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Collective Platform for Community Resilience and Social Innovation during Crises

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






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Project "COMRADES" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
address: WALTON HALL
postcode: MK7 6AA

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙999˙021 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙021 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.2.1.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT))
 Code Call H2020-ICT-2015
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2018-12-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UK (MILTON KEYNES) coordinator 660˙648.00
2    USHAHIDI NETWORK KE (NAIROBI) participant 613˙750.00
3    THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD UK (SHEFFIELD) participant 321˙250.00
4    TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT NL (DELFT) participant 258˙526.00
5    UNIVERSITETET I AGDER NO (KRISTIANSAND) participant 73˙596.00
6    Government To You BE (Bruxelles) participant 71˙250.00
7    I-HUB LIMITED KE (NAIROBI) participant 0.00


 Project objective

Response to crisis often reveals organisational and technological shortcomings, which threaten community recovery and sustainable. Even though some technological solutions exist, challenges of communication, interoperability, and data analytics remain. The deployment and use of technologies, and the social structures in which they are adopted, are interdependent. Hence it is imperative to develop human-centred technologies that take into account actual real world practices of affected populations and responders. The rise of social media as an information channel during crisis has become key to community resilience and response. However, existing crisis awareness applications, such as Ushahidi, while vital for information gathering, often struggle to address the challenges of real-time social data analysis and aggregation of crisis micro-events, and filtering of unverified content and reporters. This project will build an intelligent collective resilience platform to help communities to reconnect, respond, and recover from crisis situations. COMRADES will achieve this through an interdisciplinary, socio-technical approach, which will draw on the latest advances in computational social science, social computing, real-time analytics, text and social media analysis, and Linked Open Data. The platform specifications and design requirements will be derived through participatory design workshops with existing activist, responder, and reporter communities. The open source COMRADES platform will go beyond the now standard data collection, mapping, and manual analysis functions provided by the underpinning, widely used Ushahidi crisis mapping tool, to include new intelligent algorithms aimed at helping communities, citizens, and humanitarian services with analysing, verifying, monitoring, and responding to emergency events. COMRADES platform will be deployed and evaluated with multiple, local and distributed, communities, using collective multilingual crisis information.


List of deliverables.
Content informativeness classification Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-27 20:22:27
Socio-technical requirements for collective resilience platforms Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:23:41
Results of second platform evaluation Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:23:05
Validity assessment methods Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:18:28
Requirements for boosting community resilience in crisis situation Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:21:15
Results of final platform evaluation Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:24:36
Third version of the COMRADES platform Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-27 20:18:28
Second report on communication and dissemination activities Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:18:29
Matchmaking emergency events Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:18:28
Multilingual content processing methods Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:21:42
Classification approaches of emergency events Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2019-05-27 20:42:17
Third report on communication and dissemination activities Documents, reports 2019-05-27 20:20:38
First report on communication and dissemination activities Documents, reports 2019-05-30 13:15:27
Dissemination and communication action plan Documents, reports 2019-05-30 13:15:26
Enriched semantic models of emergency events Documents, reports 2019-05-30 13:15:20

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of COMRADES deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Abby Onencan, Kenny Meesters, Bartel Van de Walle
Methodology for Participatory GIS Risk Mapping and Citizen Science for Solotvyno Salt Mines
published pages: 1828, ISSN: 2072-4292, DOI: 10.3390/rs10111828
Remote Sensing 10/11 2019-05-24
2018 Lara Piccolo, Martino Mension, Harith Alani
Chasing the Chatbots: Directions for Interaction and Design Research
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of INSCI 2018 - International Workshops CONVERSATIONS (in press) 2019-05-24
2018 Sebastian Dungs, Ahmet Aker, Norbert Fuhr, Kalina Bontcheva
Can Rumour Stance Alone Predict Veracity?
published pages: 3360-3370, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 27th International Conference on Computational Linguistics 2019-05-24
2018 Lara Piccolo, Shadrock Roberts,Anna Iosif, Harith Alani
Designing Chatbots for Crises: A Case Study Contrasting Potential and Reality
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the British HCI Conference 2019-05-24
2017 Isabelle Augenstein, Leon Derczynski, Kalina Bontcheva
Generalisation in named entity recognition: A quantitative analysis
published pages: 61-83, ISSN: 0885-2308, DOI: 10.1016/j.csl.2017.01.012
Computer Speech & Language 44 2019-05-24
2018 Vittorio Nespeca, Kenny Meesters, Tina Comes
Evaluating Platforms for Community Sense-making: Using the Case of the Kenyan Elections
published pages: 924-934, ISSN: , DOI:
ISCRAM 2018 Conference Proceedings – 15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management 2019-05-24
2018 Leon Derczynski, Kenny Meesters, Kalina Bontcheva, Diana Maynard
Helping Crisis Responders Find the Informative Needle in the Tweet Haystack
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, 2019-05-24
2018 Gregoire Burel, Harith Alani
Crisis Event Extraction Service (CREES) - Automatic Detection and Classification of Crisis-related Content on Social Media
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
15th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management 2019-05-24
2017 Miriam Fernandez, Lara Piccolo, Harith Alani, Diana Maynard, Christop Meili, Meia Wippoo
Pro-Environmental Campaigns via Social Media: Analysing Awareness and Behaviour Patterns
published pages: , ISSN: 2332-4031, DOI:
The Journal of Web Science Vol 3 (2017) 2019-05-24
2017 Leon Derczynski, Eric Nichols, Marieke van Erp, Nut Limsopatham
Results of the WNUT2017 Shared Task on Novel and Emerging Entity Recognition
published pages: 140-147, ISSN: , DOI: 10.18653/v1/w17-4418
Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Noisy User-generated Text 2019-05-24
2016 Diana Maynard, Kalina Bontcheva, Isabelle Augenstein
Natural Language Processing for the Semantic Web
published pages: 1-194, ISSN: 2160-4711, DOI: 10.2200/S00741ED1V01Y201611WBE015
Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology 6/2 2019-06-18
2017 Laura Laguna Savado, Matthieu Lauras, Tina Comes
Sustainable Performance Measurement for Humanitarian Supply Chain Operations
published pages: 775-783, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 14th ISCRAM Conference 2019-06-18
2017 Burel, Gregoire; Piccolo, Lara S. G.; Meesters, Kenny and Alani, Harith
DoRES — A Three-tier Ontology for Modelling Crises in the Digital Age
published pages: 834-845, ISSN: 2411-3387, DOI:
Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management 2019-06-18
2017 Leon Derczynski, Kalina Bonthcheva, Maria Liakata, Rob Procter, Geraldine Wong Sak Hoi,
SemEval-2017 Task 8: RumourEval: Determining rumour veracity and support for rumours
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Nadia Saad Noori, Yan Wang, Tina Comes, Philipp Schwarz, Heide Lukosch
Behind the Scenes of Scenario-Based Training: Understanding Scenario Design and Requirements in High-Risk and Uncertain Environments
published pages: 948-959, ISSN: , DOI:
Proceedings of the 14th ISCRAM Conference 2019-06-18
2017 Hassan Saif, Thomas Dickinson, Leon Kastler, Miriam Fernandez, Harith Alani
A Semantic Graph-Based Approach for Radicalisation Detection on Social Media
published pages: 571-587, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-58068-5_35
ESWC 2017: The Semantic Web - Proceedings, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2019-06-18
2016 Tina Comes
Designing for Networked Community Resilience
published pages: 6-11, ISSN: 1877-7058, DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2016.08.057
Procedia Engineering 159 2019-06-18
2017 Burel, Grégoire; Saif, Hassan; Fernandez, Miriam and Alani, Harith
On Semantics and Deep Learning for Event Detection in Crisis Situations
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2017 Piccolo, Lara S. G. and Alani, Harith
Prospecting Socially-Aware Concepts and Artefacts for Designing for Community Resilience
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2016 Dickinson, Thomas; Fernandez, Miriam; Thomas, Lisa; Mulholland, Paul; Briggs, Pam and Alani, Harith
Detecting Important Life Events on Twitter Using Frequent Semantic and Syntactic Subgraphs
published pages: 23-37, ISSN: 1645-7641, DOI:
IADIS International Journal on WWW/Internet 14(2) 2019-06-18
2017 Tina Comes, Anouck Adrot, Caroline Rizza
Decision-Making with Uncertainty
published pages: 404-412, ISSN: 1018-5593, DOI:
Science For Disaster Risk Management 2017 2019-06-18

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