On June 20, 2013 TIDES Project hosted Dr. Patrick Meier for a discussion on crowd sourcing, crisis mapping and open-source geospatial information systems (GIS) technologies for humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and emergency response. Given increasing popularity and use of non-proprietary, open-source GIS systems in everything from natural and man-made disasters, political and military events, Patrick discussed latest trends, developments and challenges in using open-source systems with NDU staff, students and young professionals.
Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation's Computing Research Institute where he pioneers the development of Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies (http://qcri.com/our-research/social-innovation) using Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Social Computing. Patrick's influential blog iRevolution (http://www.iRevolution.net) has received well over 1 million hits. Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative's Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi (http://www2.technologyreview.com/tr50/ushahidi/)