Keynote Address #4

Incident Management System: Some Research Challenges

part of the Summer Simulation Multiconference 2005 (SummerSim'05)

Sponsored by:
The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 12:00 noon

Hilton Philadelphia/Cherry Hill
Philadelphia, PA

presented by

Prof. Dr. Nabil R. Adam
Director, The Center for Information Management, Integration and Connectivity (CIMIC)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA


Incident management plays a critical role in many application domains including Homeland Security. An Incident Management System (IMS) needs to effectively expedite the rapid engagement of first responders at state and local levels to facilitate agile and effective responses to emergency incidents that may pose an immediate security threat to human life and/or the flow of commerce. Data feeds to IMS may include different sensors including radiological, biological and chemical as well as videos from surveillance cameras. Current IMS faces major challenges, including: (1) Since the number of incoming alerts is overwhelming, IMS needs to customize the dissemination of alerts and relevant information on a need-to-know basis, to relevant agencies and individuals. (2) There is a need to interpret the data and alerts generated from different agencies' systems (e.g., local transportation authority, police department) to make meaningful and informed decisions; (3) There is a need to provide management with the ability to perform real-time what-if type of analyses, through simulation. In this talk we discuss these challenges, and elaborate on the importance of modeling possible alternatives and investigating the impact of these alternatives through simulation. We also present some of our ongoing related work.

Bio. of Prof. Dr. Nabil R. Adam

Dr. Nabil R. Adam is a Professor of CIS, the Founding Director of the CIMIC Center, Director of MERI, and the Director of the Laboratory for Water Security at Rutgers. Dr. Adam co-authored/co-edited ten books and published numerous technical papers in such journals as IEEE TSE, IEEE TKDE, ACM Computing Surveys, Communications of the ACM and serves as the Executive Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Digital Libraries and on the editorial board of several journals. His research work has been supported for over $14 million from various agencies including NSF, NSA, NOAA, USEPA, DLA, NASA, and the NJ Meadowlands Commission.

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