Above: U.S. Coast Guard Vice-Admiral Robert C. Parker addresses the audience during his keynote address: "Shared Awareness and the Power to Anticipate: Key Elements of Data-Driven Risk-Based Decision Making"
VACCINE had the pleasure of co-hosting the 4th Annual National Strategic Maritime Risk Stakeholders Alliance Meeting on the 20th and 21st of this month. The theme of this year's event was "Data-Driven Risk-Based Decision Making in the Maritime Domain." A wide range of issues related to maritime safety, risk, the Arctic, climate change, natural disasters, inland waterways, and interagency cooperation were discussed. With representatives from numerous countries and multiple agencies, it proved to be a very fruitful event. Over the two day meeting, the full agenda included keynote addresses by three Coast Guard admirals and the Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis, and Risk at DHS.
The event brought together world-class academic researchers with operators from the federal, state, and local level and was designed to stimulate interagency conversation on important local, regional, and national topics. The academics provided an update on their research while the operators provided an understanding of where the gaps in the body of knowledge exist. Some of the groups and organizations represented at the event included the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Transportation Security Administration, the Indianapolis Police Department, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and homeland security and public safety agencies. The meeting also included hands-on technology demonstrations as well as a student poster competition.
Below: Dr. David Ebert (Purdue University), far left, leads his panel's discussion on "Big Data/Risk Based Decision Making/Visualization." Other panel members from left to right include: Debra Durham (Department of Homeland Security), Dr. Starnes Walker (The MITRE Corporation & Battelle Memorial Institute), Lieutenant Commander Ben Maule (U.S. Coast Guard), Abish Malik (Purdue University), and Dr. Fred Roberts (CCICADA Center, Rutgers University)