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Computing for disasters: saving lives with big data

If the dazzling computing tools that are emerging to aid disaster response are to be fully effective, they must be integrated with the organizations and individuals who are involved in all stages of disaster management: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. That holds true whether the event is an epidemic, a riot or a natural disaster such as a hurricane, earthquake or tsunami. This need for integration is giving rise to a new multidisciplinary approach, computing for disasters, which brings researchers and practitioners together to devise improved methods for disaster response.

Search is a critical component of this approach, so those companies that can provide the tools that organizations, agencies and governments need to mine big data have a major opportunity in this space.

Discussion topics include:

  • Where disaster computing looks for data and what kinds of data it incorporates
  • How disaster-recovery agencies use data from previous emergencies to improve their response times
  • How big data platforms are being used for training security and first-responder personnel

Our speaker lineup includes:

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