Designing a Multi-Agent Occupant Simulation System To Support Facility Planning And Analysis For COVID-19


• The COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives, forcing us to reconsider our built environment, architectural designs, and even behaviours.

• However, systems to effectively and interactively evaluate virus transmission in physical spaces are lacking.

• To help fill this gap, we propose OccSim, a system that automatically generates occupancy behaviours in a 3D model of a building and helps users analyze the potential effect of virus transmission from a large-scale and longitudinal perspective.

• Our participatory evaluation with four groups of stakeholders revealed that OccSim could enhance their decision making processes by identifying specific risks of virus transmission in advance, and illuminating how each risk relates to complex human-building interactions.

Bokyung Lee, Michael Lee, Jeremy Mogk, Rhys Goldstein, Jacky Bibliowicz, Frederik Brudy, Alexander Tessier.

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