What we do

Crisis has become the “new normal” for our society. Whether it's the first pandemic in more than 100 years, or climate change causing raging wildfires and massive hurricanes, it's all becoming a regular part of our existence. Many communities also must contend with aging and vulnerable infrastructure, making emergency response harder than it has to be. Our lab was born out of necessity, and we devote ourselves to finding new ways to use technology to help with emergency, crisis, and disaster response.


How we work

CTIL uses a lean local-to-global innovation strategy to first quickly and iteratively learn, test, and validate solutions with local communities. Then we work with broader community stakeholders to bring solutions to a global scale. We do this through:


  • Using data-driven tools for understanding disaster risk and resilience
  • Improving the technology available to first responders
  • Promoting digital resilience—that is, using technology in a way that is robust, secure, private, and under our control
  • Researching at the interface of data science, social science, and policy


Who we are

The Crisis Technologies Innovation Lab (CTIL) is a collaboration between the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering (Luddy) and University Information Technology Services (UITS) housed in the Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) to accelerate research and practice on the use of next generation technologies in the front lines of emergency and crisis response.

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