Invitation to participate: Simulating a Maurauding Firearms Attacker (MFA) on a train

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The University was successful in becoming a supplier for the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) and can now tender for research contracts with this funder. An invitation to participate is currently open.

The DSTL requires a simulation (written using the C++ programming language) that has the functionality to script the behaviour of a Maurauding Terrorist Firearm Attack (MTFA) on a train. This should also include the associated behavioural response of the train’s occupants (including passengers and crew). Specifically, the simulation should be capable of quantifying:

  • How long it may take an MTFA agent to make their way through different parts of the train.
  • How long it would take occupants to ‘escape’, assuming the train is brought to a halt.
  • The number of casualties (including an indication of injury severity) that might be expected as a result of this response option.
  • The number of casualties (including an indication of injury severity) that might be expected if the train is not brought to a halt and it continues to emergency sidings.

The simulation must also be capable of representing a range of case variations, including:

  • A MTFA beginning in different parts of the train.
  • A different number of MTFA agents (e.g. single attacker to multiples).
  • Different firearm types (with associated ammunition capacity and reload times (fields to be supplied through GFI)).
  • Weapon trajectory data (fields to be supplied through GFI).

Those who wish to apply for this call should confirm their interest, by return, to researchoperations@manchester.ac.uk no later than 24th July 2017.