Santa Fe Institute

What Social Computing Means to Emergency Management

Colloquium

March 12, 2013
3:30 PM
Noyce Conference Room

Leysia Palen (University of Colorado, Boulder)

Abstract.  Growth in the capabilities of and access to social computing services brings new questions to bear on how large scale on-line interaction is studied, understood, and shaped. In an area of research we call "crisis informatics," I examine the use of social media in mass emergency contexts by extending methodological approaches and theoretical frames to explain this socio-behavioral phenomena. In this talk, I will offer a view of the information space of emergency management as a social system that extends beyond the activities of the formal response--a view that lends power to understanding the present and future role of social computing in emergency response. I will present our empirical research on social computing in mass disruption events and its implications for emergency management.

Bio.  Leysia Palen is an associate professor of Computer Science faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a faculty fellow with the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS). She is an adjunct full professor in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Agder, Norway. Her training and interests are socio-technical, with a focus on ethnographic studies of social computing. She has published several articles and an edited book on research about the social aspects of ICT in a variety of everyday and safety-critical contexts. In 2006, Professor Palen was awarded a US National Science Federation Early CAREER Grant to study information dissemination in disaster events ("Data in Disaster"). She is also the Principal Investigator of a $2.8M National Science Foundation grant called "Project EPIC: Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis." Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she completed her PhD at the University of California, Irvine in Information and Computer Science, and her undergraduate education in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. In 2005-2006, Professor Palen was a visiting professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Purpose: Research Collaboration

SFI Host: Evandro Ferrada

More Info

  • * SFI community lectures are free, open, & accessible to the public.
  • * Seminars & colloquia are geared for scientists but free & open to the interested public.
  • * All other SFI events are by invitation only.
  • * Note: We are unable to accommodate members of the public for SFI's limited lunch service; you're welcome to bring your own.

Events News

Sam Shepard on American culture, the stage and screen, and writing at SFI Sept. 17, 2014 -

A conversation with writer, actor, director and past SFI Miller Scholar Sam Shepard covers America’s cultural decline, the recent deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams -- and spending ...

SFI's Marcus Hamilton at SITE Santa Fe Tuesday night: Humans and unsettled landscapes Sept. 16, 2014 -

On Tuesday evening, September 23, at SITE Santa Fe, SFI's Marcus Hamilton will explore the changing nature of landscapes and the deep history of human landscape modification from prehistory ...

Ceremony to honor Murray Gell-Mann with prestigious Helmholtz Medal Sept. 5, 2014 -

Murray Gell-Mann will receive the prestigious Helmholtz Medal during a special ceremony on Thursday, September 25, at the Santa Fe Institute.

Video - Watch Steven Strogatz's SFI Community Lecture 'The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math' Aug. 12, 2014 -

In an August 6 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Steven Strogatz showed how math underpins our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works ...

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's talk 'Is time travel possible? Testing the Grandfather Paradox' July 30, 2014 -

In a July 16 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, MITs Seth Lloyd proffered a mode of time travel that is both theoretically possible and creatively irresistible. Watch his talk.

More News