17th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

C³M co-chairing the track "Practitioner-centered Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Crisis Response"
Sunday, May 24, 2020 (All day) to Wednesday, May 27, 2020 (All day), Blacksburg, Virginia USA

The ISCRAM Association is an international community of researchers and practitioners who are focused on information systems for crisis and disaster management. ISCRAM's annual conference includes research presentations on such topics as social media in crisis situations, decision support systems, planning and risk analysis, intelligent systems, and geographic information systems (GIS), among others. The conference also includes keynote presentations by experts in the field, along with a series of interactive workshops and technology demonstration sessions, and a doctoral student consortium. The ISCRAM Association is particularly interested in the participation of students and other attendees from developing countries.

The annual ISCRAM conference has traditionally alternated its location between Europe and the Americas, with previous conferences being held in Belgium (Brussels: 2004 & 2005), New Jersey (Newark: 2006), the Netherlands (Delft: 2007), Washington DC (2008), Sweden (Gothenburg: 2009), Washington (Seattle: 2010), Portugal (Lisbon: 2011), Canada (Vancouver: 2012), Germany (Baden-Baden: 2013), Pennsylvania (State College: 2014), Norway (Kristiansand: 2015), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro: 2016), France (Albi: 2017), New York (Rochester: 2018), and Spain (Valencia: 2019).

ISCRAM also supports several regional conferences such as ISCRAM-med, which was held most recently in Greece in October 2017, and ISCRAM Asia Pacific, which was held in New Zealand in November 2018.

C³M continues hosting the "Practitioner-centered Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Crisis Response"

Logistics and supply chain management play a major role for the effectiveness of crisis response operations. Information systems can significantly support and improve the performance of disaster relief logistics. However, there is a need to improve the freshness, effectiveness, appropriateness, and accessibility of information and communication systems intended to facilitate logistics and supply chain management in the face of devastating disasters. Such improvements cannot be driven by cutting-edge technologies alone, but they must be based on an in-depth understanding of the practitioner realities and the decision maker’s needs. Therefore, humanitarian information systems need to be examined critically, both from scientific and practitioner perspectives.

The objective of this track is to present, discuss and reflect upon practitioner-centered contributions to the design, application and evaluation of information systems for logistics and supply chain management in the area of crisis management. For this purpose, potential contributions have to provide rigorous research methods and relevant approaches reflecting the practitioner’s realities. To ensure an appropriate balance of both criteria, humanitarian logistics practitioners will be involved in the review process. Each submission will receive feedback by recognized experts from the respective scientific disciplines and the application domain.

The track “Practitioner-centered Logistics and Supply Chain Management in Crisis Response” combines a classical track format as provided during the logistics tracks at the last three ISCRAM editions and additional input of humanitarian logistics practitioners. Thus, for each submission at least one practitioner review per submission will be provided on the top of the regular review process. The practitioner reviews will be provided thanks to the active support of the Humanitarian Logistics Association. This support is likely to increase the review quality and to foster knowledge sharing between research and practice. 

Possible topics of interest for this track include the following:

  • Process modeling and analysis of disaster relief chains
  • Quantitative methods and simulation in disaster relief logistics
  • Performance measurement and monitoring of disaster relief chains
  • Logistics decision making in crisis management
  • Transportation in crisis situations 
  • Warehousing and inventory management for disaster relief
  • Emergency procurement
  • Coordination and collaboration in disaster relief chains
  • Humanitarian logistics and supply chains
  • Governance of ad-hoc logistics networks in crisis management
  • Early detection and assessment of requirements for disaster relief chains
  • Humanitarian supply chain resilience
  • Big data for supply chain management in crisis situation

Important dates

  • Dec 6, 2019: Submission deadline for CoRe papers
  • Jan 17, 2020: Notification of decision for CoRe papers
  • Jan 28, 2020: Submission deadline for WiP and Practitioner papers
  • Feb 28, 2020: Notification of decision for WiP and Practitioner papers

Paper submission

Submissions should present original results and substantial new work not currently under review or published elsewhere.

This conference accepts:

  • CoRe - Completed Research papers (from 4000 to 8000 words)
  • WiP - Work In Progress papers (from 3000 to 6000 words)
  • Practitioner papers (from 500 to 3000 words)

CoRe papers are longer in length and describe completed research studies. WiP papers are shorter and meant to describe smaller, more focused research findings or research that is still in progress. Both of these paper types undergo a rigorous peer-review process and will be archived in the ISCRAM digital library.

While practitioners are also invited to submit a CoRe or WiP paper, we recognize that an academic review process is often not appropriate for practitioner contributions. These authors may instead submit a 500-3,000 word Practitioner paper — a format new to the conference this year.

Please use the following templates for all submissions:

  • MS Word template available here  
  • LaTeX template available here 


For further information related to the papers submission procedure, please visit the “Call for papers” webpage, at https://www.drrm.fralin.vt.edu/iscram2020/call-papers.php

Track Co-Chairs

George Fenton george.fenton@humanitarianlogistics.org Humanitarian Logistics Association 

Bernd Hellingrath bernd.hellingrath@wi.uni-muenster.de University of Muenster/European Research Center for Information Systems/ Competence Center for Crisis Management 

Gyöngyi Kovács kovacs@hanken.fi HUMLOG Institute / Hanken School of Economics 

Adam Widera* adam.widera@ercis.de University of Muenster/European Research Center for Information Systems/Competence Center for Crisis Management

* Corresponding Chair

Contact Information

If you have any question or information request, please don’t hesitate to send an email to the track co-chairs.