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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 possible in part by a grant from the National Science Foundation and through a partnership with the Association for the Advancement for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Intelligent Systems for Geosciences Research Coordination Network, and the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR).


  • Robin Murphy, Texas A&M University, Humanitarian Robotics and AI Laboratory
  • Yolanda Gil, USC Information Sciences Institute
  • Gwen Jacobs, University of Hawaii
  • Travis Mandel, University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • David Merrick, Florida State University, Center for Disaster Risk Policy
  • Atlas Wang, Texas A&M University 
  • Odair Fernandes, Texas A&M University
  • Suzanne Pierce, Texas Advanced Computing Center
  • Abubakar Abid, Stanford University
  • Matt Baldwin, University of Hawaii at Hilo
  • Patricia Marie Chaffey, University of Southern California
  • Srinivasan Parthasarathy, Ohio State University
  • Daniel Garijo, Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California
  • Andrea Loreggia, University of Padova, Italy
  • Harry McElroy, Performigence Corporation
  • Takashi Miyamoto, University of Yamanashi, Japan
  • David Takeyama, Oceanit
  • Lou Zhang, College of William and Mary
  • Bill Hanson, Hawaii County Civil Defense
  • Robert Becker, Hawaii Fire Department and Fire Commission

Agencies that participated:

  • Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR)
    • Robin Murphy
    • David Merrick
    • Odair Fernandes
  • Hawaii Science and Technology Museum
    • Christian Wong
    • John Requelman
  • Mokupapapa Discovery Center (NOAA)
    • Clayton Watkins