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BDEM Annual Workshop to be held in October 2019

The annual workshop on Big Data for Emergency Management (BDEM 2019) will be hosted by BDEM project in Sogndal, Norway.

In two days (21 – 22 October 2019) workshop, researchers, practitioners and students will discuss about emergency management analytics open issues and provide interesting insights for future actions in the hazard response.

BDEM 2019 aims to give answers to

  • How to address challenges of current and future emergency management

  • How analytics and intelligence can support an enhanced emergency management in the future

Workshop venue: Quality Hotel, 6856 Sogndal, Norway


(1st day and first half of 2nd day) Invited guests, UiB students and BDEM partners.

(Second half of 2nd day) Only BDEM partners.

Accommodation: Hofslund Fjord Hotel, Fjørevegen 37, 6856 Sogndal


October 21, 2019 (Monday)

09:45 – 10:00 Welcome and Overview (Prof. Rajendra Akerkar, Western Norway Research Institute)

10:00 – 10:45 Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Prof. Song Guo)

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 Western Norway Research Institute (Dr. Hoang Long Nguyen)

11:45 - 12:30 George Mason University (Rahul Pandey)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:15 Western Norway Research Institute & Noradapt (Prof. Carlo Aall)

14:15 - 14:30 Discussion

14:30 - 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 - 18:30 Social event

18:30 – 21:00 Dinner (Walaker Hotel, Solvorn)

October 22, 2019 (Tuesday)

09:30 – 10:15 The University of Tokyo (Dr. Haoran Zhang)

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 11:15 University of Bergen (Prof. Andreas Opdahl and Dr. Vimala Nunavath)

11:15 – 11:45 Presentation on H2020 calls (Dr. Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke)

11:45 - 12:30 Group Activity for Students

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Group Activity for Students organised by Prof. André Skupin (CICS, SDSU)

 15:00 - 15:30 Closing

BDEM Steering Meeting - October 22, 2019 (Tuesday)

15:30 – 17:00 Planning for remaining project period

18:00 Dinner (Bestebakken, Hafslo)


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.