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Dr. Andrea H. Tapia

Dr. Andrea H. Tapia is an Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology and the Director of Graduate Programs within the College of Information Sciences and Technology at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Tapia’s work contributes to the solution of one of the stickiest problems currently facing emergency response organizations—the organizational inability to take advantage of an abundance of citizen-produced social media data. Dr. Tapia’s research has directly contributed to the policy-making bodies of the United Nations, the U.S. Obama Administration and the largest international relief and development organizations. Dr. Tapia is the Director of the Center for Crisis, Community and Civic (3C) Informatics (Center). The Center has secured slightly more than 4 million dollars in funding, primarily from the U.S. National Science Foundation in the form of research grants. The Center guides and educates graduate students and has produced 22 new PhDs and 7 MS students. The undergraduate program educates 75 senior students each academic year through its Crisis Informatics and Security and Risk Analysis Programs. Lastly, Dr. Tapia and her Center have published or presented more than 160 articles and presentations in academic and practitioner venues.

Recent Posts

Social Media and Emergency Response: The Challenge with Leveraging Social Media Data

Posted by Dr. Andrea H. Tapia on Dec 6, 2017 3:30:00 PM

In a previous post, we examined how social media had a profound effect on emergency response in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. This marked the first instance of social media being leveraged in this manner, when disaster victims rose up to play a role in their own rescue.

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Topics: Continuing Education, Public Safety Technology, Next Generation 911

Social Media and Emergency Management: A Powerful Combination

Posted by Dr. Andrea H. Tapia on Dec 1, 2017 2:30:00 PM

A network television show that debuted recently is centered on a crowd-sourcing platform that is used to solve all sorts of serious crimes, and in some cases, prevent them. While this may seem implausible, it actually is a case of art imitating life.

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Topics: Next Generation 911, Continuing Education, Public Safety Technology

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