With lidar and artificial intelligence, road status clears up after a disaster

Automated tools can help emergency managers make decisions, plan routes, and quantify road damage at city scales.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence imaging natural-disasters research sensors weather radar technology-and-society algorithms lincoln-laboratory disaster-response



Self-transforming robot blocks jump, spin, flip, and identify each other

Developed at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, robots can self-assemble to form various structures with applications including disaster relief.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
Oct. 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: robotics artificial-intelligence robots research school-of-engineering computer-science-and-technology algorithms computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail national-science-foundation-nsf disaster-response electrical-engineering-and-computer-science-eecs distributed-robotics-laboratory

MIT researchers respond to hurricanes Irma and Maria | MIT News

The Humanitarian Response Lab works with FEMA to optimize public and private sector supply chains serving hurricane-affected areas.

Christine Adams | Center for Transportation and Logistics • mit
Oct. 20, 2017 ~7 min

Tags:  supply-chains  natural-disasters  transportation  school-of-engineering  civil-and-environmental-engineering  disaster-response  humanitarianism

Mapathon seeks to direct humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico | MIT News

Boston-area volunteers gather at MIT to help identify post-hurricane conditions in the territory

Department of Urban Studies and Planning • mit
Oct. 16, 2017 ~3 min

Tags:  hurricanes  natural-disasters  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  special-events-and-guest-speakers  mit-libraries  disaster-response  crowdsourcing

Targeted, crowdsourced aid for Mexican earthquake victims | MIT News

MIT team’s online platform links those who need aid with those who can help. (Este artículo está disponible en español.)

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
Sept. 24, 2017 ~5 min

Tags:  earthquakes  natural-disasters  latin-america  mexico  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  disaster-response  crowdsourcing

MIT map offers real-time, crowd-sourced flood reporting during Hurricane Irma | MIT News

Via social media, residents can contribute to public map that increases safety and helps response planning.

School of Architecture and Planning • mit
Sept. 8, 2017 ~4 min

Tags:  climate  architecture  natural-disasters  weather  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  disaster-response

Art and science merge in a disaster readiness haven | MIT News

Innovative off-grid PREPHubs structures house basic services needed in the aftermath of a disaster.

Dorothy Ryan | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
July 7, 2016 ~9 min

Tags:  architecture  design  school-of-architecture-and-planning  urban-studies-and-planning  campus-buildings-and-architecture  lincoln-laboratory  disaster-response

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