Lazaros Filippidis

Lazaros Filippidis BSc Hons, MSc

Senior Lecturer in Evacuation Modelling

Mr Lazaros Filippidis is a Senior Lecturer in Evacuation Modelling at the Fire Safety Engineering Group of the University of Greenwich which he joined in 1996.

He is involved in the research and development of the EXODUS evacuation models. His key research area involves human behaviour in emergencies, adaptive behaviour, data collection and live trials. He has worked on numerous large-scale projects including, the EU funded Framework 5 projects FireExit (2001 – 2005) and VELA (2002 – 2005), Framework 6 projects AVATARS (2005 – 2008) and NACRE (2005 – 2009), the Framework 7 projects BESECU (2008 – 2011), SAFEGUARD (2009 – 2012), IDIRA (2011 – 2015) and GETAWAY (2011 – 2014), and the Horizon 2020 project AUGGMED (2015 – 2018) and IN-PREP (2017 – 2021). His responsibilities for these projects included the development of live trial protocols and implementation of full-scale evacuation trials, collection and interpretation of human performance data, analysis of human behaviour, development of crisis management scenarios, and the development of their corresponding evacuation simulation models for the aviation, built, maritime industries, including urban/rural scale setups. For some of these projects he assumed managerial roles working successfully on very tight schedules in collaboration with industrial partners. He is also part of the associate experts of the Horizon 2020 FIRE-IN (2017 - 2022) project advising on the state of the art of evacuation modelling software solutions.

Mr Filippidis holds a lead role in organising and delivering the annual Principles and Practice of Evacuation Modelling short course, contributes to the design of lecture material and manages laboratory sessions in the use of the EXODUS evacuation simulation tools. Furthermore, he has organised, developed, and delivered on-line e-learning courses as well as short courses to an international clientele.

A paper that Mr Filippidis co-authored has been awarded the Jack Bono Engineering Communications Award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (2008) and a further two that he co-authored have been awarded the Hodgson prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society (1998 and 2002)

Awards

As co-author:

  1. Bronze award by the Royal Aeronautical Society for a paper appearing in the Royal Aeronautical Journal, 2011
  2. Jack Bono Engineering Communications award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, 2008
  3. Hodgson Prize by the Royal Aeronautical Society for best paper appearing in the Royal Aeronautical Journal, 2003
  4. Hodgson Prize by the Royal Aeronautical Society for a paper appearing in the Royal Aeronautical Journal, 1999

As member of the core EXODUS group:

  1. Guardian Research Impact Award (2014)
  2. European IST prize by the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering (Euro-CASE) for the development of the EXODUS suite of software, 2004
  3. Queen's Anniversary Prize, 2002
  4. RINA/LR (Royal Institution of Naval Architects/Lloyds Register) Safer Ships Award, 2001
  5. CITIS (Communications & IT in Shipping) Award for Innovation in IT for Ship Operation for the maritimeEXODUS software, 2002
  6. British Computer Society Award for IT, 2001

Research / Scholarly interests

Mr Filippidis is the author/co-author of many academic publications concerning human evacuation behaviour and related topics. His research interests include:

  • Evacuation and circulation human behaviour and modelling
  • Crisis management and simulation modelling
  • Live large-scale evacuation trials and data collection
  • Agent based modelling

Key funded projects

EU funded Framework 5 projects

  • FireExit (2001 – 2005) and VELA (2002 – 2005),

Framework 6 projects

  • AVATARS (2005 – 2008)
  • NACRE (2005 – 2009),

Framework 7 projects

  • BESECU (2008 – 2011),
  • SAFEGUARD (2009 – 2012),
  • IDIRA (2011 – 2015)
  • GETAWAY (2011 – 2014),

The Horizon 2020 projects

  • AUGGMED (2015 – 2018) 
  • IN-PREP (2017 – 2021).

Recent publications

Article

Filippidis, Lazaros , Xie, Hui, Galea, Edwin R., Lawrence, Peter J. (2021), Exploring the potential effectiveness of dynamic and static emergency exit signage in complex spaces through simulation. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Fire Safety Journal, 125: 103404 ISSN: 0379-7112 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2021.103404) NB Item availability restricted.

Veeraswamy, Anand , Galea, Edwin R., Filippidis, Lazaros, Lawrence, Peter J. , Haasanen, Simo , Gazzard, Robert J. , Smith, Thomas E.L. (2017), The simulation of urban-scale evacuation scenarios with application to the Swinley forest fire. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Safety Science, 102 . pp. 178-193 ISSN: 0925-7535 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2017.07.015).

Galea, Edwin R. , Xie, Hui, Deere, Steven, Cooney, David , Filippidis, Lazaros (2017), Evaluating the effectiveness of an improved active dynamic signage system using full scale evacuation trials. Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Fire Safety Journal, 91 . pp. 908-917 ISSN: 0379-7112 (Print), 1873-7226 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2017.03.022) NB Item availability restricted.

Galea, E.R. , Xie, H., Deere, S., Cooney, D. , Filippidis, L. (2016), An international survey and full-scale evacuation trial demonstrating the effectiveness of the active dynamic signage system concept. Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Fire and Materials, 41 (5) . pp. 493-513 ISSN: 0308-0501 (Print), 1099-1018 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/fam.2414) NB Item availability restricted.

Galea, Edwin R. , Deere, Steven J., Brown, Robert, Filippidis, Lazaros (2014), A validation data-set and suggested validation protocol for ship evacuation models. International Association for Fire Safety Science. In: , , , . International Association for Fire Safety Science, Fire Safety Science, 11 . pp. 1115-1128 ISSN: 1817-4299 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.11-1115).

Conference proceedings

Galea, E.R. , Xie, H., Cooney, D., Filippidis, L. (2015), Active dynamic signage system: A full-scale evacuation trial. Interscience Communications Ltd. In: , , , Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire 201. Interscience Communications Ltd, London , 6 . pp. 303-314 . ISBN: 9780993393303 (doi: ).

Galea, Edwin R. , Markus, Sauter, Deere, Steven J., Filippidis, Lazaros (2015), Investigating the impact of culture on evacuation response behaviour. Interscience Communications Ltd. In: , , , Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, 201. Interscience Communications Ltd, London , 6 . pp. 351-360 . ISBN: 9780993393303 (doi: ).

Veeraswamy, Anand , Galea, Edwin R., Filippidis, Lazaros, Lawrence, Peter J. , Gazzard, Robert J. (2015), The simulation of urban-scale evacuation scenarios: Swinley forest fire. Interscience Communications Ltd. In: , , , Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, 201. Interscience Communications Ltd, London , 6 . pp. 221-232 . ISBN: 9780993393303 (doi: ).

Monograph

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).