BOLD Talks: Urban Disasters

Start date
End date
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Room Q (ground floor)

BOLD Talks

Urban Disasters: the Impact of Data on Disaster Relief
Prof. Dr. Bartel van de Walle & HumanTech Lab
Delft University of Technology 


Abstract. When we hear ‘emergency aid’, most of us initially think of medical assistance, food and shelter. However, the large amount of information that is available nowadays is having an increasingly greater impact on the effectiveness of relief efforts. During this talk, we will discuss about how data impact disaster relief during urban/natural disasters. In particular, we will discuss about current actions conducted by the HumanTechLab in this context.
Speakers. Dr. Bartel van de Walle is chair and professor of Policy Analysis in the department of Multi Actor Systems of Delft University of Technology. He is also senior fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative research center and founding president of the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM) society. He obtained his PhD in Mathematics from Ghent University.
HumanTech Lab

Kenny Meesters is a PhD student at Delft University of Technology. In his research, he examines how information and ICT is used during disaster response. How is information used and shared? How do systems and technological advancements support better information management? And how do we leverage this potential towards affected communities? Kenny uses various approaches to study these topics including serious gaming and extensive fieldwork, including in the aftermath of disasters. Kenny is also a trained EU Civil Protection Member and works closely with the United Nations. 
David Paulus is a PhD researcher at the HumanTech Lab at TU Delft, studying information, decisions and policies in humanitarian networks. He worked on ICT for Development projects for the United Nations and the German Agency for International Cooperation. Prior to that he worked for the Fraunhofer Institute and obtained a MSc degree in Information Systems.
Stefan Wigman is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology. In his research, he tries to utilise (big) data in combination with multi-scale modelling techniques to address grand societal challenges. 
Date & Place 
Thursday 15 November 2018, 15:30-17:00
Room Q, ground floor (building map)
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment (map)
Julianalaan 134, 2628 BL Delft