This week, I’d like you to take a look at a few very exciting technology demonstrations that I think are relevant to spatial data science applications for emergency management. These videos show the cutting edge of what is possible with computers, and I think it’s quite reasonable to expect that in the next 5 years or so these things will become quite common in consumer and professional systems.
Throughout this course, we will be considering information from different viewpoints, including industry, government, NGO, and academia.
Let's start with this video about the ways spatial data and technology are being used (to varying effect) to address different aspects of the COVID-19 response.
How geospatial technologies can help combat COVID-19 (3:15 minutes)
The next video is from the DHS Science and Technology Directorate’s Next Generation First Responder Program and describe how emerging technology, including geospatial, are being incorporated in first response situations. They both describe a high level of integration amongst technology. Think about how this might fall down in a real emergency situation.
Next Generation First Responder (5:22 minutes)
Finally, take a look at the I-React project funded by the European Commission that use augmented reality in an disaster response situation. Visit this website and watch the video below.
Emergency Management with Augmented Reality (4:00 minutes)
Digital Twins (4:24 minutes)
- Post a comment in the Emerging Theme Discussion (L1) forum that describes how you envision one or more of these technologies integrating into a spatial data science for emergency management. Do you see any problems with integration, or, perhaps, you don't think we should consider them for emergency situations. That could be a valid position to take as well.
- The initial post should be completed during the first 5 days of the lesson.
- Then, I'd like you to offer additional insights, critiques, a counter-example, or something else constructive in response to your colleagues on two of the following 5 days.
- Brownie points for linking to other technology demos, pictures, blog posts, etc., that you've found to enrich your posts.
NOTE: Respond to this assignment in the Emerging Theme Discussion (L1) forum by the date indicated on the course calendar.
This discussion will be graded out of 15 points.
Please see the Discussion Expectations and Grading page under the Orientation and Course Resources module for details.