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BDEM Annual Workshop to be held in October 2019

The annual workshop on Big Data for Emergency Management (BDEM 2019) will be hosted by BDEM project in Sogndal, Norway.

In two days (21 – 22 October 2019) workshop, researchers, practitioners and students will discuss about emergency management analytics open issues and provide interesting insights for future actions in the hazard response.

BDEM 2019 aims to give answers to

  • How to address challenges of current and future emergency management

  • How analytics and intelligence can support an enhanced emergency management in the future

Workshop venue: Quality Hotel, 6856 Sogndal, Norway

Participants:

(1st day and first half of 2nd day) Invited guests, UiB students and BDEM partners.

(Second half of 2nd day) Only BDEM partners.

Accommodation: Hofslund Fjord Hotel, Fjørevegen 37, 6856 Sogndal

Programme

October 21, 2019 (Monday)

09:45 – 10:00 Welcome and Overview (Prof. Rajendra Akerkar, Western Norway Research Institute)

10:00 – 10:45 Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Prof. Song Guo)

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 11:45 Western Norway Research Institute (Dr. Hoang Long Nguyen)

11:45 - 12:30 George Mason University (Rahul Pandey)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 14:15 Western Norway Research Institute & Noradapt (Prof. Carlo Aall)

14:15 - 14:30 Discussion

14:30 - 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 - 18:30 Social event

18:30 – 21:00 Dinner (Walaker Hotel, Solvorn)

October 22, 2019 (Tuesday)

09:30 – 10:15 The University of Tokyo (Dr. Haoran Zhang)

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 11:15 University of Bergen (Prof. Andreas Opdahl and Dr. Vimala Nunavath)

11:15 – 11:45 Presentation on H2020 calls (Dr. Anna Maria Urbaniak-Brekke)

11:45 - 12:30 Group Activity for Students

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Group Activity for Students organised by Prof. André Skupin (CICS, SDSU)

 15:00 - 15:30 Closing

BDEM Steering Meeting - October 22, 2019 (Tuesday)

15:30 – 17:00 Planning for remaining project period

18:00 Dinner (Bestebakken, Hafslo)

 

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

SCOPE OF THE WORKSHOP

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.

 

WORKSHOP TOPICS

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.

 

SUBMISSION

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

Workshop paper submission deadline: February 10, 2019

Decision notification: March 10, 2019  

Workshop: May 19, 2019

WORKSHOP CO-CHAIRS

Rajendra Akerkar, Western Norway Research Institute, Norway

Andreas L Opdahl, University of Bergen, Norway

Xuan Song, The University of Tokyo, Japan

 

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

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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International workshop on “Advance Technologies for First Responders” at ISCRAM 2019 conference.

A full day International Workshop on Advance Technologies for First Responders will be organised at 16th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management will be held in Valencia (Spain).

The 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.

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Workshop on Big Data in Emergency Management (BDEM 2018)

Two-day Workshop on Big Data for Emergency Management (BDEM 2018) commenced from 22nd October 2018 at Veslandsforsking, Sogndal (Norway). In next two days the BDEM project researchers, practitioners and students discussed on emergency management analytics open issues and provide interesting insights for future actions in the hazard response. Main aim of the BDEM 2018 is to give answers to how to address challenges of current and future emergency management, and how analytics and intelligence can support an enhanced emergency management in the future. Both research and educational aspect were discussed by the workshop participants. The workshop was organised by the BDEM project.

Vestlandsforsking Director, Dr. Merete Lunde, inaugurated the workshop and expressed commitment to pursue effective research and education collaboration through the BDEM. The BDEM project coordinator, Prof. Rajendra Akerkar, described ongoing activities of the project and achievements in past one and half year. He further narrated the BDEM approach to share best practices and, to build and strengthen research - training cooperation among partners in big data and emergency management.

On 22nd October, Kåre Harald Drager (President, TIEMS) delivered first keynote address on Big Data potential for Emergency Management. He described various emergencies and it impact on society and importance of involving first responders in research and education.

In different sessions, four BDEM partners presented their ongoing research work. Professor André Skupin of CICS (San Diego State University) presented with overview of first comprehensive scientometric survey of Big Data and Emergency Management. Dr. Aron Culotta (Illinois Institute of Technology) delivered his motivating talk on Text Analysis. In the afternoon session, Dr. Hemant Purohit (George Mason University) delivered his splendid research talk on "Mining Big Social Data for EM Services". Finally, Vestandsforsking's Big data Research Group member, Dr. Minsung Hong gave an intriguing presentation on "Victim Detection Using Advance Technologies".

On October 23, chief of Emergency Services at the Bergen Municipality, Ivar Lunde, delivered second keynote address on Risk Management Using Case of the UCI Road World Championships were held in 2017 in Bergen, Norway.  He was the Project Manager for the host city of Bergen´s preparations for the UCI Road World Championships 2017 within Civil Protection and Emergency Preparedness. In the following sessions Dr. Vimala Nunavath of University of Bergen presented the BDEM course structure and course contents. Finally, Dr. Fan ZiPei of the University of Tokyo gave his research talk on Predicting Citywide human mobility during disaster situation.

The students attending BDEM course at University of Bergen also participated in the workshop. They enjoyed stimulating discussions with international partners on the subject and future research opportunities in the domain.

Workshop on Big Data for Emergency Management (BDEM 2018)

The Workshop on Big Data for Emergency Management (BDEM 2018) will be hosted by BDEM project in Sogndal, Norway.

On two days 22 – 23 October 2018, researchers, practitioners and students will discuss on emergency management analytics open issues and provide interesting insights for future actions in the hazard response.

BDEM 2018 aims to give answers to

  • How to address challenges of current and future emergency management

  • How analytics and intelligence can support an enhanced emergency management in the future

Venue:   Vestlandsforsking, Sognahallen, Røyrgata 4, 6856 Sogndal, Norway

Participants:  (1st day and first half of 2nd day) Invited guests, UiB students, BDEM partners.

                         (Second half of 2nd day) Only BDEM partners.

Accommodation: Hofslund Fjord Hotel, Fjørevegen 37, 6856 Sogndal

Programme

October 22, 2018

09:30 – 09:45 Welcome and Introduction: Rajendra Akerkar

09:45 – 10:30 Keynote address – 1 (Kåre Harald Drager)

10:30 – 11:00 Question Answers

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 12:00 André Skupin, San Diego State University

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 13:45 Aron Culotta, Illinois Institute of Technology

13:45 – 14:30 Hemant Purohit, George Mason University

14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break

14:45 – 15:30 Minsung Hong, Western Norway Research Institute

15:30 – 16:00 Discussion

19:00 – 21:00 Dinner

 

October 23, 2018

09:00 – 09:45 Keynote address – 2 (Ivar Konrad Lunde)

09:45 – 10:15 Question Answers

10:15 – 10:30 Coffee break

10:30 – 11:15 Andreas Lothe Opdahl, University of Bergen

11:15 – 12:00 Fan Zipei, The University of Tokyo

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

 

BDEM Steering Meeting

October 23, 2018

13:30 – 16:30 Planning for 2018 - 2019

16:30   Closing  

 

October 24, 2018

Hackathon at UiB