Topic 1: The Critical and Evolving Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Disaster Management

10:30 a.m–12:00 p.m.

Context for and Visions of the Future, Grand Challenges for ICTs in Disaster Management

15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A


John Harrald, Director, Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management, George Washington University (Moderator)

David G. Boyd, Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Helen Wood, Senior Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellites and Information Service, and Chair, National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction

Jack Potter, Director, Emergency Medical Services, Valley Health, and Vice Chair, COMCARE Board of Directors

Peter Miller, Program Manager, Mission Support Office, Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security


How might we better manage future crises? What impact will major technology trends have on how disaster management is handled in the future? How can we leverage commercial technology cost-performance curves yet meet special requirements? What new technologies, approaches, and policies would help, and what research directions are promising?

12:00–12:45 p.m.


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