To improve disaster response and gain a better understanding of a population’s needs and behaviors during a crisis, Florida International University’s College of Engineering and Computing has received a $750,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.

FIU researchers are working closely with counterparts at the University of Tokyo, who received a similar grant from the Japan Science and Technology Agency. Together, the scientists hope to develop the critical tools and technologies necessary for effective disaster management and pandemic recovery.

Shu-Ching Chen, professor and director of the Distributed Multimedia Information Systems Laboratory at FIU, is the principal investigator, and Steven Luis, executive director for technology at FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing, is co-principal investigator. The two have worked on numerous disaster information initiatives.

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