Exploring the use of unmanned systems to assist in first responders

Exploring the use of unmanned systems to assist in first responders

In collaboration with Indiana State University USA, Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage from the Centre for Disaster Resilience (CDR) is exploring the use of unmanned systems to assist first responders during the immediate aftermath of disasters. 

Dr Keraminiyage’s research will look into the reliability of unmanned systems (areal and ground), including imaging and immediate spatial / geographical data; reliable secondary communication options; remote surveillance, search and rescue capabilities. The research aims to enhance the effectiveness of immediate relief, long term recovery and building resilience for disaster management, through ICT enabled, learning-driven and community-focused approaches.

Dr Keraminiyage believes more demand-driven research is needed to develop bespoke unmanned solutions. For example, he feels it is important to design unmanned systems specifically to cater for the challenges of the immediate disaster relief stage – in respect of factors such as size, cost, use conditions and the type of sensors.

Additional research areas include:

· How modern ICT capabilities can be used to improve the current disaster management practices covering the entire disaster management lifecycle.  

· How education, learning and community maturity aspects affect the community building resilience.

· Creating impact at ground level by providing relevant ICT tools, creating educational and learning opportunities; creating better infrastructure and environments to improve community maturity to disaster prone communities so that their level of disaster resilience is enhanced.  

· The use of GIS and related technologies to recognise and address the link between the spatial and social challenges in designing and implementing resettlement programmes.

For further information, contact Dr Kaushal Keraminiyage via: k.p.keraminiyage@salford.ac.uk.

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