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Nsf Announces New Savi at Intersection of It, Disasters


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U.S. and Japanese researchers will collaborate on developing fundamental advances in information technology (IT) to support disaster management under a new Science Across Virtual Institutes project. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) says the project, called the Global Research on Applying Information Technology to Support Effective Disaster Management (GRAIT-DM), will foster collaboration on improving the resilience and responsiveness of IT to enable real-time data sensing and analysis, which is critical for time-sensitive decision-making.

GRAIT-DM also will focus on advancing fundamental knowledge and innovation for resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure and distributed infrastructure networks, and acquiring big data and improving broad knowledge of preparedness and response at human, societal, and global scales.

NSF, Japan's National Institute of Informatics, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science will support the research team. Georgia Tech's Carlton Pu and the University of Tokyo's Masuru Kitsuregawa will co-lead the team. GRAIT-DM will also attempt to address some challenges highlighted in a recent Computing Community Consortium report on the outcomes of visioning activity on computing for disaster management.

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