COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE SEMINAR – Active Shooter: An Agent-based Model of Unarmed Resistance – Thomas Briggs

When:
November 11, 2016 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
2016-11-11T15:00:00-05:00
2016-11-11T16:30:00-05:00
Where:
Center for Social Complexity Suite, 3rd Floor Research Hall, Fairfax Campus
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karen Underwood
7039939298

COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE FRIDAY SEMINAR

Active Shooter: An Agent-Based Model of Unarmed Resistance

Thomas Briggs, CSS PhD Student
Department of Computational and Data Sciences
George Mason University

Friday, November 11, 2016,  3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
3rd Floor, Research Hall

Mass shootings unfold quickly and are rarely foreseen by victims. Increasingly, training is provided to increase chances of surviving active shooter scenarios, usually emphasizing, “Run, Hide, Fight.” Evidence from prior mass shootings suggests that casualties may be limited should the shooter encounter unarmed resistance prior to the arrival of law enforcement officers (LEOs). An agent-based model (ABM) explored the potential for limiting casualties should a small proportion of potential victims swarm a gunman, as occurred on a train from Amsterdam to Paris in 2015. Results suggest that even with a miniscule probability of overcoming a shooter, fighters may save lives but put themselves at increased risk. While not intended to prescribe a course of action, the model suggests the potential for a reduction in casualties in active shooter scenarios.