Int J Performability Eng ›› 2020, Vol. 16 ›› Issue (1): 107-117.doi: 10.23940/ijpe.20.01.p12. 107117

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VR-based Training Model for Enhancing Fire Evacuee Safety

Hui Liang*(), Chao Ge, Fei Liang, and Yusheng Sun   

  1. Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou, 450002, China
  • Submitted on ; Revised on ; Accepted on
  • Contact: Hui Liang
  • Supported by:
    We received funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, 61872439). The authors acknowledge partial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, 61802352) and the 2019 Humanities and Social Science Project from the Education Department of Henan Province (2019-ZZJNH-607).


The popularity of commercial virtual reality (VR) devices provides novel and immersive training approaches for disaster evacuation safety education. Disaster-scene simulation provides users with highly immersive experiences and behavioral analyses. The ability to capture user performance during VR training is essential to enhancing survivability and reducing injuries and deaths. In this paper, a VR-based fire evacuation training approach is proposed. An optimal escape-route mathematical model is developed based on factors of temporal endurance under high temperatures and harmful gases. Human behavior at the scene of the disaster is analyzed to evaluate escape abilities. Experimental results show that our method is effective, offering a new method of disaster safety training that overcomes the limitations of traditional approaches (e.g., poor reality, limited interactions, and lack of user study).

Key words: virtual reality, safety training, disaster evacuation