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S&T Will Be at FDIC 2019

If you are a Fire & Rescue professional attending the Fire Department Instructors Conference in Indianapolis, mark your calendars to join the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) John Merrill  as he discusses how to “Make Firefighting Safer with Artificial Intelligence.” This discussion will be held in rooms 138-139 on , from to at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil stadium.

Black, white, and red poster with: (1) FDIC International logo, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, and April 8 to 13, 2019, in the topmost left corner; (2) a headshot of John Merrill, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, Next Generation First Responder Program, Washington, D.C., centered vertically and right aligned; (3) at the bottom, "Make firefighting safer with artificial intelligence." When firefighters arrive on an emergency scene, they face overwhelming amounts of information. Combined with new technologies and alerting to existing systems, they may not have time to synthesize life-saving information quickly to do their jobs. Imagine an intelligent personal assistant customized to the individual responder needs that can recognize radio transmissions and responder jargon to extract actionable information and also fuse data from hazard sensors and situational awareness apps to provide decision-making tools to help you answer the call. The DHS S&T Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program has partnered with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction and Synthesis (AUDREY), the state-of-the-art human-like artificial intelligence reasoning system to assist first responders at the scene of an emergency. Learn how AUDREY can be integrated with 911 call centers and paramedic response to improve object recognition to help in emergency scenarios.

This is a casual classroom environment that will call upon participants to identify capability gaps first responders (specifically firefighters) may encounter while in the field. DHS S&T’s NGFR director John Merrill will also call upon colleagues who are a part of the AUDREY pilot to explain to participants how AUDREY was used in their public agencies and AUDREY's benefits, including Dr. Edward Chow from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) who will explain further developments with AUDREY and how DHS S&T and NASA JPL are partnering with other agencies across the nation.

FDIC International offers 34,000+ Fire & Rescue professionals from 65+ countries around the world, quality world-class instructors, classrooms, workshops, H.O.T. evolutions and the most innovative products and services available to the industry displayed by over 800 exhibiting companies.

Watch the AUDREY Video

Last Updated: 06/01/2023
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