A visit to Portugal

In November of 2018, UM CS Department Chair, Jesse Johnson, his graduate student David Blasen presented their research at the VII International Conference on Forest Fire Research, held in Coimbra, Portugal. Their simulation results revealed that a commonly used approximation is invalid in many important real world cases, meaning that fires will tend to burn longer and retain more heat that expected. This international conference had over 200 participants from Portugal, Spain, the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, and Slovakia.

Dave tries out the “Honesty Bar” in the Hotel Astoria Lobby.

Conference participants were treated to a demonstration of the fire behavior experimental facilities in Portugal. This platform can be adjusted to see how fire burns up slopes.

On the final day, Dave and Jesse did some sightseeing on the Portuguese coast in Cascais.


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