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"What if, to solve our problems, we simply need to rise above them?" CartONG and France's OpenStreetMap (OSM) community recently teamed up to support OSM Haiti's disaster risk reduction efforts by ...
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The Balkans recently experienced the heaviest rains in 120 years of recorded weather measurements, causing massive flooding and powerful landslides. My colleague Haris Balta, a certified UAV pilot ...
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Kristin Bergtora, who directs the Norwegian Center for Humanitarian Studies (and sits on the Advisory Board of the Humanitarian UAV Network, UAViators), just co-authored this important study on the...
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Journalists and citizen journalists are already using small UAVs during disasters. And some are also posting their aerial videos online: Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), Moore Tornado, Arkansas Tornado an...
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My colleague Dr. Imes Chiu recently co-authored this report (PDF) on his team's use of expendable UAVs following Typhoon Haiyan (known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines). Imes is Chief of Appli...
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My piece in UK Guardian on Humanitarian UAVs
Drones are already a game-changer for disaster response
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Digital Humanitarians How Big Data is Changing  the Face of Humanitarian Response Taylor and Francis Press Spring 2015 The overflow of information generated during disasters can be as paralyzing to...
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As noted here, the Filipino Government has had an official strategy on promoting the use of crisis hashtags since 2012. Recently, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning ...
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The following is a presentation that I recently gave at the 2014 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Conference (RPAS 2014) held in Brussels, Belgium. The case studies on the Philippines and Haiti ar...
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The Humanitarian UAV Network is carrying out an evaluation of UAVs and related technologies for use in humanitarian settings. The related technologies being evaluated include cameras, payload units...
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My colleague Martino Pesaresi from the European Community's Joint Research Center (JRC) recently shared one of his co-authored studies with me on the use of advanced computing to analyze UAV (aeria...
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I recently joined my fellow National Geographic Emergency Explorer colleague Shah Selbe on his first expedition of SoarOcean, which seeks to leverage low-cost UAVs for Ocean protection. Why did I p...
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Crisis Mapper | Digital Humanitarian | NatGeo Explorer | Director of Social Innovation at Qatar Foundation's Computing Research Institute | TEDxSpeaker | PhD
Introduction

Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute (QCRI) where he spearheads cutting-edge research & development on next-generation humanitarian technology solutions.

Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi, leading major crisis mapping efforts in Haiti, Libya, Somalia and Syria. He has consulted extensively for many inter-national organizations and programs including the UN Secretariat, UN Global Pulse, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, OSCE, OECD, EC, USAID, DAI, IFES, Swisspeace, Internews and the World Bank. He also co-founded the CrisisMappers Network, the Standby Task Force and the Digital Humanitarians Network. In addition, Patrick is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and a lead contributor to thePeaceTXT project with PopTech & partners. He is also an accomplished speaker, having presented at many international conferences including the Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s. He is often interviewed by the mediaincluding the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, The Economist, Al-Jazeera, CNN and NPR. Patrick is also a distinguished scholar, holding a PhD from The Fletcher School, a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University and an MA from Columbia University. In addition, he was a Research Fellow at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) and holds an advanced certificate in complexity science from the Santa Fe Institute (SFI). Patrick has given numerous guest lectures and has taught several professional, graduate and undergraduate courses. He is also an accomplished author & writes the widely respectediRevolution blog. He tweets at @patrickmeier.