AVATOR project

Figure 1: Agent-based simulation of people movements in a supermarket scenario.

Fraunhofer Singapore is part of the AVATOR project funded by the Fraunhofer Anti-Corona Programme. The project´s goal is to understand, simulate, and validate the spreading of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in closed public spaces such as cafeterias, shopping malls, public transport and classrooms. Fraunhofer Singapore has developed an agent-based simulation to simulate the behaviour of individual persons in these spaces. The computed movement patterns based on social distancing measures, social behaviour, and individual preferences and goals are one of the inputs to other participating Fraunhofer institutes to conduct air flow and aerosol simulation at various scales. These simulations are validated in physical test laboratories by the consortium. The target of the project is to provide new insights and tools to prevent spreading of SARS-CoV-2 as well as to propose suitable countermeasures.

 

Challenge

Risks of infection and spreading of SARS-CoV-2 in public spaces are unknown.

Solution

Agent-based simulation of people in different public spaces and with varying protective measures as input for detailed aerosol simulation by consortium partners

Added value

Improvement of safety measures and public health as well as improving the economic stability of affected industry sectors