Farnaz Mahdavian is a research scientist at Karlsruhe University's Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM). She holds Bachelor of Computer Engineering from Tehran Azad University of Iran and Masters of Engineering in Risk Management from Kyoto University of Japan laboratory of Earthquake and Lifeline Engineering on emergency evacuation and people's behaviour after the 2011 Great East Japan Tsunami (Miyagi prefecture). Follow her studies, she worked at Kyoto University in analyzing people's evacuation behaviour and understanding the reasons behind the high death toll despite there being enough time to evacuate, an adequate warning system, people's familiarity with natural disaster, and their experience from training and drills since childhood. From 2013 to 2015 she continued to her research in Iran, collaborating with Cambridge Architecture Research Ltd. (CAR). From January 2016 she has been working on the HEIKA project " Crowdsourcing for Forensic Disaster Analysis (Crowd FDA) focusing on risk of tropical cyclones in South East Asia and the Philippines.