Call for Papers: International Workshop on Advance Technologies for First Responders

International Workshop on Advance Technologies for First Responders will be organised at the 16th International Conference on INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR CRISIS RESPONSE AND MANAGEMENT

Workshop date: May 19th, 2019

Venue: Valencia - Spain


The Advance Technologies for First Responders (ATFR 2019) workshop aims at bringing together practitioners and researchers, both from emergency management and technical domains, to share ideas and experiences in designing and implementing novel tools, technologies, guidelines and methods aimed at facilitating first responders’ operations.

The workshop welcomes novel research work that deals with new technologies to improve the protection of first responders against multiple and unexpected danger or enhance their capacities addressing related research issues. We particularly invite submissions that try to go beyond the “simple” computational approaches and try to discover the “hidden” intelligent information, evaluate how “good” they are, and how they can be validated for accuracy and reality. Hence, the workshop aims to attract and discuss various novel aspects of systems communication solutions between first responders and victims, recommendation and mitigation, risk anticipation and early warning technologies, social influence and prediction from multimodal data, big data and the Internet of Things.



Overall, we are interested in receiving original research contributions relating to the following topics which include but are not limited to:

  • Emerging mobile trends in first responder technology

  • Victim-detection tools and technologies

  • Multimodal data fusion, representation, and visualization

  • Multi-risk models

  • Virtual and augmented reality applications for emergency response

  • Situational awareness and risk mitigation systems for first responders using robots

  • Systems based on the Internet of Things

  • Spatial temporal modelling and data mining

  • Deep learning system for emergency response

  • MaaS (Mobility as a Service) platform

  • Human mobility modeling and prediction

  • AI for emergency management

  • Smart phone-based individual-centric emergency management

  • Geo-visual analytics for emergency response


The workshop will be a full day programme. For accepted papers, at least one author must attend the workshop to present the work.

We are currently exploring options where papers submitted to this track can potentially be published in a special issue to a reputable journal.



Submissions should be made electronically in PDF format via the electronic submission system of the ATFR 2019 Conference Management system at:

All submitted papers must:

  • be written in English;

  • contain author names, affiliations, and email addresses;

  • be formatted according to the ISCRAM Template;

  • be in PDF (make sure that the PDF can be viewed on any platform), and formatted for US Letter size;

  • each submission must be between 3000 to 7000 words, including the abstract, references, and appendices.


Workshop paper submission deadline: February 10, 2019

Decision notification: March 10, 2019  

Workshop: May 19, 2019


Rajendra Akerkar, Western Norway Research Institute, Norway

Andreas L Opdahl, University of Bergen, Norway

Xuan Song, The University of Tokyo, Japan



Yusheng Ji, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Song Guo, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

André Skupin, San Diego State University, USA

Aron Culotta, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA

Hemant Purohit, George Mason University, USA

Min-Sung Hong, Western Norway Research Institute, Norway

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