The U.S.-Taiwan Workshop on the Advancement of Societal Responses to Mega-Disasters afflicting Mega-Cities will explore new technological advances and pioneering strategic measures for emergency response/recovery/rebuild against mega city- mega disasters (MCMD). In addition, the workshop will examine the broader questions that surround these issues, including factors that may cause long-term changes in the risk of disaster and factors that may affect and impede responses by governments, aid agencies, and the general populations. The workshop is to be held in Taipei on May 6-7, 2010. The organizers of the workshop have invited a diverse set of international research leaders working in the MCMD domain to participate. Approximately 20 researchers from the U.S., 20 from Taiwan and 5 international observers will attend.

In order to identity and define pioneering new research areas for future research and implementation, the workshop will be organized into four working groups. These working groups are identified as follows:

  1. Methods to Forecast Natural Hazard Occurrence and the Impacts on Societal Systems
  2. Assessment Techniques to Quantify the Risk Posed to Individual Infrastructure and Systems of Infrastructures
  3. Technology to Increase Societal and Infrastructure Resiliency when Exposed to Major Natural Hazards
  4. Post-event Management Plans that Minimize the Socio-economic Impact of Natural Hazards

The outcome of the workshop will be a set of detailed resolutions that will shape the allocation of future research investment in MCMD technology. In addition, the workshop resolutions will identity short- and long-term actions government agencies should take to be better prepared for future mega-disasters.

Workshop Organizers

For the U.S. Side:

  • Chair:

Billie F. Spencer Jr., the Chair of Nathan M. and Anne M. Newmark Endowed in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Co-chair:

Michael F. Goodchild, Director Center for Spatial Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.

Jerome P. Lynch, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan.

For the Taiwan Side:

  • Chair:

Chin-Hsiung Loh, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University.

  • Co-chair:

Chang-Yu Ou, Professor and Dean of the College of Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

Liang-Chun Chen, Director, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction.

Kuo-Chun Chang, Director, National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering.

Cheng-Shang Lee, Director, Taiwan Typhoon and Flood Research Institute.

Wei-Ling Chiang, President, Disaster Management Society of Taiwan.

Liang-Jenq Leu, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University.

Foreign Advisor:

Shih-Chi Liu, Program Director, National Science Foundation.

Keynote Speechs

The Strategies and Post-Disaster Reconstruction of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan
Dr. Jenn-Chuan Chern(陳振川 教授)
Deputy CEO, Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction Council &
Deputy Minister, Public Construction Commission, Executive Yuan, Republic of China

The Evolving Landscape of MCMD Information Flow
Michael F. Goodchild
Director, spatial@ucsb
Professor of Geography
University of California, Santa Barbara

Implications of Technology on Managing a Complex Disaster: Case Study of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi
William L. Carwile III
Associate Administrator, Response and Recovery
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Department of Homeland Security

Norden E. Huang(黃鍔 院士)
National Central University
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