Dr Christopher Monterola, Dr Erika Legara and Dr Felix Valenzuela from the Computing Science department won the Country prize at the United Nations’ Big IDEAS Competition 2016: Sustainable Cities. The competition sought data-driven solutions to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, with a focus on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
IHPC’s Complex Systems team submitted an idea on using big data from multiple sources, to design a customisable decision-support tool for disaster preparedness and management, using agent-based modelling and network science. Such a tool would be able to aid governments and disaster relief operators in identifying less vulnerable locations where evacuation centres and relief warehouses should be built, and identifying alternative routes for relief operators after a disaster strikes, to help facilitate relief operations.
Together with the Country Prize, the team took home a cash prize of 2,000 USD. Congratulations to the team!