Call for papers: Decision Support Systems

Conference theme: Getting ready for the unexpected – IS for Crisis Management in a complex and uncertain world
Conference Dates: May 24-27 2015

TRACK 10: Decision Support Systems

Download this call for papers:10-ISCRAM2015_DSS_CfP

Introduction to the track

One of the major challenges decision-makers face in the preparation for, and response to a crisis is to handle complexity and uncertainty.
This is most prominent when handling crises that impact complex networks of socio-technical and economic systems, which lead to
cascading effects. In an increasingly dynamically evolving environment, the usual paradigms of decision theory are challenged:
the information underlying a decision stems from heterogeneous sources and actors, the implications of a decision need to be assessed across organizations and actors,
and often time and capacity to make decisions are limited. A major challenge is therefore the design and development of decision-making processes and tools that aim at
providing relevant and actionable information to responders, policymakers and the public.

To support decision-makers in critical situations, transparent and wellstructured decision support systems need to be developed that enable
communication, improve collective sensemaking and enable collaborative decisions taking into account different channels and give
prompt feedback to affected individuals and groups in order to react swiftly to the current situation.

This track explores how models and user-centred approaches can be combined to enable better decision-making under complexity, uncertainty and risk. Ultimately,
the methods and tools presented in this track should aim at providing coherent, understandable and reliable information to decision makers; facilitating communication,
transparency and coordination; and communicating uncertainties and risk, in order to empower citizens and communities.

Track topics

  • Collaborative and collective sensemaking and decision support
  • Supply Chain Management and Humanitarian Logistics
  • Performance Assessment and Decision-Making
  • Robust decision support, flexible and agile solutions
  • Representing and communicating uncertainty, risk & lessons learned
  • Iterative, sequential and interdependent decisions
  • Information fusion and knowledge integration
  • Modelling or planning under uncertainty including re-planning and updating problems
  • Concepts of reversibility, flexibility, agility and ease of adaptation

Track Chair and Co-Chairs

Tina Comes*
Centre for Integrated Emergency Management
University of Agder, Norway

Frédérick Benaben
Industrial Engineering Department
University Toulouse – Mines Albi, France

Erica Gralla
Engineering Management and Systems
The George Washington University
Washington, DC, USA

Matthieu Lauras
Industrial Engineering Department
University Toulouse – Mines Albi, France

*Corresponding Chair