Bandana Kar

Research Scientist

Dr. Bandana Kar is a Research Scientist in Critical Infrastructure and Climate team of Urban Dynamics Institute, which is part of the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Ph.D. in geography from the University of South Carolina at Columbia.  She has experience in image processing, spatial and statistical analysis, geo-spatial and temporal modeling, damage and loss estimation, and risk and resilience assessment. Her research interests are in: (i) uncertainty and accuracy assessment, (ii) multi-scale and spatio-temporal modeling, (iii) cyber GIS, citizen science, and location privacy, (iv) crisis informatics and data science, (v) change detection and feature extraction using remotely sensed images, (vi) risk communication, damage and resilience assessment. She has been funded by the Department of Homeland Security, National Science Foundation and Department of Defense to conduct research in risk communication, economic resilience, and using big data for homeland security and emergency management.


2016: ASPRS Presidential Citation (ASPRS)
2010: Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk (Beijing Normal University, China)
2009: Enabling the Next Generation of Hazard Researchers (National Science Foundation)