Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response (IPLER)

Flood Map: IPLER provides data products like this aerial map of a flood zone to emergency respondersFlood Map: IPLER provides data products like this aerial map of a flood zone to emergency responders

Under sponsorship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), LIAS has kicked off a new project to promote the use of remote sensing technologies for emergency response applications. The Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response (IPLER) is a joint research project between LIAS and the MCEER extreme events research laboratory at the University at Buffalo (UB). Dr. Don Boyd (RIT VP of Research) is principal investigator, with Drs. Jan van Aardt and Anthony Vodacek (RIT) and Dr. Chris Renschler (UB) serving as co-PIs.

The mission of IPLER is to facilitate the communication of information user (emergency manager) needs to the technology and service provider community and conversely, inform users of the capabilities of new and emerging technologies to provide the information they need. The desired outcome is renewed growth of business opportunities for technology and service providers, and better decision making capabilities for incident managers.

More details regarding the IPLER initiative can be found here.