In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP
Paper Submission Deadline: August 15, 2016 - Extended
Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters
Disasters are events that cause dramatic losses of life and property and disrupt the normal functioning of the economy and society on a large scale. Disaster management is a multifaceted process aimed at minimizing the social and physical impact of these large-scale events. Emergency response seeks to contain the event and minimize loss of life and injuries (rescue), health impacts, and property loss. Examples of immediate response include search and rescue operations. Responding to disasters involves such information- and communication-intensive activities as planning and marshaling available resources and materiel, mobilizing and organizing sufficient skilled personnel, determining emergency situations and levels, deploying them with those resources to where they are needed, and finally coordinating their activities and services. Specific tasks include establishing connectivity with potential resource and service providers, authorizing the use of resources and coordinating their use into something akin to a supply chain, integrating information from diverse (including ad hoc) sources, reducing the volume of data to relevant information for recipients, directing ongoing operations based on an overall awareness of the situation, adjusting and altering prior plans and commitments based on the evolving situation, and supporting collaboration and distributed decision making.
This workshop on Collaborations in Emergency Response and Disaster Management – to be held as part of the 2016 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2016) – will focus on collaborative systems and technologies that support effective team work in crisis and emergency management. Emergency response and disaster management typically require collective intelligence from multiple, distributed agencies, task groups, and individuals, and involve making collaborative decisions and taking coordinated actions. However, current information systems are rarely designed to support group work in emergency response situations. There is a need for establishing a long-term, interdisciplinary research agenda that aims to improve information technology support to collaborations in disaster management and emergency response.
The objective of this workshop is to highlight key design challenges and major advances in the design, implementation, and assessment of collaborative technologies for crisis management. We invite original contributions from researchers and practitioners in academia, government, and industry in this emerging field.
ERDM Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:
Conceptualizing the roles of information technologies in collaborations during emergency response and disaster management
Social Media and Networks in Crisis and Disasters
Emergency and Disaster Prediction
Collaborative sense-making and information foraging
Collaborative decision-making under stress, time pressure and inadequate resources
Supporting collaborations in emergency operation centers (EOCs).
Infra-structures, technologies and services for mediating same-time, different place collaboration communications among distributed crisis management teams and organizations
Supporting collaborations among citizens (in disaster impacted area) through personal mobile computing devices and novel information services
Social Science aspects of Emergency Response and Disaster Management
Sociology of Disastors
Collaborative information systems architectures, technologies, or algorithms that address particular challenges in crisis management
Collaborative virtual environment for situation awareness
Experiences in applying collaborative technologies to emergency responses or exercises
Geospatial information technology and geocollaboration
Military/civilian and federal/state/local cultural and doctrinal conflicts
Implications of Web 2.0 society as resource/threat
Geo-Information technologies for disaster management
Gamification in emergency management/response
Community Engagement and Volunteer Involvement
International Humanitarian Aid and Cooperation
Special Needs Groups in Crisis and Emergency Situations
Planning and Logistics for Disaster Mitigation
Animals and Crops in Disasters
Instructions for Authors:
You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to collaborative emergency response and disaster management and related topics. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submissions could be for full papers, short papers, poster papers, or posters (please specify). For Regular papers, please submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript, not to exceed 8 double-column formatted pages per template, and include up to 6 keywords and an abstract of no more than 400 words. Additional pages will be charged additional fee. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and all authors email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author(s) although all authors are equally responsible for the manuscript. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and posters (please refer to http://cts2016.cisedu.info/1-call-for-papers/call-for-posters for posters submission details) will also be considered. Please specify the type of submission you have. Please include page numbers on all preliminary submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.
Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript to the workshop EasyChair paper submission site at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=erdm2016. Acknowledgement will be sent within 48 hours of submission. If the submission is for a poster paper or short paper, indicate that as well on the manuscript and in the submission form's Notes field.
Only PDF files will be accepted, uploaded to the submission link above. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, significance, technical clarity and presentation, and references. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. At least one of the authors of each accepted paper will have to register and attend the CTS 2016 conference to present the paper at the workshop.
Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2016 Conference web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed in all major indexing services accordingly.
If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the organizers.
Paper Submission Deadline: ------------------------- August 15, 2016 - Extended
Acceptance Notification: ----------------------------- August 22, 2016
Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: ----- September 02, 2016
Conference Dates: ----------------------------------- October 31 - November 04, 2016
College of Information Sciences and Technology
Penn state University - University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Voice: +1 814-865-4448
Fax: +1 814-865-5604
Paloma Díaz Pérez
Computer Science and Engineering Department
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Voice: +34 91 624 9456
Fax: +34 91 624 9129
Junaid A. Zubairi
Department of Computer Science
SUNY at Fredonia, NY, USA
Voice: +1 716-673-4694
Fax: +1 716-673-4821
International Program Committee*:
All submitted papers will be rigorously reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2016 and will be published as part of the CTS 2016 Proceedings.
October 31 - November 04, 2016
The Florida Hotel and Conference Center
Orlando, Florida, USA
Nik Bessis, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, U.K.
Ghassan Beydoun, University of Wollongong - Sydney, Australia
François Charoy, LORIA/Inria,TELECOM Nancy/Université de Lorraine, France
Monica Divitini, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Sahar Idwan, American University - Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
Massimo Mecella, University of Rome - La Sapienza, Italy
Teresa Onorati, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Scott Pezanowski, The GeoVISTA Center, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
Ye Tian, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA
Giuliana Vitiello, University of Salerno, Italy
Mudasser Wyne, National University - San Diego, CA, USA
Bo Yu, GE Global Research, California, USA
For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: http://cts2016.cisedu.info/ or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs.