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Using NetLogo to Simulate Building Occupancy of a University Building Environment

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

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June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Technical Session 10: Simulation and Modeling

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Computers in Education

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Sanish Rai West Virginia University Institute of Technology

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SANISH RAI is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Beckley, WV. He received his Ph.D. degree from Georgia State University in 2017. His research interests include simulation and modeling, agent and graph based systems, artificial intelligence, data assimilation and machine learning. His email address is

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Thomas Keith Carter

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Bimarsh Sharma

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Building occupancy simulation is an interesting area of research for not only in the construction planning but for other applications such as security monitoring, crowd management, and occupant behavior analysis. Simulating an environment such as a university department allows a simulation model that will help in the study of scenarios that will help in evacuation during fire, earthquake or threat management. We can use the simulation system to study the behavior of students, teachers and analyze how an effective evacuation can be done in the current environment in real time. Agent-based modeling is the most popular method for developing models where there is an active interaction with the components of the model. Considering the need for agent-based models, we used NetLogo, an open source agent-based simulation software to build a simulation model for a building environment with occupants in it. The open source nature of the software and convenience in building Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications makes NetLogo a popular use to develop models for agent-based system requiring an interactive interface.

Rai, S., & Carter, T. K., & Sharma, B. (2019, June), Using NetLogo to Simulate Building Occupancy of a University Building Environment Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33510

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