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Humanitarian Innovation

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Qatar Computing Research Institute's Social Computing team at the World Humanitarian Youth Summit.
We aim to research and create humanitarian innovation.

Exhibition: World Humanitarian Youth Summit
Doha, Qatar
September 1 - 2, 2015
This presentation was created by the Social Computing Team to demonstrate our collective work.

About QCRI: http://qcri.org.qa/our-research/social-innovation
About the World Humanitarian Youth Summit: https://www.worldhumanitariansummit.org/whs_youth

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Humanitarian Innovation

  1. 1. Humanitarian Innovation World Humanitarian Youth Summit September 1 - 2, 2015
  2. 2. What is humanitarian tech? Any technology used by anyone in humanitarian response
  3. 3. How is QCRI leading the way? Combine Research, Field Work, Active Deployments
  4. 4. Communication is Aid
  5. 5. Project Collaboration with UN OCHA and the Standby Task Force.
  6. 6. AIDR SMS/WhatsApp classification AIDR-SMS Classification extension helps UNICEF classify SMS. The U-Report platform is a free and open-source SMS platform used by UNICEF to engage on a wide variety of issues across different countries. In Zambia, UNICEF is using U-Report for public health messaging and polling.
  7. 7. Aerial imagery and computer vision UAVs for aerial imagery: Fast deployment Easy maintenance High resolution imagery Oblique view Control flexibility Cheaper operational cost Aerial surveys to complement or accelerate the traditional field-based damage and needs assessment surveys. Buildings (e.g., dwellings, schools, hospitals, etc.) Transportation infrastructure (roads, bridges, etc.) Logistic support
  8. 8. Aerial imagery and computer vision Hybrid approach human computing to annotate features of interest in aerial images machine computing to learn to recognize such features automatically in new, unseen images Computer vision challenges orthorectification: mapping between the image pixels and the real world coordinates image classification (filtering): not all images are relevant or interesting object detection: objects of interest do not have well-defined structure/geometry scene understanding: usually cluttered scene, difficult to understand
  9. 9. Timeline 2010 QCRI Created 2012 QCRI’s Social Innovation Programme 2013 ● AIDR Development starts ● MicroMappers Development starts ● Uaviators Created ● Typhoon Haiyan Response with UN OCHA 2014 ● MicroMappers - Coconuts for Computer Vision ● UNICEF AIDR SMS - Zambia ● Typhoon Hagupit Response 2015 ● WoRDE prototype with Translators without Borders ● Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu Response) ● Nepal Earthquake Response
  10. 10. Learn new skills:
  11. 11. Thank you Join MicroMappers.org Join Digital Humanitarians in Qatar

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