CAA Professor in Mathematical Modelling,
Director Fire Safety Engineering Group,
Co-director Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis.
I am the founding director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) at the University of Greenwich. As FSEG director I co-ordinate, manage and direct the research activities of some 30 group members. FSEG have won a string of national and international awards that testify to the world leading nature of our work. In the last UK wide Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), FSEG was confirmed as one of the top research groups in the UK, with 30% of its work being rated as “world leading” and 40% being rated as “internationally excellent”. It is a tribute to our team of talented and hard working researchers that we have been judged to be outstanding by our peers.
I have working in the area of Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) at
Greenwich since 1986. FSE is all about protecting life and property from
unwanted fire through the efficient design of structures and procedures. I am
fascinated with FSE because it draws together so many different technical and
practical disciplines. These include architecture, engineering, physics,
chemistry, computer science, psychology, physiology, economics, mathematics and
statistics. What I think is particularly cool - and why my group is located in a
computer/mathematics department - is the way Mathematical Modelling can knit all
these disciplines together into a set of comprehensive tools which aid the fire
engineer in making difficult design decisions.
The increasing use of mathematical models within FSE has lead FSEG to coin the term Computational Fire Engineering or CFE to describe the core discipline of mathematical modelling within fire engineering. FSEG are leaders in CFE and have been developing CFE tools since the mid 1980's. As CFE matures, the fireman's traditional weapons of water, hose and axe are being augmented by sophisticated computer models able to predict almost every aspect of fire development and the way structures and people react to fire.
My main academic interests in CFE are directed towards CFD based fire modelling, evacuation modelling and pedestrian dynamics. As part of my work I am also active in BSI, ISO and IMO in the areas of fire safety.
As my publication list will testify, I also believe it is the role of those of us in the academic/research world to convey to the public - our financial sponsors - what it is we do, why we are doing it and if possible, the excitement we get out of doing it.
From left to right, Mr Dave Evans SFPE Executive Director, Prof Ed Galea and Dr Steve Gwynne, two of the Bono award winners following the award paper presentation by Prof Ed Galea at the SFPE annual meeting Charlotte NC, 14 October 2008.
|FSEG team accepting award from RINA and Lloyds Register officials, from left to right, RINA president, Lloyds CEO, Dr Steve Gwynne, Dr Peter Lawrence, Mr Gary Sharp and Prof Ed Galea.|
SOME LINKS TO THE FSEG WEB SITE:
[11 Sept 2008] THE WORLD
US public radio coverage of 9/11 research
Click here to listen to the mp3 recording
[03 Oct 2006] BBC NEWS24
Prof Galea discusses how to survive a plane crash.
3.43 mins video
7.43 MB file size
[19 Feb 2003] ITV NEWS
Prof Galea discusses winning the Queen's Prize 2002.
[Nov 2000] ESCAPE!
Prof Galea appeared in the TV documentary ESCAPE! produced by NOVA discussing research into fire and evacuation.
SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF WHERE I WORK (JAN 2001):
View of my office from my desk.
View of my office towards my desk.
View from my office towards Maritime Museum and Greenwich Observatory.
View of the University where I work from the top of Greenwich park. The University is the building immediately behind the Maritime Museum..
SOME PHOTOGRAPHS OF ME:
Pmail : Prof E.R. Galea, Director Fire Safety Engineering Group, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich 30 Park Row, Telephone : +44 (0)208-331-8730 London SE10 9LS. Fax : +44 (0)208-331-8925
E.Mail : E.R.Galea@greenwich.ac.uk HTTP : http://staffweb.cms.gre.ac.uk/~ge03/