Human Behaviour in Fire
Research on human behaviour in fire has been performed at the Divsion of Fire Safety Engineering since the beginning of the 1990s. The research has been focused on data collection, model development and evacuation modelling. Much of the research in recent years has focused on people's reactions when exposed to different types of evacuation alarms, warning signals and way-finding systems. The research is carried out with different methods, ranging from full-scale experiments to studies with virtual reality. Among other things, evacuation experiments have been carried out in warehouses, cinema theatres, office buildings and tunnel environments.
Research on evacuation and human behaviour in fire is interdisciplinary. Due to this, researchers at the Division of Fire Safety Engineering work closely together with other research groups from both Sweden and other parts of the world. Many projects have involved researchers with backgrounds in architecture, psychology and computer sciences.