Challenges in Emergency Health Service Logistics in India / UDOP: Recent Changes in Publicly Available User Defied Operational Pictures -Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Challenges in Emergency Health Service Logistics in India / UDOP: Recent Changes in Publicly Available User Defied Operational Pictures

Monday May 23, 3:00 pm, Bldg 23, Rm 212

Lavanya Marla, Systems scientist, CMU and Jeannie A. Stamberger, Associate Director, DMI

Challenges in Emergency Health Service Logistics in India
Summary: We present a case study of Emergency Management Research Institute (EMRI) in India. We first discuss how this context presents new challenges in terms of emergency logistics. Second, we present our resource allocation scheme which situates ambulances to better respond to emergencies. We further discuss the need for new technologies needed in practice, including the need for fleets of emergency responders to coordinate to improve social welfare.

Presentation slides (.pdf)

About the Speaker: Lavanya Marla is a Systems Scientist at the iLab at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include the development of optimization-based models and algorithms for large-scale transportation and logistics systems. Her research focus has been in decision-making under uncertainty, robust planning and operations for large-scale systems, and real-time dynamic re-planning; with applications in the airline, logistics and emergency management systems. She received her PhD in Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August 2010. Prior to that, she earned Masters degrees in Transportation and Operations Research from MIT, and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

UDOP: Recent Changes in Publicly Available User Defied Operational Pictures
Summary: Recent changes in publicly available user defined operational pictures (UDOP) - also known as common operational pictures (COP)- such as Ushahidi, will be discussed. In particular we will discuss populating UDOP with situational awareness provided a range of data sources.

About the Speaker: Jeannie A. Stamberger, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Strategic Programs and Funding of the CMUSV Disaster Management Initiative, and an CMUSV Adjunct Faculty. Jeannie received her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2006. During her doctorate, she worked on the BioACT project with the Stanford Computer Science Department "InfoLab" group where she advised human-computer-interaction research on field biology data collection, curation and dissemination, resulting in award-winning field technology, such as the EcoPod interface (CHI - Vannevar Bush IEEE/ACM 2006 Best Student Paper Award). She has worked on technical risk assessments for URS Corporation (Oakland, CA) for California Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta levees, which affect the water supply for 25 million people and the 7th largest economy in the world. She brings a unique perspective to disaster management, by integrating her experience developing technology for extreme environments and analytical skills for patchy data, resulting in award winning designs such as "Tweak the Tweet" (a Twitter hashtag syntax for disaster reporting; Random Hacks of Kindness, November 2009). She has been the CrisisCamp lead for Silicon Valley since early 2010. Within the DMI her research interests include social media, user-centered design, technology to reduce violence against women, and the 'human sensor'.