SAT: Spatial Awareness from Textual Input
Recent events (WTC attacks, Southeast Asia Tsunamis, Hurricane Katrina, London bombings) have illustrated the need for accurate and timely situational awareness tools in emergency response. Developing effective situational awareness (SA) systems has the potential to radically improve decision support in crises by improving the accuracy and reliability of the information available to the decision-makers. In an evolving crisis, raw situational information comes from a variety of sources in the form of situational reports, live radio transcripts, sensor data, video streams. Much of the data resides (or can be converted) in the form of free text, from which events of interest are extracted. Spatial or location information is one of the fundamental attributes of the events, and is useful for a variety of situational awareness (SA) tasks.
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