Elise Miller-Hooks

Publications: Conference 05

“Intelligent Evacuation, Rescue and Recovery Concept: A functional system description”

Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures, Mannheim, Germany.
Miller-Hooks, E. and T. Krauthammer (2003)

Recent terrorist incidents have demonstrated that personnel responsible for decision-making in post-attack evacuation, rescue and recovery (ERR) activities can significantly benefit from an expert decision support system.

In this paper, we describe a concept for such an expert system that, through the use of sensor technology, can permit real-time assessment of the extent of blast damage to a building, can recommend immediate actions that can be taken to mitigate the situation and prevent further deterioration, and can be used to aid the rescue workers and evacuees in rescue efforts and safe egress. This comprehensive system, once fully operational, can be used for training, blast damage assessment (BDA), target vulnerability assessment (TVA), pre-event emergency preparedness planning, and post-attack ERR operations. The key capabilities of this system stem from the electronic integration of two critical components: a near real-time intelligent BDA/TVA tool and on-line ERR-related optimization techniques.



Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

Phone: 703.993.1685
Email: miller@gmu.edu

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Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
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Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University