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HEROIC Project Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

A HEROIC-funded paper entitled “A cross-hazard analysis of terse message retransmission on Twitter” was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) last week.  This research provides the first systematic study of the factors predicting the social amplification of risk … Continue reading

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NSF Grant Kick-Off Meeting

We are excited to announce the kick-off of a new NSF funded effort by researchers at the University of Kentucky and the University of California-Irvine to better understand the dynamics of informal online communication in response to extreme events. Through … Continue reading

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HEROIC Research Featured by Calit2 Newsroom

The HEROIC project was featured in a recent article by the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). The article can be found here.

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HEROIC PI Sutton Presents at WCDM

Sutton presented on “Alerts, Warnings, and Social Media: what works, what doesn’t, what makes a difference” to a standing room only crowd in Toronto on June 24, 2013 at the World Conference on Disaster Management. Drawing from current HEROIC project … Continue reading

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HEROIC Team Published in IJISCRAM

Research from the HEROIC team was published in the recent issue of the International Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (IJISCRAM). Abstract Informal online communication channels are being utilized for official communications in disaster contexts. Channels such as … Continue reading

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Final Report on Twitter Response to Boston

Today we released the final report in a series of three research highlights on the bombing and other events in Boston, MA earlier this month. In this third report we discuss the content of Twitter messages and the warnings/advisories that … Continue reading

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Gibson and Spiro to Present HEROIC Research at Sunbelt 2013

Team members Ben Gibson and Emma Spiro will head to Hamburg, Germany next week to present preliminary findings from HEROIC projects at Sunbelt XXXIII. The annual conference is sponsored by the International Network for Social Network Analysis. Gibson will speak on recent … Continue reading

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Second Report on Twitter Activity During Boston Bombing

The HEROIC team has released a second online research highlight that focuses on Twitter activity during the recent events in Boston, MA. This second report explores relational and conversational aspects of messages posted by official government accounts during the event. … Continue reading

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New Research Highlight on the Boston Bombing

In recent work the HEROIC team examines the behavior of government organizations during the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon.  In particular the team looks at the drastic increase in followers that these government accounts experienced during the week of … Continue reading

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Sutton Speaks at TAMU

HEROIC PI Jeannette Sutton spoke at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Seminar at Texas A&M University on Monday, April 22nd, 2013. The abstract of her talk is below. Abstract: The speed with which our society is enjoying technological change, including … Continue reading

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