[BEIT NEWS] 27 Sept 2018 – Purdue University’s Ideal Festival

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An online tool to save your life? Purdue develops platform to help survive hurricanes, natural disasters

 

As Hurricane Florence continues a fierce push to the East Coast, Purdue University researchers are testing technology to help find victims of natural and man-made disasters.

A new Purdue-created online platform called the Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit could help first responders better monitor areas where hurricanes make landfall, thus help people caught in weather-related disasters. The platform, known as SMART, allows first responders to monitor social media posts to find people in need of help.

Keywords: Purdue University; natural disaster;  Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit (SMART)David EBERT

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Picture: Purdue University researchers are testing technology that tracks social media to help first responders better monitor areas where hurricanes make landfall.


 

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Robotics at work sites? Emerging technology revolutionizing traditional construction industry

 

Through the use of the algorithms he works to develop, computers can examine the design model of a building and compare it to the building codes of a certain city or state. Violations are then filtered out to be corrected.

“The system can perform the reasoning thousands of times faster than a human, even if I was using an average laptop rather than a supercomputer,” he said.

Keywords: Purdue University; robotics; Jiansong ZHANG; artificial intelligence

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Picture: Purdue University’s Ideal Festival – Giant Leaps In Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms & Automation: Balancing Humanity And Technology.

 

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