Survivable Social Network-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Emergency Communication Tools

CMU's Survivable Social Network is an ideal tool for first responders, community leaders, and citizens, using a familiar interface (the social network) and common technology ... Read More ยป

Social Networking for Emergency Communciations 

The Survivable Social Network project helps communities in disaster situations to re-establish communications by providing a network of small nodes, each installed and maintained by regular citizens in their own neighborhoods. Each node provides neighbors with social networking communications on their smartphones, and ultimately neighborhood nodes will allow users to find the status of family members, report damage and provide help to neighbors as well as to get updates from the city, schools and other organizations. The SSN includes a Web application in HTML5 for users and a mesh network of access points to create the "survivable" network.

The project began in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Bob Iannucci, Distinguished Service Professor and now Associate Dean and Director of CMU's Silicon Valley campus. Each semester, a team of students from the university's graduate engineering programs will work on the SSN software and design development as part of a practicum course. The sponsors for the practicum serve as clients, collaborating with CMU's faculty and students on each stage of the project. 

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Featured Publication

Iannucci, B., Cali, J., Caney, R., and Kennedy, S. A Survivable Social Network. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security. Waltham, MA: November, 2013. Read or download

Project Status

December 6: Fall 2013 practicum team's final presentation and deliverables. The presentation includes demonstrations with general users who had not previously used SSN. Watch the videos

Recent Events

Fall 2013

Faculty Researcher

Current Student Team Members

  • Rui Hu — MSIT
  • Briana Johnson — MSIT
  • Xinfeng Le — MSIT
  • Yuki Nishida — MSIT