The aim of this track is to bring together state-of-the-art works on crisis information systems that exhibit some degree of intelligent behaviour. Intelligent systems have for many years now been at the forefront of empowering crisis managers, citizens and communities through advanced information systems.
Providing adequate information management and decision support during a crisis situation makes exacting demands on the information systems employed. Acquiring, filtering, organizing, representing, reasoning with and distributing relevant information to the right stakeholders at the right time and in the right format is a challenging and complex task. Intelligent systems provide a way of managing this complexity, for example by transforming unstructured data into a structured form of actionable knowledge for decision support. Such systems may be deployed to help emergency responders to maintain community resilience, to enhance their preparedness, to manage the crisis or to implement the recovery.
Intelligent systems will display some ability to reason, perceive, learn or act intelligently in their environments; and they may have proactive, reactive, autonomous and/or social aspects. Techniques from Artificial Intelligence, the Semantic Web and associated domains may be employed to develop such robust and adaptable information management and decision support systems. This track welcomes contributions to the theory, methodology and practice of developing and evaluating intelligent systems in the context of crisis response and management.
TRACK TOPICS INCLUDE, but are not limited to
- Intelligent context-aware modelling and processing
- Intelligent agents and distributed problem solving
- Rescue robotics and Humanitarian UAVs
- Case studies featuring the application of AI techniques
- Human-AI interaction and human-aware AI for crisis management
- Intelligent training systems
- Applications of the Semantic Web and linked data to crisis management
- Development and applications of ontologies and knowledge graphs for crisis management
- Intelligent user interfaces
- Smart cities and smart environments
- Agent based modeling and social simulation as a decision making tool
- Adaptive and self organizing systems
- Machine learning and deep learning applications
- Vision recognition
- Intelligent mapping
- Knowledge representation, discovery and reasoning
- Planning and scheduling
- Social intelligence
- Automatic negotiation of trust and analysis of provenance information
- Optimization and heuristics
- Intelligent behaviour in wireless sensor networks
- Applications based on blockchain and distributed ledgers technologies
We intend to have two different aspects to the track organization during the conference. The first will be standard paper presentation to outline the state of the art in the field.
The second will focus on building networks and cross-disciplinary collaborations with a view to facilitating future work in the track. This will consist of themed discussion groups organised via Well Sorted (https://www.well-sorted.org). Attendees enter one or more topics of personal interest within the theme and then, once all topics are entered, sort them into what they believe are areas of overlapping interest. The system then creates themed groups. We will ask accepted authors to input their topics before the conference, and in the days leading up to and during the conference will promote this event to all conference attendees to give everyone with any interest in the theme a chance to participate and to increase awareness of and interest in the track. We hope this will be particularly useful to engage practitioners, students and others who may feel they don’t have much to offer the theme from a technical point of view but have relevant views about the crisis domain challenges and can bring a broad scope to the discussions. The general discussions within the themed groups will focus on: 1) how can intelligent systems improve crisis management?, and 2) what are the potential drawbacks and ethical issues of using intelligent and automated systems? More specific themes will emerge during the grouping process.
SUBMISSIONS AND IMPORTANT DATES
We accept both core research (CoRe) papers and work in progress (WiPe) papers. CoRe papers should be 4000-8000 words and WiPe papers should be 3000-6000 words. Unsuccessful papers may, if judged to have sufficient relevance, be accepted as posters, and unsuccessful CoRe papers may, if appropriate, be invited to resubmit as WiPe papers.