Bowie State Uses Virtual Reality to Improve Aviation Safety
How quickly can a place like Dulles Airport be evacuated in an emergency without putting people in danger? That’s the question students at Bowie State University are working to answer using a new virtual reality laboratory and advanced 3-D equipment to simulate emergency evacuation scenarios.
Backed by a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, students and faculty in the Computer Science Department have created ‘virtual’ environments to evaluate emergency evacuation procedures for sites like airports, airplanes and large buildings. Sophisticated equipment enables them to evaluate the impact of crowd behavior, time and signage during the evacuation.