Social media alert and response to threats to citizens (SMART-C)

Nabil Adam, Jayan Eledath, Sharad Mehrotra, Nalini Venkatasubramanian

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Abstract

Social media, such as blogs, Twitter, and information portals, have emerged as the dominant communication mechanism of society. Exploiting such input to gain awareness of an incident is a critical direction for research in effective emergency management. In this paper we present an overview of the SMART-C system, which is part of the social media initiative at the Department of Homeland Security. The system aims to enable robust bidirectional communication between emergency management and the public at large throughout the disaster life-cycle via a multitude of devices and modalities including cell phones, MMS messages, text messages, blogs, Twitter, etc. A discussion of the major components of SMART-C and related research challenges is included. These components include mechanisms to model event level semantic information, a platform for implementing multi-sensor fusion, mechanisms for estimating the veracity of information, data cleaning to reduce uncertainty and enhance accuracy of event detection and notification, and spatiotemporal analyses for pattern and trend analyses for higher level observations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollaborateCom 2012 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Collaborative Computing
Subtitle of host publicationNetworking, Applications and Worksharing
Pages181-189
Number of pages9
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing, CollaborateCom 2012 - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Oct 14 2012Oct 17 2012

Publication series

NameCollaborateCom 2012 - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing

Other

Other8th IEEE International Conference on Collaborative Computing: Networking, Applications and Worksharing, CollaborateCom 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA
Period10/14/1210/17/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications

Keywords

  • alerting
  • emergency management
  • robust data analytics
  • social media

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