Activities-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

DMI Activities

Launch DMI

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley (CMUSV) launched the Disaster Management Initiative (DMI), a formal consortium of regional/San Francisco Bay Area practitioners, volunteers, researchers and agencies to share experience and resources toward a more systematic and coherent development and intergration of technology to support disaster management. The DMI Workshop on March 26, 2010 brought together potential partners and CrisisCampSiliconValley on March 26-28, 2010 brought the community together.

Establish Partnerships

  • CalEMA and GGSN - March 2010 - Signed Memorandums of Understanding with the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA) and the Golden Gate Safety Network (GGSN) to encourage collaboration in developing and evaluating technology and approaches.
  • JVSV, TWiki, eCLIC Labs, Airship Earth, GGSN - Signed letters of intent with the Joint Ventures of Silicon Valley Network (JVSV), TWiki, Inc., eCLIC Labs, Airship Earth, and GGSN.
  • Space Act Agreement with NASA Ames - The agreement enables more formal and systematic collaboration wtih NASA including integrating NASA technology (such as GeoCAM) with the DMI, use of NASA facilities, and establishing Clearwire WiMAX equipment and infrastructure on NASA buildings.
  • NASA Ames DART - Interaction with DART is facilitated through the Space Act Agreement. The Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team (DART) is an all-hazard Federal emergency response and recovery team based at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. DART has an elaborate training facility and program available to members of the emergency services community. This facility includes collapsed structures, rubble yard, and hazardous materials yard used for training and technology evaluation.
  • Clearwire WiMAX - A collaboration with Clearwire Inc. has led to the donation of WiMAX equipment. The Space Act Agreement enables establishment of a plan and permits to place a WiMAX tower on the NASA Ames campus. The tower enables research on use of WiMAX to enhance reliable and secure gathering and transmission of sensor data, images and video from multiple mobile collection points during a disaster.
  • Research Lead for the Newly Emerging NDRC - A new collaboration between NASA Ames, Joint Venture - Silicon Valley Network and CMU-SV, with small seed funding from SUASI via Santa Clara County, is defining a plan for a new 501(c)(3) National Disaster Resiliency Center to be situated at NASA Research Park. It will provide a Research Center (led by CMU-SV), training and learning center (led by SJSU and NASA DART) and an operations and logistics center. The goal is to establish an initial physical presence on the NASA Research Park while a new building is being designed and then built, and to launch rsearch and development and regional training. CMU-SV serves on the executive committee for the NRDC and has submitted an initial plan for the Research Center component.