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Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems

Volume 7057 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 604-619

Simulation of the Emotion Dynamics in a Group of Agents in an Evacuation Situation

  • Le Van MinhAffiliated withInstitut de la Francophonie pour l’Informatique (IFI)Danang University (UDN)
  • , Carole AdamAffiliated withRMIT University
  • , Richard CanalAffiliated withInstitut de la Francophonie pour l’Informatique (IFI)UMI 209 UMMISCO, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
  • , Benoit GaudouAffiliated withUniversitéde ToulouseInstitut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), UMR CNRS 5505
  • , Ho Tuong VinhAffiliated withInstitut de la Francophonie pour l’Informatique (IFI)UMI 209 UMMISCO, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD)
  • , Patrick TaillandierAffiliated withInstitut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), UMR CNRS 5505

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Abstract

Nowadays, more and more emergency evacuation simulations are used to evaluate the safety level of a building during an emergency evacuation after an accident. The heart of this kind of simulations is the simulation of human behavior because simulation results depend for a big part on how this behavior is simulated. However, human behaviors in a real emergency situation are determined by a lot of cognitive mechanisms. In order to make the simulation more realistic, plenty of factors (e.g. innate characteristics, perception of the environment, internal rules, personality and even emotions) that affect human behaviors must be taken into account. This paper focuses on the influence of emotions, and more precisely on the influence of their dynamics and propagation from an agent to another. The main contribution of this work is the development of a model of emotions taking into account their dynamics and their propagation and its integration in an evacuation simulation. The first results of the simulation show the benefits of considering emotion propagation.

Keywords

emotion emotional agent emotion propagation emergency evacuation