Title

Technology foundation for a real-time distributed problem-solving environment applied to crisis and disaster scenarios

Date of Award

8-19-2012

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Information & Comm Technology

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Info & Communications Technol

Advisor

Holger Weinhardt

Keywords

enterprise architecture; Disaster Management; technology platform; Service Oriented Architecture; Distributed system; Open Source; Crowdsourcing; data mining; temporal and spatial environments

Abstract

Disaster and crisis management is a global problem. Scenarios range from short-term localized events to those with widespread impact persisting for years or decades. From personal experience and research in the topic area, there is clearly a need for a technology platform that can integrate cross-disciplinary agencies, civilians, contractors, and any other conceivable stakeholder. These stakeholders (including the environment and the public) will benefit immensely from integration and standardization in a problem-solving environment, especially in light of the value of human life. This approach should lead to enhanced preservation of life and safety, reduced environmental impact, and overall improvement in disaster response and mitigation, regardless of the disaster type or scale.

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