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.

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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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