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