2nd International Conference on the Information Technologies in Disaster Risk Reduction - ITDRR 2017
2nd International Conference on the Information Technologies in Disaster Risk Reduction - ITDRR 2017 began its work in the Large Conference Hall of UNWE. At the opening of the Forum attended Prof. Dr. Dimitar Velev, Chairman of the Conference Organizing Committee and Director of the UNWE Scientific Research Center for Disaster Risk Reduction, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Venelin Boshnakov, UNWE Secretary General for Science, Alexander Dzhartov, Director of Critical Infrastructure, Prevention and Control Directorate to the Fire Safety and Civil Protection Directorate-General of the Ministry of Interior, Prof. Yuko Murayama, Vice President of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and Chairwoman of the IFIP Domain Committee of the Conference, Chief Assist. Dr. Georgy Penchev from the National and Regional Security Department, representatives of academic community from 12 countries – Japan, Republic of Korea, France, Italy, Indonesia, etc.
At the opening of the Conference (from the left to the right): Assoc. Prof. Dr. Venelin Boshnakov, Prof. Dr. Dimitar Velev and Prof. Yuko Murayama
Prof. Dr. Dimitar Velev opened the Conference and presented the guests. He expressed his thankfulness to them for the participation in the event implemented under the auspices of IFIP for the second time.
On behalf of the Rector of UNWE Prof. D.Sc.(Econ.) Statty Stattev the participants were welcomed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Venelin Boshnakov who defined the Conference as one of the most important and interesting events held at the UNWE. He outlined the actuality of the topic in the terms of more frequent disasters in a global scale and expressed hope that the Forum would become a tradition.
On behalf of Nikolay Nikolov, Director of Fire Safety and Civil Protection Directorate-General of the Ministry of Interior the guests were greeted by Alexander Dzhartov. He pointed out that the climate changes would lead to more and more natural disasters and the information technology could help in the process of risk analysis and measurement as well as in the information processing.
|Alexander Dzhartov (the first man on the right)|
Prof. Yuko Murayama expressed her contentment that the Forum had been organized for the second time. In a brief presentation she introduced to the guests the members of the IFIP Domain Committee of the Conference, objectives and tasks of the new platform and its role for creating a network of specialists in that field. She also made comment on better coordination and effectiveness of aid management in crisis situations.
As Director of the UNWE Scientific Research Center for Disaster Risk Reduction Prof. Dr. Dimitar Velev made a brief presentation about the Center and emphasized on the international members participating in its Consultative Board. He presented the objectives, tasks and activity of the Center in the field of wider use of information technology in disaster risk reduction.
|During the Conference|
On behalf of Prof. Dr. Dimitar Dimitrov, Dean of the Economics of Infrastructure Faculty, Director of the Center for Nuclear Security Support and Head of the National and Regional Security Department the participants were greeted by Chief Assist. Dr. Georgy Penchev. In his presentation on the Application of Information Technology in Education and Research of Nuclear Security he introduced to the guests the new Master`s Degree Programme in Nuclear Security implemented at the university on the base of the Agreement of Cooperation between the UNWE and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed by the Rector of UNWE Prof. D.Sc.(Econ.) Statty Stattev and Yukiya Amano, Director-General of IAEA during his visit in Sofia in 2014.
Prof. Dr. JunSeok Hwang, Professor of Information Technology at the Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, delivered the first keynote speech on the Future Perspective of ICT Policy and Strategy for Disaster Risk reduction with Smart Disaster Safety System.
|Prof. Dr. JunSeok Hwang|
After double reviewing 18 reports of total 47 submitted ones were approved for participation and presentation in the Conference and the collection of them will be published in the Journal of Modern Information and Communication Technology printed by Springer Publishing Company. It is indexed in Scopus and other internationally recognized scientific data bases.