On May 30th and 31st, 2022, the second workshop in the KIRAS project B.PREPARED - Emergency Planning and Decision Support System for Accidents with Hazardous Substances - took place. This time, the project consortium and external stakeholders met on the premises of Joanneum Research.
We are proud of our colleague Susanna Wernhart - she is FEMtech expert of the month!
There are currently several opportunities available in the DRMKC - Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre:
- Funding & tender opportunities (Improved impact forecasting and early warning systems supporting the rapid deployment of first responders in vulnerable areas)
- Copernicus Emergency Management Service Opportunities
- ESRA opportunities
We are pleased to welcome FH Campus Wien as our newest ordinary member of the Disaster Competence Network Austria. With over 8,000 students, the FH Campus Wien is the largest university of applied sciences in Austria.
We're happy to announce a new project: The goal of KI-SecAssist is the development of autonomous assistance modules based on cooperative task management and various UAV and UGV systems with integrated multi-sensor payload. The development of AI-based solutions enables cooperative multimodal interaction strategies between several UAVs (fixed wing and multi-rotor) and UGVs and thus an intelligent interaction of the individual systems for an optimised assistance service for emergency forces oriented towards special mission scenarios.
On March 22nd and 23rd, 2022, the first workshop in the KIRAS-funded B.PREPARED project – aimed at emergency planning and decision support system for accidents involving hazardous substances – took place in the premises of the Upper Austrian provincial fire brigade command in Linz. The aim of this workshop was to work on central issues of the work packages together with the entire project consortium and external stakeholders and thus to consolidate the basis of the project. The workshop was held in a hybrid form, which worked excellently thanks to the infrastructure of the venue.
DRYADS, a large-scale EU Green Deal project, brings together a consortium of 46 partners from 13 European countries and Taiwan, in the fight against wildfires. DRYADS will increase the effectiveness of enhanced sustainable fire and forest management under changing climate conditions, by building upon state-of-the-art high TRL products and latest innovations in fields covering all three stages of fire management -namely fire prevention and preparedness, detection and response, restoration and adaptation - and uniting them under the umbrella of a holistic Fire Management Platform Ecosystem. DRYADS will capitalise on expert knowledge and EU initiatives, but also address the need for proactive governance, change of forest management practices, community-based awareness and preparedness activities, where local communities and bio-economy sectors will play a central role.
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.