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U.S. and Japan Bring Big Data to Disaster Response

April 23, 2015 Leave a comment dridrive

Digitally Generated Image of Data ConceptA new joint collaboration between American and Japanese science agencies is supporting research that uses Big Data and data analytics to transform disaster management for the future.

As new information technology emerges, there’s growing potential to use the incoming streams of data to act and respond to a disaster and its aftermath.

That’s why the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Japan Science and Technology Agency have announced awards for six research projects that address two disaster management challenges: effectively collecting disaster-associated data, and improving the resilience of computer systems and networks to facilitate real-time data analytics after a disaster.

Highlights of the research projects:

  • The University of Southern California and the National Institute of Informatics in Japan are working to design a computer platform that decision makers can use to analyze incoming data and coordinate responses during a disaster
  • Florida International University and University of Tokyo researchers will develop context- and user-specific information delivery systems that could supply accurate information to citizens in emergencies, and
  • Researchers from Arizona State University and Japan’s National Institute of Information will explore resilient networks, social media mining and information dissemination during disasters.

Click here to read more about the projects.