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ISCRAM 2018 Board of Directors - List of Candidates

Marcos Borges

Short Bio

Marcos R. S. Borges is Full Professor in Computer Science at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. He earned his doctorate in Information Systems from the University of East Anglia, UK in 1986. From 1994 to 1996, he was a visiting research scholar and a member of the Object Technology Laboratory at Santa Clara University, California, USA. Dr. Borges has also served as Visiting Professor at University of Paris VI (2001) and at Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain (2004–2005). He has published over a hundred research papers in international conferences and journals, including Decision Support Systems, Information Sciences, Journal of Network and Computer Applications and Expert Systems with Applications. His research interests include Computer Supported Collaborative Work, Group Decision Support Systems, Resilience Engineering and Collective Knowledge. Since 2004 he has been working in the emergency management domain. In the last 5 years, he has supervised and formed eight M.Sc. and four Ph.D. students in this area. He has published the latest results in journals such as, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Natural Hazards, Computers in Industry, Applied Ergonomics, Technological Forecasting & Social Change, Journal of ISCRAM and Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. He has served in organization roles in several international conferences, including the local organization for ISCRAM 2016 and Program Committee Co-Chair for ACM CSCW 2017. He is the leader of the CRTGD (Reference Center on Technologies for Disaster Management) Research Group at the Graduate Program in Informatics, consisting of fou faculty members and over 25 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.

Statement of Intent

My main goal as a member of ISCRAM Board is to contribute to increase the visibility and influence of the Association both in the Academic and Practitioner communities. Another goal is to expand the boarders of ISCRAM to developing countries. Not only these countries are very much affected by disasters, but also they can benefit from the knowledge exchange with experts through the ISCRAM Organization. I believe there is an empty space to be filled by projecting ISCRAM to researchers and students from these countries. Finally, I intend to help developing relationships with other areas of knowledge. I have been doing this in the context of our research group by means of workshops in some conferences, but I think there is space to generate joint activities with other related organizations.

Relationship to ISCRAM

My first participation in ISCRAM was in 2006, when the Conference took place in Newark, USA. At this occasion, I participated in the authorship of a paper titled “Precise yet Flexible Specification of Emergency Resolution Procedures” that won the Mike Meleshkin Award for best PH.D. Student paper (Manuel Llavador). Since 2010, I have been participating and publishing in all editions of ISCRAM main conference, totaling 12 papers from 2011 to 2015. In 2011, when the ISCRAM took place in Lisbon, I was also a Keynote Speaker with the talk “Linked Open Data and the Design of Information Infrastructure for Emergency Management Systems”. In several recent editions I have participated as a reviewer for the Program Committee. I organized the 2016 edition of ISCRAM in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Also, in 2016 I was elected to the ISCRAM Board and since 2017 I have been acting as Vice-President and Event Chair.

 

Kees Boersma

Short Bio

Kees Boersma, PhD is an Associate Professor at the VU University Amsterdam in the department of Organization Science. His research interest is in crisis management, disaster studies, and safety and security. He is project leader of AREA, the Amsterdam Research on Emergency Administration in which he works together with practitioners on crisis management. He is the coordinator of the project ‘Enhancing smart disaster governance’, funded by Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and 7 non-academic partners. He is an active member of EGOS and ISCRAM, and a member of the editorial board of Organization Studies and the International Journal of Emergency Services. Homepage: www.keesboersma.com.

Statement of Intent

Would I be re-elected to renew my membership of the ISCRAM board I will build upon the things within the ISCRAM community that always inspired me: the respect for a holistic, multi-disciplinary understanding of the role of technologies in disaster and risk response. The challenge for the ISCRAM community is: strengthen the links with the practitioners at the one hand, and strive for excellent academic output at the other hand. I would like to encourage the discussion that a combination is possible. First of all by further institutionalizing our joint ISCRAM knowledge base – encourage joint publications, and special issues. I see a great role for the young scholars and the graduate students in particular. Second with brining back practitioners at the ISCRAM workshops and stimulate them to write about their first-hand experiences.

Relationship to ISCRAM

I am a regular visitor to the ISCRAM conferences and activities. I am member; tutor (on social network analysis); and co-convenor.

In 2018 I had the honour to serve the ISCRAM ocmmunity as Program Chair

 

Antonio De Nicola

Short Bio

Since 2010 Antonio De Nicola serves as a research scientist at ENEA, the Italian national agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable economic development. At ENEA he is member of the Laboratory for the Analysis and Protection of Critical Infrastructures. Previously, from 2002 to 2010, he had been working as researcher in the Laboratory of Enterprise Knowledge and Systems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). He holds a master degree in Physics from Sapienza University of Rome and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Rome Tor Vergata. His principal areas of research activity include knowledge representation, ontologies, emergency management, crisis management, simulation, interoperability, collaboration, social network analysis, semantic technologies and their applications for social good and industry. His work experience includes over 15 projects on the above-mentioned topics. He authored about 50 scientific papers published in international peer reviewed journals such as Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Physica A, Natural Hazards and Environmental Modelling & Software, and conference proceedings. He is expert reviewer for the Horizon 2020 EU projects, the Cost EU programme, and 13 scientific journals indexed by SCOPUS and web of science citation index. He has been program committee member of around 50 scientific conferences related to, among other topics, social media, disaster management, collaboration and cooperative information systems. He is also co-chair together with Frederick Bénaben of the enterprise interoperability for crisis management thematic group of INTEROP-VLab, the European Virtual Laboratory for Enterprise Interoperability.

Statement of Intent

Antonio has more than 16 years experience in designing information systems to support enterprise collaboration and interoperability. He believes that a successful information system should be based on a deep knowledge of the related application domain and on a clear and simple conceptual design on top of the structural complexity of the reality. To this reason he will stimulate the ISCRAM community in developing a shared understanding on the issues that arise in all phases of management of emergencies, disasters and crises, in providing a clear conceptualization of this knowledge, and in making it available to ISCRAM members and practitioners.
He will push the ISCRAM community in further addressing research themes concerning social networks and social media as these are increasingly gathering a major role during crisis and emergencies to increase situational awareness, to allow cooperation among rescue teams but also to detect “fake news” that could lead to disastrous effects in a crisis situation.
Italy has not yet been represented in the ISCRAM Board of Directors even if it is a country involved in some humanitarian crises, as that related to migrants and refugees trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea in tough conditions upon unsafe boats, and in frequent catastrophic events due to earthquakes, forest fires and landslides. To this reason, Antonio will bring to the attention of the ISCRAM community both the problems encountered and the lessons learnt in his country and in the south of Europe.   
Finally Antonio will promote the work of thematic groups that should be created along two dimensions: research topics (e.g., fake news, drones, communication systems) and disasters or catastrophic events (e.g., Hurricane Harvey and Haiti earthquake).

Relationship to ISCRAM

Antonio has been a member of ISCRAM since May 2018. He has known the association in 2014 during the IESA 2014 conference in Albi (France) where he attended a keynote presentation of Bartel Van de Walle, former President and founding chair of the ISCRAM association. Then he has a long running collaboration with Frederick Bénaben, current president of ISCRAM, on many research topics concerning information systems for crisis response and management.

 

Fiona McNeill

Short Bio

I am a lecturer in Computing Science at Heriot-Watt University, and a visiting academic at the University of Edinburgh.  My research focuses on data integration and communication during crises. I am particularly interested in developing tools to facilitate automated integration of heterogenous data in order to present a coherent, broad and timely picture of the state of a disaster to decision makers.  My main research focus in this is creating alignment and translations between data from different organisations and sources, which will be heterogeneous on many different levels: different terminology, structure, specificity, format, etc.  I’m currently working on a project integrating provenance information and trust with this data integration.  

Beyond my research, I work extensively in outreach and in supporting women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).  I run a major robotics competition in Scotland which creates long-term exposure of children to programming and engineering with a focus on broadening participation in terms of engaging schools from disadvantaged and rural areas and increasing participation of girls.  I run a women@CS group at Heriot-Watt and am engaged in many STEM projects, including being a co-lead for the Tapping all our Talents Review - a project led by the Royal Society of Edinburgh into the status of women in STEM across Scotland (https://www.rse.org.uk/event/tapping-all-our-talents-review-2018-call-fo...).

Statement of Intent

I have hugely enjoyed being a member of the ISCRAM community over the last several years and would love to get more actively involved in the community over the year as well as during conferences. I feel I’ve got a lot out of the community- meeting fantastic people who become potential collaborators and friends, developing relationships with responders and
discovering more about the work going on in the field - and would like to give something back.

From a research point of view, my work depends on accessing good data sources, which is hard -
data is often siloed, scattered and hard to access. Encouraging more open use of data where possible and understanding the issues that make this difficult is important to me and, I believe could be of great benefit to the community. Building a forum to discuss this and share ideas is something I would like to encourage within ISCRAM.

I’m very involved in supporting younger colleagues and women in STEM, and I’d also like to develop this further in ISCRAM - building on my work in the ISCRAM DC and the inaugural WISCRAM event. Compared to other CS-related communities I am engaged in, ISCRAM is very
gender balanced and has benefitted from strong leadership from both women and men. But
many women within ISCRAM will be working in communities where this is not the case, and I
would like to spend some time considering what works so well within ISCRAM and how this could
be utilised by ISCRAM women in the other communities they work in - as well as, of course,
considering whether there are things that don’t work so well from a gender point of view with
ISCRAM.

Relationship to ISCRAM

I have attended and presented at ISCRAM for many years - my first one was Vancouver in 2012. I have co-chaired the Doctoral Colloquium for four years - in Kristiansand, Rio, Albi and now Rochester. Last year, I served as election chair and this year I am one of the leaders of the inaugural W-ISCRAM event.

 

Bart van Leeuwen

Short Bio

Bart van Leeuwen combines more then 20 years of experience as an operational fire fighter at various fire departments in the Netherlands with running 20 years of leading Netage B.V. a SME delivering Smart Data for Smarter Firefighters. This unique combination gives him the opportunity to identify relevant research and its application in real world scenario's

Bart serves as a partime (70%) career Senior Fire Fighter and Station Instructor at Brandweer Amsterdam-Amstelland ( Amsterdam Fire Department ) and as a volunteer in his home town in the Utrecht region.

Netage B.V. operates on a global scale for fire services and related organizations, currently it is heavily involved with the NFPA ( National Fire Protection Association ) on various smart data topics.
Bart holds a guest researcher position at VU ( Vrije Universtiteit) Amsterdam where he combines his practical experience with research topics to guide students who are interested in the field of emergency response and knowledge management.
Bart is member of the ISFSI ( International Society of Fire Service Instructors ) and has taught classes on data technology for fire fighters at FDIC ( Fire Departmnet Instructors Conference ) and FRI ( Fire Rescue International ) .
On the topic of 'Smart Data for Smarter Firefighters' Bart has delivered numerous keynotes at fire service conferences, a.o. NFPA C&E 2016 and AFAC 2017

His personal interest in this field are the effects of information on Situational Awareness, how do we channel the information overload generated by modern information systems so that emergency responders are neurologically able to process this information in a high pressure high consequence environments without getting overloaded.

Statement of Intent

My initial endeavor for combining information technology and the fire service originated in my fear;
"I am afraid that something will happen to me or one of my colleagues, and afterwards we will find out that all the information we needed to know to prevent the accident from happening was available, but we could not get access it in the right form and time"
On this journey I got introduced to the ISCRAM community, I have been a regular visitor of ISCRAM conferences and I have been amazed by the creativity in research topics around the field I work in, however sometimes I feel the connection to the field is missing, or even worse the field has no idea about the great ideas that pop up in this community. This needs to change.
The world in which emergency services operate is changing rapidly and gets more information driven. If emergency services do no adopt they will be disrupted by data driven companies who see emergency response as just another field to apply their algorithms without caring to much about the moral compass. I think the ISCRAM community has an unique opportunity to bridge this gap, I would like to work on bringing more first responder organizations on board.

Relationship to ISCRAM

Individual member since 2015

 

Edward Happ

Short Bio

Edward G. Happ is an Executive Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information, where he is teaching and conducting research. He is also the Co-founder, former Chairman, and a Leadership Fellow of NetHope (www.nethope.org), a U.S. based consortium of 50+ leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration.  His 40 years of professional experience include all facets of managing information services and high technology businesses in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.

In 2010, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) honored Mr. Happ with a Lifetime Achievement Award for technology leadership in the nonprofit community.

He is a recognized thought leader in the NGO sector and the author of numerous articles, presentations and publications.

He has been an ISCRAM member since 2014 when he gave a keynote at the Penn State conference.

Statement of Intent

I would like to contribute my 10 years of experience on the NetHope Board, and 17 years as a Global CIO for NGOs, to the ISCRAM board.  I recently joined the faculty at UMSI and am co-leading a working group at the ICTD conference this May on partnering among academics and practitioners.

Relationship to ISCRAM

I am an ISCRAM member and keynoter (2014)

 

Victor Amadeo Bañuls Silvera

Short Bio

Dr. Victor A. Bañuls is Associate Professor of Management Information Systems at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide (UPO) at Seville (Spain). He also has served as visiting research scholar at the UFRJ (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), CIEM (Agder, Norway), New Jersey institute of Technology (NJ, U.S.A.) and Tilburg University (Tilburg, The Netherlands). His research is published in journals such as Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Technovation, EAAI, IEEE SMC and Futures (among others), being editor of two books. He is the chair of several postgraduate programs, including an Executive Master program on Integrated Management Systems and an Executive Security Management program. His present research efforts are focused on foresight and emergency management, being also interested in e-Learning, management science and information systems assessment. He is confounder and Research Director of the safety engineering company MSIG and assessor of the Regional Spanish Government of Andalusia in Security Policy.

Statement of Intent

Since I am in ISCRAM I have working in enhancing the visibility of ISCRAM research. In order to reach this goal, we have developed the ISCRAM digital library. During the last years we have become indexed in Scopus, DBLP and other indexes of reference of our field keeping our open access policy. Additionally, we have obtained new benefits for ISCRAM member such as free access for the ISCRAM journal (IJISCRAM). Finally, we have developed some special issues in journals of reference and promoted special issues of other conferences connected with ISCRAM such us HICSS or ISCRAM-MED in IJISCRAM. My goal is continuing with this job for two years for increasing the practitioners’ involvement in IJISCRAM and indexing both ISCRAM Proceedings and Journal in more IS/IT/EM databases.

Relationship to ISCRAM

He has been co-chair of the track “Foresight, Planning and Risk Analysis in Emergency Management” at the ISCRAM conference since 2010. He is member of the board of ISCRAM and chair of the Publications and Academic Standards Committee since 2014. Recently he become the Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of ISCRAM.

 

Frédérick Bénaben

Short Bio

OVERVIEW:
I am 44 years old, French, married with 3 kids. I am Full Professor at IMT Mines Albi, France. I am the head of the IO Research Team (35 researchers including professors, associate-professors, assistant-professors, research engineers, post-doctorates and Ph.D students on the domain of "Interoperability of Organizations"). I am working on Information Systems to support collaboration of organizations. Crisis Management is the main application domain of these research work.

BACKGROUND:
2016: Full Professor IMT Mines Albi
2013: Qualified as Professor
2012: Head of the IO research team
2012: Accredited to supervize research
2003: Associate Professor IMT Mines Albi
2003: Qualified as Associate-Professor
2001: Ph.D Computer Science Montpellier University
1998: M. Sc Industrial Systems Montpellier University
1998: Engineer Master Degree Artificial Intelligence IMT Mines Ales

RESEARCH ACHIEVEMENTS:
5 Invited keynotes
23 Journal articles
130+ conference articles
13 funded research grants (French, European FP7/H2020)
20 Ph.D students supervized since 2004

OTHERS
Professor affiliated to Georgia Tech (Physical Internet Laboratory - ISyE School)
Professor affiliated to Penn State University (3C Informatics)
Professor affiliated to Beijing Jiaotong University (School of Economics and Management)
Current president of the ISCRAM Board of directors
Volley Ball Coach and Judo black belt

RESEARCH TOPICS
Basically,  I try to climb the abstraction layers: data, information, and knowlegde. The idea is to use heterogeneous data (from sensors, social media, opendata, etc.) to perform data interpretation to obtain information (situational models based on our collaboration situation metamodel) and to perform information exploitation to obtain knowledge (decision support, response planing, etc.). Agility of the response, through dedicated technological architecture is one key features as well.

Statement of Intent

The ISCRAM association is a wonderful success. It is an open, living and friendly community. This is a precious legacy that should be managed with passion and vision. After more than 15 years, the association is now entering the grown-up area. This is the board responsibility to succeed in the critical and decisive turning point to come. On the one hand this is exciting because the members are here, expecting, ready to contribute and believing in the ISCRAM institution. On the other hand, this is challenging because ISCRAM should not become a declining association. The subject of crisis management is worthy and should be considered as the central cause of the association.
From my point of view, the board, just like the association is at a decisive turning point. The challenges are numerous and exciting: how to make ISCRAM more visible? how to give members the way to involve and contribute? how to enrich the benefits for the community and make the collaborations easier and more efficient? how to help ISCRAM to be renewed by building upon its glorious past without being prisoner of this past? The last challenge is probably the most important because it will make ISCRAM an association able to attract new members, to deal with new research challenges and to provide the crisis management world with contributions and results in an agile manner.
I hope and belived that my experience as member of ISCRAM since 2008, member of the board for the last two years, president of the last year, organization chair of ISCRAM 2017 could allow me to serve ISCRAM and contribute to its trajectory in a good way.
Would I be elected, my main goal would be to work on three main subjects:
- The communication channels of the association (Website, Tweeter, Facebook and others).
- The interactions in the associations (providing members with means to share and collaborate).
- The involvment of members (providing a way for members to contribute on subjects they are interested in and skilled for)

Relationship to ISCRAM

I attended the ISCRAM conference for the first time in 2008 (Washington), since that day, I personnaly, or someone from my research team, attended each and every edition of the conference.
In 2016, I was elected in the ISCRAM board of directors and in 2017, I became President of the board. I also was the Organization chair of ISCRAM 2017 (leading a wonderful team of yellow berets).

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