1.) Tutorial at the AAAI Int'l Conference on Social Media, ICWSM-2013 (http://www.icwsm.org/2013/program/tutorial/)
about the deep understanding of Crisis Mapping, Citizen Sensing and Social Media Analytics, presented by Kno.e.sis, Wright State University and the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI)
2.) It focuses on leveraging citizen roles for crisis response coordination and urges everyone to join hands together for improving crisis computing for response coordination-- hackers, computer scientists, social scientists and humanitarians.
3.) Description: (http://www.knoesis.org/hemant/present/icwsm2013)
With the explosion in social media (1B+ Facebook users, 500M+ Twitter users) and ubiquitous mobile access (6B+ mobile phone subscribers) sharing their observations and opinions, we have unprecedented opportunities to extract social signals, create spatio-temporal mappings, perform analytics on social data, and support applications that vary from situational awareness during crisis response, preparedness and rebuilding phases to advanced analytics on social data, and gaining valuable insights to support improved decision making.
This tutorial weaves three themes and corresponding relevant topics- a.) citizen sensing and crisis mapping, b.) technical challenges and recent research for leveraging citizen sensing to improve crisis response coordination, and c.) experiences in building robust and scalable platforms/systems. It couples technical insights with identification of computational techniques and algorithms along with real-world examples. We also give demonstrations of the exemplary tools Sahana, Crowdmap and Twitris platforms while elaborating on the practical issues and pitfalls of the development and operation of these large-scale platforms, especially during the real-time crisis response.
Activities supported by NSF SoCS project: Social Media Enhanced Organizational Sensemaking in Emergency Response (http://knoesis.org/research/semsoc/projects/socs)