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Process- and Geo-aware Systems for Crisis Management

5th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management ISCRAM2008
SPECIAL SESSION on Process- and Geo-aware Systems for Crisis Management

Motivation

Recent disasters, such as the 2003 SARS outbreak, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir/Pakistan earthquake, the 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the 2007 fires in Italy and Greece, clearly identified the shortcomings of IT solutions for disaster rescue and recovery. Of particular note was the accompanying disaster of the lack coordination among the rescue forces.

Major disasters involve multiple autonomous organizations (governmental, NGOs, individuals, communities, and industry). When coordinating all of them, clearly identified processes should be put in place and enacted, in order to efficiently manage all the forces. Such processes typically are deployed in a multi-level fashion: (i) inside single teams, involving the micro-coordination of the involved operators carrying out specific activities, and (ii) at an inter-organizational level, involving the macro-coordination of the involved organizations, in charge of the specific activities that need to be enacted. Whereas in the Business-to-Business scenarios the use of Process-aware Information Systems has been widely recognized as a viable solutions to coordination issues, in the Crisis Management field its application is still in the infancy, due to a different requirements, the importance of adaptiveness and flexibility that such processes should possess, etc. Moreover, in crisis scenarios, spatial and geo-data plays an increasing role, also in relation to novel way to driven the processes itself and to support their dynamic adaptation.

Topics

This special session will encourage experts in process management systems and geo-information management to discuss some of the research challenges that have to be addressed to be able to provide effective and flexible crisis information management solutions.

Topics that will be covered include the following:

ï Process management in crisis situations
ï Platforms and middleware for process enactment in specific scenarios (on top of mobile devices, back-end GRID infrastructures, etc.)
ï Geo-information driven process management
ï Process mining
ï Adaptiveness
ï Coordination models
ï Case studies
ï Process metrics
ï Process models specific for emergencies

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