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Special Session: Research Methods in Crisis Decision Making and Support

Chair: David MendonÁa, david.mendonca@njit.edu,
Information Systems Dept., New Jersey Institute of Technology

By examining human response to crises, we improve our understanding of the potential and limits of human and technological capabilities, thereby improving societyís ability to plan for and respond to future events. Yet the uniqueness, severity, spontaneity, complexity and possible sensitivity of crises pose considerable challenges for scientific investigations into crisis decision making and supporting technologies.

Approaches to the study of crisis planning and response have encompassed field and laboratory studies, as well as less conventional techniques such as computer simulations. In many cases, there has been a strong reliance on one-shot case studies, leading to questions about the generalizability of results.

Substantial challenges therefore remain for developing sound theory about human decision making and the role of information technology in response to disaster.

Accordingly, the main objective of this session is to display state of the art research methods intended to improve understanding of human decision making during disaster response and recovery. The session will focus on methods that have been applied and evaluated, whether in the field, laboratory or in computer-based simulations. Of particular interest are papers that address any of the following topic areas:

ï issues of internal and external validity in disaster research methods;
ï integration of data from human and machine (e.g., sensor-based) sources;
ï evaluation studies or review papers of disaster research methodologies;
ï policy-level issues that may aid or inhibit data collection;
ï adaptation of methodologies from outside crisis response and management.

Of secondary interest are papers that present (but do not report on the implementation or evaluation of) disaster research methods. Papers on disaster mitigation and training will generally be outside the scope of this call.

Consistent with the theme of ISCRAM, papers are especially welcome that discuss how disaster research methodologies can be used to inform the design of information systems to support decision making during crisis response.

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

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