[TALK28] Immersive crisis management, risk management and decision support – Frédérick Benaben (IMT Mines Albi, Georgia Institute of Technology)

On Wed, Feb 22nd, 2023, 2pm CET, Frédérick Benaben (IMT Albi, Georgia Institute of Technology), will talk about “Immersive crisis management, risk management and decision support“. You are cordially invited to join the free live stream on youtube and LinkedIn! Please share the link with your interested friends!

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This talk explores the groundbreaking perspectives opened by the original specificities of immersive technologies in the fields of crisis management, risk management and decision support: The interest and the potential of virtual reality for training in crisis situations (of responders and citizens) will first be presented. Then, the contributions of immersive technologies, in particular in terms of facilitating interactions with artificial intelligence tools, will be illustrated through virtual and immersive cells dedicated to crisis management. Finally, the power of immersive approaches for decision support in uncertain and unstable contexts will be addressed through a third and last demonstration. In the end, different application contexts, different modes of immersion, and different users will be presented in order to cover the broadest possible perspective of the maturity of the research activities and contributions of the SIReN Lab (Sentient Immersive Response Network) between the Centre Genie Industriel of IMT Mines Albi and the Physical Internet Center of Georgia Tech.

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Frédérick BENABEN

Frederick BENABEN is Professor at the Industrial Engineering Center of IMT Mines Albi in charge of the research axis “Security and Crisis Management”. He is the director of the IOMEGA VR lab on immersive technology for system management. He is adjunct Professor at the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) and co-director with Professor Benoit Montreuil of the international associated laboratory “Sentient Immersive Response Network” (SIReN Lab) between IMT Mines Albi CGI and Georgia Tech ISyE. He is affiliated professor at the 3C informatics research center of the College of Information Sciences and Technology of the Pennsylvania State University (USA).

He is adjunct professor at the School of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University (China).

Centre Génie Industriel IMT Mines-Albi / SIReN Lab Georgia Tech

The Centre Génie Industriel involves 70 people and is interested in the kinetics of organizations and the development of decision support solutions in heterogeneous, collaborative and uncertain contexts. The Centre Génie Industriel conducts applied research activities through collaborative projects based on public funding (regional, national and international) but more mainly on private funding in the form of joint industrial research laboratories in direct partnership with industrial players.

The SIReN Lab is an international shared reserach Lab between IMT Mines Albi and Georgia Tech. It is focused on the design of management and decision making environments (control tower, immersive dashboard) to deal with networks and systems immersed in unstablme and uncertain environment. The SIReN lab involves a dozen of researchers including shared PhD students, faculties and engineers.

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Metaverse – threat or opportunity for the French-German industry? – Panel Discussion at Bits&Pretzels in Munich, Sept. 25, 3:55pm

Besides having a booth at Europe’s leading founders festival Bits&Pretzels 2022, the GFA is joining the La French Tech Munich Stage on Sunday September 25 with a panel discussion on “Metaverse – threat or opportunity for the French-German industry?

When talking about the Metaverse most people immediately think about Facebook and their rebranding to “Meta” in early 2022. And indeed the company announced working on a VR social platform. But that is the keyword, VR or virtual reality! Metaverse is a term that is still vague and complex and can be brought into context with virtual reality, cyberspace and smart spaces, because the Metaverse is still being built and therefor still to be defined in detail. “The Wired” states, that this is because the term doesn’t really refer to any one specific type of technology, but rather a broad (and often speculative) shift in how we interact with technology. And as you may guess, this opens the door to a lot of opportunities and dangers in the process. In our panel discussion we want to share some of these pros and cons to help Germany and France shaping the future of a (European) Metaverse.

Therefore, we invited three wonderful speakers that will join our moderator Paul-Guilhem Meunier (GFA) on stage:

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