Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System (IDDSS)



The Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System project is a project supported by the Australian Government through the Victorian Department of Justice Natural Disaster Resilience Grant Scheme. The project began in May 2013 and is scheduled to finish in April 2014.

Project Aims

This research aims to develop a prototype Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System (IDDSS) for urban disasters integrating a smart geospatial information platform with an advanced optimisation and simulation engine. The IDDSS will support an end-to-end process from scenario planning to disaster response and recovery. The platform will perform real-time collection, management, analysis, distribution, and visualisation of information for enhanced situation awareness, aligning the impact of information with its availability. This real-time stream of critical information will populate the optimisation/simulation engine whose goal is to increase the cognitive abilities of decision makers when faced with an urban disaster of large magnitude and uncertainty.

The figure below illustrates the IDDSS concept:


Expected Outcomes

  • A framework for a new generation of disaster management information infrastructure facilitating the integration and interpretation of multi-sourced data and services through inter-agency collaboration.

  • A prototype which integrates data from multiple sources including crowd-sourced geodata and has the capability to model multiple interdependent infrastructures in real time.

  • A modified version of the prototype system in the form of an app which will be integrated and tested on a wide variety of mobile devices (mobile phones and tablet devices)./h4>

  • A prototype of the system for two different urban disaster scenarios – a flash flood and a state-wide fire blackout.

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