Prof Ed Galea: BSc, Dip.Ed, Phd, AMISASI, CMath, FIMA, CEng, FIFireE.


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.  FSEG has been rated as one of the top research groups in the UK for the past 10 years (RAE2008 and REF2014), with 70% of its research being either rated as “world leading” and or “internationally excellent” in RAE2008 and 74% in REF2014. 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.



·         In 2014 Prof Galea and FSEG won The Guardian University Award in the category of “Research Impact” for their work on Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage Systems as part of the EU FP7 project GETAWAY.

·         In 2013 Prof Galea and FSEG were finalists in The Guardian University Awards in the category of “Research Impact” for their work on Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage Systems as part of the EU FP7 project GETAWAY.

·         In 2011 a paper Prof Galea co-authored, “Fire and Evacuation analysis in BWB aircraft configurations: computer simulations and large-scale evacuation experiment”, which appeared in the Aeronautical Journal 2010, won the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Bronze Award for 2010.

·         In 2011 Prof Galea and FSEG were finalists in the THE 2011 AWARDS in the category of “Outstanding Engineering Research Team of the Year” for their work on Blending Wing Body (BWB) aircraft as part of the EU FP6 NACRE research project.

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.

19 Feb 2003 Prof Galea and Vice Chancellor Prof Trainer accept award from HRH and Prince Phillip

19 Feb 2003 Prof Galea introducing Princess Anne to the FSEG team

19 Feb 2003 FSEG team at Buckingham Palace

19 Feb 2003 Prof Galea introducing HRH to Jason, one of the EXODUS team.

Prof Galea and team accepting the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Feb 2002


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.



[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.

For more media coverage go to FSEG MEDIA pages - click here and also visit the FSEG YOUTUBE pages at here.



FSEG Facebook Page  

Fire Safety Engineering Group  
EXODUS (Evacuation Model for the Safety Industry) 
The SMARTFIRE Home Page  
Fire and Evacuation Modelling Courses for the Safety Industry
Vacant Research Posts
Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis



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..



Me back in 1980.
Me back in 1995.
Me back in 1999.
Me back in 2001.  The University of Greenwich is in the background.  The Maritime Campus of the University of Greenwich comprises the buildings behind the Maritime Museum.  I work in the building on your right.  My office is located on the third floor, third window from the right (Jan 2001).


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
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