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Special Session: Multi-agent Systems for Disaster Management and Response

Chair: Dr. Frank Fiedrich,
Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management, The George Washington University
Co-chair: Drs. Paul Burghardt,
Decis Lab, Delft, The Netherlands

Multiagent Systems (MAS) are computational systems where software agents (e.g. independent software programs) cooperate or compete with each other to achieve an individual or collective task. These systems are currently receiving increasing attention in diverse applications for complex and dynamic environments. The management of and the response to natural and technological disasters is an emergent research area and the complexity of these devastating events suggests the use of such adaptive realtime technologies.

This special session will focus on the potential of agent technology for disaster management and response. The session will address the following questions:

ï What is the potential of MAS for emergency and disaster management and what are the IS requirements for the use of agent technology at various domain levels?
ï What kind of architectures, frameworks and models do support this approach?
ï Which formal models can be used for agent-based realtime planning and automatic information retrieval?
ï How can agent-based simulation systems be used to simulate the consequences of response activities and how can the results be validated?
ï How can agents be linked to human decision makers in order to be accepted?

Although the main focus of this session explores the potential of MAS, the session also welcomes contributions focusing on potential problems and risks associated with the use of this technology.

Topics of Interest
We seek original and high-quality contributions on the general theme of Multiagent Systems for Disaster Management and Response. The following is a non-exhaustive list with topics of special interest:

ï Unique frameworks and architectures for agent-based decision support systems for natural and man-made disasters
ï Models for agent-based realtime operations planning and resource allocation
ï Dynamic goal and plan creation with uncertain and conflicting information
ï Co-ordination, communication and collaborative planning in large-scale multiagent systems
ï Information retrieval agents for disaster related real time information systems
ï Agent-based modeling of self organizing systems and emergent organizations for disaster response
ï Security issues in agent-based systems for timecritical missions
ï Human-Agent interfaces
ï Onthologies and communication standards
ï Agent-based simulation systems

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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