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JNU holds global symposium on artificial intelligence in governance and disaster management

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The Special Centre for Disaster Research, JNU, New Delhi in collaboration with NITI Aayog, NDMA, NIDM, ICSSR, Skymet Weather and Springer Nature is organising a three day Global Symposium on Artificial Intelligence in Governance and Disaster Management at Convention Centre, JNU from March 11-13, 2019, The Hindustan Times reports.

The symposium reflects on intensive preparedness required to address the problem of recurrent disasters, which have grown in frequency as well as their uncertain destructive ability. It is now beyond human capacity to assure safety and protection from the wide range and varieties of disasters. The use of AI, Machine Learning and Robots can help tremendously in disaster preparedness and community resilience building, which would lead to greater safety of public life and institutions.

AI in a preliminary understanding speeds up mapping, geographical and human vulnerabilities and can send directives and instructions to the relevant offices to take preemptive action. Most disasters and even the best of Early Warning Systems do not give adequate timely warnings for preemptive action. The use of AI would address delays, unwillingness, lack of accountability, fuzzy coordination and biased or deficit of understandings of decision makers.

The symposium is a brainchild of Special Centre for Disaster Research, after a six year long intensive research of many disasters across the country. This involved the senior faculty as well as the young researchers. The Symposium is being coordinated by Prof TV Vijay Kumar, JNU and Dr Keshav Sud, Amazon Robotics. During the inauguration, the brochure with the list of participating experts and the thematic journey of the Centre was released by Prof VK Saraswat, Prof M Jagadesh Kumar, Lt Gen NC Marwah and Dr Braj Bihari Kumar. Prof Robin Murphy, the leading woman scholar who has intensively worked on Disaster Robotics, delivered the key note address through Video Conferencing from the University of Texas, USA. During the occasion, the Global Handbook on Disaster Research signed with Springer from Singapore was also declared.

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