Walter David

I am a modelling and simulation and geospatial expert. My studies and training include computer science, geospatial sciences, geopolitics, interagency and civil-military coordination, decision-making, crisis and disaster management, humanitarian action, preparedness and response effectiveness.

In my career I have been deployed as chief geospatial officer in NATO missions and later as CIS information integration services officer and project manager information exchange gateways at Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

My experience in modelling and simulation (M&S) started in 2000 with the creation of terrain databases for simulation systems, building upon earlier fieldwork. Since then I have been appointed member of several international operational and technical experts groups and Science and Technology Organization research groups including those dealing with rapid scenario generation for simulation applications, the training and education network, trusted information sharing for partnerships, simulation for training and operation, modelling and simulation support to crisis and disaster management processes and climate change implications.

I am currently army Lieutenant Colonel, chief of the analysis and lessons learned section of the Modelling and Simulation Centre of Excellence (M&S COE). I am a conference lecturer and member of US Cartography and Geographic Information Society. I am also a member of several partnerships networks and groups supporting the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, like the Humanitarian Civil Military Coordination Consultative Group, the Conflict Analysis Network, the Environment and Humanitarian Action groups.

My research interests and writing focus is primarily on analysis, support to operational decision-making in crisis, natural disasters, complex emergencies, climate change and other global trends, preparedness and response, dual use and resilience.

Recently I started investigating about the role of the emergent and disruptive technologies, like robotic and artificial intelligence powered autonomous systems, already driving transformation in armed conflict, posing challenges from the international humanitarian law and the non-state actors’ proliferation perspectives but with the potential to support disaster management and humanitarian action.

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