Framework aims to mitigate risks in natural disaster intelligence systems

Framework aims to mitigate risks in natural disaster intelligence systems

A project to pursue a risk management-based framework for developing intelligent systems for natural disasters has been granted seed funding as a PLuS Alliance research project.

Led by UNSW Canberra academic Dr Elena Sitnikova the project entitled: Risk Management-based Framework for Developing Intelligent Systems for Natural Disasters, will bring together nine multi-disciplinary researchers from King’s College London, Arizona State University and UNSW.

Dr Sitnikova said that the project will be a proof of concept for a much more comprehensive future venture.

“This project develops a pilot framework for innovative technology-based intelligence gathering for risk management in preparation for, and response, to natural disasters such as bushfires and floods,” she said.

“By ensuring reliability, security, safety and resilience in the use of innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automatically gather data and obtain insights, the project will seek to demonstrate social impact and has the potential to support the health and well-being of communities at risk from natural disasters consequent upon climate change.” 

This project aligns with three United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Climate action (G13), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (G9) and Good Health & Well-being (G3) - as well as reflecting two Plus Alliance themes - Technology & Innovation and Global Health. 

The researchers working on the project are: Professor Luca Vigano and Dr Kathleen Steinhöfel (King’s College London); - Professor Brian Gerber, Professor Melanie Gill and Professor Anna Scaglione (from the Arizona State University); and Dr Nour Moustafa, Professor Monica Whitty and Professor Raina McIntyre (from UNSW).

The PLuS Alliance aims to develop sustainable solutions to society’s global challenges and focus learning and research on four key areas: Sustainability, Social Justice, Global Health and Technology Innovation. More information can be found on their website.