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The BDEM researchers at the European Climate Change Adaptation conference

Dr. Minsung Hong presenting the BDEM research

Dr. Minsung Hong presenting the BDEM research

Dr. Minsung Hong and Professor Rajendra Akerkar (Western Norway Research Institute) participated in the 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference at Lisbon from 28-31 May 2019. The biennial European Climate Change Adaptation conference is convened by international and European projects on behalf of the European Commission.

Dr. Hong presented ongoing research, in the Big Data Research Group, entitled "Improving Resilience to Extreme Events" at the conference. The research addresses the gap in knowledge that impedes a scalable and versatile emergency data integration and proposes the state-of-the-art technology in the field to a new level through enhanced techniques that bring together machine learning, big data analytics and semantic technologies. This work elaborates our experience in enhancing situational awareness in order to support decision making during extreme climate events by capitalizing on the integration and aggregated analysis of mobility, meteorological, historical, forecasting data, as well as of a multitude of pertinent multimedia data inputs.

Interaction and collaboration with the disaster risk reduction (DRR) community is a critical element in improving climate change adaptation (CCA), as the communities share similar goals and activities. This is important in relation to the goals and targets of three major international agreements: Sendai Framework for DRR and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The BDEM researchers at the ICT-DM2018 conference in Japan

Dr. Minsung Hong (Western Norway Research Institute) and Dr. Haoran Zhang (the University of Tokyo) participated in the 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Disaster Management (ICT-DM 2018) in Sendai, Japan, in 4-7 December, 2018 to disseminate results of the BDEM project. They have presented one paper and poster at the conference.

An Integrated Crowdsourced Framework for Disaster Relief Distribution

Timothy Schempp, Haoran Zhang, Minsung Hong, Alexander Schmidt and Rajendra Akerkar

This paper outlines our ongoing efforts at building an effective disaster relief system utilizing real-time, crowdsourced responses to disaster events. This system integrates three components: social media analysis, rescue demand prediction, and relief distribution optimization. We introduce the conceptual disaster relief system, database structure, and its integrated components. Finally, a summarization of the current research challenges we expect to address in the future is provided.

Dr. Haoran Zhang (the University of Tokyo) presenting a paper at the ICT-DM2018.

Dr. Haoran Zhang (the University of Tokyo) presenting a paper at the ICT-DM2018.

Role of Semantics in Analysing and Processing of Big Emergency Data

Minsung Hong and Rajendra Akerkar

This poster paper outlines an ongoing research that aims to incorporate semantically enabled Big Data processing for emergency response . The ultimate aim is to create an integrated platform to support prediction, early alerts, transmission and routing of the emergency data, aggregated analysis of multimodal data and coordination between emergency stakeholders (e.g. first responders, the authorities, volunteers). The modelling and computing challenges associated with such platform can be organised in terms of the 5 Vs of Big Data, which provides a means to organise our research efforts in addressing Big Data challenges using semantics.

The conference also provided the opportunity to discuss upcoming research themes in data-driven emergency management with the BDEM project members in Japan, in particular, Professor Ji (National Institute of Informatics, Japan) and with other prominent international researchers who attended the conference.