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Center for Emergency Informatics EDGE Innovation Network Data Sheet

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Learn about the Center for Emergency Informatics, this EDGE Innovation Network Innovation Center is hosted by Texas A&M University and focuses on innovating for first responders with live field exercises to gather immediate user feedback.

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Center for Emergency Informatics EDGE Innovation Network Data Sheet

  1. 1. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. Center for Emergency Informatics Industry & Academia Partnering for First Responder Advancements 8/7/2013EDGE® Innovation Network | www.edge-innovation.com 1 The EDGE® Innovation Network is a revolutionary model where industry, academia, and non-profit organizations, along with government entities, collaborate in an open community environment to rapidly deliver new technologies and innovative capabilities to warfighters, first responders and end users of technology. Our mission: Create and maintain an open environment where members and customers can characterize, nurture, develop and deliver current and emerging technologies and capabilities to equip a more mobile, better connected and better informed end- user. The EDGE Innovation Center for Emergency Informatics, located on the campus of Texas A&M University, connects industry with the world's largest training facility for emergency professionals. Allowing research to be conducted at a top 10 engineering institution, the EDGE accelerates the transfer of advanced defense technologies and products that revolutionize how disasters, large and small, are handled worldwide. With unique facilities and operations already in place at Texas A&M University and the direct access to customers in the field, the Emergency Informatics Center is recognized as both user- and capability-focused. Contact Dr. Robin Murphy, Co-Lead Center for Emergency Informatics Mike Thorlin, Chief Technologist Office: 979-845-8737 | Email: murphy@cse.tamu.edu Mobile: 480-298-7314 | Email: mike.thorlin@gdc4s.com The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) which trains over 200,000 professionals from all 50 states and as many countries annually in Firefighting and Emergency Services, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Safety, Technology and Economic Development and Search and Rescue. TEEX is the Texas state agency for urban search and rescue and hosts Texas Task Force 1. TEEX operates numerous training facilities including: Disaster City®--A 52-acre site featuring full-scale collapsible structures designed to simulate various levels of disaster and wreckage that can be customized for the specific needs of any group. Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC) provides realistic, scenario-based incident management training using simulation and computer-based technologies to train incident managers, supervisors, executives, public officials and military personnel to manage large scale crises. Customer access in the field
  2. 2. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. Center for Emergency Informatics Industry & Academia Partnering for First Responder Advancements 8/7/2013EDGE® Innovation Network | www.edge-innovation.com 2 •Incidents CRASAR has Participated In: •Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident •Tohoku Tsunami •Post-L’Aquila Earthquake, Italy (2009) •State Archives Collapse, Cologne Germany (2009) •Post-Hurricane Ike (2008) •Berkman Plaza II Collapse forensic support (2008) •Berkman Plaza II Collapse, Jacksonville FL (2007) •Crandall Canyon Coal Mine Collapse, Utah (2007) •Midas Gold Mine Collapse, Nevada (2007) •Post-Hurricane Katrina (2005) •Post-Hurricane Wilma (2005) •Hurricane Katrina (2005) •La Conchita Mudslides (2005) •Hurricane Charley (2004) •World Traded Center 9/11 (2001) Support to Disaster Relief Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) CRASAR is a Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Center whose mission is to improve disaster preparedness, prevention, response, and recovery through the development and adoption of robots and related technologies. Its goal is to create a “community of practice” throughout the world for rescue robots that motivates fundamental research, supports technology transfer, educates students, response professionals and the public. CRASAR is a dynamic mix of university researchers, industry and responders. Dr. Robin Murphy is the Director of CRASAR. Read her bio at this link Center for Emergency Informatics The Center for Emergency Informatics (CEI) serves as a portal into the existing world-class research, practice and facilities through the Texas A&M University System in information technologies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. CEI engages in a multidisciplinary exploration of human- information systems at extreme temporal, spatial, data and agent scales bringing together 52 faculty in 9 disciplines. CEI connects these centers: • Center for Housing and Urban Development • Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue • Digital Libraries • Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center • Institute for Science Technology and Public Policy • Internet Technology Center • Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center • Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute • Offshore Technology Research Center • RFID Oil and Gas Consortium
  3. 3. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. Center for Emergency Informatics Industry & Academia Partnering for First Responder Advancements 8/7/2013EDGE® Innovation Network | www.edge-innovation.com 3 Headquarters Location Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service 200 Technology Way College Station, TX 77845-3424 Facilities Brayton Fire Training Field Disaster City® Emergency Operations Training Center OSHA Training Institute Southwest Education Center Riverside Campus - Texas A&M University H. B. Zachry Training Center People Served 126,063 trained 57,692 technical assistance 183,755 total people served 2.8 million contact hours 4,300 classes conducted States Served Texas - 91% of communities USA - all 50 states, territories and District of Columbia Countries Served Trained/ served citizens from 79 countries Travel/Extension Training in Texas Over 1.4 million miles traveled annually across Texas for on-site training and services Fact Sheet Texas A& M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is an internationally recognized leader in the delivery of emergency response, homeland security and workforce training, exercises, technical assistance, and economic development. The agency operates a comprehensive emergency preparedness and infrastructure training campus, which includes some of the world’s top facilities for hands-on training. Courses are conducted by instructors, many of whom are recognized experts in their respective fields. TEEX offers on-site, customized training and services to businesses and industries, municipalities and public agencies across the globe. Home to the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, TEEX also sponsors the elite Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team. A state extension training agency, TEEX is a member of The Texas A&M University System. Comprehensive Training Provider Leveraging more than 80 years of extension training experience, TEEX efforts contribute to: •Fire safety and enhanced emergency response •Cleaner drinking water •Better roads and infrastructure •Enhanced homeland security •Safer workplaces •Improved public safety and security •Therapeutics manufacturing •Cybersecurity Major TEEX programs •Fire and rescue •Infrastructure and safety •Law enforcement •Economic and workforce development •Homeland security Download At A Glance : TEEX for a printed overview of the services offered.
  4. 4. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. Center for Emergency Informatics Industry & Academia Partnering for First Responder Advancements 8/7/2013EDGE® Innovation Network | www.edge-innovation.com 4 GeoSuite Initiative GeoSuite® is a web-based, multimedia common operating system that allows users to collect, report, and share information. It is designed specifically for users at the lowest levels of execution like police officers, rescue workers, field agents, and volunteers. It improves situational awareness and facilitates collaboration and information sharing and analysis between users. Through the EDGE Innovation Network, General Dynamics C4 Systems is collaborating with the Center for Emergency Informatics and the First Responder community on the implementation of GeoSuite® in Urban Search and Rescue and Disaster Response operations. First Responder Broadband Testbed Initiative The First Responder Broadband Testbed Initiative is a collaborative effort between General Dynamics C4 Systems, the Texas A&M Center for Emergency Informatics, Texas A&M Telecommunications and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension (TEEX). This effort is intended to provide a means by which Texas A&M Telecommunications, General Dynamics and the first responder community can test and evaluate broadband technologies and first responder systems-of-systems in a high- fidelity, public safety centric operational environment. The First Responder Broadband Testbed is a self-contained, 700Mhz (Band Channel 14) LTE network node which is operated at the TEEX Disaster City training facility and can be deployed to alternate test and training sites as well as to incident scenes in support of actual disaster responses. Respond-R Respond-R is a research project at the Texas A&M University, supported by a $2 Million MRI grant from the National Science Foundation. It is a multi-disciplinary and integrated research effort to facilitate field research in Emergency Informatics (EI). EI is the real-time collection, processing, distribution and visualization of information for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from emergencies. The research scope of Respond-R can be divided into 4 core domains – Unmanned and autonomous systems, Networking, Sensors and active sensing, and Human Robot Interaction (HRI). The goal here is to provide the researchers a complete and modular framework with unmanned system platforms (aerial, ground, and marine) plus an extensive, reconfigurable wireless network and next generation of robot and human performance sensors. Respond-R is expected to have a profound impact on research and training. It will create the technology to support incident management of events such as disaster response, emergencies, while also performing continuous monitoring and prediction tasks. The primary motivation behind Respond-R is the fact that the ongoing research in Emergency Informatics usually focuses on a specific technology e.g. unmanned vehicle, network configuration, a sensor etc. Clearly emergency informatics requires strong interaction between these disparate components and the physical world with humans in the loop. Respond- R aims to address this lack of comprehensive instrument for disaster response. Read more about Respond-R
  5. 5. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. © 2013 General Dynamics C4 Systems. All rights reserved. Center for Emergency Informatics Industry & Academia Partnering for First Responder Advancements 8/7/2013EDGE® Innovation Network | www.edge-innovation.com 5 Summer Institute - June 2013 The Summer Institute sponsored and presented by the Center for Emergency Informatics, is a hands-on exploration of the science, engineering, education and practice of Emergency Informatics: real-time collection, processing, distribution, visualization of information for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from emergencies. Systems research is grounded in fieldwork and an understanding of the practice. The Summer Institute series emphasizes learning about multi-disciplinary messiness of real world scenarios based on collaboration with the responders from the Texas Engineering Extension Service, (the state agency that hosts Texas Task Force 1) law enforcement professionals, policy experts and other subject matter experts at the 52-acre Disaster City complex along with social networking volunteers at Corpus Christi. The Summer Institute emphasizes learning about new domains, envisioning new uses of technologies, evaluating our existing technologies and generating new directions. The Summer Institute consists of two parts, a walkthrough of the entire response process followed by fieldwork with the experts and agencies where researchers and industry work to insert technology using the learning lab format created at the Cognitive Engineering Laboratory at Ohio State. Participants in the 2013 Summer Institute included the Texas Center for Environmental Quality, Texas Task Force 1, Texas Army National Guard Civil Support Team, as well as EDGE members General Dynamics C4 Systems, Vislink and ImageInsight. Winter Institute - November 2013 Based upon the Summer Institute model, the Winter Institute is a General Dynamics C4 Systems/EDGE Innovation Network sponsored event that integrates, exercise and evaluates command and control and communications technologies in support of the first responder community. The Winter Institute is a net-centric exercise where General Dynamics C4 Systems and other EDGE member technologies of mid -to -high Technical Readiness Levels are integrated to leverage complementary capabilities as a means of exploring how our respective products can be utilized for the benefit of the first responder community, as well as to provide direction regarding product development. At all times, emphasis will be on 700MHz LTE systems and those systems and applications that leverage 700MHz LTE networks. These technologies will be evaluated as part of operational scenarios at the Disaster City® training site, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, College Station, Texas. The Winter Institute exercise is presently in the planning stages. Interested entities that have applicable products and technologies should contact the EDGE Innovation Network regarding participation.

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