Digitalizing search for missing persons

Nov, 2018 → Dec, 2021

Partner: CICR, FLO
Partner contact: Fabrice Lauper
EPFL laboratory: Distributed Information Systems Laboratory (LSIR)
EPFL contact: Prof. Karl Aberer, Rémi Lebret

Armed conflicts, violence and migration are causing large scale separation of family members, dislocation of family links and missing persons. People must receive help to know what happened to reconnect to their loved ones as rapidly as possible. The ICRC and LSIR through its partnership have set themselves a challenge to analyse publicly available data through analytics techniques to identify missing persons that would arguably not have been identified using current, conventional methods. The goal of this project is to facilitate the search for missing individuals by building scalable, accurate systems tailored for that purpose.