Developing Novel Auxiliary Technologies for Crisis Tracking


Often, a well-organized, concerted response can greatly reduce the damage inflicted by large-scale disasters. An important factor affecting our ability to efficiently and promptly respond to crises is the availability of quality information to first-responders about the ground realities of the affected areas. During times of crises, conventional sources of communication are often disrupted and hence, the availability and reliability of information is called into question. However, we can leverage the vast amounts of data from social media sources such as Twitter to provide relevant information on resources and aid required in the affected areas. The current project is aimed at continuing improvement of the TweetTracker and CrisisTracker platforms with the primary purpose of providing timely, accurate, and unbiased information to dispatchers and first responders as well as researchers. The objective of this project is to empower first-responders with relevant, actionable local information gleaned from social media. Of course, the volume, variety and velocity of social media data imposes interesting challenges with regard to handling big data handling capabilities. Here, we draw from our expertise in successfully building and deploying systems such as ASU Coordination Tracker (ACT), BlogTrackers, CrisisTracker, and TweetTracker platforms to tackle these big data issues.


Our latest system TweetTracker focuses on tweets collected from Twitter to support event monitoring and analysis. More information about this project can be found here.


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This project is sponsored by ONR grant N000141410095

Created on March 13,2017
Contact: Huan Liu.

Last Updated: March 13, 2017