The EDGE Innovation Center for Emergency Informatics, located on the campus of Texas A&M University, connects
industry with the world's largest training facility for emergency professionals and with research at a top 10
engineering institution to accelerate transfer of advanced defense technologies and products that will
revolutionize how disasters, big and small, are handled worldwide.
Due to the unique facilities and operations already in place at Texas A&M University and the direct access
to customers in the field, the Emergency Informatics Center is recognized as both user- and
capability-focused. These capabilities are captured by:
The Dwight Look College of Engineering which is a Top 10 public engineering program with over
30 faculty in six departments actively researching key aspects of emergency informatics,
including artificial intelligence, distributed computing, human factors, data mining, security,
sensors, social networks, unmanned systems, visualization, and wireless networks.
The Texas A&M Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) which manages test and evaluation programs for
energy, water, environmental, and military programs and can assist EDGE members in developing and
transitioning technology into the emergency responder community by utilizing faculty technical
expertise and innovation.
The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) which trains over 200,000 professionals from
all 50 states and as many countries annually in Firefighting and Emergency Services, Homeland
Security, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Safety, Technology and Economic Development,
and Search and Rescue. TEEX is the Texas state agency for urban search and rescue and hosts
Texas Task Force 1. TEEX operates numerous training facilities including:
Disaster City®--A 52-acre site featuring full-scale collapsible structures designed to simulate
various levels of disaster and wreckage which can be customized for the specific needs of any group.
Emergency Operations Training Center (EOTC)--Provides realistic, scenario-based incident management
training using simulation and computer-based technologies to train incident managers, supervisors,
executives, public officials and military personnel to manage a large-scale crisis.