PROJECT EPIC, which launched in September 2009, is supported by a $2.8M grant from the US National Science Foundation. It is a multi-disciplinary, multi-university, multi-lingual research effort to support the information needs by members of the public during times of mass emergency. In this age of social media, we bring our behavioral and technical knowledge of “computer mediated communication” to the world of crisis studies and emergency response. As researchers, we are committed to careful study of socio-technical transformation and building human-centered computation. In addition to empirical observational study that requires new ways of studying massive “widescale” coordination across the internet, we conduct “action research” and employ “participatory design” oriented approaches. We aim to look beyond today’s state of the art and anticipate future socio-technical change.
Recent EPIC updates
- Project EPIC presentation at ICWSM posted on July 14, 2011 by admin
Sudha Verma will present NLP to the Rescue? Extracting “Situational Awareness” Tweets During Mass Emergency at the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) in Barcelona on July 18.
- ICSE Paper to be presented posted on May 23, 2011 by admin
Dr. Kenneth Anderson and his PhD student Aaron Schram are presenting a paper, Design and Implementation of Data Analytics Software In Support of Crisis Informatics Research, in the New Ideas and Emerging Results track at the 33rd International Conference in Software Engineering, held this year in Honolulu, HI.
- Project EPIC assisting the American Red Cross posted on April 28, 2011 by admin
Project EPIC is assisting the American Red Cross with understanding their twitter communication diffusion for the April 2011 tornados in the US South.