Social Computing in Homeland Security: Disaster Promulgation and Response

Social Computing in Homeland Security: Disaster Promulgation and Response

Amy Wenxuan Ding (University of Illinois, USA)
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Release Date: March, 2009|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 320
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-228-2
ISBN13: 9781605662282|ISBN10: 1605662283|EISBN13: 9781605662299
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The sequence of major events that occurred after entering the twenty-first century have all pointed to an effective emergency response as one of the most complex challenges many countries now face.

Social Computing in Homeland Security: Disaster Promulgation and Response presents a theoretical framework addressing how to enhance national response capabilities and ready the public in the presence of human-made or natural disasters. A practical reference for those involved in disaster response and management, this book explores fascinating topics including designing effective threat warning advisories, quantifying public reactions to and confidence in warning advisories, and assessing how anxiety and fear translate into impacts on effective response and social productivity.

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The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Disaster promulgation and response
  • Emergency evacuation command system
  • Feature recognition
  • Incident commander
  • Information perception and public response
  • Psychosocial impact
  • Public perception and confidence
  • Real time surveillance modeling
  • Security inspection model
  • Situation Awareness
  • Social computing in homeland security
  • Threat warning and psychological warfare
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... How can today's science help to harness citizen power in response to crisis? This book is remarkable for addressing this very issue, and by exploiting modern science involving human cognition, decisonmaking, and behavior. ... The book laudably translates the challenges into what I think of as concrete

– engineering problems

... and attempts to teach such science-based principles and approaches to practical problem-solving. It is an unusual and welcome contribution.

– Dr. Paul Davis, RAND Corporation, USA

Ding develops mathematically based computer simulations and puts the resulting extrapolation-capable programs into the service of existing response mechanisms, like emergency evacuations and border patrols. An amazing specialist's resource.

– Library Journal (June 2009)
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Amy Wenxuan Ding is an assistant professor at University of Illinois (USA). She received a PhD in information technology and cognitive science from Carnegie Mellon University (USA). She specializes in computational intelligence, mathematical description of natural intelligence, and advanced methods of modeling, simulation, and decision making. She has published numerous papers at various top-tiered academic journals. Currently she is an associate editor of the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation, and serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing and International Journal of Electronic Banking.
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