The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety focuses on developing innovative solutions that address the real-world challenges facing academic, government and industry professionals in the disaster management and public safety environment. To achieve this, the Centre pursues objectives in research, training and engagement.
CDMPS research takes a multi-disciplinary approach and focuses on themes of preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against incidents across the all-hazards spectrum of disaster management.
Professor Abbas Rajabifard, our Director and Head of the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, attended Chris McRae’s Retirement Function in Land Use Victoria on Thursday 14 December. Chris McRae was the Executive Director of Land Use Victoria and Registrar of Titles.We are thankful to Chris McRae for his time and commitment to the Department of Infrastructure Engineering as Chair of the Industry Advisory Board.News
Our close partner; the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) at the University of Melbourne has entered into a significant partnership with Land Use Victoria (LUV), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), to modernise the land subdivision process as part of the e-Plan initiative. They launched their partnership on Monday 11 December, with attendees from government, industry, as well as Melbourne University executives.News
Congratulations to Dr Hosna Tashakkori Hashemi on receiving her Doctorate degree on Wednesday the 13th of December at the University of Melbourne.News
We congratulate Dr Saeed Asadi Bagloee on receiving his Doctorate degree on Monday the 11th of December at the University of Melbourne.News
On Friday 24 November 2017, representatives from CDMPS met with Peter Clemons, the founder and Managing Director or Quixoticity.News
CDMPS supported and took part in the 2017 Comms Connect conference at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, 21 – 23 November.News
On the 24th of October 2017, our close collaborator, the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA), launched the Urban Analytics Data Infrastructure (UADI) at the University of Melbourne.News
In September 2017, CDMPS hosted a number of prominent guests from the University of Melbourne to showcase the Centre’s major research, training and engagement activities over the past 3 years, as well as our strategic plans for the future.News
Professor Abbas Rajabifard, Director of CDMPS, was invited to give a one day presentation by the Malaysian Board of Surveyors in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Professor Rajabifard's talk was titled 'Spatially Enabled Platform to Support Liveability Planning for Smart Cities'.News
On Monday 31 July 2017, as Chair of the UN-GGIM Academic Network, CDMPS Director Abbas Rajabifard attended and spoke at the UN-GGIM Academic Network Forum in New York.News
Congratulations Dr. Farhad Laylavi, our first PhD Graduate.News
Members from CDMPS and our close partner, the CSDILA, met with Denise McKenzie this week to showcase our capabilities and current projects in the area of 3D visualisation platforms.News
Director Abbas Rajabifard was in Sydney on the 5th of April for the 10th International Symposium on Digital Earth and Locate17.News
Our close partner, the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, is hosting the 3D GeoInfo conference this year as a part of 3D Australia.News
Our close partner The Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration, in collaboration with the Global Spatial Data Infrastructures Association (GSDI), Leuven University Belgium and the University of New Brunswick Canada, released a refereed book entitled ‘Spatial Enablement in a Smart World’.News
Successful workshop held at 15th GSDI Conference in TaipeiNews
Congratulations Dr Nelson Lam for his promotion to Professor.News
The findings of ‘Beyond Bushfires’ were released on the 18th of November 2016; a six-year study of more than 1000 people impacted by Victoria’s Black Saturday bushfires.News
CDMPS will present a workshop at the upcoming 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15) in Taipei, Taiwan. The workshop will discuss the design and development of a Global Disaster Management Platform, as well as discuss Smart Disaster Prevention.News
Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA), successfully hosted the International Symposium on Smart Future Cities.News
Centre Director, Prof Abbas Rajabifard, and Centre Manager, Greg Ireton were appointed as members of the International Advisory Board of the China Association of Public Safety.News
CDMPS assists first RMIT Master of Disaster, Design and Development students with a visit to Marysville to meet experienced community members, businesses local government and practitioners.News
CDMPS was invited to present at the International Conference of Public Safety Science and Technology 2016 in Beijing.News
CDMPS co-chaired the first China-Australia Disaster Management International Symposium in Nanjing along with Hohai University (our hosts) and the Huaihe River Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources.News
We hosted an executive forum on communications from connected vehicles, sponsored by General Motors (GM).News
The 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15) will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, Rep. of China, from 29 November to 2 December.News
Research at CDMPS focuses on themes associated with preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating against incidents across the all-hazards spectrum of emergency/disaster management. This is an important objective in light of major disasters worldwide which have had a significant impact.
Research Priority Areas
Through consultation with key stakeholders and a review of research on major disasters, CDMPS has identified six key priority areas that are critical for enhancing disaster management practise and policy.
Priority Area 1: Understanding natural disasters
Natural disasters result in devastating loss of human lives, and destroy property and livelihoods, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. The Asian Development Bank Institute (2013) identified that in 2011 approximately 80% of global disaster-related economic losses occurred in the Asia Pacific Region. Similarly, of the 10 disasters with the highest death tolls, occurring between 1980 and 2013, 70% occurred in the Asia-Pacific region (ADBI 2013).
With the increasing influence of global warming within the Asia-Pacific region, the potential for more severe and frequent disasters is also increasing and creates an urgent need to develop our understanding of natural disasters. This priority area seeks to expand the base level data and knowledge of natural disasters to support research in the other five priority areas.
Topic areas for research:
- Historic frequency and impact of natural disasters
- Risk, hazard and vulnerability
- Global warming and climate change
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Climate Change Adaption
- Complex disasters (primary disaster and the secondary impacts & issues)
Priority Area 2: Enhanced Decision Making
Topic areas for research:
- Emergency Informatics
- Decision Support Systems
- Modelling and visualisation
- Command and Control
- Cognitive load
- Human Machine Interface
- Spatial Enablement
- Spatial Data Infrastructure
- Common Operating Picture
- Situational Awareness
Priority Area 3: Technology
Topic areas for research
- Embedded Sensors and actuators in physical objects and things
- Internet of Things
- Smart Cities
- Networked Systems
- Unmanned systems (UAV, UGV, UMV)
- Big Data
- Wearable computers
- Automated buildings and vehicles
- Other new technologies
Priority Area 4: Strengthening community resilience
Topic areas for research:
- Community Engagement
- Community Resilience
- Social Media
- Gender Issues in Disaster Management
- Vulnerable Persons
- Supporting Communities in Developing countries
- Impact Assessment
Priority Area 5: Mission Critical Communications
Topic areas for research:
- Spectrum, Coverage & Capacity
- Mobile Broadband
- Spectrum Efficiency
- Standards and Systems
- Mobile Devices and Smartphone Technology
- Virtual Teams and Response Support
Priority Area 6: Policy
Topic areas for research:
- Planning and Land Administration
- Disaster Management Policy
- Risk Management
- Recovery and Long-Term Disaster Risk Reduction
The Research Units aim to address the Research Priority Areas. Each unit focuses on tackling particular challenges in disaster management and public safety and on developing innovative solutions.
Earthquake Mitigation Research Unit
Enhancing the world's capacity to prepare for hazardous earthquakes and reducing the degree of exposure and the effects of earthquakes.
Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Unit
Developing novel and advanced applications of UAS technology in disaster management practice.
Flood Management Research Unit
Improving the accuracy of flood risk estimation for planning purposes, and our understanding of the factors that assist our ability to manage floods in real time.
Transport and Logistics Research Unit
Increasing the resilience of transport networks and enhance post-disaster humanitarian logistics practices by developing improved decision support systems
Community Resilience and Public Health Research Unit
Building our understanding of the social impacts of disasters and the strategies for individual and community resilience and recovery.
Infrastructure Resilience Research Unit
Advancing the field of disaster mitigation by fostering the scientific community's collaboration for critical technology.
Mission Critical Communications Research Unit
Raising awareness and understanding of the importance of resilient, interoperable communications for the public safety market.
Food Security Research Unit
Bringing together interdisciplinary expertise to develop innovative processing technologies for mitigating food security challenges
Major Research Projects
The Centre's Major Research Projects address different disaster related events, as well as, innovative applications and tools for addressing different aspects of disaster management.View
The Centre has produced over 100 publications across peer reviewed journals, conference papers and reports.View
CDMPS engages with a wide range of national and international stakeholders and service providers from government and the private sector of disaster and emergency management. We work to engage with industry and communities to grow their understanding of disaster management practices and to improve public safety and community resilience to disasters. The Centre also engages through forums, symposia, workshops and public lectures to reach our broad audience.
The Centre welcomes new opportunities to engage with stakeholders. If you would like to work with us, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety provides a specialised training program to practitioners and postgraduate students wishing to work in emergency and disaster management. This includes specialised workshops, symposia and conferences for researchers and shorter training programs for government agencies, private sector bodies and other groups at the executive level.
CDMPS welcomes interest into our training capabilities. If you would like CDMPS to present a workshop or executive training in the area of disaster management and public safety, including the Centre's specific capabilities, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.