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Workshop: Future Communication Requirements for Emergency Response

Co-chairs:
Alexandra Hubenko Baker, ahubenko@ucsd.edu
B. S. Manoj, bsmanoj@ucsd.edu
UCSD Calit2
University of California
www.itr-rescue.org and www.responsphere.org

Workshop Review 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

The focus theme of this workshop is the future communication requirements for emergency response.  This workshop provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to present their experiences and expectations from the existing and future communications systems, respectively.  The position papers presented by the authors will be used for drafting a white paper at the end of the workshop, which will form an important document for providing guidance to the policy makers.

Authors are invited to submit position papers (three to five pages single spaced) in related areas that will be reviewed by the review committee and accepted for presentation at the workshop.  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 position papers to this workshop.  Each accepted position paper must be presented at the workshop and a final white paper will be brought out from the workshop.  Position papers on the topics including but not limited to the following topics are invited to be submitted to this workshop.

ï Future requirements of communication systems for emergency response
ï Role of the government and policy makers
ï Role of the emergency response agencies
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 test-bed 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

Authors should submit an electronic version of the position paper in word format.  Authors must identify that they are submitting papers for the workshop titled ``Future Communication Requirements for Emergency Response".  All submissions will undergo a thorough review by the review committee.  Each accepted position papers must be presented at the workshop and a final white paper will be brought out from the workshop.

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