Workshop 08-ERDM 2015

The Third International Workshop on

Collaboration in Emergency Response and Disaster Management (ERDM 2015)

Call for Papers and Participation

As part of

The 2015 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2015)

June 01-05, 2015

The Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

In Cooperation with ACM, IEEE, and IFIP


Extended Submission Deadline: February 20, 2015

Submissions could be for full papers (8 pages), short papers (4 pages), poster papers, or posters


Disasters are events that cause dramatic losses of life and property and disrupt the normal functioning of the economy and society on a large scale. Disaster management is a multifaceted process aimed at minimizing the social and physical impact of these large-scale events. Emergency response seeks to contain the event and minimize loss of life and injuries (rescue), health impacts, and property loss. Examples of immediate response include search and rescue operations. Responding to disasters involves such information- and communication-intensive activities as planning and marshaling available resources and materiel, mobilizing and organizing sufficient skilled personnel, determining emergency situations and levels, deploying them with those resources to where they are needed, and finally coordinating their activities and services. Specific tasks include establishing connectivity with potential resource and service providers, authorizing the use of resources and coordinating their use into something akin to a supply chain, integrating information from diverse (including ad hoc) sources, reducing the volume of data to relevant information for recipients, directing ongoing operations based on an overall awareness of the situation, adjusting and altering prior plans and commitments based on the evolving situation, and supporting collaboration and distributed decision making.

This workshop on Collaborations in Emergency Response and Disaster Management – to be held as part of the 2015 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems (CTS 2015) – will focus on collaborative systems and technologies that support effective team work in crisis and emergency management. Emergency response and disaster management typically require collective intelligence from multiple, distributed agencies, task groups, and individuals, and involve making collaborative decisions and taking coordinated actions. However, current information systems are rarely designed to support group work in emergency response situations. There is a need for establishing a long-term, interdisciplinary research agenda that aims to improve information technology support to collaborations in disaster management and emergency response.

The objective of this workshop is to highlight key design challenges and major advances in the design, implementation, and assessment of collaborative technologies for crisis management. We invite original contributions from researchers and practitioners in academia, government, and industry in this emerging field.

ERDM Topics of Interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Conceptualizing the roles of information technologies in collaborations during emergency response and disaster management

  • Social Media and Networks in Crisis and Disasters

  • Emergency and Disaster Prediction

  • Collaborative sense-making and information foraging

  • Collaborative decision-making under stress, time pressure and inadequate resources

  • Supporting collaborations in emergency operation centers (EOCs).

  • Infra-structures, technologies and services for mediating same-time, different place collaboration communications among distributed crisis management teams and organizations

  • Supporting collaborations among citizens (in disaster impacted area) through personal mobile computing devices and novel information services

  • Social Science aspects of Emergency Response and Disaster Management

  • Collaborative information systems architectures, technologies, or algorithms that address particular challenges in crisis management

  • Collaborative virtual environment for situation awareness

  • Experiences in applying collaborative technologies to emergency responses or exercises

  • Geospatial information technology and geocollaboration

  • Military/civilian and federal/state/local cultural and doctrinal conflicts

  • Implications of Web 2.0 society as resource/threat

  • Geo-Information technologies for disaster management

  • Gamification in emergency management/response

  • Community Engagement and Volunteer Involvement

  • International Humanitarian Aid and Cooperation

  • Special Needs Groups in Crisis and Emergency Situations

  • Planning and Logistics for Disaster Mitigation

  • Animals and Crops in Disasters

Instructions for Authors:

You are invited to submit original and unpublished research works on above and other topics related to collaborative emergency response and disaster management. Submitted papers must not have been published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Submission should include a cover page with authors' names, affiliation addresses, fax numbers, phone numbers, and email addresses. Please, indicate clearly the corresponding author and include up to 6 keywords from the above list of topics and an abstract of no more than 400 words. The full manuscript should be at most 8 pages using the two-column IEEE format. Additional pages will be charged at additional fee. Short papers (up to 4 pages), poster papers and poster (please refer to for the posters submission details) will also be accepted. In case of multiple authors, an indication of which author is responsible for correspondence must be indicated. Please include page numbers on all submissions to make it easier for reviewers to provide helpful comments.

Submit a PDF copy of your full manuscript via the Workshop submission Web page at If the submission is for a short paper, a poster paper, or a poster, please indicate that on the manuscript as well.

Only PDF files will be accepted. Each paper will receive a minimum of three reviews. Papers will be selected based on their originality, relevance, contributions, technical clarity, and presentation. Submission implies the willingness of at least one of the authors to register and present the paper, if accepted. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be registered and presented at the workshop.

Accepted papers will be published in the Conference proceedings. Instructions for final manuscript format and requirements will be posted on the CTS 2015 web site. It is our intent to have the proceedings formally published in hard and soft copies and be available at the time of the conference. The proceedings is projected to be included in the IEEE Digital Library and indexed by major indexing services accordingly.

If you have any questions about paper submission or the workshop, please contact the workshop organizers.


Extended Paper Submissions: -------------------------- February 20, 2015

Acceptance Notification: -------------------------------- March 01, 2015

Camera Ready Papers and Registration Due: -------- March 25, 2015

Conference Dates: -------------------------------------- June 01-05, 2015

Workshop Organizers

Guoray Cai

College of Information Sciences and Technology

Penn state University - University Park , PA, USA

Voice: +1 814-865-4448

Fax: +1 814-865-5604


Technical Program Committee *:

All submitted papers will be reviewed by the workshop technical program committee members following similar criteria used in CTS 2015.

  • Hongmei Wang, Northern Kentucky University, KY, USA

  • Xiaolong (Luke) Zhang, Pennsylvania State University, PA, USA

  • Yongzhong Sha, Lanzhou University, China

  • Bo Yu, GE Research, USA

(*Committee formation is pending and will be finalized shortly.)

For information or questions about Conference's paper submission, tutorials, posters, workshops, special sessions, exhibits, demos, panels and forums organization, doctoral colloquium, and any other information about the conference location, registration, paper formatting, etc., please consult the Conference’s web site at URL: or contact one of the Conference's organizers or Co-Chairs.

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