Towards Responsible AI for Disaster Risk Management

This webinar will delve into the role of responsible AI for reducing the risks associated with natural and man-made disasters, spanning all stages of disaster management including monitoring, disaster preparedness, emergency response and post-disaster recovery/relief.
It will also provide an insight into the application of state-of-the-art AI, more specifically machine learning (ML) approaches on big data, to decipher relevant hazard patterns, facilitate decision-making and improve resilience, while preventing infrastructural damage, and saving lives in developing countries.

The webinar will also touch upon the following key questions:
• What role can the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) play in encouraging investment in AI (and other digital technologies) for long-term and solution-driven disaster risk management?
• What are the core verticals relating to disaster risk reduction? How can AI applications contribute to disaster relief efforts in these verticals? How can machine-learning modelling and Big data assist with the contingency planning for COVID-19?
• What are the existing challenges and queries related to the ethics and bias of AI technologies which could impact disaster response?
• What role can the international AI standardization nexus play in bolstering global disaster response in vulnerable countries?

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Chief of the Study Groups Department, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB)
    International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
    Dr. Bilel Jamoussi is Chief of the Study Groups Department at the International Telecommunication Union Standardization Bureau in Geneva Switzerland where he is responsible for the organization and management of the ITU-T Study Groups, Focus Groups, Global Standardization Initiatives, Joint Coordination Activities, and their secretariat. Before joining ITU, Bilel was with Nortel for 15 years in Canada and then the United States where he held several leadership positions including Strategic Standards, Advanced Technology, University Research, Software Development for routing/switching platforms, and Data Network Engineering of major international customer networks. As Director of the Strategic Standards organization within the office of the Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Bilel provided strategic technology direction and leadership for Nortel’s involvement in more than 90 standards development organizations, forums and consortia. He also contributed to the MIT one laptop per child (OLPC) initiative. Bilel is an IEEE Senior Member. He was elected to the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Board of Governors (BOG) and the IEEE-SA Corporate Advisory Group (CAG). He served on the IEEE Standards Education Committee, the IEEE-SA Nominations and Appointments Committee, the IEEE-SA BOG International ad hoc, and the Technical Liaison from IEEE-SA to ITU-T and ITU-D. Bilel contributes to the innovation and advancement of technology in the ICT Field. He has 22 granted and filed US patents in diverse areas: packet, optical, wireless, and quality of service. Bilel received a BS. ’89, MS. ’92, and PhD ’95 degrees in Computer Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA.
    Operations Manager, Crisis Management Branch
    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy is currently the Operations Manager at the Crisis Management Branch of United Nations Environment Programme. Muralee holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is an Alumnus of the International Leadership Academy (United Nations University) and also attended University of California, Berkley for the Beaher’s Environmental Leadership Progrmame. Between 1995-2003, Muralee was corporate advisor to Shell operated oil companies in Brunei and Oman. Since Joining the UN Environment in 2003, Muralee has been involved in dealing with crises responses in all major disasters and conflicts in this century. Muralee has dealt with the environmental issues associated with conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Liberia, Sudan and occupied Palestinian territories. Muralee has also dealt with environmental issues caused by tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, oil spill and explosion of ammunition dumps around the world. With more than twenty-five years of international experience in the field of Environmental Management in Crises situations, Muralee is one of world’s leading authorities on this topic and frequently lectures in universities around the world on the topic.
    Innovation Manager at Fraunhofer HHI and Chair of ITU/WMO Focus Group on AI for Natural Disaster Management
    Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute
    Dr. Monique Kuglitsch is the Innovation Manager at Fraunhofer HHI (ranked among top 20 Artificial Intelligence Research Labs in the world) and Chair of the newly established ITU/WMO Focus Group on AI for Natural Disaster Management. She previously managed operations for the ITU/WHO Focus Group on AI for Health. In her past role at the American Meteorological Society, M. Kuglitsch was the Lead Technical Editor for several journals (including the Journal of Hydrometeorology and Journal of Physical Oceanography) and the Senior International Outreach/Communications Specialist. As a researcher, M. Kuglitsch has investigated past climate change, extreme weather events, and regional climate model projections. M. Kuglitsch has experience in fluvial and limnological field work, geochemical laboratory methods, applied mathematics and statistics, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate risk/impacts research.  
    Director of the Infrastructure Department
    World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
    Dr. Anthony Rea is the Director of the Infrastructure Department at WMO. The Department covers global coordination of observations, data exchange and modelling across the domains of weather, climate, water, oceans and the cryosphere. Dr Rea has a PhD in satellite meteorology from RMIT University and a masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government. During his PhD studies he worked on operational satellite applications in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology including sea surface temperatures and atmospheric motion vectors. Subsequent to this, Dr Rea undertook a variety of roles in the Bureau of Meteorology, as national manager of the observations program, where he led a significant organizational change, and in the corporate area where he was responsible for government relations and communications. Immediately prior to joining WMO he was the Chief Data Officer for the Bureau of Meteorology.
    NEC Fellow
    NEC Corporation
    Yasunori Mochizuki is NEC Fellow since April, 2019 and is now engaged in Digital Transformation and IoT eco-systems strategy for Smart Cities.  Previously, he was Senior Vice President responsible for NEC’s corporate technology strategy managing R&D roadmap, standardization and open innovations.  He has 30+ years of career as a research scientist and then as a general manager of research departments and his technical expertise covers a broad area including AI-oriented computer science, ICT systems, integrated devices and solid-state physics.  Yasunori is also active in NPO as well as policy proposal activities related to digital innovation: he is a Fellow at World Economic Forum’s Center for the Forth Industrial Revolution and also is a board member of FIWARE Foundation since March, 2017 representing NEC. He is also participating in digital economy-related project/committee activities of major business sector consortia including BIAC (Business at OECD).
    Director, Humanitarian Impact Data
    I love using technology to solve real human problems. Whether in the fields of cybersecurity and information security architecture, satellite networks, or the use of technology in disaster and humanitarian response, my work focuses on the intersection of people and technology. I am incredibly passionate about evangelizing the positive benefits of technology to humanitarians, businesses, and societies. I’m currently the Director of Humanitarian Technology Impact at I lead an effort to engage global humanitarian organizations and help them improve their missions through the focused, ethical use of impact data. Previously, I was on the privacy team at Apple, working to protect the personal information of its users. I established many of the technical standards for European data protection (GDPR) for Apple’s hardware, software and service offerings. Going even further back, I helped to create the earliest security teams at Cisco, taught at conferences, developed security risk models, created policies, conducted audits, and responded to security incidents. I was the chairman of the Global VSAT Forum cybersecurity task force and developed the industry standards for VSAT product security and satellite service providers. I've been an incident commander during emergencies, and I've led teams both in Silicon Valley and on the ground in disasters around the world. Some of my recent work involved deploying secure connectivity to first responders and humanitarian organizations supporting crisis response in the most remote areas on Earth. Innovation that works well in Silicon Valley doesn't necessarily work in a refugee camp in Kenya or in a typhoon-stricken community in the Philippines. In addition to my extensive technical skills, I have been engaged across the board with policy-makers, senior government officials, academia, first responders, NGOs, volunteer organizations and C-level industry. I've testified to legislative bodies and worked with lawmakers.
    Senior Program Manager Humanitarian Partnerships
    Experienced international aid worker, program officer, and project manager able to perform under high-stress situations with significant responsibilities. Successful United Nations operations, humanitarian and development work in Somalia, South Sudan, Pakistan and Kenya along with active US military service in Iraq and Korea. Now with Microsoft managing their corporate response to sudden onset humanitarian disasters around the world, managing the AI for Humanitarian Action program, and providing guidance to nonprofits on applying technology in the humanitarian space.


21 Jan 2021


CET, Geneva
16:00 - 17:30