Dr. Martin Griss Leads Panel Workshop for the Pacific Telecommunication Council-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Martin Griss Leads Panel Workshop for the Pacific Telecommunication Council-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Martin Griss Leads Panel Workshop for the Pacific Telecommunication Council

Dr. Martin Griss, Director of Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, will be participating in the Pacific Telecommunication Council in Hawaii, January 17-20, 2010. Dr. Griss will be moderating a panel titled “Government and Broadband”, focusing on the complex interaction of government, regulation, investment and technology in the Asia-Pacific region. Panelists will provide highlights from their research and engage in a discussion about the more generalizable conclusions that can be drawn from these specific cases.

Dr. Griss will also participate in another panel titled “Emergency Communications and Disaster Management”. The Asia Pacific is the most disaster-prone region in the world. Natural disasters including major earthquakes, cyclones, flooding and tsunamis are becoming more frequent and increasingly destructive. According to the UN, natural disasters are now recognized as an integral part of the wider constellation of risks related to food and energy insecurity, financial and economic instability, environmental degradation, disease and epidemics, conflicts and extreme poverty. Climate change is projected to have an enormous magnifying effect on disaster risk. The greatest burden is borne by the poor who live in compromised and high-risk areas.

Disaster relief and response depend on effective collaboration between state authorities and the global humanitarian community. Today, however, a huge communications and operational gap exists between NGOs, local militaries and civilian disaster management authorities. Many new advanced collaboration tools are available. Panelists will discuss how communications links are established for relief operations, and what improvements are possible in the future.

“Our newly established Disaster Management Initiative will be a collaboration of industry, non-profit and academic partners coming together to address these very issues that are prevalent in the area of disaster management,” explains Dr. Griss. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet with other leaders in the Asia-Pacific region during the PTC conference and work together to provide meaningful solutions.”