A Proposal for Situation-Aware Evacuation Guidance Based on Semantic Technologies

  • Holger BillhardtEmail author
  • Jürgen Dunkel
  • Alberto Fernández
  • Marin Lujak
  • Ramón Hermoso
  • Sascha Ossowski
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10207)


Smart Cities require reliable means for managing installations that offer essential services to the citizens. In this paper we focus on the problem of evacuation of smart buildings in case of emergencies. In particular, we present a proposal for an evacuation guidance system that provides individualized evacuation support to people in case of emergencies. The system uses sensor technologies and Complex Event Processing to obtain information about the current situation of a building in each moment. Using semantic Web technologies, this information is merged with static knowledge (special user characteristics, building topology, evacuation knowledge) in order to determine (and dynamically update) the most appropriate individualized evacuation routes for each user.


Multiagent systems Evacuation guidance Context aware systems Complex event processing Semantic technologies Smart buildings 



Work partially supported by the Autonomous Region of Madrid (grant “MOSI-AGIL-CM” (P2013/ICE-3019) co-funded by EU Structural Funds FSE and FEDER, “SURF” (TIN2015-65515-C4-4-R (MINECO/FEDER)) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and through the Excellence Research Group GES2ME (Ref. 30VCPIGI05) co-funded by URJC and Santander Bank.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holger Billhardt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jürgen Dunkel
    • 2
  • Alberto Fernández
    • 1
  • Marin Lujak
    • 3
  • Ramón Hermoso
    • 4
  • Sascha Ossowski
    • 1
  1. 1.CETINIAUniversity Rey Juan CarlosMadridSpain
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentHochschule HannoverHannoverGermany
  3. 3.IA, Ecole des Mines de DouaiDouaiFrance
  4. 4.Department of Informatics and Systems EngineeringUniversity of ZaragozaSaragossaSpain

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