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The growth and compaction of cities represents worldwide social and technical challenges. One key problem we already face every day is the overloaded traffic systems. Fire belongs to the most essential form of threats causing problems in many large building projects. With the research activities in pedestrian and fire dynamics we contribute to the understanding of these highly complex systems. Our work bases on experiments as well as modelling. In pedestrian dynamics we focus on the natural science perspective integrating concepts of social psychology. The research activities in the field of fire dynamics combines high performance computing, physics, chemistry and mathematics with fire safety engineering methods.

The IAS-7 consists of scientists from mathematics, physics, computer sciences and engineering. We aim to strengthen this diversity with respect to gender and culture. Beside cooperation with universities worldwide our team is closely linked to the
Department of Computer Simuation for Fire Safety and Pedestrian Traffic at the University of Wuppertal.