Submissions (December 15, 2018 – January 15, 2019)

You are invited to participate in the AI for Natural Disasters workshop, held in Hilo, Hawaii, on Jan 26, 2019, from 9AM to 5PM.

All participants must submit a 1-page abstract for a short presentation on their relevant work,  and contribute to thoughtful breakout sessions and the creation of a research roadmap.

Please email research@crasar.org with your expression of interest, with registration link to follow. Participation is limited to 30 people due to the hands-on nature of the event. There will be a small registration fee of $40 to cover transportation costs- as we will be visiting the Kilauea volcanic site, Hawai’i county emergency response facilities, and University of Hawaii Hilo plus providing shuttle service to/from the Hilo airport (which has hourly flights from Honolulu). There will be a no-host lunch at a local venue with poke, musubi, and other local fare as well as sandwiches, vegetarian options, etc. Jan 26 is Ellison Onizuka Day and there will be many family-oriented activities going on in parallel in Hilo and the Mauna Loa observatory.

Register link will be available soon!

Our Goal

The goal is to create a community around AI for understanding prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from natural disasters. The field institute is a unique opportunity where participants will have hands-on embedded “day in the life” experience following emergency responders as they plan, schedule, fly small unmanned aerial systems at the site of the recent Kilauea volcanic eruption, and process the computer vision imagery.

Emergency Responders

Listen to what the emergency responders need in terms of computer vision, machine learning, autonomy, intelligent assistance, geoscience modeling, and data science. There will be introductory overviews on AI for natural disasters (including but not limited to computer vision, data science, cognitive science, geoscience, and unmanned systems)and shared datasets to enable others to do further work. Participants will be expected to make short “lightning” presentations on their relevant work, but also to contribute to thoughtful breakout sessions and the creation of a research roadmap.

Register Now!

Please email research@crasar.org with your expression of interest, with the registration link to follow.

Participation is limited to 30 people due to the hands-on nature of the event. There will be a small registration fee of $40 to cover transportation costs- as we will be visiting the Kilauea volcanic site, Hawai’i county emergency response facilities, and University of Hawai’i Hilo plus providing shuttle service to/from the Hilo airport (which has hourly flights from Honolulu). There will be a no-host lunch at a local venue with poke, musubi, and other local fare as well as sandwiches, vegetarian options, etc. Jan 26 is Ellison Onizuka Day and there will be many family-oriented activities going on in parallel in Hilo and the Mauna Loa observatory.

This event is made possiblein part by a grant from the National Science Foundation and through a partnership with AAAIand the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue.

The program committee is:

  • Robin Murphy, Texas A&M, Humanitarian Robotics and AI Laboratory
  • Yolanda Gil, USC Information Sciences Institute
  • Gwen Jacobs, University of Hawaii
  • Travis Mandel, University of Hawaii Hilo
  • David Merrick, Florida State University, Center for Disaster Risk Policy
  • Atlas Wang, Texas A&M

Schedule

  • 8:45AM last pick up from Hilo Airport
  • 9AM Opening session at UHH: Introductions
  • 9:10AM Foundational Background Talks
    • Computer vision for disasters: Atlas Wang
    • Intelligent Systems for Geosciences: Suzanne Pierce
    • Cyber-infrastructure portals: Gwen Jacobs, Travis Mandel
    • Unmanned systems for disasters, David Merrick
    • Unmanned systems and imagery databases and toolkits: Robin Murphy, Odair Fernandes
  • 10AM Lightning talks from participants
  • 11AM Move to Pahoa Fire Department
  • 11:45AM En route, lunch at Pahoa market
  • 12:00resume with convoy to eruption site (Leilani Estates)
  • 1:00  observe responders flying UAVs with mirrored displays so participants can observe data collection, autonomous flight operations
  • 3:00  return to Pahoa fire house, observe data post-processing and integration into the emergency informatics chain
  • 3:45 structured discussion around research gaps and opportunities       
  • 5:00  end
  • 6:00  drop off at Hilo airport (last flight 9PM)
  • 6:30  optional no-host dinner at Pineapples