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Tuesday, March 5 • 4:15pm - 6:00pm
Disaster Reduction and Preparedness - How Technology Can Help Communities During Disasters and Crises FULL

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The Georgia Tech Institute for People and Technology leads a Humanitarian Systems initiative is focused on developing novel communication and information, building safety and shelter, healthcare, and security technologies to aid communities during disaster and crisis situations. This session will examine the role of sensors, computers, and communications in social and political development with the aim of building systems that support communities as they overcome significant challenges. From the perspective of science the session will address three areas of potential advancement to technology that will aid in prediction and recovery from disaster.

One area of discussion is prediction and preparation for natural and human disasters will involve the combination of intelligence, environmental sensing, and human social awareness and response.  There are emerging opportunities for algorithms that provide advanced warning from massive data collections
involving regional intelligence or environmental trends, large scale sensing, and human social networking. Given a disaster situation there is additional opportunity to develop new sensors that
detect human victims, structural safety, and danger to first responders.  Finally, future smart buildings may include biologically inspired design and low cost sensing to provide increased resiliency to natural disasters. The science behind such opportunity is in large scale sensing and analysis of massive data sets. 

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Jeff Evans

Deputy Director for the Information and Communications Lab (ICL), Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Georgia Institute of Technology
Jeff Evans is a Principal Research Engineer in the Information & Cyber Science Directorate (ICSD) at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Mr. Evans has over 33 years of research in the communications field with particular interest in broadband wireless network implementations... Read More →

Leigh Fitzpatrick McCook

Division Chief and Principal Research Associate, Socio-Technical Systems Division Information & Communications Lab
Ms. McCook is the Division Chief of the Socio-Technical Systems Division within the Information and Communications Laboratory of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Ms. McCook is a Principal Research Associate with GTRI with  over twenty years of research management and program... Read More →


Dr. Alessandro Annunziato

Joint Research Centre - European Commission

Dr. Charles J. Holland

Associate Director, US Office of Naval Research Global, Prague, Czech Republic
Dr. Charles J. Holland is an Associate Director with the US Office of Naval Research Global, located in their Prague, Czech Republic office. He has over 35 years' experience in research and directing scientific andtechnology programs in academia and government.  His technical expertise... Read More →

Bart M. De Lathouwer

GEO Secretariat

Martijn Neef

Networked Organisations Group; TNO Defense, Security and Safety
Martijn Neef is a senior research scientist and innovation consultant at the Defence, Security and Safety section of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO in The Hague, The Netherlands. Martijn holds a M.Sc. in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence from Utrecht... Read More →
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Dr. Danny Reible

Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmen
Dr. Reible is the Bettie Margaret Smith Chair of Environmental Health Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas in Austin.  He received his MS and PhD... Read More →

Bengt Sundelius

Professor of Government, Uppsala University; Strategic Advisor to the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencie
Bengt Sundelius is Professor of Government, Uppsala University, and Strategic Advisor to the Director General of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. He has been Chief Scientist of the Swedish Emergency Management Agency, Head of the Department of Security and Strategy of the Swedish... Read More →

Tuesday March 5, 2013 4:15pm - 6:00pm CET
European Parliament P1C051

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