Enhancing Disaster Response for Hazardous Materials Using Emerging Technologies: The Role of AI and a Research Agenda

  • Jaziar Radianti
  • Ioannis DokasEmail author
  • Kees Boersma
  • Nadia Saad Noori
  • Nabil Belbachir
  • Stefan Stieglitz
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1000)


Despite all efforts like the introduction of new training methods and personal protective equipment, the need to reduce the number of First Responders (FRs) fatalities and injuries remains. Reports show that advances in technology have not yet resulted in protecting FRs from injuries, health impacts, and odorless toxic gases effectively. Currently, there are emerging technologies that can be exploited and applied in emergency management settings to improve FRs protection. The aim of this paper is threefold: First, to conduct scenario analysis and situations that currently threat the first responders. Second, to conduct gap analysis concerning the new technology needs in relations to the proposed scenarios. Third, to propose a research agenda and to discuss the role of Artificial Intelligence within it.


Hazardous materials Emerging technologies Emergency management First responders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaziar Radianti
    • 1
  • Ioannis Dokas
    • 2
    Email author
  • Kees Boersma
    • 3
  • Nadia Saad Noori
    • 4
  • Nabil Belbachir
    • 4
  • Stefan Stieglitz
    • 5
  1. 1.University of AgderKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.Demokritus University of ThraceXanthiGreece
  3. 3.Vrije UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.NORCE ResearchOsloNorway
  5. 5.University of Duisburg EssenDuisburgGermany

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