Please find information below about this week’s Galileo’s Science Café presentation.



“ Designing Smart Sensors to Improve

First Responders’ Response Time”


Presented by: Dr. Brenda Bannan Associate Professor, Instructional Technology, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University
Bring your family and friends for a free, interactive science discussion.

Imagine an instant replay for first responders.  Visualizing and viewing their own behavior when responding to a simulated emergency may change their behavior during the next run and promote their learning in teams and individually to ultimately improve response time in an actual emergency.  We deployed a digital twin representation of an arena building along with environmental, location, occupancy and video sensors combined with artificial intelligence algorithms to detect and visualize important response time intervals and behavior of first responders during an active violence incident simulation.  I will demonstrate some of the data from the live simulation runs with first responders in the Eagle Bank Arena on George Mason’s campus and how we are attempting to integrate data from several Internet of Things smart sensors and video devices along with artificial intelligence to enhance response time as well as learning and training for first responder teams.

Location: Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia
Registration: Free, Sign up to attend at (RSVP not required, but appreciated, to help us plan)
6:00 pm-7:00 pm: Doors open, enjoy free small plates of food and cash bar
7:00 pm-7:45 pm: Opening remarks and research presentation by Dr. Brenda Bannan
7:45 pm-8:30 pm: Q&A and Meet the Scientist

The Galileo's Science Cafe Series is sponsored by Mason's College of Science.  The March session receives additional sponsorship from Mason's Institute for Digital InnovAtion

We hope to see you there!



Andrea Cobb, Ph.D.

Director of Student Research and Internships

Director, Aspiring Scientists’ Summer Internship Program

Director, Galileo’s Science Cafe

College of Science

George Mason University


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Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research Building


10920 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110

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