Darren Blackshields

Darren Blackshields BSc Hons, MSC

Research Fellow (Evacuation Modelling)

Darren Blackshields has worked as a research fellow at the University of Greenwich's Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) since 1999. He has been involved in developing the EXODUS evacuation model for buildings, aircraft and maritime environments. This has included work on the Royal Navy CVF class aircraft carrier, toxicity modelling for the British Home Office, and the European Union funded Framework 5 VELA and Framework 7 SAFEGUARD projects. He has also recently been involved in the development of an evacuation model designed specifically for the rail environment funded by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Darren Blackshields also has a role in the annual Principles and Practice of Evacuation Modelling short course that attracts an international audience of professionals working in the fire safety field. The course covers all aspects of fire safety engineering and human behaviour in emergency and circulation situations.


MSc Scientific and Engineering Software Technology
BSc Hons Mathematics, Statistics and Computing


2008 Jack Bono Engineering Communication Award from the US based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

Research / Scholarly interests

Darren Blackshields research interests involve, Evacuation Modelling, Behaviour Modelling and Video and Data Analysis. He is also actively involved in C++ programming.

Recent publications

Conference proceedings

Lawrence, Peter , Pellacini, Veronica, Filippidis, Lazaros, Blackshields, Darren (2022), The development of pedestrian gap acceptance and midblock pedestrian road crossing behavior utilizing SUMO. TIB Open Publishing (Technische Informationsbibliothek) - DLR Institute of Transportation Systems. In: SUMO User Conference 2021, 13th to 15th September 2021, online In: Pablo Alvarez Lopez, Olaf Angelo Banse Bueno, Maria Giuliana Armellini, Michael Behrisch, Laura Bieker-Walz, Erdmann Jacob, Yun-Pang Flötteröd, Robert Hilbrich, Ronald Nippold, Johannes Rummel (eds.), SUMO User Conference 2021. 13 – 15 September 2021, Virtual Event. TIB Open Publishing (Technische Informationsbibliothek) - DLR Institute of Transportation Systems, Hannover, Germany , 2 (1st) . pp. 33-51 2750-4425 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.52825/scp.v2i.90).


Galea, E. , Lawrence, Peter, Gwynne, Steve, Filippidis, Lazaros , Blackshields, Darren , Cooney, David (2015), buildingEXODUS V6.2 Technical Manual and User Guide. University of Greenwich. In: , , , . University of Greenwich, Greenwich, London, UK (doi: https://fseg.gre.ac.uk/exodus/option.html).

Galea, E. R. , Blackshields, D., Finney, K., Cooney, D. P. (2014), Passenger train emergency systems: development of prototype railEXODUS software for U.S. passenger rail car egress. Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG). In: , , , . Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG), (U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration DOT/FRA/ORD-14/35, November) . ISBN: 7540012805500 (doi: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/28310) NB Item availability restricted.