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Center for Advanced Public Safety

The Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) is an applied research center focused on the integration of technology into real-world problems that impact public safety and well-being. CAPS develops new technology for police officers, emergency medical units, and for government business units that support criminal justice, transportation, human services, vehicle tax registration, and collection and a host of related services.   With the provision of cutting edge technology that impacts lives in so many different ways, we engage in engineering and applied social/behavioral science research made possible by technology-produced substrate data.  To support this applied research, we also maintain a strong basic research stream in data analytics and the computing technology needed to support big data in society.

In The News: Heat wave ‘Hugo?’ New coalition seeks to name hot weather like hurricanes.

Heat waves are a silent killer. Unlike other extreme weather phenomena, you can’t see them coming, and they don’t leave behind a trail of destruction. But they kill more people than any other weather hazard in the country and exact a greater toll in the developing world. And they are… Read more

Sources: The Washington Post

In The News: Hurricane Response Reset: As storms intensify, flood zones change and the pandemic rages, experts urge new thinking about preparedness.

Climate change is strengthening the severity and frequency of storms, and 2020 is on track for another active hurricane season — the fifth consecutive such season, if the prediction comes to pass. “Generally, we don’t have strategies for how you message for multiple hazards like this,” says Susan Jasko, a… Read more

Sources: Passagemaker

In The News: UA Kick-Starts Six Projects Related to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

The University of Alabama has several research projects they hope can prevent the next pandemic. The school plans to invest $100,000 into six UA based research projects involving covid-19. They say it’s a way to better understand the consequences so that people are better prepared to deal if one happens again. Read more

Sources: NBC 13, Fox 6, NBC (Montgomery), Fox (Dothan), ABC (Columbus, Ga.), Alabama Newscenter, WTVY (Dothan), WVUA, The Tuscaloosa News, Crestview News Bulletin

In The News: Dr. Laura Myers provides common sense weather safety tips

This is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in Alabama. Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott has special reports all week, designed to help you and your family stay safe. In this report, Richard visits the Center for Advanced Public Safety at The University of Alabama, with some common sense safety information. The University… Read more

Sources: WVUA

In The News: Former professor returns to lead transportation institute

Allen Parrish is returning to The University of Alabama on Feb. 17 to serve as executive director of the Alabama Transportation Institute.  Parrish was employed at the University from 1990 to 2015 and served as a professor in the department of computer science, founding director of the CARE Research and… Read more

Sources: Crimson White, The Tuscaloosa News, Birmingham Business Journal

In The News: Weather warning experts say many people don’t know their location

Dr. Laura Myers with the University of Alabama has many years of researching the weather warning communication process. Dr. Myers is the director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at UA. Myers said her studies show that many people are not aware of where they live on the map.… Read more

Sources: CBS 42 - 7 a.m., WVUA, CBS 42 - 6 p.m., WVUA - 6 p.m.

In The News: Is Mobile ready for electric scooters? Trendy devices bring safety and regulatory worries

In Alabama, there have been only 11 incidences of scooter crashes in the past five years, according to data compiled by the Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) at the University of Alabama. Of those 11 crashes, nine of them occurred to youths who were under the age of 18.… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: 20 Experts Predict The Most Significant Weather And Climate Advances Of The Next Decade

We seem to be at the edge of a transition from an idea about humans dominating nature and controlling the natural world to the notion that human life is dependent on a holistic understanding of the natural world. I think the weather and climate enterprise will make breakthroughs in ways… Read more

Sources: Forbes, Head Topics