Program Details-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Final Program Details

Sunday, May 22

7:30 Registration opens - Bldg 23, West Lawn
8:00 Continental Breakfast - Bldg 23, Patio
8:30 Opening Session: MCC Morning Briefing - Bldg 3, Ballroom
Join us as we go over important safety information, logistics and other announcements pertaining to the day's sessions and exercises.
Concurrent Sessions  
9:00 Basic ICS Training, ICS Strategy and Tactics – Bldg 23, Rm 129, 129A, 129B
All 3 NIMS Sessions incorporate the use of the "Rivertown" Training model; a 3 dimensional mock up of a typical city. These are hands on sessions putting the participant into the NIMS system at the EOC, Field Command or part of the Planning Process. Full description

Amateur Radio: Resource Typing (MAC Program) – Bldg 23, Rm 212
Michael Fox, N6MEF, ARES Assistant District Emergency Coordinator, RACES Deputy Chief Radio Officer, MAC Program Manager
The MAC Program defines standards of performance and includes several types and levels of qualifications. Individual amateur operators are trained and prepared to provide a variety of communications services and are available for deployment throughout the county. Full description

Presentation slides (.pdf)

10:30 Automated Damage Assessment Data Compilation via Amateur Radio for Emergency Management - Bldg 23, Rm 212
Andy Rose, KI6SEP, Assistant Emergency Communicator - Mountain View, Member, Santa Clara County Packet Committee, SCCo MAC N2, F2, P2, S1
Modern software automates the data gathering and compilation process using amateur packet radio. The data presentation is elegantly simple and designed for EOC personnel: "focus on the message, not the medium." Full description
11:00

Panel Session: IT Volunteering in Disasters – Bldg 3, Ballroom
Peter Ohtaki, Executive Director, California Resiliency Alliance
Increasingly, temporary information technology (IT) support is needed during disasters, ranging from setting up WiFi in evacuee shelters, surge support for 2-1-1 websites, recovery wikis for impacted communities, or geo-mapping support. However, volunteers with IT skills need ICS training and organization into deployable teams, like ARES/RACES amateur radio volunteers. This panel will discuss a FEMA pilot program called NET Guard, a recent survey of IT needs of non-profit disaster response organizations in Santa Clara County, and ARES/RACES lessons on training and team-building. Finally, the panel will discuss volunteer management, deployment issues and coordination between NET Guard and ARES/RACES. Full description

Presentation slides:

Peter Ohtaki (.pdf)

12:00 Lunch - Bldg 23, Patio

Disaster Communications Brief – Bldg 23, Rm 118
Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency
The Santa Clara County and local city RACES resources will provide communications to support a disaster simulation. Best practices in disaster message handling will be highlighted, with voice and data records retained to be analyzed for future development and integration into evolving common operating picture implementations. Full description
Concurrent Sessions  
1:00

Geocam: Field Data Collection Demo - Bldg 23, Rm 211
Trey Smith, Systems Scientist, CMU/NASA Ames
In support of the disaster communications exercise, we will send out several field observers with GeoCam phones to collect geotagged photos and display a map with the live photo data. Full Description

Presentation slides (.pdf)

  Radio Communications – Audio to Text – Bldg 23, Rm 213
Jeannie Stamberger, Associate Director, DMI and Adjunct Faculty, CMU and Ian Lane, Research Assistant Professor, CMU
The workshop will explore the state-of-the-art and intricacies of near real-time transcription of audio communication over amateur radio to text to integrate information communicated via amateur radio into common operations pictures, which currently pull from a number of sources providing digital text (e.g., SMS, Twitter) but lacks key information communicated over amateur radio. Come and listen to audio communications in disasters, learn about the technical intricacies, try your hand at transcribing methods, and bring your own expertise to share. Full description
  San Bruno Disaster Debrief Panel Session - Bldg 3 Ballroom
Jeannie Stamberger, Associate Director, DMI, and Adjunct Faculty, CMUSV
San Bruno Fire Technical Debrief - What technology worked and didn't work will be discussed, based on the white paper (list url). In particular we will discuss newly provided information rounding out our understanding of the event, and discuss in depth the impacts of on site digital mapping by Google. Full description
  Disaster Communication Exercise - Bldg 23, vehicle lot
(briefing begins at 12:00pm) - Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency
The Santa Clara County and local city RACES resources will provide communications to support a disaster simulation. Best practices in disaster message handling will be highlighted, with voice and data records retained to be analyzed for future development and integration into evolving common operating picture implementations. Full description
  DMI Lab Demos – Bldg 23 Annex, Smart Spaces Lab
Examples of current DMI sponsored projects will be shown in the lab and trailers. Full description
2:00 Red Cross DST Program and First 40 Minutes of San Bruno Explosion - Bldg 23, Room 212
George Williams and Barbara Neuhauser, American Red Cross
This presentation will cover two topics of the American Red Cross. First, a quick overview of the DST program. The second half will summarize what worked and what did not work in the communications room during the hectic initial response to the San Bruno gas line explosion and fire. Specific problems will be identified and solutions will be offered. Full Description

GeoCam: Sharing Maps with Mobile Devices - Bldg 23, Rm 211
Trey Smith, Systems Scientist, CMU/NASA Ames
The GeoCam Project improves disaster responder situation awareness by providing tools for sharing maps, photos, and other data using mobile devices. GeoCam tools have been used at the Haiti earthquake and at major wildfires in California. Example open source apps are GeoCam Lens for sharing geotagged photos and video, GeoCam Track for tracking team member positions, GeoCam Talk for sending geotagged text and voice messages, and GeoCam Cover for managing search coverage. Trey Smith will give an overview presentation about the project. Full Description

Presentation slides (.pdf)

  Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as an Enabler: Challenges faced by the Early Responder Community in Mega-Disasters Interoperating and Communicating – Bldg 3, Ballroom
Brian Steckler, Executive Director, Hastily Formed Networks Center, Naval Postgraduate School
This diverse group of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief communications experts from industry, academia, government and the military community bring their considerable experience and expertise to Mountain View and the NASA Ames facility to discuss the myriad challenges faced by the entire early response population working together in the immediate aftermath of a major catastrophic disaster. These experts will give their views of the challenges based on recent experience in Hurricane Katrina/Rita, the SE Asian tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti, the huge Big Sur fires of recent summers, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security perspectives, and more. Full description
Vehicle Lot Demo – 8:00am-4:00pm, Sunday and Monday
Cisco/NPS Demo – Mobile Hastily Formed Network Interoperability
In order to demonstrate interoperability between various elements that compose Hastily Formed Networks (HFN), the combined Cisco and NPS team will demonstrate a satellite-based scenario and architecture that incorporates data on the move, Internet Protocol video and distribution of network access across a geographic area using a combination of Mesh WiFi and WiMax technologies. Full description
3:00 Developing the Incident Aide System - Bldg 23, Rm 211
Sean Lanthier, Director and First Responder Advocate, eClic; Firefighter/Paramedic (retired) Palo Alto Fire Dept; Patricia Collins, Assistant Professor of the Practice, CMUSV
Participants will come away with an understanding of the need and requirements for a novel communication and collaboration system for first responders. The workshop will present evidence for these requirements, as well as solicit feedback from the workshop participants. Full description
  A Next Generation Emergency Operating Center – Bldg 23, Rm 212
Art Botterell, Disaster Management Consultant, DMI, CMUSV
The speaker will discuss changing pressures on EOC design and describe research into new paradigms for continuity and contingency management systems. Full description

Disaster Communications Debrief – Bldg 23, Rm 118
Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency
The Santa Clara County and local city RACES resources will provide communications to support a disaster simulation. Best practices in disaster message handling will be highlighted, with voice and data records retained to be analyzed for future development and integration into evolving common operating picture implementations. Full description
4:00 Keynote Session: National Guard's Role in Emergencies – Major General Scott Johnson, Commander - 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard - Bldg 3, Ballroom
MG Johnson will speak regarding personal experiences of military duty in support of civilian authorities in emergencies. He will talk about the role of the National Guard in preparing for and assisting in regional, national, and international emergencies. Full description
5:00 Reception and Exhibitor Booths - Bldg 3, Showroom

Monday, May 23

7:30 Registration opens - Bldg 23, West Lawn
8:00 Continental Breakfast - Bldg 23, Patio
Concurrent Sessions  
8:00

MCC Morning Briefing - Bldg 20, Vincente
Join us as we go over important safety information, logistics and other announcements pertaining to the day's sessions and exercises.

  Plugfest Kickoff and Exercise - Bldg 23, Rm 211
Steve Ray, Associate Director, Disaster Management Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University
The Plugfest will be a series of computer-based information exchange exercises designed to measure the degree of interoperability among emergency communications vehicles and with emergency operations centers. Information exchanged will range from simple web queries to maps, other geospatial information, and emergency injects. Full description
9:00 Basic ICS, ICS Implementation, ICS Strategy and Tactics – Bldg 23, Rm 129, 129A, 129B
All 3 NIMS Sessions incorporate the use of the “Rivertown” Training model; a 3 dimensional mock up of a typical city. These are hands on sessions putting the participant into the NIMS system at the EOC, Field Command or part of the Planning Process. Full description
 

Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) Class - Bldg 20, Vincente
Lynn Brown, Office of Emergency Services (OES) Coordinator, Mountain View Fire Department
A discussion of how to prepare yourself and your home for emergencies in the community. This course is designed for those who have done little or nothing to prepare. Full description

Slides (.pdf)

10:00 Understanding Incident Action Plans – Bldg 23, Rm 118
Lisa Solomon, San Jose Fire Communications, Training and Development Senior
An overview of the I.A.P. from the user's perspective. Understanding this all-important document is vital to operating at any large-scale emergency incident. We will share examples and discuss how to navigate the components of the I.A.P. to familiarize the emergency responder, overhead support member, or volunteer how to operate within the multi-jurisdictional, extended event ICS environment. Full description

SensorFly and Beyond: Autonomous Flying Sensor Swarms in Disasters – Bldg 23, Rm 212
Pei Zhang, Assistant Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
Rapidly deployed sensor networks can serve many purposes during disasters, when emergency resources are stretched. Collaboratively, the sensing elements can understand the complex environment and report high-level events to the rescuers. This talk will give an overview of collaborative cloud sensing that enables such complex signal processing inside such a network. Full description
10:30 Keynote Session – Michael Cummings, FEMA Region 9 Private Sector Liaison, "Public Private Partnerships – What's In It For Me?" - Bldg 23, Tent
An initial presentation by FEMA's new Regional Private Sector Liaison on a High-level overview on the new federal private sector collaboration initiative along with an brief update on current activities at the State and Regional levels - followed by a panel discussion highlighting best-practice case studies in the area of emerging technology applications during disasters. Full description
11:00 Base Camp Orientation and Etiquette Skills - Bldg 23, Rm 118
Lisa Solomon, San Jose Fire Communications, Training and Development Senior
An Incident Base Camp is the command and support environment established to manage a large scale emergency. Navigating the structure, components, and personnel assigned to an Incident Base Camp can be a daunting endeavor. Learn from a seasoned logistics expert how to feel comfortable and confident when assigned to an Incident Base, and what is (and isn't) expected of you. Full description
  ProbIN : Probabilistic Inertial Navigation – Bldg 23, Rm 212
Dr. Joy Ying Zhang, Research Assistant Professor, CMU
Inertial navigation plays a crucial role in rescue missions where first responders needs to know their accurate position inside buildings or tunnels which do not have GPS signals and other infrastructure-based beacons. Traditional dead reckoning methods suffer from sensor errors and the error is accumulated over time. ProbIN is a novel approach of using statistical modeling to directly map the sensor readings to displacements rather than using the physics model to interpret the sensor readings. Our experiments show that ProbIN significantly improves the accuracy of inertial navigation using just sensors from commercial smart phones. Full description
12:00 Lunch - Bldg 23, Patio
Concurrent Sessions  
1:00 Exhibitor Booths – Bldg 23, Rm 129

Keynote Session: - Joseph Pred, Emergency Services Operations Chief, Burning Man, “Emergency Communications for Burning Man” - Bldg 23, Tent
A presentation of the logistical and technical challenges and solutions involved with setting up temporary communications infrastructure for a temporary city of 50,000 in the middle of a desert. Full description

Alcatel Lucent - LTE & Transformation of Mission Critical Communications - Bldg 23, Rm 211
- Rohit Bhanot, Director of Public Safety Broadband Solutions for Alcatel Lucent
Public safety agencies across the nation have endorsed Long Term Evolution (LTE) as the next frontier for mission critical communications. LTE delivers voice, video and data with the highest capacity and lowest latency in the most spectral efficient manner. In addition to a high-level overview of LTE, this session also covers some of the demands and challenges the public safety community faces today and how the Alcatel Lucent LTE solution helps bridge the gaps and transform mission critical communications in collaborative, converged and optimized way. Full description
 

iMICAS Mobile iPhone/iPad Incident Management Solution - Bldg 23, Rm 212
Christopher C. Couper – IBM Distinguished Engineer
The prototype iMICAS solution is a rich handheld mobile device and cloud based infrastructure for first responders built on open standards and based on the Incident Command System (ICS / NIMS) to support management of daily and major incidents, both planned and unplanned. Come see how this solution is changing how first responders are using mobile technology to advance incident management capabilities and to improve overall communications and information exchange at scene. Full description

Presentation slides (.pdf)

  Interoperability Skills Briefing - Bldg 20, Vincente
Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency
Full description
Concurrent Sessions  
1:30 Interoperability Skills Exercise - Bldg 23, vehicle lot
Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency
This session is intended to highlight opportunities for best-practice development with complex communications systems. Working with multiple similarly equipped mobile communications resources, participants will be challenged to implement a typical incident communications plan using other agencies' systems. Full description
2:00

Antenna Optimization - Bldg 23, Rm 109
Jason Lohn, Director, Carnegie Mellon Innovations Lab
New antenna optimization technology based on AI algorithms is presented. Applications are discussed including disaster management scenarios where portability, reliability, and high performance are required. Full description

Presentation slides (.pdf)


Planning for Resilience - The Strategic and Operational View - Bldg 23, Rm 212
Tore Andre Nilsen, VP Research & Innovation, IntraPoint
Can good plans and tools make you more resilient? Are we ready to accept that bad things will happened and start planning for it? The strategic and operational challenges between incident, emergency, crisis, disaster and continuity management? How can processes, terminology, technology, equipment and people work together to archive resilience? The ROI game – positive proactive vs. reactive? Full description

DMI Lab Demos – Bldg 23 Annex, Smart Spaces Lab
Examples of current DMI sponsored projects will be shown in the lab and trailers. Full description
2:30 Interoperability Debrief - Bldg 23, vehicle lot
Jim Aspinwall, Coastal Region/MAR 2 ACS Officer, Deputy State RACES Officer, California Emergency Management Agency
A live demonstration of the affects of frequency and antenna spacing when implementing communications plans with modern mobile communications resources. Best practices for avoiding interference and improving communications performance will be revealed. Full description
3:00 Speech and Language Technologies for Disaster Management and Emergency Response - Bldg 23, Rm 109
Ian Lane, Assistant Research Professor, CMU
This talk will present an overview of the state-of-the-art in speech and language technologies and describe what role these technologies can play to support Disaster Management and Emergency Response. Demonstrated technologies will include tools for rapid data mining of real-time observations from the field, interactive control of robots, and speech-to-speech translation system for responders. Full description
Presentation slides (.pdf)
  Plugfest Debrief - Bldg 23, Rm 211
Steve Ray, Associate Director, DMI, CMUSV
Full description
 

Challenges in Emergency Health Service Logistics in India / UDOP: Recent Changes in Publicly Available User Defied Operational Pictures - Bldg 23, Rm 212
Lavanya Marla, Systems scientist, CMU and Jeannie A. Stamberger, Associate Director, DMI
Full description

Marla presentation slides (.pdf)


Panel: What We Can Learn From Preparation and Response to Disasters Elsewhere – Bldg 23, Tent
Col. Steven Butow, Vice Commander, 129th Rescue Wing
Following on the Sunday panel, "Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as an Enabler", the panelists will focus on challenges and solutions to EmComm issues encountered in preparing for and responding to disasters elsewhere outside our Northen California region. Panelists will describe where they were, their role, the situation as it affected EmComm, and what they learned that might affect what we should do, either for our own preparation and response in California, or to better prepare us to help elsewhere. Full description

Allard slides (.pdf)
Butow slides (.pdf)
Birnbaum slides (.pdf)
Dolci slides (.pdf)

4:00 Closing Session