Modeling the Interaction between Emergency Communications and Behavior in the Aftermath of a Disaster

  • Shridhar Chandan
  • Sudip Saha
  • Chris Barrett
  • Stephen Eubank
  • Achla Marathe
  • Madhav Marathe
  • Samarth Swarup
  • Anil Kumar S. Vullikanti
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7812)


We describe results from a computer simulation-based study of a large-scale, human-initiated crisis in a densely populated urban setting. We focus on the interaction between human behavior and the communication infrastructure in the aftermath of the crisis. We study the effects of sending emergency broadcasts immediately after the event, advising people to shelter in place, and show that this relatively mild intervention can have a large beneficial impact.


synthetic information computer simulations disaster modeling nuclear terrorism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shridhar Chandan
    • 1
  • Sudip Saha
    • 1
  • Chris Barrett
    • 1
  • Stephen Eubank
    • 1
  • Achla Marathe
    • 1
  • Madhav Marathe
    • 1
  • Samarth Swarup
    • 1
  • Anil Kumar S. Vullikanti
    • 1
  1. 1.Network Dynamics and Simulation Science LaboratoryVirginia Bioinformatics Institute, Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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