Categories: ISCRAM2006 Conference


Chair: Paul Burghardt; 
Research Manager at Delft Consortium on Intelligent Systems, Netherlands

The purpose of this workshop is to establish a common vision on future requirements on information systems for crisis response and management. Practitioners are invited to submit a position paper based on their experience in real world crisis situations.  Researchers are encouraged to draw conclusions from their academic work in terms of future needs and requirements.

Beyond any doubt, recent crises have shown that systems for crisis response and management are in need of significant improvements.  It is often pointed out that the communication and information systems were not prepared to deal with such unanticipated situations.  This workshop aims to make use of the expertise of the ISCRAM community to articulate the priority requirements that should be placed on the information systems of the future.  Both practitioners and researchers are invited to submit a short position paper in which they make use of their particular experience and expertise.

The workshop is intended to complement the specials sessions by offering an opportunity for discussion crosscutting all special concerns.  Specific position papers may for example be concerned with requirements on information systems with regard to:
ï Estimating the scale of upcoming crises and response it necessitates
ï Establishing the window of opportunity for a timely response
ï Enabling communications between multiple layers and disciplines 
ï Coordinating actions of multiple communities/stakeholders 
ï Workflow Management for Incident Command Systems 
ï Enabling knowledge management and reach-back processes
ï Involvement of civilians (Public Warning, Information and Engagement) 
ï Enhancing the ease of use and trustworthiness of supporting applications
ï Improvement of the interoperability of systems through standardization
ï Extending personalized support of field workers

By means of a Delphi-like process the participants will be encouraged to arrive at a common vision on priority requirements that will be presented in the general ISCRAM conference.  A publication will follow acknowledging the contributions to the workshop.  Note that the workshop is primarily concerned with the actual requirements.  There is also a Special session on Multi-Disciplinary requirements Capture for Emergency Information Systems,  that focuses on the research and engineering methods by which requirements are captured.

ISCRAM2006, the Third International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, will take place in Newark, New Jersey, USA, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology from May 14-17 2006.

Important dates
Early Registration opens December 1, 2005 
Paper Submissions January 12, 2006
Review Notifications March 3, 2006
Final Camera-ready Paper* March 17, 2006
Workshops & Doctoral Colloquium May 14, 2006 
Main Conference Program May 15-17, 2006 
* Full papers 5,000 words; Research in progress, Practitioner Cases 2,500 words

Key Conference Personnel
General Conference Chair: Bartel Van de Walle  
Program Chair: Murray Turoff 
Doctoral Colloquium Chair David Mendonca 
ISCRAM Society Representative Benny CarlÈ