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[We apologize if you receive multiple copies of this Call for Papers.]

*** Submission deadline extended to January 6th 2008 ***

   Call for Papers

   for a special Academic Session on

   HCI for Emergencies
   Session ID: HCI-01


   ISCRAM 2008
   5th International Conference on Information Systems
   for Crisis Response and Management
   Washington, DC, USA
   May 4-7, 2008


There is a growing sense in the emergency information systems community 
that new methods of design and evaluation are needed, from producing new 
metaphors to managing information overload.
In fact, emergencies challenge people in reacting quickly and within a 
difficult physical situation. During an emergency situation, all the people 
have in some sense a kind of disability. Some of them caused by stress, 
the environment or even by lack of information. For these reasons new 
approaches are required in order to design information systems for 
emergencies taking into account both cognitive load and physical
These approaches require considering usability and user-centred design when 
developing information systems targeted at the emergency level, the 
collaboration level, and the work environment level. The aim of this special

session is to solicit researchers to present their results or experiences 
in information systems development, use or needs.

Research Area

We consider it particularly interesting to explore aspects that have not 
traditionally been central to Human-Computer Interaction, but are now 
emerging as relevant and important factors in the design of critical and 
emergency information systems.
The properties of emergency situations explained above make designing good
interaction with information technology challenging in different ways; 
in fact systems should provide tools that facilitate users to:

* Manage information rapidly (Information Visualization, Mobile and 
Ubiquitous computing, Multimodal Interfaces and Natural Interaction, etc.).

* Take effective decisions under emergency situations (Cognitive Models of
User, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Awareness and Teamwork, etc.).

* Rapidly judge and react to the situations (Interface Metaphors,
Systems, Teaming, User-Centred Design, Decision Support Systems, Agentbased


* HCI for emergencies
* Emergency Response Information Systems
* User-Centred Design
* Ubiquitous computing
* Multi-modality
* Universal Design

Type of contribution

Academic Session -- we invite researchers from academia or research 
laboratories to present their research or research-in-progress papers. 
Prospective presenters must submit a regular research 
(or research-in-progress) paper.

Important Notice

* All submissions must be formatted according to the ISCRAM 2008
   formatting guidelines. Templates and instructions are published on
* All submissions must be submitted through the ISCRAM 2008 conference
   paper submission web page at
   Instructions for the ConfTool system can be found on
* All papers and presentations will go through a double-blind review
   process, leading to a decision of (conditional) acceptance or
* Accepted papers will be included in the ISCRAM 2008 program and
   published in the official proceedings if and only if
   (1) the paper is formatted according to the instructions,
   (2) the authors sign the copyright transfer form and
   (3) one of the authors registers for the conference and pays the
       registration fee before the cut-off date for early registration.
* Authors who have multiple papers accepted can only register for and
   present one paper at the conference; co-authors need to register

Important ISCRAM 2008 Dates

* January 6, 2008: Paper submission deadline
* February 10, 2008: Notification of (conditional) acceptance
* February 22, 2008: Early registration deadline
* March 1, 2008:     Final camera-ready paper submission deadline
* May 4-7, 2008:     ISCRAM 2008

Session Chairs

Markus Klann
   Fraunhofer FIT
   Schloss Birlinghoven
   53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany
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Alessio Malizia
   Computer Science Department,
   Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
   Avda. de la Universidad, 30
   28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain
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Luca Chittaro
   HCI Lab, University of Udine
   Via delle Scienze, 206
   33100 Udine, Italy
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Ignacio Aedo Cuevas, 
   Computer Science Department,
   Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
   Avda. de la Universidad, 30
   28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain
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Stefano Levialdi
   Computer Science Department
   “Sapienza” Universitá di Roma
   Via Salaria, 113
   00198 Rome, Italy
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Session Programme Committee

Chris Baber, University of Birmingham, UK
John M. Carroll, Penn State University, USA
Tiziana Catarci, “Sapienza” Universitá di Roma, Italy
Augusto Celentano, Universitŕ Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy
Alberto Colautti, Alitalia, Italy
Philip T. Cox, Dalhousie University, Canada
Rita Cucchiara, University of Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
Paloma Díaz, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Alan Dix, University of Lancaster, UK
Chris Johnson, University of Glasgow, UK
Philippe Palanque, University Paul Sabatier de Toulouse, France
Leysia Palen, University of Colorado, USA
Steve Tanimoto, University of Washington, USA


The ISCRAM Community is a worldwide community of researchers, scholars, 
teachers, students, practitioners and policy makers interested or actively 
involved in the subject of Information Systems for Crisis Response and 
Management. At its annual international conference alternating between the 
US and Europe, the ISCRAM Community gathers to present and discuss the
research and developments in this growing area during an interactive and 
stimulating 3 day program. The ISCRAM Community also organizes an 
International Summer School for PhD students and ISCRAM-CHINA, an annual 
conference for ISCRAM research in China.

All information on ISCRAM can be found at
ISCRAM2008 will be held from 4-7 May at the George Washington University
(GWU) located in Washington, DC, USA. The conference will be hosted by GWU’s

Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM).

All details on this conference will be made available via the ISCRAM website

mentioned above.

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