Organization: ISCRAM

Venue: Penn State University

Location: University Park, Pennsylvania, United States

Event Date/Time: May 18, 2014 End Date/Time: May 21, 2014
Registration Date: May 17, 2014
Early Registration Date: Apr 01, 2014
Paper Submission Date: Nov 15, 2013
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Each year, ISCRAM brings together top researchers and practitioners working in the area of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. The conference provides an excellent opportunity to exchange information and knowledge on new research and discuss best practices.

CONFERENCE THEME The theme for ICSRAM2014 is empowering citizens and communities through information systems for crisis response and management. Through this theme we focus on the local community, the individual and the technologies that can be employed to improve crisis response at the very local level. ISCRAM2014 will reframe first responders as everyday people who provide first aid, transport victims to hospitals in their own cars, and begin search and rescue rather than only the trained emergency response professionals. ISCRAM will reframe information systems for emergency response as socially-distributed information systems, in which information is disseminated within and between official and public channels and entities. ISCRAM2014 will advocate innovative ICT, to leverage the power of the collective intelligence of the citizenry to support natural instincts, which are to search for reliable information using any means possible to optimize for local conditions. Contributions

ISCRAM2014 invites two categories of papers. All paper submissions must be relevant to ISCRAM, make a new and significant contribution to the body of knowledge on information systems for emergency management, support their contribution with valid arguments, and be clearly structured and well written.

  • Research papers presenting valid, original, relevant cutting edge research that will be reviewed to the highest academic standards. Reviewing will pay additional attention to the application of the related scientific literature and theory, to the use of an appropriate research methodology, and to technical, mathematical and statistical correctness. This will be complemented by a review from a member of the Scientific Committee (SC).
  • Insights from the Practice of Emergency Management papers presenting new developments in emergency management and policy making, discussing approaches, methods, tools, (best) practices and standards. These papers should focus on practical issues and concerns and raise challenges for future research, and will be reviewed to the highest practice-oriented standards.

According to the completeness of work, authors can choose to submit their work as

  • Full papers presenting completed work. Such papers should be no more than 10 pages including figures & tables (~5000 words).
  • Short papers presenting work in progress and novel approaches that are being developed. Such papers should be no more than 5 pages with figures & tables (~2500 words).

For each type of paper, submissions are welcome from academics, researchers, practitioners, technical or other experts, policy makers, or other professionals in the emergency management domain. The proceedings will identify the type of submission and reviewing process chosen.

The individual Track Descriptions can be found at



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Conference Speakers

Leysia Palen

Edward Happ

Patrick Meier

Additional Information


Dr. Leysia Palen is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a faculty fellow with the Institute for the Alliance of Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) and the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS). She is the Director of the Connectivity Lab and principal investigator on the NSF Funded Project EPIC: Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis.


Edward G. Happ is the CIO of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Chairman of NetHope, a U.S. based consortium of 33 leading international relief, development and conservation nonprofits focused on information and communications technology (ICT) and collaboration. He is the former Chief Information Officer at Save the Children, in Westport, CT, where he worked for the past decade.


Serves as Director of Innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI). Prior to QCRI, co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning. He served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi & co-founded CrisisMappers, Digital Humanitarians and the award-winning Standby Task Force.