Emergency Mobile Apps with Maleknaz Nayebi

Smartphone apps designed for emergency & crisis situations (emergency mobile apps) don’t provide what people actually need in a disaster, according to University of Calgary researchers who studied the digital response to the Fort McMurray wildfire.

The team used specialized software to analyze nearly 70,000 tweets sent by affected residents during the catastrophe to gauge “what people really want”. The results were pretty surprising — and not really good for existing emergency mobile apps.

In this podcast episode, I am speaking with Maleknaz Nayebi, who conducted the research with her team and who offers many interesting insights in the development of mobile applications for emergency management and crisis communications.

About my guest:

Maleknaz Nayebi is a PhD candidate at the Software Engineering Decision Support lab at the University of Calgary in Canada.

She is pursuing a PhD in designing mobile apps with a focus on using data for decision support and innovation in software products. She has six years of professional software engineering experience in different industrial fields. Her main research interests are in mining software repositories, release engineering, open innovation and empirical software engineering.

Maleknaz co-chaired RE 2018 data track and OISE 2015 workshop on Open Innovation in Software Engineering. Maleknaz is a student member of the IEEE and ACM.

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