With an increasing amount of information from human and sensors, we are prototyping and evaluating technologies that help collect, analyze, triage, curate and distribute prioritized situation-aware data and information, using common operating picture maps, Twitter and SMS analysis, data mining and linguistic techniques. We list below only a representative subset of the active and proposed DMI projects.
In order to incorporate the vast amounts of knowledge available from social media into Common Operating Pictures for disaster management, data streams need to be sorted, clustered and reasoned at close to real-time. To perform this extremely large and complex task we are investigating a new paradigm for collaborative intelligence call Symbiotic Human-Machine Computing which combines active machine learning with human-based computation to perform large-scale knowledge acquisition, information processing and actuation of events in the real world.
We have established a laboratory and ongoing program of applied research and end-user education in Advanced Incident Communications. The AIC Laboratory will explore the changing landscape of multi-agency emergency communications and produce white papers, handbooks, test data, concepts and prototypes of practical value to communications managers in law, fire and emergency management. The education ptogram will result in courses, a certificate, and possible a track in our MS program in Modern Emergency Communications Technology and Methods, and the Design, Construction and Operation of a Mobile EOC.
A geospatially customizable common operating picture engine, serving as a shared internet map for damage assessment, GPS resource tracking, exercises and training.
eCLIC applies broad-band IP networking technologies to produce "Connected, Protected and Educated Communities".
GeoCam uses maps and smart phones to help disaster responders understand their situation and collaborate effectively.
Exploring collaborative interactions in an EOC using a combination of an 8-screen hyperwall and mobile technologies.
A mobile device (tablet or cell-phone), hand-held or attached to a first responder's uniform, providing real-time data, maps and communications.
Development of a functional mobile Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to function as a hardware and software experimental testbed.
Developing and installing hardware for a low-cost emergency communications backbone network in Silicon Valley.
Development of mobile applications using semantic-tagged conversations to make sense of incoming situational awareness data.