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Role of IT in Large Scale Crowd Management with Application to Pilgrimage

Event Date: October 18, 2013
Speaker: Dr. Adnan Abdul-Aziz Gutub
Speaker Affiliation: Umm Al-Qura University,
Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Sponsor: Computer Engineering Area
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: MSEE 239
Contact Name: Dr Arif Ghafoor
Managing almost 3 million pilgrims performing various Islamic religious rituals in a short duration of time during the annual pilgrim (the Hajj) in Makkah (Saudi Arabia) poses enormous safety and administrative challenges. This seminar will give an overview of research leading to the development of advanced IT solutions which can play significant role in managing pilgrims and, in general, world-wide events involving large scale crowd. IT solutions can provide high quality experience for individuals within a large crowd. In particular, research results provide detailed insight into the complex dynamics of pilgrim crowd performing the Tawaf which is to circumambulate the Kabbah, the most sacred site in Islam. We discuss the strategies how these results can lead to the development of efficient crowd management policies for a constrained infrastructure. Additional constraints include keeping intact the physical characteristics around Kabbah while deploying crowd management policies that have minimal implementation and administrative cost.

Bio of Speaker

Professor Adnan Abdul-Aziz Gutub is currently affiliated with the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute of the Hajj & Omrah Research within Umm Al Qura University (UQU), Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He is with the faculty of Computer Engineering at UQU. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Oregon State University in 2001. He had his BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Computer Engineering both from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Saudi Arabia. Dr. Gutub worked at KFUPM prior to joining UQU at the beginning of 2010. He has guided research activities at the Center of Research Excellence in Hajj & Omrah (HajjCoRE) and served as the Executive Director of HajjCoRE until April 2013. He supervised IT research related to Hajj and Omrah activities focusing on smart crowd management and intelligent transportation engineering systems.

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Refreshments will be available at the seminar.
Professor Arif Ghafoor is hosting Dr. Gutub.