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Special Session: Communication Challenges in Emergency Response

Chair: B. S. Manoj (
Co-Chair:  Alexandra Hubenko Baker (
UCSD Calit2, University of California and
Session Steering Committee:
Prof. Ramesh Rao, University of California  San Diego, USA
Prof. Sharad Mehrotra, University of California  Irvine, USA
Prof. Bhaskar Rao, University of California San Diego, USA
Prof. Nalini Venkatasubramanian, University of California Irvine, USA
Prof. Carter Butts, University of California Irvine, USA

In every emergency situation, the response actions are aggravated by a chaotic communication scenario. There are two critical elements to this communication chaos. The first is the human communication behavior in emergency scenario; the second is the design of the communication networks which are generally designed for peace time traffic. It has become imperative to study the behavior of people and networks as far as communication scenarios in an emergency situation are concerned. The focus theme of this special session is the communication challenges in emergency response. In this session, we focus on two major areas: Social communication issues and Communication Technology Issues. These two are so inter-related that we cannot separate them from any realistic study. For example; any real world emergency could lead to a network emergency or, in other words, the failure of communication networks could lead to real world emergencies.

This special session focuses on needs and challenges faced by communication systems during emergency response activities and the social issues surrounding it. Research areas of particular interest are (a) social communication issues on before, during, and after a crisis, (b) communication network issues during and after a crisis, and (c) the influence of (a) on (b). Monitoring the communication pattern can help developing an early warning system about impending crisis. We invite researchers,  practitioners, students, and academicians to submit their high quality research papers to this special session. This special session accepts papers on the topics including but not limited to the following topics.

ï Human communication behavior modeling in emergency situations
ï Identification of human behavior patterns for early detection of network emergencies
ï Group communication challenges in inter-response agency communications
ï Technological challenges in inter-response agency communication
ï Effect on human communication during crises on communication networks
ï Emergency networking
ï Use of IT in emergency communication
ï Ad hoc wireless networking
ï Wireless mesh networking
ï Extreme networking for ground zero communication
ï Heterogeneous wireless networks for emergency response
ï Location detection, traffic prediction, and their impact on communication infrastructure
ï Reliability and fault tolerance of communication infrastructure
ï Manageability of cellular infrastructure on the aftermath of large scale disasters
ï Design of wireless networks for emergency handling
ï Fault tolerance and recovery in  wireless systems
ï Intelligent wireless messaging system for aiding crises handling
ï Automated crises management systems for next generation wireless networks
ï Studies on the impact of crises or emergency situations to wireless network crises
ï Data gathering, analysis, and utilization of information to aid crises mitigation in next generation wireless networks
ï Design of distributed wireless network control centers for aiding emergency situation handling
ï Simulation testbed and related studies for crises mitigation
ï Experimental results on solutions for wireless network centric crises mitigation
ï Human communication behavior modeling to prevent impending wireless network emergencies
ï Protocol design for implicit emergency response in next generation wireless networks.

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

Institutional Members



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