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Yonatan Shaham , PhD student

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PhD topic: Modeling urban fires
I received my BA in economics and philosophy on 2011 and MA in history and philosophy of sciences and ideas on 2014, both summa com laude, from the Tel Aviv University. My PhD research focuses on the agent-based modeling of urban fires and assessment and optimizing firefighting strategies. My wider academic interests include emergency response, sustainable economics, rationality, philosophy of science, and philosophy of economics. In addition I have served as a consultant to governmental authorities and held key responsibilities in emergency preparedness projects in Israel.

Awards: Smaller-Winnikow Scholarship 2016-2017


  1. Y. Shaham, I Benenson, 2018, Modeling fire spread in cities with non-flammable construction, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction,

  2. Y. Shaham, I. Benenson, 2017, From Geosimulation of Urban Fires to Firefighters Serious Games, GeoComputation 2017,

  3. Y. Shaham, I. Benenson, 2016, Modeling Urban Fires in Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern Cities, Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security, DOI: 10.1109/THS.2016.7568962


My software for free download ​

My City-Scale Model of Fire Dynamics in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Citiesl uses municipal GIS layers to generate internal partition of non-flammable buildings to rooms, floors and apartments and, based on these data, simulate fire spread patterns at resolution of single room, apartment and building.

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