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Hans ten Bergen

Disaster Risk Reduction Consultant

MASA Group Expertise:  Application and roll-out of new technologies like Artificial Intelligent Simulation in Disaster Risk Reduction. Both for the public sector as for the private sector as Oil & Gas companies.

Hans has been working In the Technology sector since the start of his career. Mostly in Commercial and General Management Positions. He has lived and worked around the globe. Ten years ago he started working for as an emergency response planning specialist for a company providing simulation software solutions to the emergency services. Now with MASA Group he is responsible for rolling-out MASA Synergy, a proven Artificial Intelligent Simulation platform that is allowing its users to reducing the impact of disasters and emergencies. Both through training crisis management staff and through validating emergency response plans. Hans speaks six languages fluently.

The application of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation in reducing the impact of disaster and major incidents (both for training high level crisis staff as for validating disaster plans).

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QQuestion by Mr Hugo Jacquet

Hello Hans,
I am very interested in that domain personally and I would like to get your expertise on that.
Do you think that in a very near future, disaster emergency and response mechanisms could be triggered automatically by an AI system, previously being trained by simulations and coupled with a local or national monitoring system?
Thank you in advance for you answer.
ANSWER: Do you think that in a very near future, disaster emergency and response mechanisms could be triggered automatically by an IA system, previously being trained by simulations and coupled with a local or national monitoring system?
ANSWER: As a matter of fact MASA Synergy has already been coupled with Command and Control and Emergency Planning systems. In these systems all the available information is stored about a disaster or emergency.
This information about the actual development of the disaster and the deployment of resources and the impact on the population and infrastructure is being picked up by MASA Synergy and used to calculate the effect of alternative response strategies from which the best one could be picked.
This is obviously not exactly the same as coupling to a local or national monitoring system, but comparable. Since the Artificial Intelligence can process and calculate much faster than the human brain, it is doing where it is best in: calculating the outcome of different response strategies. And the human interactors are doing where they are best in: taking a conscious decision based on facts and not on assumptions.

Mr Hugo Jacquet

APosted on 19 May 2015

Do you think that in a very near future, disaster emergency and response mechanisms could be triggered automatically by an AI system, previously being trained by simulations and coupled with a local or national monitoring system? 

Thank you in advance for you answer. 

ANSWER: Do you think that in a very near future, disaster emergency and response mechanisms could be triggered automatically by an IA system, previously being trained by simulations and coupled with a local or national monitoring system?

ANSWER: As a matter of fact MASA Synergy has already been coupled with Command and Control and  Emergency Planning systems. In these systems all the available information is stored about a disaster or emergency. 

This information about the actual development of the disaster and the deployment of resources and the impact on the population and infrastructure is being picked up by MASA Synergy and used to calculate the effect of alternative response strategies from which the best one could be picked. 

This is obviously not exactly the same as coupling to a local or national monitoring system, but comparable.  Since the Artificial Intelligence can process and calculate much faster than the human brain, it is doing where it is best in: calculating the outcome of different response strategies. And the human interactors are doing where they are best in: taking a conscious decision based on facts and not on assumptions. 

QQuestion by Mr Dave Paul Zervaas

Dear Hans, A few questions in one: What does the core of your AI services consist of: is it a rule based expert system type of program? Do you foresee to incorporate learning (like neural network models) from experience in your system or does it already do that? What environment you use most (Prolog, Lisp or else?). And last but not least: how do trainees feel after using AI ? Thanks!

Mr Dave Paul Zervaas Programme Officer | UNISDR
Switzerland

APosted on 19 May 2015

Whatdoes the core of your AI services consist of: is it a rule based expert systemtype of program? Do you foresee to incorporate learning (like neural networkmodels) from experience in your system or does it already do that?

ANSWER:MASA Synergy Artificial Intelligence is a combination between decisions basedon a behavioral tree AND a "self-learning" system based on neuralnetwork models. It is combining the best of both worlds.

 

Whatenvironment you use most (Prolog, Lisp or else?).

ANSWER:MASA Synergy is developed in an Eclipse environment. The ArtificialIntelligence is proprietary called DirectIA.

 

And lastbut not least: how do trainees feel after using AI ? 

ANSWER:Trainees feel that they have really been able to train themselves in aREALISTIC environment using their own means of communication and gettingaccurate feed-back on the deployment of resources and the propagation of thedisaster and the impact that it has on people and infrastructure.

Next tothat they feel that they really have put their disaster plans to the test, ruling outassumptions and uncertainties.

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