Workshops at ISCRAM 2020

No. Title Organizers Format


Intelligent Crisis Management Technologies (ICMT)
Big Data Analytics and AI for Disaster Risk Reduction

This workshop aims to provide a forum to advance the understanding of the current and prospective opportunities and risks of AI for disaster management through discussing the current status of AI technologies, their potential applications, as well as the ethical, legal, and social implications posed by the adoption of these technologies. The workshop targets end users, industry partners, academic researchers, and civil society. The main outcome of the workshop will be a white paper which will outline the future directions of Big Data and AI for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Anastasios (Tasos) Karakostas (Information Technologies Institute - Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)

Claudio Rossi (Istituto Superiore Mario Boella)

Evangelos Sdongos (Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS))

Stefanos Vrochidis (Information Technologies Institute - Centre for Research and Technology Hellas)

Dialogue between practitioners and researchers


Toward Continuity in Business Organizations

The workshop themes revolve around the concept of organizational disaster resilience. There are certain practices like business continuity management and operational risk management, which are successfully employed in big enterprises for accomplishing disaster resilience. These practices can be tailored or reformed to be used in a wider context of all kind of organizations including small, medium, micro, and meso enterprises.


Hussain Abid Syed (University of Siegen, Germany)

Marén Schorch (University of Siegen, Germany)

Sohaib S. Hassan (University of Siegen, Germany)

Hands-on session for techniques for crisis management

Dialogue between practitioners and researchers


Requirements for Software Enhancements to Support the Use of Social Media in Emergency Management

The workshop will support the theme of “bringing disaster resilience into focus” by focusing on identifying the most important software enhancements/ systems that can be developed to improve the usefulness of social media at all steps of disaster management, including preparation and recovery.

Topics will include:
  1. Practitioners’ top needs for features to provide better automatic collection of and organization of and display of relevant information from social media
  2. Software designers and researchers’ assessment of the most important and feasible software enhancements that could be accomplished in approximately the next year.
  3. Policy issues such as control and security and privacy
  4. Organization for future collaboration to produce the most useful and feasible new software prototypes incorporating the identified features.


Amanda Lee Hughes (Brigham Young University)

Starr Roxanne Hiltz (New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA)

Linda Plotnick (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Muhammad Imran (Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar)

Robert Power (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia)

Dialogue between practitioners and researchers


User Diversity -- A Hands-on Guide to Universal Design of ICT for Emergency Management

Understanding the challenges of digital solutions in emergency management for diverse users and situations through hands-on experiences.

Hands-on session for:
  • Assistive technologies for underrepresented groups
  • Appropriate use of mainstream technologies for diverse users


Weiqin Chen (Research Group for Universal Design of ICT, Department of Computer Science, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway)

Terje Gjøsæter (Research Group for Universal Design of ICT, Department of Computer Science, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway)

Hands-on session


Transboundary crisis : information sharing challenges

In this workshop, two questions will be discussed. 1. What kind of information systems are suitable for supporting sense making processes during transboundary crisis? 2. How can first responders use technology to prepare for transboundary crisis and cross border collaboration?

The workshop topics include:
  • Information sharing across boundaries
  • Command and control across boundaries
  • Prepare for transboundary crisis and cross border collaboration
  • Prepare for recovery from transboundary crisis
  • Cross border resilience


Erik Borglund (Mid Sweden University)

Björn Johansson (Linköping University)

Monica Magnusson (Karlstad University)

Sofie Pilemalm (Linköping University)

Marcus Wiens (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology)

Dialogue between practitioners and researchers

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