Rethinking context: Leveraging human and machine computation in disaster response

Sarah Vieweg, Adam Hodges

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Human-computer systems that treat context simply as enumerated facts, rules, or axioms about the surrounding physical and social environment will always have trouble handling information requiring human pragmatic interpretation. One way to overcome such limitations is to draw upon human pragmatic awareness to create hybrid systems capable of both extracting large quantities of data and processing that data in a way that is meaningful to users. The Web extra at is a video demonstrating Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response (AIDR), a free, open source, and easy-to-use platform to filter and classify relevant microblog messages during humanitarian crises.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6798550
Pages (from-to)22-27
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014



  • Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response
  • aware computing
  • computer-supported collaborative work
  • computers and society
  • context-aware computing
  • disaster response
  • human-computer interaction
  • microblogging
  • situational awareness
  • social networking
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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