In the presence of the explosive growth and societal dependence on wireless networking technologies, the fundamental vulnerabilities of wireless networks remain. Users of wireless networks bear the risk of denial-of-service from a wealth of causes, both man-made and disaster-borne. Research in this area accordingly includes security and disaster management aspects.
Survivable Social Network (SSN)
The SSN project is developing a system that can be deployed in and by neighborhoods to provide flexible and powerful social networking tools, accessible via smartphones, without dependence on public telecommunications or Internet infrastructures. SSN offers the promise of a familiar-feeling, easily used,
Disaster Management Initiative (DMI)
The Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) brings together regional and international practitioners, volunteers, researchers, public institutions and private corporations for the purpose of studying the use of information technologies for the coordinated all-hazards disaster management with an emphasis on incidents that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
Secure and Resilient Networking
Other research topics
Hyperwall and Mobile Technology
The goal of this project is to explore different configurations of multi-screen displays and interaction mechanisms. These are known as hyperwalls, in which multi-screens or projected images are aligned to produce one large display, that can be dyamically partitioned as needed and driven consistently by one or more computers. As processing units, LCD screens and pico projectors improve in price, resolution and power usage, a variety of high resolution multi-screen EOC and ICP configurations could greatly increase the amount of information that can be effectively used by one or more responders and commanders - including multi-layer Common Operating Picture maps, augmented with additional information generated by the Semantic Geotagging project. With the advent of browser based applications and maps, Internet-based and local server based maps become much more accesible and useful.
Semantic Hyperlink-Augmented Geotagged Social Media for First Responders
We are developing and plan to test a prototype system for disaster response, working closely with professional responders. Research includes the efficacy of a restricted link vocabulary for facilitating navigation of a large corpus of information, the most appropriate specific vocabulary for this application, user interface design (including text, images, voice, and gesture) to enable the use of such a tool in difficult situations (e.g., responding to a fire), and the overall efficacy of such an approach for creating shared situational awareness among responders, incident commanders and EOC managers. Submitted semi-structured information can be further processed by a combination of language-based text analysis, statistical methods, geospatial visualization and human input to integrate, filter, aggregate and