URBSEC seminar September 7: Using Crowd-tasking Apps for Risk Mitigation

News: Aug 24, 2016

On Wednesday September 7, Professor Michael Klafft from the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems, Berlin, and Jade University of Applied Sciences, Wilhelmshaven, will give the first URBSEC lunch seminar in the fall 2016 series. Professor Klafft will speak about: Using Crowd-tasking Apps for Risk Mitigation: the Case of Sudden Cardiac Arrests.

In his seminar, Professor Klafft will present how German researchers are developing crowd-tasking apps for volunteers as part of crisis response systems. These crowd-tasking apps are being designed to help reduce the negative effects of large-scale crises as well as of small-scale incidents. While modern societies are increasingly threatened by a wide range of large-scale natural and man-made risks, small-scale incidents such as sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) are among the most prominent causes of death in industrialized nations. Experts are therefore calling for innovative solutions.

In response to such calls for innovation, German researchers are including smartphone-based applications in the design of crisis response systems to make it possible, for example, to mobilize also volunteers. Professor Klafft will describe the concept, and the functionalities of such systems, as well as first practical experiences gained in operation. An assessment of the potential impact of such systems is presented, and challenges during system introduction and management are discussed. The seminar will close with an open floor discussion.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 7, 11:30-13:00.
Where: Forskningsgången 6, Chalmers Campus Lindholmen, Göteborg; Building: Patricia; Room: Piazza, 1st floor.
Lunch: Sandwiches, sparkling water, and coffee served from 11:30.
Registration: Email your name, organization, food requirements, and any allergies to


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