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CSDILA Hosts International Symposium on Smart Future Cities in Melbourne

symp_banner_v02On September 27-28 the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, a collaborative partner of CDMPS, successfully hosted the International Symposium on Smart Future Cities with a focus on The Role of Spatial Data and Urban Analytics, at the University of Melbourne. The event aimed to present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to smart future cities, and attracted delegates internationally from over 10 countries, and nationally from a range of sectors across Australia.

As a sponsor of the event, CDMPS members were given the opportunity to deliver presentations as part of the session program and to also showcase their work within the exhibition.  

Overall, more than 150 people attended the event and there were over 50 presentations on 8 key themes. The event began with a keynote session focusing on international and national smart city trends and issues, and followed with a number of parallel sessions focused on dedicated themes. In addition to the presentations, several sectors from academia, industry and government exhibited their recent smart initiatives to the audience. At the conclusion of the first day refreshments were served to encourage networking and collaboration opportunities and the opportunity to meet with PSMA Australia discussing in detail the G-NAF and GeoSpace initiatives, was offered in addition to tours of the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety, or a tour of the University of Melbourne.

The event continued on Wednesday with a second keynote session and a final parallel session. To conclude the event a formal lunch was held to celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration which included awards and reflections on the work of the Centre over the past 15 years.

Overall, the symposium was very successful and fulfilled the objectives of the event which were to: present the latest innovation, research and practice; exchange ideas; establish and extend partnerships; develop a future research agenda; and contribute to knowledge.

 

CDMPS to attend China-Australia Disaster Management International Symposium

On July 5-6, a delegation of 5 from the CDMPS will attend the China-Australia Disaster Management International Symposium in Nanjing, China. The Symposium in China is just one of the many positive outcomes accomplished from the relationship that has been established between the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) of the University of Melbourne and Hohai University, and will be the first of many collaborative activities to come in the future.

The symposium follows the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management that was held in Melbourne, Australia in October 2015 which was hosted by the University of Melbourne and which many international researchers and practitioners comprising researchers from China including from Hohai University as well as other organizations participated in.

The symposium aims to firstly, present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to disaster management within the context of a global disaster management platform. Secondly, to establish and extend partnerships between China and Australia. Thirdly, to develop a future research agenda to tackle identified disaster management issues identified for China and Australia. And finally, to exchange ideas and to contribute to knowledge in the disaster management field.

A key topic at the symposium will be the Global Disaster Management Platform (GDMP). The GDMP is a collaborative international research project funded by the University of Melbourne – under the International Research and Research Training Fund (IRRTF) that is led by the CDMPS at the University of Melbourne that aims to develop a platform that can bring together and connect communities dedicated to the disaster field to enable them to share and collaborate. Partner countries in this project include China, India, Chile and Brazil.

Through this China-Australia international research symposium, achieving the GDMP vision of an interactive, coordinated and smart disaster management community that delivers positive outcomes for wider society will be closer to being realized.

International Workshop on DRR held in Nepal

On November 24th, Dr. Katie Potts attended and presented at a pre-workshop event held at Kathmandu University in Nepal on the topic of Sharing SDI Research on Disaster Management, representing GSDI Association. The event was held prior to The International Workshop On The Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction: In the Context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake, which Dr. Potts also attended and participated in. The main objective of the conference event was to exploit the international expertise on SDI and Land Administration to enhance and improve current disaster risk reduction efforts in Nepal and related environments. The themes of the conference were: strengthening professional education, opportunities for SDI development, and roles of land professionals and SDI in DRR.

CDMPS Hosts 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management in Melbourne

On October 12-14 the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety successfully hosted the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management, at the University of Melbourne. The event aimed to present and discuss the latest innovations, research and practice related to disaster management, and attracted delegated internationally from 14 countries, and nationally from a range of sectors across Australia. The theme for the event was ‘Working together for a safer world’ and during the event the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was celebrated and marked by dedicated sessions on community resilience and disaster risk reduction activities and research.

Overall, more than 130 people attended the invite-only event and there were 63 presentations on 13 key topics. The event began with a day of workshops focusing on disaster management trends and issues, and continued on Tuesday 13th October with the official symposium opening from the Minister for Emergency Management, the Honourable Jane Garrett. The event concluded on Wednesday which featured a keynote presentation from the emergency management commissioner of Victoria, Mr. Craig Lapsley, who took the opportunity to launch a new strategy produced by Emergency Management Victoria on ‘A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria’.

During the event a Gala Dinner was held to encourage networking and collaboration opportunities following the event. A poster competition was also held which featured research posters showcasing current disaster management research.

Overall, the symposium was very successful and fulfilled the objectives of the event which were to: present the latest innovation, research and practice; exchange ideas; establish and extend partnerships; develop a future research agenda; and contribute to knowledge, which all-in-all contributed to the theme of the symposium which was ‘working together for a safer world’.

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Post Disaster Humanitarian Logistics Workshop: Opportunities and Challenges

The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) is proud to announce and conduct a Post Disaster Humanitarian Logistics Workshop: Opportunities and Challenges

Details for the event:
Friday, 14th November 2014, 9:30am – 5.00pm
Woodward Centre, The University of Melbourne
Agenda below

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Following the CDMPS’s recent ‘International Symposium on Next Generation of Disaster Management and Public Safety: Delivering a Resilient Future’ that was held on 30 September, The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) would like to invite you to join us for a workshop on Post Disaster Humanitarian Logistics (PDHL) on 14 November. The PDHL workshop is aligned with the Centre’s Priority Area 1: Understanding Natural Disasters, which seeks to examine issues associated with humanitarianism from natural disasters and Priority Area 2: Enhanced Decision Making that aims to develop improved Decision Support Systems (DSS) for more efficient response to disasters. The extreme nature of disasters poses significant challenges to the individuals and organizations involved in the delivery of critical supplies to assist people in need.With research in this area rapidly expanding across diverse areas
and applications, it is important to identify ongoing activities, share experiences and discuss opportunities and challenges in this area.

The workshop aims to:

  • exchange information on initiatives and case studies aimed at improving relief efforts for the victims of disasters
  • share knowledge for developing improved decision support systems
  • showcase tools for assisting decision making, e.g. GIS and models
  • present case studies outlining experiences from cyclones, fires, and floods in Australia and disasters overseas (including Katrina, Haiti, Tohoku and Sandy).

The CDMPS focuses on conducting multi-disciplinary research on all aspects of disaster management and public safety on global and national levels to encourage collaboration and enhance knowledge bases and research capability. Thus, this workshop is an opportune platform for practitioners and researchers from various disciplines to explore current and future challenges associated with PDHL.

Topics for discussion will include, but are not limited to:

  • models for distribution of food and water
  • techniques for estimating the demand for emergency goods
  • training exercises relating to last kilometre deliveries
  • approaches for designing logistics networks for relief goods
  • planning prepositioning facilities

To RSVP for the workshop please register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LQKCGMQ

AGENDA

9.00 – 9.30 Tea and coffee on arrival
9.30 – 11.00 Session 1 Inspector David Williams, Victoria Police
Experiences from Black Saturday
Major Eddy Holman, Salvation Army
Experiences from the Victorian floods in 2011
Dr Yiqun Chen and Assoc. Prof. Russell Thompson, The University of Melbourne
An Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System
1.00 – 11.30 Morning Tea
11.30 – 1.00 Session 2 Drasko Kraguljac, RedR Australia
Operational Issues in Humanitarian Logistics
Inspector Ged Griffin, Victoria Police
Security Issues
Meaghan Barry, Oxfam Australia
Logistics for Emergency Response
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 Session 3 Professor Eiichi Taniguchi, Kyoto University Japan
Logistics for Emergency Response
Professor Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Lessons from Haiti and Hurricane Sandy
Natasha Freeman, Red Cross
Issues from International Events
3.30 – 4.00 Afternoon Tea
4.00 – 5.00 Workshop Discussion of research directions

 

International Disaster Symposium

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

(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