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Euro Asia UbiFlood is an applied research project taking advantage of the various expertise’s of French and Asian laboratories from several leading research institutions.



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Background of the UbiFlood Project

Floods in Asia represent the first natural hazard. During the last 5 years, major events have affected more than 600 millions in Asian countries and constitute one of the main obstacles to the economical and social developments. To cope with this challenge, societies have to adapt and develop new organization able to face the flooding situations. In parallel to the structural measures dedicated to the hydraulic management of the flows, phenomena have to be analyzed in real time in order to provide knowledge and information both to the stakeholders and to the public. At the same time, ubiquitous computing applications based on the post-desktop computer model, in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities, are strongly emerging and represent a potential alternative to improve the flood warning and management systems. The mobile devices offer today the possibility to multiply easily and for a reduced cost the number of potential data sources. The ubiquitous computing allows to federate and to communicate with ground agents like sensors networks and ground workers or even the public for data acquisition.

What is UbiFlood?

UbiFlood is focused on Ubiquitous Computing concept:

From Wikipedia: "Ubiquitous computing (ubicomp) is a post-desktop model of human-computer interaction in which information processing has been thoroughly integrated into everyday objects and activities. In the course of ordinary activities, someone "using" ubiquitous computing engages many computational devices and systems simultaneously, and may not necessarily even be aware that they are doing so. [...] At their core, all models of ubiquitous computing (also called pervasive computing) share a vision of small, inexpensive, robust networked processing devices, distributed at all scales throughout everyday life and generally turned to distinctly common-place ends. For example, a domestic ubiquitous computing environment might interconnect lighting and environmental controls with personal biometric monitors woven into clothing so that illumination and heating conditions in a room might be modulated, continuously and imperceptibly. Another common scenario posits refrigerators "aware" of their suitably-tagged contents, able to both plan a variety of menus from the food actually on hand, and warn users of stale or spoiled food. Ubiquitous computing presents challenges across computer science: in systems design and engineering, in systems modelling, and in user interface design. Contemporary human-computer interaction models, whether command-line, menu-driven, or GUI-based, are inappropriate and inadequate to the ubiquitous case. This suggests that the "natural" interaction paradigm appropriate to a fully robust ubiquitous computing has yet to emerge - although there is also recognition in the field that in many ways we are already living in an ubicomp world. Contemporary devices that lend some support to this latter idea include mobile phones, digital audio players, radio-frequency identification tags, GPS, and interactive whiteboards."

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