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Call for Papers: Community Engagement in Crisis Informatics Research
Submission date: Deadline for full research and insight papers - Nov. 15th, 2013.

CONFERENCE THEME: Empowering Citizens and Communities through Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Conference Dates: May 18-21 2014
Penn State University, USA

TRACK: Community Engagement in Crisis Informatics Research

Introduction to the track
Community Engagement is often an afterthought in crisis planning, recovery efforts, and research and has been repeatedly identified as a failure point in major disasters. Creating effective, enduring research partnerships that bring together information scientists, community engaged researchers, and a wide range of community stakeholders (including, but not limited to, first responder groups) can improve scientific understanding and strengthen community response capacity.

New, typically under-evaluated models of decision making and decision support for community crisis management systems are used in large scale interventions. Community Engagement in Research (CEnR) also is complex, resource intensive endeavour that is not as controlled as laboratory based research. This track will engage participants in a discussion of specific CEnR projects geared toward integrating community, informatics, and disaster management as well as the theoretical and practical problems associated with performing research in this space. Special attention will also be paid to citizen observatory and citizen sensor approaches.

Track topics
* Community/Academic partnerships for disaster planning & response
* Crisis information systems design for underserved & marginalized communities
* Community centered (as opposed to individual centered) information systems design
* Attitudes of practitioners towards using new technologies for crisis management
* Working effectively with civil defense & first responder subject matter experts and authorities
* Integrative crisis management research: engineering - social and computer science - humanities - crisis management practitioner
* Mixed methods research approaches for community engaged disaster management
* Special Session: Citizen observatories & citizen-based remote sensor networks

Track Chair and Co-Chairs
Christine Adler, Dr*, Master of Advanced Studies: Socialmanagement
Ludwig Maximilians University
Dept. Psychology, Munich, Germany
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*Corresponding Chair - Short Paper/Panel

Zeno Franco, PhD*
Clinical & Translational Science Institute - Community Engagement
Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
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*Corresponding Co-Chair - Full Paper Session

Paul Biedrzycki
Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health
City of Milwaukee Health Department, USA
Tracey O'Sullivan, PhD
Director of the EnRiCH Project
Health Sciences Program
University of Ottawa, Canada

Syed Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH
Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement
Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Medical College of Wisconsin, USA

Dr. Vitaveska Lanfranchi*
OAK Group, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK
*Corresponding chair, special session on - Citizen observatoies & citizen-based remote sensor networks
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Zeno Franco, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept. Family & Community Medicine
Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Community Engagement Key Function
Medical College of Wisconsin
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