Center for Integrated Crisis Management (CIEM) is a multidisciplinary research center at the University of Agder. The center conducts research on how new developments within information and communication technology (ICT) offers new opportunities for more effective emergency and crisis management through the integration of information from a variety of data sources.
Today's smartphones with integrated sensor technology allows direct collection of relevant data from disaster areas, along with information from the public via social media this provides an opportunity to quickly establish an overview of the situation. This requires the development of advanced methods for analysis and decision support.
To solve these challenges, CIEM established an interdisciplinary team of 30 scientists, who include the world's leading experts in sensor technology and wireless communications, artificial intelligence, decision support, analysis of social media, and cooperation and coordination.
CIEM is dealing with issues at both global and national levels, and working with governmental and nongovernmental emergency operators, research institutions and industry in Norway and internationally. CIEM is a top research priority at the University of Agder.
The centre was established in 2011 as Centre for Communication and Information Communication System Technology for Emergency Preparedness and Management (CISTEM). In 2012 the name of the centre was changed to the shorter and present name CIEM.