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Geography colloquium series at SDSU

On 8th February, the BDEM coordinator Professor Rajendra Akerkar delivered a colloquium at the Department of Geography, San Diego State University, USA. The topic of this colloquium was “Managing Emergency Situations Using Big Data – A Perspective”. With the advent of Internet of things, social media, wearable devices, mobile phones, and planetary-scale sensing there is an ample opportunity to transform big geo-spatial data into actionable information. The talk focused on emergency management which is fundamentally a spatio-temporally distributed heterogeneous data assimilation problem for situation detection. Professor Akerkar illustrated examples from related projects in his research group and presented key challenges for managing big emergency data.

Photo credit: Tim Schempp

Photo credit: Tim Schempp

The colloquium attended by students, researchers and faculty members of the Department.

SDSU’s The Center for Information Convergence and Strategy (CICS) is one of the partners in BDEM project. The Center is active in diverse domains, such as disaster response, global security, threat reduction, business development, biomedicine, public health, and the digital humanities. It emphasizes data acquisition and analytics, social media solutions, strategic mapping, data mining, and systems integration and development. From visualization to machine learning and predictive analytics, CICS leverages information technology to evaluate current trends and develop strategies based on dynamically evolving content.