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Creating Crises: Utilizing Virtual Environments for Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Management

5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management ISCRAM2008

SPECIAL SESSION on Creating Crises: Utilizing Virtual Environments for Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Management

Deliberately blowing up buildings, flooding villages, infecting the public with life-threatening diseases and similar activities are not only frowned upon in polite society but are costly to carry out. Nonetheless, effective disaster and emergency management depends on doing so frequently and regularly, at least in the collective imagination of a group of people. Virtual Environmentsinteractive computer-based representations of real or imagined worldsoffer a low-cost safe alternative means of simulating disasters and emergencies, and of creating shared experiences among geographically dispersed individuals.

This session invites papers on the design, development and use of Virtual Environments to support any phase of disaster and emergency management.

Research Area

The session is not intended to focus on Virtual Environment (VE) research, but rather on problems and solutions of using VEs for disaster and emergency management. However, issues of any sorttechnical, social, cognitive, practical, economic, etc. (or combinations thereof)are of interest. Similarly, all types and uses of VE in the domain are of interest. Example applications of interest include the use of persistent participant-driven environments for plan development or testing in mitigation and preparedness activities, the use of immersive situation-driven VEs for responder training or mission rehearsal during preparedness and response, the use of ephemeral scenario-driven environments for team development and training, and the use of any type of VE to assist individual and community recovery.


Possible topics include:

ï Experiences with designing, developing, deploying or use of VEs in crisis response and management
ï Issues peculiar to crisis response and management for design, development or deployment of VEs
ï Limitations on the utility of VEs to crisis response and management
ï Benefits or negative outcomes (e.g., economic, cognitive, emotional) from the use of VEs
ï Obstacles (e.g., social, technical, political) to acceptance and adoption of VEs

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