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ARCHIVES project

ARCHIVES: Analysis and Reconstruction of Catastrophes in History within Interactive Virtual Environments and Simulations

The goal of ARCHIVES is to support historical researches on past natural disasters with the help of advanced document image analysis, knowledge management, GIS representation and agent-based computer modeling. The idea is that, a better understanding of past events, of their impacts on the communities as well as of adaptation measures undertaken could help to improve the management and prediction of the natural hazards. The case study considered is the Red River floods and their impacts on Hanoi over the past centuries. The project is built upon the achievement of three complementary goals, which correspond to research issues, each of them involving 4 or more partners.

These goals are undertaken by 3 work packages:

  • WP1 – Navigable corpus: Build a navigable, sharable and expendable corpus from the data that document a past catastrophic event.
  • WP2 – Geo-historical database: Build a geo-historical GIS that supports spatial and temporal navigation within past events.
  • WP3 – Geo-historical agent-based model: Design agent-based models of past catastrophic events and run simulations faithful to historical accounts.




Project Investigator: Alexis DROGOUL (1, 2)

(1) UMI UMMISCO 209, IRD & UPMC, France.
(2) Co-director, ICTLab, USTH, Hanoi, Vietnam


UMMISCO, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
L3I, University of La Rochelle, France

IRIT, University of Toulouse, France
ICTLab, University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, Vietnam
IOIT, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam
VNSC, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam

VNU-HUS, Vietnam National University, Vietnam
VNU-ICARGC, Vietnam National University, Vietnam
National Archives, Vietnam
EFEO, Vietnam