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[CCICADA-announce] DIMACS/CCICADA Workshop on S&T Innovations in Hurricane Sandy Research

Linda Casals lindac at
Fri Apr 5 11:52:09 EDT 2013

DIMACS/CCICADA Workshop on S&T Innovations in Hurricane Sandy Research

  June 5, 2013
  DIMACS Center, CoRE Building, Rutgers University

    David Mendonca, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, mendod at 
    Fred Roberts, Director of CCICADA, froberts at 

Presented under the auspices of The Command, Control, and
Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA) and the
DIMACS Special Focus on Algorithmic Decision Theory. 


As is clear from the long history of research on natural and
technological hazards, the occurrence of sudden onset, high
consequence disasters presents opportunities to improve understanding
of how individuals, organizations and communities can better plan for,
respond to, and recover from disaster. The National Science
Foundation's RAPID funding mechanism provides a means for researchers
to collect perishable data on short-lived phenomena (including
disasters) in the field. Most recently, RAPID funding for Hurricane
Sandy research is covering topics such as coastal and structural
damage assessment, population evacuation, infrastructure restoration,
debris removal, and housing recovery. Prior results of RAPID research
(e.g., on the responses to 9/11 and to Hurricane Katrina) have shown
that a coordinated synthesis across diverse disciplinary views all
centered on a single event can yield in-depth observations,
cross-cutting insights, and recommendations for the practice of
emergency management.

To support transfer of results to practice in the context of DHS'
mission and to provide a platform for multidisciplinary dialogue
CCICADA will convene a workshop including researchers who have been
funded through Sandy-focused NSF RAPID grants. We expect that
attendees will include NSF grantees along with individuals from
appropriate state and Federal governmental organizations (e.g., DHS,
NSF, FEMA, Coast Guard) as well as representatives of other DHS
University Centers of Excellence. The specific goal of this workshop
is to identify opportunities to support the research, whether through
synergies with other investigators or through interactions with these
governmental organizations. In the longer term, the workshop is
expected to lay the groundwork for a publication with contributions
from Sandy-related research in the broad areas of disaster impact
assessment, response and recovery. To support this longer-term goal,
we anticipate holding a second workshop in late summer 2014.

The workshop is expected to advance discovery while accelerating
transferral of research results to practice. It will seek to address
disaster planning, response and recovery, and will provide a platform
for dialogue between individuals across DHS, NSF and
academia. Finally, given the likely long-term consequences of
Hurricane Sandy, the results of this work are expected to be of broad
interest to government, industry, academia and the public at large.

The workshop is being organized by Professor David Mendonca, PI of one
of the RAPID awards, and Professor Fred Roberts, Director of
CCICADA. It will be held at the CCICADA Center at Rutgers University
in Piscataway, NJ. For further information, contact either of the
organizers: David Mendonca mendod at, Fred Roberts froberts at

Call for Participation:

Talks are by invitation only. Attendance at the workshop is open to
all interested participants (subject to space limitations). Please
register if you would like to attend this workshop. 


Workshop web site (including registration): 

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