Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire (United Kingdom) – Project Coordinator
West Yorkshire Police serves a population of around 2.2 million people living in one of the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The physical area, of some 2000 Square kilometres or 780 square miles, contains the West Yorkshire conurbation and a network of motorway and trunk roads that allow easy access to and from other population centres. WYP play a critical role in the organisation and management of regional emergencies; they are a key member of both the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Resilience Forum and the West Yorkshire Resilience Forum (formed in 2004) which is made up of executive officers from the organisations responsible for protecting the public in emergency and crisis situations – including all emergency services, health agencies, the Environment Agency and local councils.
Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom) – Technical Coordinator
CENTRIC (Centre of excellence in terrorism, resilience, intelligence & organised crime research) is a multi-disciplinary and end-user centred research body, located within the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) at Sheffield Hallam University The strategic aim of CENTRIC is to develop the intersection between four key stakeholders in the security domain: Citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA’s), Industry and Academia to provide a platform for researchers, practitioners, policy makers and the public to focus on applied research in the Security domain. CENTRIC has close links with local, national and international LEAs and security specialist groups and is currently collaborating with a number of law enforcement agencies and leading technology providers. CENTRIC builds on over six years of work by a range of colleagues across government, academia and the private sector. CENTRIC team has experience of coordinating more than 20 EU and International large research project.
Epidemico, which is a commercial spinoff of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is an informatics company established in 2007 that provides early insights, continuous monitoring and consumer engagement for a wide range of population health domains, including disease outbreaks, drug safety, supply chain vulnerabilities and more. By combining innovative data acquisition and analysis technologies with public health expertise, Epidemico delivers sophisticated surveillance systems and consumer-centric engagement tools. Epidemico’s suite of cloud-based solutions serve as trusted resources for the public, government officials, life science, financial and Fortune 500 companies both in the US and internationally.
Thales Nederland B.V. (Thales-NL) is part of the Thales Group, a global information systems company serving Aerospace, Defence and Security markets worldwide, with operations in more than 50 countries, 68000 employees. In the Netherlands the focus of the non-product related research activities of Thales Research & Technology NL (TRTNL) is on information technology and in particular AI concepts and techniques and human cognitive performance. In the Defence and Security markets the use of social media as an alternative source of information is an important driver for new soft-sensor concepts. Crowd monitoring and control is one of the new safety and security functions that Thales wants to add in its command & control systems.
Fraunhofer Institute (Germany)
Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization in security, health, communication, energy and the environment with more than 80 research units. The Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics (FKIE) located near Bonn, Germany, currently employs 190 staff members, who research topics in computer science and human‐machine interfaces.
CRiSMART (Center for Crisis Management Research and Training) is part of the Swedish Defence University (SEDU, also previously known as the Swedish National Defence College). SEDU offers a wide variety of courses in security, strategy, leadership, crisis management, international law, and military studies to both civilian and military students. CRiSMART combines first-hand experiences and multi-disciplinary scientific methods in developing and disseminating knowledge on crisis management. Drawing upon its strong research foundation, CRiSMART provides analytical support and training activities in efforts to help organizations to deepen their understanding of crisis situations and strengthen their crisis management capabilities. CRiSMART has close links with senior policy and decision makers, as well as key players in the community, academia, and business. In addition, it has strong expertise in understanding cognitive processes of crisis management and communications and evolving news production processes.
The City of Ljubljana is a local authority with Slovenia. The city’s disaster management department is one of 20 departments, offices and services of the City of Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia. Its overarching aim is constant enhancement of the safety of the citizens with regard to disasters of natural and technological origin. This is achieved through two main goals: First is raising the level of performance of emergency services: shortening of response time, upgrading technical, tactical and personal capabilities, stimulated cooperation between services, enhancing their organisational competencies. The second is fostering resilience to disasters in the sphere of city administration, public companies and services, private sector and citizens as individuals. In working to the second goal technical and social science based research and its application is one of the essential constitutive elements.
Established in 1922, Ljubljana Fire Brigade is the oldest and the largest professional fire brigade in Slovenia. Together with 35 voluntary stations forms Fire Service of the City of Ljubljana. Fire service is not responsible only for firefighting. In accordance with the regulation and according to risks and vulnerability on our territory, we also perform general rescue tasks, rescue in the case of floods, earthquakes, traffic accidents, accidents with dangerous substances, storms, high snow, sleet, etc. Commander of the Fire brigade is also commander of the whole Fire service. Fire Brigade has 150 professional firefighters, voluntary stations have 900 volunteer firefighters who provide their service for the City of Ljubljana with 300.000 permanently registered inhabitants.
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) provides urban services in Izmir. The IMM undersigns many urban and social projects with the goal of forming a liveable environment preserving historical and cultural assets, a fast and reliable transport, a well-planned settlement, a systematic infrastructure and in a modern concept of government which places human in the centre of each and every matter. IMM acts in its strategy “governing the city together with its residents” while striving to allow the people of Izmir to live in a wellplanned, healthy, clean and more modern environment.
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: Migration and development, Facilitating migration, Regulating migration and Forced migration.
SAS is the global leader in BI and Analytical software services. We specialise in turning both structured and unstructured data into meaningful insights by identifying previously unseen and deep seated patterns and trends. As a result our software is used in all major geographies and industries for a wide variety of purposes ranging from informing policy & strategy to improving processes & efficiency, managing risk & compliance, crime & intelligence management, enterprise search and Social Media Analysis. SAS offers a fully comprehensive and integrated platform of tools covering: data Integration, intelligent storage, analytics and business intelligence.
EPAM is custom Software Development Company specialising in the development of complex software solutions combining many modern technologies and techniques across a wide rage of platforms. EPAM offers a full set of lifecycle software development services, and a world class set of tools and methods to manage and support multisite development. EPAMs covers a wide range industry segments that includes Banking & finance, ecommerce, travel & leisure, mobile & cloud solutions. EPAM has developed a number of specialist technology centres around many of its key competencies with Mobile and Cloud based solutions being one of them.
Located within the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG) is an interdisciplinary and inter-professional group of scholars and practitioners who work to understand the impact of “critical incidents” on people, communities and social structures. CIAG brings together physicians, social scientists, medical researchers, law enforcement specialists, policy makers, diplomats, philosophers, military leaders, historians, journalists, writers — and a host of others who are concerned about the profound impact of critical incidents. CIAG is thus an inter-disciplinary applied research and advisory body that combines the abilities of science and the humanities to understand and to serve.
Research in Motion (RIM) was founded in 1984 and has its Headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with offices across the globe. It is a a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. The company is highly innovative and provides high quality products and standards of customer care. It is truly a world leader in the field of new communications phones and the use of social media technology. RIM provides expertise in the area of smart and mobile devices including tablets and phones. RIM also brings an extensive knowledge of both social and mobile media as well as providing solutions to government agencies.