eVACUATE Work Packages

During the development stage there should be a strong emphasis on the end-user (first responders) insights, needs and remarks. Based on these requirements, the eVACUATE will be a platform which provides the appropriate tools to enable first responders and crisis management staff to respond to varied abnormal events, not limited to specific Emergency case or Crisis event. Attending the nature of the work, the eVACUATE is organized in 12 WPs each with a set of deliverables and milestones. The WPs follow the logical phases of the implementation of the project, and include consortium management and assessment of progress and results. The WPs have been indentified with appropriate leaders and contributors reflecting the skillsets of the consortium. Each WP requires scientific collaboration between the participating partners and integration of their methods. The management WP will ensure the connections between the different WPs and will be responsible of controlling the overall project.

WP 1 – Project Management (EXUS S.A)

The goal of this work-package will be to run an effective managerial scheme, build-up/coordinate and support internal information, communication. Organize project infrastructure for information flow, communication, networking of project partners. This WP will aim at the Build-up/support of communication/ information flow to the public and relevant organizations.

WP 2 - Scenarios Definition, User/System Requirements (HKV)

Starting from the crowd’s behaviour and needs first responder needs and the regulatory requirements  for  a  set  of  specific  evacuation,  intervention  and  responder  types,  the  requirements  will be  derived  in order to allow the development of the technical system, infrastructure and services.

WP 3 – Crowd Behaviour Detection and Recognition in Crisis Situation (IT Innovation Centre)

This WP comprises specific activities i) on the definition of models focused on aspects of crowd behaviour and ii) on detection and recognition of crowd behaviour at multiple scale (mico-macro dimension) through the incorporation of innovative  computer  vision  tools  and  learning  methodologies.  This  WP  also  incorporates  knowledge  of  crowd psychology and typology which is used as a meta-data model for efficient crowd behaviour detection and recognition.

WP 4 – Advanced Strategic Spatial Evacuation (Crowd Dynamics International)

The WP focuses on developing evacuation strategy with regards to crowd movement and spatial constraints of the venue and scenario. One primary objective of the WP is to undertake such analysis for the chosen pilot demonstration venues and scenarios. Further to this, a methodology will be created so that these techniques can be efficiently applied during set up of the eVACUATE system in any venue for any scenario. Another primary objective for the WP will be to develop a software application that combines crowd modelling and predictive  techniques  to  feedback  to  the  eVACUATE  system  a  prediction  on  crowd  congestion  and  optimal  route selection from a crowd movement and spatial constraint perspective.

WP 5 –3D Interactive Common Operation Picture & Simulation (DIGINEXT)

This WP aims to develop the COPSI subsystem that will be used to display interactive 2D/3D Common Operational Pictures, create simulation scenarios, and control  their unfolding. This subsystem will enable the intuitive monitoring of the environment and the situation (real or simulated) and the creation and control of simulation scenarios that can be used to validate the overall platform during the development phase, and to prepare evacuation plans or study “what-if” scenarios, before or during real crises.

WP 6 – Resilient Communications and Adaptive Interfaces (ICCS)

This  WP  will  identify  the  technologies,  techniques  and  methodologies  that  will  optimally  support  the  needs  for communication between the major actors in a crisis i.e. the individuals that need to be evacuated, the responders to the crisis and the facilities in place to coordinate the crisis, considering the particular conditions of a crisis situation such as limited  bandwidth,  resource  prioritization  policies,  graceful  degradation  on  partial  communication  infrastructure failures. This WP will review and identify the appropriate interfaces and develop a node architectural communication platform  both  for  the  sensors  and  the  people/crowd.

WP 7– Smart Spaces (Tekniker-IK4)

The  Smart  Spaces  are  the  minimum geographical area where five main agents involved  in  eVACUATE  can  be  found: 1. The  sources  of  the  hazard 2. the people or group of people under hazard 3. the  sensor  elements 4. signalling elements  of  the  exit  routes and 5. the First  Responders  and  Stewards.

WP 8 – Decision Making and Optimal “Situation-aware”evacuation strategy (Vitrociset)

It will implement new algorithms to combine data from different sensors deployed on the crowded\emergency scene in order to support decision making and evacuation planning. Several other partners will contribute towards the development of the necessary back-office infrastructure and applications in order to generate, sustain and disseminate the Optimal “Situation-Aware” evacuation strategy that will ultimately guarantee the Active Evacuation Route.

WP 9 – SAES (Situation Awareness and Evacuation System): Framework design and system Integration (INDRA)

This work-package will follow the WP2 in terms of designing the system and setting up the eVACUATE Framework of technology  and  operations. Once  all  single  sub-systems  have  been  separately  tested  and  characterized,  the  overall system will be integrated and tested first in the laboratory, then provided to the end users to perform their own tests on controlled environments closer to the ones faced by the first responders during their routine interventions.

WP 10 - Pilot Demonstrations and Validation (HKV)

The objective of this WP is to test eVACUATE in real conditions. HKV will work  in  close  collaboration  with  the  end-users.  In  order  to  guarantee  the  success  of  the  project,  it  is  primordial  to establish a permanent link between developers and users in order to have an optimal configuration for the system. This will be done all along the project and the field tests success will be the results of this fruitful collaborations.

WP 11 – Ethics, Legal and Regulatory Activities (KU LEUVEN)

This WP focuses on legal and ethical aspects which  are relevant for the development of eVACUATE. By taking into account ethical aspects the work package intends to support the project partners in performing their research activities in  an  ethical  way. Meeting  these  ethical  standards  is  also  likely  to  improve  the  societal  acceptance  of  the  research outcomes.

WP 12 - Dissemination/exploitation activities (Vitrociset)

This WP is designed to manage and facilitate the dissemination of  project results  from  the  scientific and public understanding point of view  as well as investigate the possibilities of further research or  actual implementation  and exploitation of these results.