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WED1.1: Ubiquitous technology to facilitate preparedness, practice, and situational awareness before, during, and after disasters
Time: Wednesday, 29/Aug/2012: 8:30am - 10:00am
Session Chair: Helen T SULLIVAN, Rider University
Session Chair: Markku T HÄKKINEN, University of Jyväskylä
Location: Dischma

Workshop organized by Rider University and University of Jyväskylä

Session Abstract


Ubiquitous technology to facilitate preparedness, practice, and situational awareness before, during, and after disasters


1Rider University, United States of America; 2University of Jyväskylä & ETS

During 2012, the number of phone mobile connections worldwide is expected to reach 6 billion and it will not be long before there is the equivalent of one mobile phone connection for each of our planet’s inhabitants. The majority of people worldwide will either have direct access to a mobile device, or be within the family or social network of someone who does. As explored in our past workshops at IDRC mobile technology offers significant possibilities for preparedness, alerting, and response. And in the past two years, we have seen continuing advances in technology, as well as our understanding of how people adopt and use mobile devices. The growing ubiquity of this technology comes with the challenge of using it effectively to support an active and adaptive approach to preparedness, training, risk communication, and situational awareness for both individuals and emergency responders. There remain technical challenges and research gaps, as discussed our 2010 workshop, as well as promising new trends and developments. Mobiles can and will play a significant and effective role in improving personal preparedness and safety, yet much work remains. This is a multi-stakeholder challenge, ranging from those involved in research, mobile device vendors, service providers, governmental authorities and individual communities of mobile phone users.

This session will look at the use of mobile technology, from multiple perspectives, but focused most on human behaviour and how to influence adoption and effective use of these technologies. We will hear short, thematic presentations from academic, governmental, and industry perspectives, and engage the workshop participants in discussion on how to address challenges in the effective use of mobile technology.

We plan for up to six speakers to make a short presentation on a specific theme. As with our previous IDRC workshop, audience contributions are most welcome and often quite valuable. We place no restriction on the number of members.

Audience members will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and to build an on-going network for collaboration in this important and rapidly evolving area. Social media will be used to facilitate this goal.

We plan to organize either a journal special issue or book with authors from the 2010 and 2012 workshops, focused on current and future applications of mobile ICT for disaster preparedness, Situational Awareness, and response.

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