This Seminar was held on Friday 10 March 2023
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Presenter: Raj Prasanna (Te Kunenga Ki Pūrehuroa, Massey University)
Design, development, and implementation of technologies to support disaster management are complex and challenging tasks. These complexities arise due to a number of reasons, including the ad hoc nature of the operational structures, varying experience levels of the end-users and stakeholders, issues with data access and quality, availability of communication infrastructure, time-critical and difficult and rapidly changing environments, and others. Over time, many examples of technological failures during disasters have resulted in dire consequences. We are still on a steep learning curve in developing technologies appropriate to support disaster management. At the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR) CRISiSLab, we have adopted Design Science as a research approach as it provides opportunities to build technology artefacts in a more inclusive, multi- or transdisciplinary manner. It strengthens and embraces methodologies and expertise from multiple science domains. Further, when it comes to artefact building, we take a more disruptive way of using existing technology and go beyond traditional methods. This webinar will share some of our experiences in conducting design science-led research on the design, development, and implementation of technology artefacts in a more disruptive way to support various disaster management activities and some of our future research plans.
Raj Prasanna is an Associate Professor and the Deputy Director (Teaching) at the Joint Centre for Disaster Research (JCDR). Raj’s research focuses on the human-centred application of Technology for Disaster and Emergency Management. Raj currently leads CRISiSLab, a research lab located at JCDR focussing on researching technologies supporting crisis management. Focussing on supporting enhanced situation awareness during crisis management his research interests span across technology management, transfer, design, and development. Some of his ongoing research includes decentralised low-cost sensor networks for early warning in resource-constrained environments and multimodal data fusion enhancing situation awareness. In the past, his research outputs have supported organisations, domestically and overseas including UK Fire and Rescue Service and Disaster Management Agencies in South Asia.
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