ISCRAM 2016: presentations of AGORA Research Group on social media analysis, practitioners’ cases, and GIScience

On May 22nd-25th, 2016 several members of the AGORA Research Group have attended the 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) that was held at Pestana Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. ISCRAM is an annual international conference which gathers researchers from industry and academia with the aim of presenting the state-of-the-art in the use of information systems in disaster management. This includes social media analysis, development of innovative geographic information systems, research projects with practitioners, and analysis of ethical and social issues in disaster relief tasks.Several members of AGORA Research Group have presented their research works in different tracks of the conference.

IMG_6463Flávio Horita presented the paper “A qualitative analysis of the early warning decision-making process in disaster management“, a result obtained from the collaboration with the CEMADEN (National Center for Monitoring and Early Warning of Natural Disasters) in Brazil (the paper is available here). Melanie Eckle discussed with the community some results of her master’s project through the paper “Leveraging OpenStreetMap to support flood risk management: A prototype decision support system for the identification of critical infrastructure“. Benjamin Herfort presented two papers “Being specific about geographic information crowdsourcing: a typology and analysis of the Missing Maps project in South Kivu” and “Crowdsourced Validation and Updating of Dynamic OSM Features: A Nepal Earthquake Case Study“, the last paper was nominated as one of the best papers of the conference. IMG_6337Furthermore, Raul Castanhari presented one of the main results of his master’s project through the paper “A Software Architecture to Integrate Sensor and Volunteered Geographic Information for Flood Risk Management” (the paper is available here). Werner Leyh, Roberto Rocha, and Sidgley Andrade shared results of their research projects with the community in the poster session with the posters “SDI-Node to interlink Information, essential for Disaster Preparedness and Management, with other Linked Open Data“, “A systematic approach for collaborative mapping in disaster management“, “Data fusion of volunteered geographic information and hydrological sensors for monitoring and early warning of flash floods“, respectively. The works of Roberto and Sidgley also received some interesting feedbacks from the community during the doctoral colloquium. Finally, IMG_6061Prof. João Porto de Albuquerque gathered experts in the area of disaster management and conducted amazing discussions in the panel named “Can technology help to build disaster resilience in developing countries?“. He also presented to the community the paper “How Volunteered Geographic Information can be integrated into emergency management practice? First lessons learned from an urban fire simulation in the city of Coimbra“.

In summary, it was a great opportunity to know the current activities of the ISCRAM community, establish new collaborations for the AGORA Research Group and identify potential future work lines!

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