At a SPIE conference, I gave a talk on Situation Awareness. You can see the talk here.
The tools and techniques for determining situation awareness are definitely emerging and are going to be more the tools that will be used in the EventWeb. My students, particularly Mingyan Gao and Vivek Singh, are developing tools that will help first to deal with Twitter and facebook like sources but then will be extended to all kind of sensors. The basic motivation is to identify all micro events taking place so one could aggregate, assimilate, and composite them into situations that could then be used for deciding on the specific actions.
A very pleasant thing was that questions and Prof David Hall’s talk (he followed me) showed that people have started considering Twitter like sources very seriously and are now looking at these as serious information sources. Prof Hall mentioned the recent Portland event that was solved using Twitter several times in his discussion.
Now I have to get ready for the talk on COntenxt tomorrow.
Ramesh– noted your comment on Prof. David Hall’s talk– need to check out (I assume SPIE web site has it?). We have build Twtris to extract social signal or get situational awareness in the limited sense of giving spatio-temporal-thematic study of Tweets: play with it at http://twitris.knoesis.org (needs to be updated), bit.ly/DD-Twitris and http://bit.ly/s-signals
Firstly thanks a lot for providing a link to the talk.I am hearing a term called “situation awareness” for the first time.This development will certainly take the whole thing to another level.Please keep me updated on this.Would like to more about it especially when your students have finished their task.Quite intrigued by the entire thing.The whole social networking thing has become serious information sources indeed.Thank you very much.