Professor de Callafon helps build cyber-infrastructure to aid wildfire hazard assessment and response

The project, called WIFIRE, starts October 1 and is funded under a three-year grant worth approximately $2.65 million. Participants include researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s (Calit2) Qualcomm Institute, and the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at the university’s Jacobs School of Engineering.

“Real-time measurements on the areal location of a wildfire and current wind speeds can be combined with topography information to estimate and update information on fuel content and the rate of spread (ROS) of the wildfire,” said Raymond de Callafon, professor with MAE, director of the System Identification and Control Laboratory at UC San Diego, and a WIFIRE co-PI.

For more information, see WiFIRE project webpage at

Monday, November 18, 2013