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Keynote Speakers


Leysia Palen is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA. She is a faculty fellow with the ATLAS Institute and the Institute of Cognitive Science. She is also a Full Adjunct Professor at the University of Agder in Norway. At the University of Colorado, Prof. Palen directs the Project EPIC (Empowering the Public with Information during Crisis) research effort, and co-directs the Center for Software & Society.

Prof. Palen is a leader in the area of crisis informatics, an area she forged with her graduate students and colleagues at Colorado. With over 70 research publications, she brings her training in human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work and social computing to bear on understanding and advancing socio-technical issues of societal import. She conducts empirical research in the interpretivist tradition. However, in the advancing arena of large-scale on-line interaction (the "big data" of crisis response), she adapts quantitative techniques that then allow the application of qualitative methods and the "ethnographic eye" to closely observe and describe social structures in such technology-mediated situations. For more information see:


Serves as Director of Innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Prior to QCRI, co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning. He served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi & co-founded CrisisMappers, Digital Humanitarians and the award-winning Standby Task Force.


Edward G. Happ is the CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Chairman of NetHope (, a U.S. based consortium of 33 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration. He is the former Chief Information Officer at Save the Children (, in Westport, CT, where he worked for the past decade.

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