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New project: EASIER

By Isabel Anger


Another new project is EASIER - Enabling and Assessing Trust when Cooperating with Robots in Disaster Response. 

EASIER (funded by FFG KIRAS) investigates the interaction between humans and robots (Human Robot Interaction, Human Machine Teaming) in crisis management. An interdisciplinary team of psychologists, visualization experts, roboticists and emergency responders is investigating how the cognitive load on emergency responders can be reduced and how trust in robotic systems can be increased.

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New project: B.PREPARED

By Isabel Anger

The next exciting project is called B.PREPARED: B.PREPARED has set itself the goal of designing an emergency planning and decision-making support system for accidents involving hazardous substances for the decision-makers in the authorities, which is supported by preparatory data collection, ongoing updating of the threat profile based on reference scenarios, information exchange risk forecasts prepared with on-site personnel and using model calculations based on the current state of information for decision-making.

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Call for abstracts for #DRD22 open

By Isabel Anger

From October 12th to 14th, the Disaster Research Days #drd22 will take place at the University of Innsbruck. The call for abstracts is now open. The most interesting contributions will be peer-reviewed and included as an oral presentation in the conference program and in the proceedings. All others are invited to present their contribution during the poster session. Selected articles will be published in a special issue of the International Journal for Disaster Risk Reduction.

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DCNA project CAVE

New project: CAVE

By Isabel Anger

Another new project in the DCNA is CAVE: CAVE has set itself the goal of analyzing where risks and vulnerabilities can exist in the future in health crisis situations and how these can be countered in a participatory manner. Participatory approaches are central to reaching vulnerable groups and integrating them into crisis management. Community engagement refers to the involvement of those affected and local stakeholders in all phases of crisis management, including decisions about prevention and management.

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New project: NIKE-MED

By Isabel Anger

With the new year, we are looking forward to several new projects in the DCNA. One of them is NIKE-MED: A project that deals with sustainable interdisciplinarity in complex underground operations with a focus on medical treatment. The project funded by FFG KIRAS aims to record and evaluate specific national but also international emergency capacities, to develop optimized processes for medical and psychosocial care based on this, and finally to improve the organization and implementation of operations in the event of disasters underground and thus enabling better and faster medical care for those affected.

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