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Re: [Swarmfest2006] my abstracts are sitting in the bounce pile atswarm.

From: Paul Box
Subject: Re: [Swarmfest2006] my abstracts are sitting in the bounce pile atswarm.org
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006 08:24:45 +0930

Keith Christiansen has a scheduling conflict on saturday, and would like to present on Friday. Is that possible?

On 09/06/2006, at 3:16 AM, North, Michael wrote:


We have received the abstracts.


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Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 12:40 AM
To: address@hidden
Subject: [Swarmfest2006] my abstracts are sitting in the bounce pile

I have just tried several times to send in my swarmfest abstracts, and
have received multiple messages from swarm-bounce saying that I'm not
a member of the list.  There seems to be a problem convincing the
mailer which address I'm sending from.  I will try to send this again.
 Here are two abstracts:

===== first abstract =======

From: Paul Box <address@hidden>
Date: 7 June 2006 2:49:58 PM
To: SwarmFest 2006 Organizers list <address@hidden>
Subject: abstract submission: Paul Box


Please find my submission for swarmfest.  I am happy to give this
presentation at whatever time is most convenient.

An agent-based representation of social networks, cooperative
behavior, and viability of remote desert communities in central

Paul Box and Yiheyis Maru
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization,
Sustainable Ecosystems Division, Alice Springs, Australia

Settlements in desert Austraila are defined by extreme: variable but
mostly dry climate, generally low primary productivity at landscape
scale, low population density, small numbers of people residing in
settlements and great distances to other settlemens or services.  Many
settlements require significant government resources to remain viable,
spawning much debate about how much public money should go to
supporting the relatively small number of people who live there.
Viability is defined in terms of a combination of infrastructure, and
financial, natural, human and social capital.  Social capital, the
measure of social cohesiveness, is difficult to measure, as it is
defined by quantity and quality of interactions between people, rather
than tangible assets.  An agent-based framework is presented that
demonstrates the nature of social capital, and the role of cooperative
behavior and social networks in community viability.  Preliminary
findings of the model suggest that communities with intact social
networks are viable even when other forms of capital are scarce, and
communities without functioning social networks are not viable even
when money or other assets are plentiful.

====== second abstract =========

Suggested Title:  Evaluating access for persons with disabilities
during mass egress events in public places

Begin forwarded message:

From: Keith Christensen <address@hidden>
Date: 6 June 2006 8:07:42 AM
To: Paul Box <address@hidden>
Subject: Re: Long time no hear: interested in speaking at Notre Dame?

The little blerb is below.  Please feel free to edit as you feel
necessary for this audience.  I will wait to receive the information
on the location and times to make travel arrangements.  Thanks,

Session Description

The session will describe an ongoing research program whose purpose is
to evaluate (a) the effect of the current and proposed Americans with
Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) for the
built-environment on the egress of individuals with disabilities
during the mass pedestrian flows (MPFs) triggered by health-safety
events, and (b) the effect of security-oriented design methods on the
egress of individuals with disabilities during health-safety event
triggered MPFs.  The objective of the project is to measure the
emergent behaviors of heterogeneous sample populations of five
representative built-environments (an airport, high school, conference
center, multi-story office building, and secured federal development)
during simulated health-safety events.  Agent-based simulations are
used to measure these behaviors and their effect on individuals with


Keith Christensen, Utah State University, Center for Persons with

Yuya Sasaki, Utah State University, Center for Persons with

Paul Box, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Alice Springs, Australia

Keith Christensen Utah State University 435.797.3997

// Paul Box
// Alice Springs, NT  Australia
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