Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CDMPS, was in China from 19 to 25 October where he delivered the keynote address in the Third High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM). While in China, Prof. Rajabifard visited several universities. Among the highlights of this trip was the signing of a letter of intent to collaborate with Hohai University in Nanjing. Hohai University is China’s leading research institution in the field of Environment and Water Resources. The Chinese Academy of Science also agreed to collaborate with CDMPS in future research activities and plans are underway for a delegation to visit the CDMPS in the near future.
The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety held its first International Symposium on 30th September at the University of Melbourne. The event coincided with the launch of the Centre’s new research lab, which is located in the Walter Boas building on campus and offers a space for students, researchers, and industry to collaborate and come together to advance their knowledge in the field of disaster management and public safety. The research symposium, “Delivering a Resilient Future: The Next Generation of Disaster Management and Public Safety” attracted over 120 participants from industry, academia and government – a significant achievement.
Speakers at the event included: Mr. Greg Scott, United Nations inter-regional advisor for global geospatial information management; Mr. Robert Jensen, International Disaster Communications Expert; Mr. Craig Lapsley, Emergency Services Commissioner of Victoria; and Mr. Kevin Casey, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police, among others. Throughout the event trends, strategies and a vision for delivering a resilient future were discussed, as well as the additional themes of Global Disaster Management, Building Resilience across Nations, An on the Ground Perspective of Public Safety, and Stepping into the Future of the Next Generation for Disaster Management. For more information about the event please visit http://cdmps.org.au/symposium2014/index.php/home
(L-R) Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Jim McCluskey, the Hon. Mr Gary Nairn, MSE Dean Prof. Iven Mareels, Emergency Services Commissioner of Victoria Mr Craig Lapsley, Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police Mr Kevin Casey, CDMPS Director Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, BNHCRC Research Manager Dr Michael Rumsewicz, Victoria Police Inspector Mr Ged Griffin, EMERG Director Mr Jan Wandek
A workshop on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicles (RPAV) was held on 18 September in the lead-up to the CDMPS’s upcoming ‘International Symposium on Next Generation of Disaster Management and Public Safety: Delivering a Resilient Future’ on 30 September.