CMUSV Director Martin Griss to Speak at Pacific Endeavor 2011-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CMUSV Director Martin Griss to Speak at Pacific Endeavor 2011

Martin Griss Presenting at Pacific Endeavor 2011
Martin Griss Presenting at Pacific Endeavor 2011

Carnegie Mellon University's Silicon Valley Campus Director Martin Griss will be speaking and actively participating in Pacific Endeavor 2011, at the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Command and Control Center at Changi Naval Base in Singapore, August 22-26. Dr. Griss will directly collaborate with the highest levels of the Asia-Pacific Region’s military communications leadership and leaders of both the international humanitarian and communications industry community. Pacific Endeavor is a multi-national humanitarian workshop hosted by the U.S. Pacific Command and the SAF. Its focus is on improving response time and communication between parties during a disaster. Over twenty countries and non-government organizations are participating from the Pacific region. Carnegie Mellon University is one of only two universities, the other being the Naval Postgraduate School, invited to participate in the conference.

Pat Lanthier, chairman of eCLIC: emergency Communications Leadership and Innovation Center, and Disaster Management Initiative affiliate, is serving as one of two advisors to the Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP). He is leading the Academic and Industry sectors, to bring them together with 24 military organizations for collaborations. Mr. Lanthier offers, “This is the largest effort of its kind in the world. We also bring in the UN, World Food Program, Red Cross, Telecommunications Sans Frontieres, INSTEDD, AUS-AID other NGOs, and approximately 20 industry leaders. Our goals are to facilitate the development of guidelines and standard procedures, foster relationships with the international humanitarian community, and validate interoperability before a disaster hits. After all, communications is the key to effective disaster relief.”

Dr. Griss expressed excitement at the opportunity to participate in the conference. “Our Disaster Management Initiative has focused on issues of interoperability between disaster responders. During our last DMI workshop, we conducted a Plugfest to test the interoperability of over 30 emergency command centers, and discovered several challenges facing the responders because of limited data communication. PE11 will be an opportunity to mutually share experience and key learnings.”

Watch the Pacific Endeavor 2011 Workshop video, featuring Martin Griss and Pat Lanthier: