Each of the three days of PED2023 will start with an inspirational talk by our keynote speakers:
Daniel R. Parisi
Dr. Max Kinateder serves as an Associate Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada and as an Adjunct Research Faculty in Cognitive Science at Carleton University. His research focuses on human behavior in fire, with a particular emphasis on evacuation decision-making and movement in building fires or wildfires. The overall aim of his work is to contribute to a better understanding of perception and action in complex emergency situations and to increase safety for all. To do this, he uses empirical methods ranging from controlled experiments in immersive virtual and augmented reality to field observations. He holds a PhD in psychology from the university of Wuerzburg, Germany.
Dr. Denise McGrath is a faculty member at the School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science, University College Dublin. With expertise in the analysis of human movement from a biomechanical perspective, she works across disciplines and sectors on applied research that addresses a range of problems in the health, wellbeing and technology spaces. She has worked with ageing and clinical populations as well as elite athletes, employing wearable and video technologies to capture movement data. She has collaborated with academic and industry-based researchers in the field of crowd flow and fire safety to create novel insights into how movement can be modelled based on individual gait characteristics.
Daniel R. Parisi
Daniel R. Parisi is a Professor at the “Buenos Aires Institute of Technology” (ITBA) and a Researcher at the “National Scientific and Technical Research Council” (CONICET, Argentina). Daniel graduates in Physics in 1998 and received his doctorate from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and from the National Institute of Applied Science at Rennes (France) in 2003. Since then, he has dedicated to basic and applied research on active matter systems in general, and in particular, to pedestrian dynamics. Area in which he has collected experimental data; developed validated models, and transferred knowledge to simulation software and consultancy. In 2006, he co-founded “Urbix”, an Argentinean tech-based company that provided pedestrian flow simulation and characterization. More recently (2019) he was awarded a “Human Frontier Science Program” (HFSP) grant as part of an international team. Currently, he is the head of the “Center of Physical, Biological, and Social Agents” (CAFiBiS) at ITBA.