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Linked Open Data for Global Disaster Risk Research – Membership

Name Institution Role Area of expertise
Akiyuki KAWASAKI The University of Tokyo Member Project Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo. Leading research on data integration and analysis system.
Bapon (shm) Fakhruddin Technical Director, Tonkin +Taylor, & Faculty member, University of Auckland, New Zealand CO-Chair & Coordinator 16 years working experiences in water engineering, climate, and disaster risk management. My key areas of expertise are hydrology modeling, early warning system, emergency communication, climate-proofing infrastructure and disaster risk reduction. I graduated in civil engineering and have a master in water engineering and management. Working experiences in implementing climate and disaster risk management projects more than 25 countries.
Brenda K. Jones Disaster Response Coordinator
member Disaster Response Coordinator
USGS EROS Center,has much experience in open data linkage.
Carol Song Rosen Centre for Advance Computing, Purdue University, US CO-Chair Extensive knowledge and experience with cyber infrastructure technology and information systems. Chair of XD Service Provider Forum (NSF), and leading several data centric research projects (drought information network, climate change impact on agriculture, GEOSHARE, etc)
Chen Fang Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth,China member Fang Chen is a professor at the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth,Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He conducts interdisciplinary work combining, remote sensing, ecology, and other fields of study to assess spatial patterns of disaster risk.  He was elected to the CAS “Hundred Talent Program” and he is currently serving as Executive Deputy Director of the CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM) and Secretary-General of IRDR CHINA, coordinating and involving in multiple collaborative projects related to capacity building in disaster risk management in developing countries. Dr. Chen is selected as a TWAS Young Affiliate Fellow in 2014.
Delwyn Moller Director of Research
Centre for Space Science Technology, New Zealand
Member Dr. Delwyn K. Moller is a Principal Systems Engineer at Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc (RSS). She received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst after completing the M.E degree (Distinction) and the B.E. degree (Honors) at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she worked on radar technology, primarily with a focus toward Earth science.
Edward Chu National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Chinese Taiwan member Edward Chu received his PHD diploma in the department of Computer Science in National Tsinghua University in 2010. He has much experience in software engineering, and has some BIOS (Basic Input/Output System)related Chinese invention patent,which has been Commercialized.He has been served as an assistant professor in National Yunlin University of Science and Technology. Disaster Prevention and Rescue Information System was the main research area of Edward Chu, including how to staff effective planning and disaster survey path network of volunteers,how to disign the Active disaster response system and interior disaster identification system,also he has published several papers on IEEE International Journal and related major international journals.
Jan Eichner Munich Re-Geo Research Group member Head of Munich Re’s NatCatSERVICE (as successor to Angelika Wirtz)
John Handmer RMIT Australia Member Professor John Handmer leads RMIT’s and its Human Security Program. He is also Convener of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Emergency Management, and Principle Scientific Advisor for the Bushfire CRC. He holds adjunct professorial positions at ANU and the Flood Hazard Research Centre in London. He works on the social and economic aspects of emergency management and disasters.
Jan-Ming Ho Division of Planning and Evaluation, National Science Council of Taipei, Chinese Taiwan member Extensive knowledge and experience on digital library and archive technologies. Representative of IRDR IOC in Taipei of city disaster research.
Kim Wright Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management Member Project lead on disaster loss data and development of national loss database.
Li Guoqing Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth,China CO-Chair Extensive knowledge and experience with remote sensing, spatial data infrastructure and disaster data management. Long time service in international organizations, such as CEOS, GEOSS, APN and ICSU
Liu Chuang Institute of Geography and Natural Resources, China member Extensive knowledge and experience on geographic and data science. Long time service in international organizations, including UNGAID, CODATA and CEOS. The winner of the CODATA prize. Former member of the CODATA disaster data working group.
Masaru Yarime University of Tokyo,Japan member  For the past years he has been engaged in research and educational activities from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives, with an intention to understand the complex interface between engineering and social sciences and the dynamic interactions between technology and institutions in creating sustainability innovation. He is particularly interested in exploring the structure, functions, and evolution of knowledge systems involving various stakeholders in society. He has many experiences of cooperation and collaboration with key stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and civil society in Japan, Europe, and North America as well as in emerging countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, which has been contributing to analyzing and implementing innovations addressing multifaceted, inter-dependent sustainability challenges.
Michael Rast European Space Agency (ESA/ESRIN), Italy member Extensive knowledge and experience with data sharing and leader of a number of EU activities to support Supersite.
Nina I. Frolova Russia Academy of Sciences and Extreme Situation Research Center CO-Chair Dr. Frolova has contributed to many studies on earthquake hazard, earthquake risk, and risk reduction, including the IDNDR and regional activities sponsored by UNESCO, the former UNDRO, Council of Europe projects STRIM (Space Technology for Risk Management) and EDRIM (Electronic Discussion in Risk Management). The Soviet of Ministries awarded her, along with others, the USSR prize in 1984 for their work on the seismic loads and earthquake resistance of high dams. In 2005 she was awarded by UNESCO – GARD Medal for distinguished professional leadership and personal commitment to ongoing programs on disaster reduction.
Pam Johnston Earthquake Commission, New Zealand Member Provides advisory services relating to natural disaster risk reduction and resilience issues.
Pakorn Apaphant GISTDA Thailand & Loxley Co Ltd, Thailand member Extensive knowledge and experience with remote sensing and disaster information analysis. Former chair of CEOS/WGISS, and leader of ASEN disaster network project.
Raj Prasanna Joint Centre for Disaster Research, Massey University, New Zealand Member Dr. Raj Prasanna is an expert in Information Technology and Systems. Raj has been a full-time academic and a researcher since 2004 and obtained his PhD from Loughborough University, UK in 2010 in Information Systems supporting Emergency Response. Raj’s current research interests include Data Quality during Disasters, application of Internet of Things (IoT) for Disaster Management, Human Computer Interface supporting Emergencies, and Cognitive Requirements Capturing Techniques for Emergencies. His recent research findings related to emergency response is now being used by the UK Local Governments and the UK fire and rescue service, to develop information systems supporting fire emergency response.
R.B. Singh University of Delhi, India member Dr. R.B. Singh is Professor of Geography since 2002 and Coordinator UGC-SAP-DRS III, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi-7, India. Earlier served as UGC Research Scientist-C/Professor (1996-2002), UGC Research Scientist-B/Reader (1988-1996) and Lecturer (1985-1988); Head, Department of Geography during 2013-2016. Prof. Singh is Vice President, International Geographical Union (IGU). Prof. Singh is Member-ICSU Scientific Committee-Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment.
Sisi Zlatanova Delft University of Technology, Netherlands member Dr. Sisi Zlatanova is an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her research interests are in 3D modelling of geographical information with applications in emergency response and risk management. She has authored and co-authored 21 books and more than 200 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. She is a president of  ISPRS Commission IV Spatial Information Science (2016-2020)
Susan L. Cutter Hazard & Vulnerability Research Institute, University of South Carolina, USA member Her primary research interests are in the area of disaster vulnerability/resilience science—what makes people and the places where they live vulnerable to extreme events and how vulnerability and resilience are measured, monitored, and assessed.  She has authored or edited twelve books, more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Cutter has also led post-event field studies of the role of geographic information technologies in rescue and relief operations
Virginia Murray Public Health England CO-Chair Virginia Murray is a medical Public Health Doctor with more than 30 years’ experience is Head of Global Disaster Risk Reduction for UK’s Public Health England. She is a member of the International Science Scientific Committee for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk and co-chair of the IRDR’s Disaster Loss Data (DATA) project is the information dissemination, networking and collaboration forum for the growing network of stakeholders from different disciplines and sectors to study issues related to the collection, storage and dissemination of disaster loss data.. Since 2015 she is also a member of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network for Data.  She has also worked with CODATA from the workshop in November 2017 (Royal Society, London) and the preparations for a Commission on Data Standards to address issues of interoperability and data integration in particular for interdisciplinary research areas including disaster risk reduction.
Welgamage Vimukthi Kaushal Jayawardene The University of Queensland, Australia Member Data scientist and faculty member. Specialties: Business Process management (BPM) SAP R/3  ABAP Software Quality Management (ISO/CMMI) Data quality management

Early career data professionals that will be involved in this Task Group.

Name Institution Role Area of expertise
Alec Wild Tonkin +Taylor, New Zealand Young Scientist Data modeller
Hongyue  Zhang Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth Young Scientist Remote sensing
Jibo Xie Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth Young Scientist Remote sensing
Jinlong Fan National Satellite Meteorological Center Young Scientist Remote sensing
Jing Zhao Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth Young Scientist Remote sensing
Laura Tilley Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, New Zealand Young Scientist Disaster loss data
Paul Huang National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Chinese Taipei Young Scientist Data modeler
Shifeng Huang China institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research Young Scientist Water resources
Katherine Cowper-Heays Tonkin +Taylor, New Zealand Young Scientist Water engineer
Rebekah Robertson Tonkin +Taylor, New Zealand Young Scientist Data analyst and Disaster Risk Reduction
Xiuling Qing National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences Young Scientist Remote sensing