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Document Type

Campus-Only Access for Five (5) Years

Degree Program

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

Year Degree Awarded

2019

Month Degree Awarded

September

Abstract

We present a video-based system designed to enhance the efficiency of emergency preparedness and recovery. Our system includes two tools, one or emergency preparedness, and the other for emergency recovery.

In our emergency preparedness tool, we 1) capture videos from the physical environment (e.g., University Campus, Knowles Engineering Building, North Station Subway Station), 2) generate an immersive virtual environment using these videos, 3) provide exploration and navigation mode in the virtual environment, and 4) allow users to make annotations of the environment and review these created annotations. By using this virtual environment, emergency personnel can familiarize themselves with the environment before their actual training in the physical setting. This tool can enhance the training experience of emergency responders as well as improve the training outcomes.

Our emergency recovery tool includes two parts: 1) an Android application which captures the videos in the disaster site, and 2) a server that stores all these videos and provides visual analytics support. The recorded videos (both in indoor and outdoor settings), which include location and orientation information, are uploaded to the server that supports spatial queries. We developed tools for the investigators to review these videos, e.g., review videos in specific areas of interest.

To test our tools, we select both outdoor and indoor environments. The results show that our tool works well in these situations.

First Advisor

Aura Ganz

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