A New Model of Wildfire Propagation Using the Interacting Spatial Automata Formalism
Adam is developing modelling methods for the development of wildland fire models. The interacting spatial automata methodology is based on the generalised cellular automata formalism and uses the Circal process algebra as a specification language. His significant contributions include the development of a modelling methodology for spatial, event-driven systems and the formal specification of a novel structure that models fuel distributions using an approximation to the natural patchiness of ecologies. Computer simulations of wildfire models are used to demonstrate the quality of these contributions.
Simulations of wildfire are important because they have potential to save human life and offer economic and environmental advantage through real-time prediction of fire spread and risk analysis.