On-Demand Information Portals for Disaster Situations.

Appeared in IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics (IEEE ISI) 2007

Yiming Ma, Dmitri V. Kalashnikov, Sharad Mehrotra, Nalini Venkatasubramanian, Ram Hariharan, Naveen Ashish and Jay Lickfett

Computer Science Department
University of California, Irvine


This paper describes our work on developing technology for rapidly assembling information portals that provide integrated access to and analysis of information from multiple sources in the case of any disaster. Many recent disasters (the S.E. Asian Tsunamis, the London subway bombings, the Katrina hurricane, to name a few) have demonstrated that a lot of valuable information becomes available in the hours and days immediately following the disaster, and such information is indeed valuable to disaster managers or even citizens in their response. In this paper we describe our work on developing information portals for disasters in general; we describe many key information processing capabilities and challenges that we consider important in such portals and also describe our approach to developing such capabilities.

Categories and Subject Descriptors:

H.2.8 [Information System]: Database Management—Spatial databases and GIS


Spatial Database, Uncertainty Indexing, U-grid, Probability, Disaster portal

Downloadable files:

Paper: ISI07_dvk.pdf
Presentation: ISI07_dvk.ppt

BibTeX entry:

   author    = {Yiming Ma and Dmitri V.\ Kalashnikov and Sharad Mehrotra and Nalini Venkatasubramanian 
                and Ram Hariharan and Naveen Ashish and Jay Lickfett},
   title     = {On-Demand Information Portals for Disaster Situations},
   booktitle = {Proc.\ of IEEE International Conference on Intelligence and Security Informatics
   (IEEE ISI 2007), short paper},
   year      = {2007},
   month     = {May 24--24},
   address   = {New Brunswick, NJ, USA}

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