Sr. Michelle Nugent Lecture Series: Crisis Informatics

Date: Monday, November 8, 2021
Time: 11:15 am  to  12:30 pm
Location: Fury Lecture Hall, Prusmack Center

Each year the Division of Social Sciences at Dominican College sponsors the Sr. Michelle Nugent Lecture Series to remind us of the enduring relevancy of the Social Sciences in helping us to understand the great challenges and issues that confront modern society as well as the ability of the Social Sciences to provide meaningful and life-affirming solutions to these challenges and issues. The lecture series is free and open to all in the Dominican College community as well as to the general public.

This year’s speaker, Dr. Andrea H. Tapia, is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor of Information Sciences and Technology within the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Tapia is a scholar of Crisis Informatics, the study of information discovery, needs, use and sharing in disaster or crisis settings. Her lecture will focus on an exciting new use of social media. In the arena of emergency management and response, big crisis data science has offered opportunities to leverage layers of spatial, temporal, and social infrastructure to enhance event detection and pre-response to crises. Despite its recognized value, the challenges presented by big crisis data preclude organizations from using it routinely. Manually sifting through voluminous streaming data to filter useful information in real time is inherently impossible. This research has the potential to help organizations, which respond to emergencies, make use of large amounts of citizen-produced data, which in turn may improve the speed, quality, and efficiency of emergency response, leading to better support to those who need them, and increasing the number of lives saved.