Message from the Director
The wide range of tragic events over the past two months has demonstrated the importance of community resilience in the face of accidents, criminal acts, or natural disasters. Further, the potential of new sources of information for event preparation and response has been highlighted. Advanced weather simulation and predicition models, social media, and crowd-sensed data can greatly improve community resilience. However, recent events have also highlighted the continued need for research to harness these data sources and turn them into actionable information by not only community leaders and responders, but also citizens. Advanced, integrated analytics and interactive visualization are key assets and tools for community resilience, and VACCINE researchers are actively working on these new techonologies. We continue to work closely with our first responder community partners to ensure the development of targeted tools to make them more effective. Examples of the wide range of our projects include the following: disaster assessment and managment tools with the Miami-Dade Emergency Operation Center, visual analytics of severe storms with storm prediction ensembles, advanced video and image analytics, sharing of map symbols for emergency management as well as the standardization of those symbols, mobile crisis response tools, and most recently working on a community resilience project with Greensburg, Kansas - a town, which in 2007 was devasted by an EF5 tornado.
If you have an interest in VACCINE research or resiliency or ideas, partnerships, or opportunites for our team, please contact us.