FireGrid Project

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FireGrid Consortium

The FireGrid consortium brought together many bodies with an interest in improving response to fire emergencies. It was led by the School of Engineering and Electronics at the University of Edinburgh. Members included:

FireGrid Project Overview

The FireGrid consortium was a multidisciplinary collaboration investigating next-generation emergency response systems.

The FireGrid project aimed to harness the potential of advanced forms of computation to support the response to large-scale fire emergencies. The challenges were:

At the University of Edinburgh, AIAI's role was to provide expertise on the intelligent command and control user interface to present useful and actionable information to the emergency response coordinaing. EPCC's role was to provide expertise on high-performance computing for simulation and modelling. Computational models of physical phenomena were developed, deployed and analysed on High Performance Computing resources to infer incident conditions by assimilating live sensor data from an emergency in real time - or, in the case of predictive models, faster-than-real time. The results of these models are then interpreted by a knowledge-based reasoning scheme to provide support information for the emergency responder. These models are accessed over a Grid from an agent-based system.

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The FireGrid project was co-funded by the UK Technology Strategy Board's Collaborative Research and Development programme, following an open competition. The authors acknowledge the contribution of all colleagues in the FireGrid project. This work made use of the facilities of HPCx, the UK's national high-performance computing service, which is provided by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and by STFC Daresbury Laboratory, and funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills through EPSRC's High End Computing Programme.