From the Director

Welcome from the Director – Dr. Allen Parrish

Dr. Allen Parrish

Dr. Allen Parrish

Thank you for visiting the CAPS website. CAPS was founded in 2002 with the goal of assisting federal, state and local agencies by providing access to current research and cutting-edge software technology in public safety. We are proud that our efforts have been extremely successful in bringing the latest in technology to a variety of government agencies throughout Alabama and to a number of partners in other states and at the federal level as well. For information on all of our software projects, see Software.

CAPS is a great place to work, especially for software developers. The University of Alabama offers all of the advantages that are normally found within a university setting, including a flexible work atmosphere. In addition, we provide state-of-the-art software development hardware and software, and access to all of the latest technology. We are constantly looking for ways to upgrade our work environment, and we believe that we have an excellent community of individuals working together on CAPS projects.

In terms of new research areas, we are forging ahead to find new approaches to safety data analysis, particularly in the area of optimal officer deployment. We want to find new approaches to pre-positioning officers in the field in places where they can best save lives and prevent crime. Work in this area has been conducted by UA faculty from operations research (College of Commerce and Business Administration) and computer science (College of Engineering). We are working not only to determine this information but to make it easily and readily accessible to officers in the field.

We are also involved in a number of visualization projects, as well as a number of media and mobile application projects.  Visualization in a variety of virtual reality-oriented environments is being developed as a method for first responders and other emergency management professionals to use in their work.  Data visualization is being used for strategic, tactical and operational management of first responder agencies.  Mobile applications are being developed both for professional use as well as for communicating with the public on various topics of public interest.

I am extremely pleased and proud to be able to work personally with so many outstanding people both at CAPS and within the various organizations we partner with at the state and federal levels. I am humbled by the commitment of all of these people to truly make the world a better place – to save lives, to better serve the underserved, and to provide government services in a more efficient manner than ever before.

We appreciate the support of the agencies mentioned above, as well as our many other partner agencies at the state, local and federal levels. We hope you enjoy browsing the site and viewing some examples of our work. Please stop back often.