SUPER: Towards the Use of Social Sensors for Security Assessments and Proactive Management of Emergencies

Mccreadie, R. , Kappler, K., Kaltenbrunner, A., Kardara, M., Macdonald, C. , Soldatos, J. and Ounis, I. (2015) SUPER: Towards the Use of Social Sensors for Security Assessments and Proactive Management of Emergencies. In: Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web, Florence, Italy, 18-22 May 2015, pp. 1217-1220. ISBN 9781450334730 (doi: 10.1145/2740908.2741723)

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Social media statistics during recent disasters (e.g. the 20 million tweets relating to 'Sandy' storm and the sharing of related photos in Instagram at a rate of 10/sec) suggest that the understanding and management of real-world events by civil protection and law enforcement agencies could benefit from the effective blending of social media information into their resilience processes. In this paper, we argue that despite the widespread use of social media in various domains (e.g. marketing/branding/finance), there is still no easy, standardized and effective way to leverage different social media streams -- also referred to as social sensors -- in security/emergency management applications. We also describe the EU FP7 project SUPER (Social sensors for secUrity assessments and Proactive EmeRgencies management), started in 2014, which aims to tackle this technology gap.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Community detection, emergency management, event detection, rumour analysis, search, social media, super project.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mccreadie, Dr Richard and Macdonald, Professor Craig and Ounis, Professor Iadh
Authors: Mccreadie, R., Kappler, K., Kaltenbrunner, A., Kardara, M., Macdonald, C., Soldatos, J., and Ounis, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Publisher:International World Wide Web Conferences Steering Committee
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 ACM
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624701SUPERIadh OunisEuropean Commission (EC)606853COM - COMPUTING SCIENCE