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Ali Asgary, Associate Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management

selected photosCurrent Research Projects

  • Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation Facility
  • ADERSIM facility is a multi-function infrastructure designed analogous to a standard, modern, and advanced Emergency Operations Centre (EOC). ADERSIM infrastructure is partially funded by the Ontario Research Fund ($1.45 million) and York University (1.2 million).

  • Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE)
  • Professors Jimmy Huang, Ali Asgary and Jianhong Wu from York University in Canada have received $1, 650,000 through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Grants over six years to lead the industry program titled “Computational Approaches for Advanced Disaster, Emergency and Rapid Response Simulation (ADERSIM)”. The proposed Advanced Disaster, Emergency, and Rapid Response Simulation NSERC CREATE industry stream program will enhance Canada’s capacities in public safety and emergency management through innovative training, research, and development of professionals in state-of-the-art simulations and emergency management information systems. The ADERSIM program will train 78 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students of the next generation of Canadian HQPs with excellent interdisciplinary theoretical and professional skills in information searching, data mining, knowledge management, modeling and simulations to meet Canada’s current and future demands in emergency management and public safety industry.

    For more information please visit ADERSIM website at:

  • Co-investigator, Building Bridges across Social and Computational Sciences
  • Co-investigator, Building Bridges across Social and Computational Sciences: Using Big Data to Inform Humanitarian Policy and Interventions, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, $200,000.

  • York University Business Continuity Planning Toolkit (YU-BCPT) for Canadian Small Businesses, Funded by York University Academic Innovation Fund
  • This project aims to develop and implement a business continuity planning toolkit (YU-BCPT) by York University faculty, students, volunteer experts, and alumni to be freely used by small businesses in Canada. YU-BCPT will be a unique university based business continuity planning training and experiential education program that will enable small business in the GTA, Ontario, and Canada to prepare and implement business continuity plans. This will help small businesses to mitigate the risks of potential incidents, prepare for emergencies and business disruptions, and respond to and recover from emergencies quickly and with minimum possible direct and indirect losses. At the same time this program provides an opportunity for students to learn, teach,and implement business continuity plans for small businesses and improve their practical skills and experiences. The YU-BCPT will be a highly interactive, training and capacity building program that encompasses: periodic training workshops at York University; on-site training and support by graduate and undergraduate students, and online training and education.

  • Agent Based Virtual Learning Emergency Operations Centre, Funded by York University Faculty Association

Recently Completed Research Projects

  • Development of a Rule-Based Structural Fire Threat Assessment System for Canadian Fire Departments
  • Crisis Management: Case of School Shooting
  • Real-Time Multi-Criteria Spatial Decision Support Systems: Improving Fire Response In Canadian Communities
  • Determinants of Business Continuity Planning in Canada: Estimating Business Willingness to Pay for Power Outage Mitigation and Preparedness Using Stated Choice Analysis
  • Real-time oil spill detection using Laser-Induced Fluorescence LIDAR, Internet-based Temporal-GIS, and Mobile Emergency Asset Management