Slándáil hosts emergency planning meeting, Dublin

The Irish branch of The Business Continuity Institute and the Emergency Planning Society co-hosted their latest forum meeting at Trinity College Dublin with Slándáil. Over 60 attendees from universities, industry and emergency management agencies were in attendance.

The meeting focussed on flood preparedness, with speakers Mark Adamson of the Office of Public Works giving a presentation on the CFRAM mapping program for Irish regions, and Westmeath County Council’s Patrick Nally presenting on the recent flooding in the Shannon region of Ireland. Slándáil project manager Shane Finan gave a presentation on system development and progress to round up the discussion on flood preparedness, and extended an invitation for independent evaluation from BCI and EPS members.


The latest version of Slándáil’s emergency management platform was demonstrated at this event.

The BCI’s annual forum meeting was also co-hosted by Slándáil in 2015.

Slándáil || Project Video

We are delighted to share our project video, documenting the first 18 months of our project’s technical integration. This video shows how we are moving together emergency management and social media tools in order to collate and aggregate information.

Annika Nitschke from the THW helped coordinate the conference

Slándáil Presented at I4CM DRIVER conference, Berlin

Research and development in the Slándáil project was presented to an audience of approximately 150 emergency response representatives at the I4CM conference in Berlin, December 8th and 9th 2015. The conference, organised by the DRIVER FP7 project, allowed emergency responders to participate in open conversation with various EU projects that work with emergency response and security. Some of the responses included emergency responders seeking greater involvement in project planning, and results from DRIVER simulations were outlined.

Sebastian Wustmann (CID) presents his partner's Topic Analyst system to an audience of emergency practitioners, including the president of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW).

Sebastian Wustmann (CID) presents his partner’s Topic Analyst system to an audience of emergency practitioners, including the president of the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW). Topic Analyst forms part of the Slándáil emergency management platform.

Slándáil presented a poster stand with project research including up-to-date information on text and image analytics, and the project Ethical Framework. Visitors were invited to attend a ten-minute presentation of the current coupled software system, presented by Sebastian Wustmann from project partner CID. This was presented in German, the conference’s first language, with interpretation in English for non-German speaking visitors. The presentation showed our coupled emergency management and social media systems.

The project coordinator Professor Khurshid Ahmad (Trinity College Dublin), and Professor Gerhard Heyer (INFAI, University of Leipzig) presented the research and goals of our project during presentation sessions on the second day of the conference. This presentation highlighted the state-of-the art development that is grounded in academic research, which the project has produced since its inception. It focussed on the needs of emergency responders to use social media data for planning for the future, as this is a key form of communication. The role of image analytics and the groundwork for a legal framework in our project were also highlighted.


Attendees were invited to join the Slándáil mailing list and to take part in future exploitation work, which will take place in 2016.

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Upcoming Terminology Workshop at TCD

On September 14 2015, Trinity College Dublin will host a terminology workshop, for Slándáil partners, with invited guest Professor Hanne Thomsen from the Copenhagen Business School.


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Sign up for the Slándáil Digital Magazine

As you may know, Slándáil (Empowering Emergency Services through Social Media) is an EU-funded project that will use social media information in times of natural disasters to better inform emergency services of the worst affected areas. The project also provides –

  • better ethical guidance and support with which to make use of such data during times of crisis,
  • the technological capabilities to aggregate information from all the separate forms of social media that reliably transmit data, and
  • help to communicate effective emergency messages in a range of languages.

We are putting together our first digital magazine for your attention and are very much looking forward to sharing our results and innovations with you as the project progresses. To sign up to receive our digital magazine, please join our mailing list.

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Excellent Press Coverage

The Slándáil Project recently received excellent press coverage in Irish and British news outlets. Below is a selection of the coverage. – Abstract:

Trinity College Dublin is leading a consortium of 10 partners to develop a a social media information system for use in a variety of emergency situations.

Project Slándáil, a three-year project, will receive almost €3 million in funding from the European Union’s Framework Programme 7 under its Security Research Programme.

Project Slándáil – Security System for language and image analysis – is a collaboration of emergency operatives, academics, ethics and security-oriented NGOs and four small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Italy, Ireland, Germany and the UK.

The project seeks to design and develop ethical and intelligent information gathering and processing systems for providing information about emergency situations to public services such as the Fire Brigade or An Garda Siochana.


Other sources:

The Sunday Times

Business Etc. 

Please check back for more coverage.


Project Launch

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will lead a EU research project that aims to develop a cost-effective and ethical system that can be used in emergency situations.

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