VELOS - A VR environment for ship applications : current status and planned extensions

Ginnis, A.I. and Kostas, K.V. and Politis, C.G. and Kaklis, P.D.; Brunnett, Guido and Coquillart, Sabine and van Liere, Robert van Liere and Welch, Gregory F., eds. (2015) VELOS - A VR environment for ship applications : current status and planned extensions. In: Proceedings of the Conference of Dagstuhl Workshop on Virtual Realities, June 2013, Wadern, Germany. Schloss Dagstuhl- Leibniz-Zentrum fur Informatik GmbH, Dagstuhl Publishing, DEU. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Virtual Environment for Life On Ships (VELOS) is a multi- user Virtual Reality (VR) system that supports designers to assess (early in the design process) passenger and crew activities on a ship for both normal and hectic conditions of operations and to improve the ship design accordingly. Realistic simulations of behavioral aspects of crowd in emergency conditions require modeling of panic aspects and social conventions of inter-relations. The present paper provides a description of the enhanced crowd modeling approach employed in VELOS for the performance of ship evacuation assessment and analysis based on the guidelines provided by IMO's Circular MSC 1238/2007.