpected human behaviors (e.g., disordered movements) often occur during emergency situations. The human behaviors under panic affect the process of evacuation and further complicate decision-making in the preparation for and response to a disruption. To address these challenges, the objectives of this project are to: (1) determine when a planned closure of a transportation mode should occur, investigate and model pedestrian movement during a closure event (i.e., evacuation); (2) examine the impact of panic on human behavior during evacuation and develop mathematical models to incorporate it into pedestrian movement; (3) develop and assess the policies to be followed during such evacuations; (4) develop multi-scale decision-making models for the response to disruptions in local and regional transportation systems; and (5) integrate the multi-scale models as a decision-making aid during emergencies. This project consists of two thrusts: (1) multi-transportation-mode decision-making models for emergency response in local and regional transportation systems; and (2) human behavior during an emergency. The research team will develop optimization and simulation models to achieve the research objectives. Optimization models will support the decision-making processes used to determine which actions are taken to prepare for and respond to disruptions in transportation systems. Simulation models will play a key role in the evaluation and comparison of the outcomes among decisions/policies, and in identifying the effectiveness of policies, especially in situations that are difficult to test in the real world. Analyses and models in this project will be conducted at two interdependent scales – at the local scale of individual transportation modes (e.g., airplane, subway, ferry, etc.) and transportation hubs, and at a macro scale across geographical regions or at a network level.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $574687
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility

      North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
      Greensboro, NC  United States  27411

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      North Carolina A&T State University

      1601 E. Market Street
      Greensboro, NC  United States  27411
    • Principal Investigators:

      Qu, Xiuli

      Davis, Lauren B

      Liu, Dahai

      Namilae, Sirish

    • Start Date: 20170201
    • Expected Completion Date: 20190131
    • Actual Completion Date: 20190831
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01862058
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747125
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Oct 23 2022 8:14PM