Slándáil Showcased at Business Continuity Ireland Forum Meeting

On Tuesday, May 12th 2015 the Business Continuity Institute of Ireland held their Forum Meeting in the Printing House, Trinity College Dublin, in an event that was co-hosted by Slándáil.

Damian Jackson presenting research work from the ethical and factual provenance of data

Dr. Damian Jackson presenting research work from the ethical and factual provenance of data

Members at TCD, Stillwater and An Garda Síochána were invited to present some of the findings of the project from the first twelve months to an audience containing emergency managers, academic institutions and business continuity departments of Irish businesses. The day featured an open dialogue between audience members and the project. Feedback was positive toward the research that has been carried out to date, and the direction in which the project is moving.

The presentations focussed on research conducted so far, including discussions on Trust in Communications, State of Exception Theory and Geolocative systems including the INSPIRE database. Other talks at the meeting were given by members of the Business Continuity Institute, who discussed the importance of business continuity for Irish businesses.

Presentations from Slándáil were delivered by Cilian Fennell from Stillwater and Prof. Khurshid Ahmad from TCD. John Roche from An Garda Síochána chaired a presentation and discussion session with Prof. Ahmad and Damian Jackson from the Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD. Further presentations were delivered by Denis Woods and David West from the Irish Business Continuity Institute.

Presentations from the day are available below:

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Feature: Novel Way to Study Images by Ulster University

University of Ulster: A Novel Spiral Addressing Scheme for Rectangular Images

As part of the research for Slándáil, Ulster University have been working on a novel method for analysing images based on a system that they have developed. The goal of this is to make image analysis from social media more efficient, taking into account the large volume of images that are shared during a natural disaster (for example, Instagram reported 1.3 million pictures posted during Hurricane Sandy).


Communication via accurate, complete and real-time information sharing is key to prepare, respond and recover in disaster management. Sharing visual content not only increases the credibility of the information, but also encourages social media user engagement.

For most existing web search platforms, such as Bing, Google, and Yahoo, search is based on context information, i.e., tags, time or location. Text-based search is fast and convenient, but the search results can be mismatched, less relevant, or duplicated due to web noise. Therefore, incorporating content-based analysis, such as image analytics, can improve the search quality. Read more

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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The 3rd International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM’15)

The 3rd International Workshop on Social Web for Disaster Management (SWDM’15) will be co-located with the WWW’15 conference (May 2015, Florence, Italy).

This workshop, now in its 3rd edition, provides a venue for research on disaster management as it relates to the real-time social web. Social Media in Emergency Management (SMEM) is an area that attracts researchers across a variety of specialties (e.g. natural language processing, machine learning, geographical information systems).

These different perspectives are connected by social media as a common data source, and by disaster management as a common task. This workshop brings together researchers who strive to meet the urgent needs of the public and disaster response professionals during a crisis, by creating and improving Web-enabled disaster management methods and systems.

SWDM’15 invites submissions in the following workshop topics. Each submission will be evaluated by at least 3 program committee members. Accepted submissions will be published by ACM and included in the ACM Digital Library. To find out more about the Workshop and the submission process, click here.

Slándáil to present workshop at UCAml Belfast

Xin Wei, Hui Wang, Gongde Guo and Huan Wan will present their paper “Recognition by Enhanced Bag of Words Model via Topographic ICA” at the Video Soft Sensing (VSS) Workshop Program as part of UCAml Belfast next month.

To read more about the paper, follow this link to Slándáil’s new “Related Publications” page. This page will be updated with similar and complimentary publications throughout the duration of the Slándáil project.

Slándáil Belfast Plenary Group Photograph

Plenary Meeting, Belfast, 09-10-2014

The Slándáil project had its first 6-month plenary meeting at the Titanic Centre in Belfast on 9th October, 2014. The meeting was organised by members of the PSNI who are involved in the project. Members from all twelve partners attended, and the Strategic Advisory Board were also in attendance for a Q&A session.

The day featured talks from the different partners that were responsible for compiling and submitting the first six project deliverables, submitted over the first six months of the project. There were discussions on the research and suggestions made for progress from an open and vibrant group of attendees.

Professor Khurshid Ahmad (Trinity College Dublin) chaired the meeting and gave a talk outlining the goals for the project over the coming months.

Slándáil Belfast Plenary Group Photograph

The day finished with three round-table discussions by the three sub-committees – Usability, Technical Implementation, and Ethics – and plans were laid out for the next six months of progress.

DIMPLE Workshop Presentations Available

The DIMPLE – DIsaster Management and Principled Large-scale information Extraction – workshop took place on 31st May 2014 in the Harpa Conference Centre, Reykjavik, Iceland. Presentations from the workshop are now publicly available here.



Workshop Abstract:

The aim of this workshop is to explore the intrinsic connection between civil protection, information gathering and analysis, and societal impact. The mediation of these connections through the agency of language will be the central theme of the workshop. The workshop will explore how this mediation can be situated in the context of broader societal impact especially the impact of the value system of one stakeholder on others.


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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