Disaster Management for Resilience and Public Safety – Part 1

Workshop Goals

Traditionally, concepts of risk management and sustainability aim for prevention of disasters. But in some cases – for instance the consequences of climate change – the occurrence of disasters of different kind cannot be avoided – for instance hurricane, intense rain, flooding, heatwaves – and cause losses of property and human lives.

In recent years, the concept of vulnerability and resilience acknowledge that these disasters occur and even could repeat in shorter or longer interval. Relevant societal actors have to provide appropriate means to respond to potential vulnerability and to show power of resistance to disasters or at least elasticity (resilience). The challenge is not only the understanding of potential risks and the prevention of potentially occurring disasters, but also to be prepared for the occurrence of disasters, to adopt to these and to mitigate the consequences, especially for the public, as well as to recover from the impacts of disasters’ and to re-establish and re-erect even more resistant (betterment), especially in cooperation with the public.

This workshop aims at reporting about state-of-the-art applications of ICT as well as newest developing trends in the field of disaster management (in the context of environmental protection and natural disasters) for all phases of the disaster cycle (preparedness, prevention, alert, response, mitigation) with special focus on resilience and public safety. Another important goal of this international interdisciplinary workshop is to bring experts from research, industry and education together to exchange ideas and proposals for a solution of urgent problems and needs. The workshop will enable sharing of experiences and best practices and giving space of discussing problems, new ideas, concepts and research questions of „disaster management for resilience and public safety“.

Workshop Topics

The following areas will be of central interest for the workshop:

  • Disaster information systems: information management, information processes, information systems, architectures, components, services, interoperability, security and standards
  • Disaster modelling and simulation: incl. multiple aspects, cascading effects, spatial and temporal aspects
  • Disaster communication: risk and crisis communication, creation of risk and danger awareness, social media communication and analysis, public alerting systems
  • Situational Awareness: monitoring and surveillance systems, operation rooms, crowd sourcing, mobile sensing systems, visualisation
  • Resilience partnerships/Multi-Actor Integration: integration of relevant actors (action forces/authorities, citizens/volunteers, other stakeholders) in disaster management activities with regard to communication, coordination and collaboration
  • Building disaster resilience: improving the (self-help) capabilities of individuals, families and communities, as well as that of businesses and governments
  • Disaster Resilience for the built environment: buildings, transportation systems (mobillity services e.g. for evacuations), energy systems, water and wastewater systems, communications and information systems


  • Frank Fuchs-Kittowski, Fraunhofer FOKUS & HTW Berlin
  • Michael Klafft, Fraunhofer FOKUS & Jade Hochschule
  • Ulrich Meissen; Fraunhofer FOKUS & HTW Berlin

Please contact the organisers in case you are not sure whether your working topic is of interest for this workshop!

Presentation of research papers:

  • Development of Web Application for Disaster-information Collection and Its Demonstration Experiment by Toshihiro Osaragi, Ikki Niwa, Noriaki Hirokawa (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
  • Collection and Integration of Multi-spatial and Multi-type Data for Vulnerability Analysis in Emergency Response Plans by Harsha Gwalani, Armin R Mikler, Suhasini Ramisetty-Mikler, Martin O’Neill (20 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
  • Coordination of unaffiliated volunteers in disasters by Agnetha Schuchardt (15 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
  • ENSURE – Increasing resilience by integration of volunteers in disaster management by Frank Fuchs-Kittowski, Michael Jendreck, Ulrich Meissen, Michel Rösler, Eridy Lukau (15 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
  • Emergence as a Characteristic of Resilient Cooperation Technologies by Christian Reuter (15 min presentation, 5 min discussion)
Location: Building G Auditorium 002 Date: Wed, Sep 14, 2016 Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Frank Fuchs-Kittowski Michael Klafft Ulrich Meissen