WCA eCLIC Disaster Management Lab Developed at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, January 15, 2010

WCA eCLIC Disaster Management Lab Developed at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley

eCLIC, the Emergency Communications Leadership & Innovation Center, a special interest group of the Wireless Communications Alliance, will participate in the important Disaster Management Initiative of Carnegie Mellon University’s Silicon Valley Campus and jointly plan and develop the “eCLIC Labs at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley”. eCLIC will collaborate both in selected research areas and in overall proposal and public policy development, submissions and supervision.

“We would like to help grow the community, create test-beds and pilot programs, and prototype novel applications to continue our established work in helping to create ‘Connected, Protected, Educated Communities’,” said Pat Lanthier, eCLIC Chairman.

Authorized eCLIC members will participate in development and writing of submissions with Carnegie Mellon and will help develop opportunities for students and faculty to work on projects of mutual interest and to participate in eCLIC events, conferences, and policy deliberations.

The Disaster Management Initiative at Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley brings together multiple groups and individuals to develop next generation solutions to improved coordination and collaboration between Citizens, Emergency Responders and Command Centers. The goal is more effective management of response and recovery of disasters and emergencies of various types and scale. Mobile devices, wireless sensors, context-aware/situation-aware information fusing, filtering and distribution, and fast communications infrastructure will play a major role.

“We have extensive experience co-leading collaborations to help create “Connected, Protected, Educated Communities” at local, regional, state, national and international levels. We now seek, with Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley’s very capable support, to exponentially grow our collaborations so that disaster response/recovery managers from all fields (OES/EMA, police, fire, schools, health, NGOs, etc.) are truly supported by the best leadership, policy frameworks, technologies, policies, and practices,” said Lanthier. “Based on our experience, great gaps currently exist between what is possible and what is in actual use. Our collaborative work is really needed, now!”

“We are eager to be part of this crucial Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Response and Emergency Services work, and look forward to collaborate closely with members of the Carnegie Mellon University family,” said David Witkowski, President of the Wireless Communications Alliance.

Dr. Martin Griss, director of the Silicon Valley campus, agrees. “Carnegie Mellon is pleased to partner with eCLIC and other partners of the Disaster Management Initiative to address these issues. Technology can and should be used to solve the pertinent problems of disaster management today. By bringing these various groups together, we can accomplish more good in an accelerated time frame.”

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley will be hosting a DMI Workshop on Friday, March 26, titled “Disaster Management and Emergency Response” to discuss the role of next-generation devices, communication and collaboration technologies, and will also sponsor “CrisisCampSiliconValley”, a goal-oriented bar-camp resulting in white papers, technology development collaborations, prototypes, road maps supporting communication among technologists and emergency responders, and frameworks supporting technology development, to be held March 26-28. Registration will open in late January, the event is free of charge.

(pictured are Pat Lanthier and Martin Griss)