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Workshop on Big Data in Emergency Management (BDEM 2018)

Two-day Workshop on Big Data for Emergency Management (BDEM 2018) commenced from 22nd October 2018 at Veslandsforsking, Sogndal (Norway). In next two days the BDEM project researchers, practitioners and students discussed on emergency management analytics open issues and provide interesting insights for future actions in the hazard response. Main aim of the BDEM 2018 is to give answers to how to address challenges of current and future emergency management, and how analytics and intelligence can support an enhanced emergency management in the future. Both research and educational aspect were discussed by the workshop participants. The workshop was organised by the BDEM project.

Vestlandsforsking Director, Dr. Merete Lunde, inaugurated the workshop and expressed commitment to pursue effective research and education collaboration through the BDEM. The BDEM project coordinator, Prof. Rajendra Akerkar, described ongoing activities of the project and achievements in past one and half year. He further narrated the BDEM approach to share best practices and, to build and strengthen research - training cooperation among partners in big data and emergency management.

On 22nd October, Kåre Harald Drager (President, TIEMS) delivered first keynote address on Big Data potential for Emergency Management. He described various emergencies and it impact on society and importance of involving first responders in research and education.

In different sessions, four BDEM partners presented their ongoing research work. Professor André Skupin of CICS (San Diego State University) presented with overview of first comprehensive scientometric survey of Big Data and Emergency Management. Dr. Aron Culotta (Illinois Institute of Technology) delivered his motivating talk on Text Analysis. In the afternoon session, Dr. Hemant Purohit (George Mason University) delivered his splendid research talk on "Mining Big Social Data for EM Services". Finally, Vestandsforsking's Big data Research Group member, Dr. Minsung Hong gave an intriguing presentation on "Victim Detection Using Advance Technologies".

On October 23, chief of Emergency Services at the Bergen Municipality, Ivar Lunde, delivered second keynote address on Risk Management Using Case of the UCI Road World Championships were held in 2017 in Bergen, Norway.  He was the Project Manager for the host city of Bergen´s preparations for the UCI Road World Championships 2017 within Civil Protection and Emergency Preparedness. In the following sessions Dr. Vimala Nunavath of University of Bergen presented the BDEM course structure and course contents. Finally, Dr. Fan ZiPei of the University of Tokyo gave his research talk on Predicting Citywide human mobility during disaster situation.

The students attending BDEM course at University of Bergen also participated in the workshop. They enjoyed stimulating discussions with international partners on the subject and future research opportunities in the domain.