Texas A&M University professor Robin Murphy recently released "Computing for Disasters: A Report from the Community Workshop," which details the role of computing in disaster management, including preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery.
Murphy, along with Trevor Darrell, recently co-chaired the Workshop on Computing for Disaster Management, which was jointly sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Computing Community Consortium. The workshop, which brought together 45 participants, aimed to formalize what the participants were individually seeing that made computing research for disasters unique. The participants found that disasters were more than an application area, and required significant understanding of the larger socio-technical system in order to conduct research with far-reaching impacts.
The report concludes that a robust, multidisciplinary community, in which researchers partner with practitioners to take on fundamental new research in socio-technical systems that enable decision making for extreme scales under extreme conditions, would be necessary in order to make disasters and emergency situations obsolete.
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