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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery C Workshop Agenda WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2005 WASHINGTON, D.C. 10:00–10:30 a.m. Welcome to the Workshop Jon Eisenberg, Study Director and Senior Program Officer, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board/National Research Council (NRC) Charles Brownstein, Director, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board/NRC Ramesh Rao, Chair, NRC Committee on Using Information Technology to Enhance Disaster Management—Improving the Use of Information Technology in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery; and Professor, University of California, San Diego Barry West, Chief Information Officer/Director of Information Technology Services Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Topic 1: The Critical and Evolving Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Disaster Management 10:30 a.m–12:00 p.m. Context for and Visions of the Future, Grand Challenges for ICTs in Disaster Management 15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A John Harrald, Director, Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management, George Washington University (Moderator) David G. Boyd, Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Helen Wood, Senior Advisor, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellites and Information Service, and Chair, National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction Jack Potter, Director, Emergency Medical Services, Valley Health, and Vice Chair, COMCARE Board of Directors Peter Miller, Program Manager, Mission Support Office, Homeland Security Advanced Research Project Agency, Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security How might we better manage future crises? What impact will major technology trends have on how disaster management is handled in the future? How can we leverage commercial technology cost-performance curves yet meet special requirements? What new technologies, approaches, and policies would help, and what research directions are promising? 12:00–12:45 p.m. Lunch
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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery 12:45–2:00 p.m. Perspectives on the Current State of the Art: ICTs in Disaster Management Practice 15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Ellis Stanley, General Manager, Emergency Preparedness Department, City of Los Angeles, California (Moderator) Mark Deputy, Senior IT Specialist and Urban Search and Rescue Team Assistant Task Force Leader, Montgomery County, Maryland William Maheu, Executive Assistant Chief of Police, San Diego Police Department Robert Roth, Fire Technology Specialist, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture What lessons have been learned from past crisis and exercises? What gaps in IT capabilities are evident, and how might they be addressed? Where is the state of the art not sufficient to meet our needs? 2:00–2:15 p.m. Break 2:15–3:30 p.m. Emerging Applications and Other Drivers for ICTs in Disaster Management 15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A William Maheu, Executive Assistant Chief of Police, San Diego Police Department (Moderator) William Metz, Director, Center for Integrated Emergency Preparedness, Argonne National Laboratory Jaime Gomezjurado, Project Manager and Vice President, Business Development, Medical Emergency Response Network Research Project, Semandex Networks, Inc. Lois Clark McCoy, President, National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue Peter Brooks, Institute for Defense Analyses
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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery What are especially demanding aspects of disaster management? What initiatives are underway to address them? What specific requirements are there from specific groups or application areas? What general lessons can be learned? 3:30–3:45 p.m. Break Topic 2: Research Directions for ICTs in Disaster Management What research areas have application to disaster management? How might leading-edge research be applied to disaster management? How should the research agenda be established and evolved? How can research results best be transitioned into deployed capabilities? What are the commonalities between commercial, civilian, and military capabilities and research and development activities, and how can technology advances and knowledge be transferred from one to the other? 3:45–5:00 p.m. Current ICT Research Programs Related to Disaster Management 15-minute presentation by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Peter Steenkiste, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (Moderator) Larry Brandt, Program Manager, Digital Government, National Science Foundation Gary Ham, Senior Research Scientist, Battelle Memorial Institute Earnest Paylor, Program Director, Pacific Disaster Center and Senior Advisor for Interagency Programs, Office of the Special Assistant and NASA Liaison to the Assistant Secretary of Defense—Networks and Information Integration Pamela Sydelko, Leader—Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Group, Decision and Information Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory
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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery 5:00–6:00 p.m ICT Everywhere: Ubiquitous and Pervasive Mobile (Ad Hoc) Communications and Networking 15-minute presentation by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Timothy Brown, Associate Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder (Moderator) Richard Howard, Research Professor, Wireless Information Network Laboratory, Rutgers University Scott Midkiff, Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Mani Chandy, Simon Ramo Professor of Computer Science, California Institute of Technology THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2005 WASHINGTON, D.C. Topic 2: Research Directions for ICTs in Disaster Management (continued) 8:30–9:45 a.m. Identifying and Aggregating Useful Data— Information Integration and Fusion 15-minute presentation by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Gio Wiederhold, Professor (Emeritus), Stanford University (Moderator) Yigal Arens, Director, Intelligent Systems Division, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California Craig Knoblock, Research Associate Professor, University of Southern California Peter Scott, Associate Professor, University of Buffalo Zachary Ives, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery 9:45–10:45 a.m. Information Overload: Making Useful Data Actionable—Decision Support, Collaboration, Situational Awareness 15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Robert Neches, Director, Distributed Scalable Systems Division, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California (Moderator) David Mendonça, Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology William Wallace, Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 10:45–11:00 a.m. Break 11:00 a.m–12:15 p.m. Sensor Networks, Autonomous Devices, and Geographic Information Systems 15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Robin Murphy, Professor, University of South Florida, and Director, Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Safety Security Rescue (Moderator) Ayman Mosallam, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine Susan McGrath, Associate Research Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth College David Kehrlein, Senior Consultant, Environmental Science Research Institute; formerly GIS Manager, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services 12:15–1:00 p.m. Lunch
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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Topic 3: Collaboration, Coordination, and Interoperability: Pressing Issues in a Need-to-Share World 1:00–3:00 p.m. Current Initiatives, Technical and OrganizationalObstacles, and Opportunities in ICT Interoperability 15-minute presentations by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Art Botterell, Contra Costa County, California, Office of the Sheriff (Moderator) Ellis Kitchen, Chief Information Officer, Maryland Office of Information Technology, and Member, Interoperability and Integration Committee, National Association of State Chief Information Officers Steve Cooper, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Red Cross Lloyd (Gene) Krase, Administrator, Kansas Division of Emergency Management Otto Doll, Commissioner, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, South Dakota Dave Smith, Implementation Director, Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission Robert Fletcher, President, Readiness Consulting Services, LLC, and Member, National Fire Protection Association NFPA 1600 Technical Committee What policy and technical initiatives are currently underway to improve wireless interoperability across federal, state, and local levels? What results are anticipated, and over what time frames? How are data (including voice) generated, used, and shared across organizational boundaries today? What can be learned in terms of technology and practice from efforts to create systems capable of greater interoperability? How are standards helping or not helping? What kinds of interoperability are desired in the future? What technical, operational, economic, and policy challenges are likely to be unresolved, and merit further research? How do communication systems
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Improving Disaster Management: The Role of IT in Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery relate to other information management systems related to disaster management? What obstacles to technology transition must be overcome? 3:00–3:15 p.m. Break 3:15–4:30 p.m. Envisioning, Enabling, and Building Networks of the Future 15-minute presentation by each panelist, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A Nancy Jesuale, President, NetCity Engineering (Moderator) Nader Moayeri, Manager, Wireless Communications Technologies Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology James Morentz, Vice President, Homeland Security Technology, and Director, Public Safety Integration Center, Science Applications International Corporation Chip Hines, Program Manager, Disaster Management eGov Initiative, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Emergency Preparedness and Response/FEMA, Department of Homeland Security What should communications and other IT capabilities look like in the future? How do wireless communications systems relate to the emerging broader architecture for public safety, national security, and disaster response? What are the implications of major information and communications technology trends for how we respond to crises? How can these opportunities better be exploited? What kinds of research, experimentation, and pilot programs would help? 4:30–4:45 p.m. Concluding Remarks Ramesh Rao, Chair, NRC Committee on Using Information Technology to Enhance Disaster Management
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