May 22 – Leveraging Social and Sensor Big Data into Timely Decisions and Actions for Responding to Disasters, Crises and Extremism by Amit Sheth, Kno.e.sis Center – WSU

Location: Berry Room, Nutter Center

Date/Time: May 22, 2019 / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
(Registration begins at 2:30)


Crisis responders, first responders and law enforcement now have unprecedented opportunity to use AI and real-time big data analytics over multimodal (text, sensor, images, video) big data streams via social media, Web services and drones to help them make timely and better informed decisions to manage a variety of events.

Crises are imposing massive costs to economies worldwide. Natural disasters caused record $306 billion in damage to the U.S. in 2017! Storms and floods have become frequent and demand increasing resource to manage and mitigate. Social media have become a source for spreading extremisms. Both tradition crisis response organizations as well as temporary, informal, self-organized and community-based organizations have come to increasingly rely on social media and the data collected by a variety of sensors and devices.

In this talk, I will review our extensive experience on (a) interactions with variety of stakeholders involved in emergency response at city, county, country and international levels, (b) research on real-time social and sensor data analysis, (c) development and use of crisis response specific tools (location identification, demand-supply match) such as DisasterRecord and the comprehensive Twitris semantic social intelligence system (which is also commercialized as Cognovi Labs), (d) a variety of real-world evaluations and real-time uses including supporting a metro-level multi-agency disaster preparedness exercise, etc., and (e) emergent capabilities in monitoring extremism and other social ills.

Speaker Bio:

Amit P. Sheth ( is an educator, researcher, and entrepreneur. He is the LexisNexis Eminent Scholar and executive director of the Ohio Center of Excellence in Knowledge-enabled Computing (Kno.e.sis) at Wright State University. Kno.e.sis conducts research in social/sensor/semantic data and Web 3.0 with real-world applications and multidisciplinary solutions for translational research, healthcare and life sciences, cognitive science, etc.

Kno.e.sis’ activities have resulted in Wright State University being recognized as a top organization in the world on World Wide Web in research impact. In recent years, Prof. Sheth was listed among the top 100 authors in Computer Science based on h-index. His research has led to several commercial products, many real-world applications, and four companies including three based on licensing of his university research. He is a fellow of AAAI, AAAS and IEEE.

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