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

Location: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia (USA)

Dates: May 24th to 27th, 2020

Website: http://drrm.fralin.vt.edu/iscram2020


TRACK: Social Media for Disaster Response and Resilience


The aim of this track is to showcase current research on how the use of Social Media can help in crisis response, management, and resilience. We invite papers that provide rich description and/or evaluation of the design and/or actual use of Social Media for collaboration and/or widespread participation in any phase of crisis management, from initial planning and preparedness, through detection, response, recovery, and resilience.




Possible topics of interest for this track include, but are not limited to the following:

(1) Use of social media during disasters: Studies of the use of social media in crises and conflicts, either for information sharing that can provide useful information for managers and citizens, as a pull technology, or for dissemination of information to the public as a push technology. This includes identification of barriers to effective use of social media by emergency response agencies, and the use of social media to make sense of an evolving crisis.

(2) Automatic geotagging: New techniques and approaches to automatically infer geolocation and geotagging information from social media messages and images. This includes both user geocoding and message geocoding.

(3) Information overload and veracity: Innovations in design or use of social media that solve potential problems such as issues of information overload, assessment of information trustworthiness, or ethical issues such as privacy.

(4) Information classification and extraction from text and images: Identification and extraction of situational awareness and actionable information from social media and techniques for mining and near-real-time processing of social media data (text and images) to enable early decisionmaking.

(5) Digital volunteering and crowdsourcing: Studies of crowdsourcing and other new practices such as the use of “digital volunteers” that engage the public and connect communities.

(6) Case studies and best practices on the use of social media for crisis response.




Submission deadline for CoRe papers: December 6, 2019

Notification of decision for CoRe papers: January 17, 2020

Submission deadline for WiP and Practitioner papers: January 28, 2020

Notification of decision for WiP and Practitioner papers: February 28, 2020




Muhammad Imran


Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar


Starr Roxanne Hiltz


New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA

(Distinguished Professor Emerita)


Christian Reuter


Science and Technology for Peace and Security (PEASEC)

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany


Linda Plotnick


New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA


Doina Caragea


Kansas State University, USA


Amanda Lee Hughes


Brigham Young University, USA

Call for Papers: ISCRAM 2020 – Social Media for Disaster Response and Resilience