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O n 11 November 2000, at the Kaprun resort in Austria, 162 passengers boarded a funicu-lar Gletscherbahn train for an early-morning trip to the ski slopes. As the train traveled through a 3,300-meter tunnel at 10 m/sec to an altitude of 2,450 meters above sea level, a heater at the car-riage's lower end caught fire. The fire destroyed the braking system(More)
A considerable increase in road traffic has provoked a total change in the operating paradigms of vehicles, shifting vehicle handling from “just steering” towards a complex adaptation task. With the emergence of wireless communication technology, vehicle operation can now incorporate for the first time ever beside the local driver-vehicle(More)
Due to catastrophic disasters induced by forces of nature like flooding or tsunamis, terrorism or nuclear power plant accidents, understanding the dynamics of urban evacuation systems has elicited massive interest over the past years. While discrete event simulations of evacuation models become prohibitively complex dealing with the time, space and(More)
High average intensity of traffic and problems like traffic congestions , road safety, etc. are challenging problems striking highway operators in these days. With the broad application of intelligent transport systems (ITS), particularly for the most dense street sections, some of these problems can be minimized or even solved; supplementary great(More)
Steering a vehicle is a task increasingly challenging the driver in terms of mental resources. Reasons for this include the increasing volume of road traffic and a rising quantity of road signs, traffic lights, and other distractions at the roadside (such as billboards), to name a few. The application of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, in particular if(More)
In order to develop complexity science based modeling, prediction and simulation methods for large scale socio-technical systems in an Ambient Intelligence (AmI) based smart environment, we propose a scenario based modeling approach. With a case study on AmI technology to support the evacuation from emergency scenarios, i.e. the Life Belt, a wearable(More)