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Alex Sims

Sch Natural & Built Environments

Telephone: (08) 8302 0717 or 0458 67 0011


About me

Member of Barbara Hardy Institute.

Australian Postgraduate Award and Bushfire CRC Scholarship.

I am located in City East Room BJ2-53, you will need to ring before coming as there is no phone at the door.

My postal Address is:
University of South Australia
Alex Sims
GPO Box 2471
Adelaide SA 5001


Activity modelling for risk assessment and emergency management applications focusing on peri-urban regions

This research proposal identifies two main areas of research: the effect of smoke and bushfires on driving behaviour and quantifying and understanding the risk of late evacuation from a bushfire.A review of the relevant literature is undertaken and the literature review examines the role of road traffic congestion in emergency evacuations. Types of evacuation are identified along with existing research around evacuation of peri-urban communities. The effect of urgency and evacuation on driving behaviour is also examined. One method of modelling crash risk is identified. Existing modelling attempts and software are outlined along with the approaches used for constructing a simulation. Factors affecting decisions about when to evacuate and who evacuates are also identified.

Research publications

Sims, Alex G, Somenahalli, SVC, Hot Spot Identification using frequency of distinct crash types rather than total crashes, Australian Transport Research Forum, Canberra, 2010


Member of IEEE (IEEE Communications Society, IEEE Computer Society & IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society

Member of ACM

Student member of ITE