2016 publications

Attention is drawn to the following 2016 C2-SENSE publications:

Title
First Author
Conference/
Papers
Mert Gencturk IESA 2016
Gerald Schimak iEMS 2016
Gerald Schimak IDRC 2016
Refiz Duro ISESS 2017
Automating the Development and Implementation of Interoperability Profiles

(Accepted)

Mert Gencturk (SRDC), Matteo Redaelli (Lutech), Yildiray Kabak (SRDC), Gokce Banu Lalelic Erturkmen (SRDC), Raul Arisi (Lutech) and Lorenzo Toscano (Lutech)

For the 8th  International Conference: Interoperability for Enterprise Systems and Applications (IESA 2016), Guimarães, Portugal. March 29 – April 01, 2016.

Abstract: In order to solve the interoperability problem among disparate systems and address the drawbacks and challenges in existing profiling approach, in this paper, an automated way to develop and implement interoperability profiles is introduced. We introduce a collaborative environment where profiles can easily be defined by following some step-by-step guidelines through an online tool and customized to specific organizations and incidences quickly through automatically generated business processes and templates. We also introduce a semantic metadata registry (MDR) concept to amend the content standards, invent a profile definition language (PDL) to represent the profiles digitally, and use Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) to define business processes to be executed.

Emergency Maps Tool – Fascilitating Collaboration and Decision Making During Emergency & Crisis Situation

(Accepted)

Gerald Schimak (AIT), Peter Kutschera (AIT), Refiz Duro (AIT) and Katharina Kutschera (AIT)

For the 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMS 2016), Toulouse, France. July 10-14, 2016.

Abstract: The Emergency Maps Tool (EMT) has been developed as part of a collaboration environment in the C2 – SENSE Emergency Interoperability Framework. The collaboration environment aims to connect all relevant organizations for joint response in emergency and crises situations. The Emergency Maps Tool aims to display all relevant resources (e.g., authorities, organization, points and object of interests, messages, etc.) involved or of special importance, in order to allow proper decision making. EMT allows decision makers to set and monitor activities, send and receive event related messages but also to include ad-hoc information from sensors or sensor networks (e.g., water monitoring sensors in case of flooding).Backbone of this tool is a data, communication and collaboration model realized in a flexible, configurable and extendable way. That means new, so-called “Objects of Interest (OOI)”, can be added on the fly and displayed by the EMT. In principle, such OOIs can be everything, spanning from metadata of responsible authorities to civil protection departments up to alarms, pure measurement values stemming from sensors, or information/messages about blocked roads as well as number of endangered peoples at aspecific location. This approach and the robust architectural solution of the C2-SENSE Framework provide solutions to several challenges in the domain of decision making in a crisis and emergency situation.
Collaboration and Decision Making Tool for Emergency & Crisis Situationsn

(Accepted)

Gerald Schimak (AIT), Refiz Duro (AIT) and Peter Kutschera (AIT)

For the IDRC 2016 Integrative Risk Management – towards resiliant cities conference (IDRC_2016), Davos, Switzerland. August 28- September 01, 2016.

Abstract: A proper collaboration environment is of utmost importance for crises managers as well as decision makers to get continuous and accurate information about the crises situation and to manage the available resources on the fly. Interoperability of existing systems, tools, methods and standardized processes are needed to allow effective management of emergencies, crises and disasters. Emergency Management and decision making tools shall support and monitor all activities between the evolved actors (e.g. authorities, first responders, volunteers, etc.). In an European funded project called C2- SENSE (Interoperability Profiles for Command/Control Systems and Sensor Systems in Emergency Management) a tool, called Emergency Maps Tool (EMT), has been developed as part of a broader collaboration environment in the C2-SENSE Emergency Interoperability Framework. This tool aims to display all relevant resources (e.g. authorities, organization, object of interests (like roads, railways, bridges), messages, alarms, etc.) involved or of special importance, in order to allow proper management of the crises situation. EMT allows decision makers to set and monitor activities, send and receive event related messages but also to include ad-hoc information from sensors or sensor networks (e.g. water monitoring sensors in case of flooding). Backbone of this tool is a data, communication and collaboration model realized in a flexible, configurable and extendable way. That means new, so-called “Objects of Interest (OOI)”, can be added on the fly and displayed by the EMT. In principle, such OOIs can be everything, spanning from metadata of responsible authorities to civil protection departments up to alarms, pure measurement values stemming from sensors, or information/messages about blocked roads as well as number of endangered peoples at a specific location.

2017

Framework for Enabling Technical and Organizational Interoperability in the Management of Environmental Crises and Disasters 

(Accepted)

Refiz Duro (AIT), Gerald Schimak (AIT), Mert Gencturk (SRDC),  Peter Kutschera (AIT), Denis Havlik (AIT) and Katharina Kutschera (AIT)

For the International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems (ISESS 2017) , Zadar, Croatia. May 10-12, 2017.

Abstract: Interoperability is a core component in management of crises and disasters. Crises require interoperability on several different levels: physical (communication, devices and tools), operational (crisis response procedures and protocols) and document level (information exchange). Here we present the Framework that facilitates interoperability on a level that relieves a crisis manager from most burdens related to crisis response (e.g., being available to access sensor data or communicate with other responders). The software components in the Framework are described, as well as the profiling approach that is necessitated for functioning interoperability at such a demanding level. The frequency of disasters is expected to increase in the forthcoming future mostly due to environmental changes. It is therefore necessary to provide the solutions, such as this one, to the interoperability issues encountered while dealing with crises.

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