The 13th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

May 22-25, 2016

Resilience by all means

Resilience has become a popular topic, particularly when it refers to safety. Resilience, however, has several meanings and approaches (Woods, D., “Four Concepts for resilience and the Implications for the Future of Resilience Engineering”, Reliability Engineering and System Safety).

This edition will highlight the exploration of the various facets of resilience when applied to Crisis and Emergency Management. The purpose of ISCRAM 2016 is to stimulate discussions that enable the design of resilient systems in the domain of crisis management.


The Keynote speakers will provide insights on current practices and future trends in crisis and disaster management. The three keynotes will be released soon!


The ISCRAM2016 workshops provide a means to in depth discuss emerging topics. Individuals or groups interested in organizing a workshop should contact the Workshop Co-Chairs.

The failures in preparation and response in Mariana’s mining waste disaster: some lessons for the future

The rupture of Fundão’s dam mining waste (Mariana, MG) in the afternoon of 5th November 2015 was a tragic event. According to the Bowker Associates Science & Research in the Public Interest, Mariana’s disaster is the bigger worldwide event of this kind in terms of volume of waste and distance covered. His severe impact reached not only the communities lying around, but also cities and villages located on the borders of Doce River up to its mouth in the coast of ES state. Some of them, like Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo, were completely destroyed. The environmental impacts were also brutal, namely in Doce River ecosystem and coastal protected areas near River Doce mouth. There are a lot of questions without answer namely those about the causes of the event. In this talk however we will focus on the failures of preparation, early warning and disaster response. Based on our field research held 15 days after the disaster we will present and discuss what we call by perceptual spots of people directly affected by the disaster, members of Civil Defense and Protection staff and SAMARCO´s directors and staff. We will try to identify some critical failures and problems related with preparation and response. We will also discuss the relationship between disasters and inadequate options of development, highlighting the critical importance of social participation in disaster risk management and in achieving more safe and resilient communities. We make some considerations about the future of a Regulatory Mining Framework in direct relationship with Sendai framework and the role of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management.

Dr. Mario Jorge Freitas is Biologist, master, doctor and post doctor in Education. Researcher in Disaster Risk Reduction, Environmental Management and Environmental Education. Member of  the Laboratory of Studies in Risks and Disasters, of Santa Catarina State University. Voluntary permanent professor at Post Graduation Program in Territorial Planning and Socio-environmental Development. Executive and Scientific Coordinator of a Research Project asked and sponsored by State Secretary of Civil Defense and Protection.

Martina Comes is organising a special issue on “Technology Innovation and Big Data in Humanitarian Operations” for the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Deadline: June 1st, 2016

It may be a suitable outlet for an extended version of you ISCRAM contribution!


Papers on humanitarian operations based on theoretical concepts, models and simulations, case studies and empirical work, insights from practice and critical reflections on the use of technology are welcome. Submissions of real-world case studies that emphasise implications for humanitarian practice are strongly encouraged. We also invite interdisciplinary contributions bringing together insights from technology and management.  


  • Data-driven simulation and optimisation of humanitarian operations 
  • Decision-making based on sensing and tracking technology 
  • Humanitarian information systems and coordination 
  • Technology and policies for sensemaking and decision support in humanitarian operations 
  • Knowledge Management and Learning systems; 
  • Semantic Web and Linked Open Data; 
  • Integration and Interoperability; 
  • Performance Measurement (KPIs, Indicator Models) and real-time monitoring 
  • Technology innovation in humanitarian settings 
  • Data protection and privacy 
  • Critical reflections and reviews from practice 

For additional details access the Special Issue Web Page or contact Dr. Martina Comes (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions.

A Full, yet Preliminary, Program is now available. See it HERE.

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