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Big Crisis Data
an exciting frontier for applied computing

Carlos Castillo

Recorded 10 December 2015 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

Event: IC Colloquia - EPFL IC School Colloquia

Abstract

Social media is an invaluable source of time-critical information during a crisis. However, emergency response and humanitarian relief organizations that would like to use this information struggle with an avalanche of social media messages, exceeding their capacity to process them. In this talk, we will look at how interdisciplinary research has enabled the creation of new tools for emergency managers, decision makers, and affected communities. These tools typically incorporate a combination of automatic processing and crowdsourcing. The talk will also look at methodological challenges of this type of research.

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