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Award Abstract #0855078

Collaborative Research: II-NEW: Ensayo - A Virtual Emergency Operations Center (vEOC)

NSF Org: CNS
Division Of Computer and Network Systems
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Initial Amendment Date: August 27, 2009
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Latest Amendment Date: July 7, 2011
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Award Number: 0855078
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: William Bainbridge
CNS Division Of Computer and Network Systems
CSE Direct For Computer & Info Scie & Enginr
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Start Date: September 1, 2009
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End Date: August 31, 2014 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $107,977.00
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Investigator(s): Irma Becerra-Fernandez becferi@fiu.edu (Principal Investigator)
Weidong Xia (Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: Florida International University
11200 SW 8TH ST
Miami, FL 33199-0001 (305)348-2494
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NSF Program(s): COMPUTING RES INFRASTRUCTURE
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Program Reference Code(s): 9102, 9218, HPCC
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Program Element Code(s): 7359

ABSTRACT

This proposed project will design, develop, deploy, and operate a virtual Emergency Operations Center (vEOC) for (1) primary use as a research instrument, but with (2) secondary use for training and education. The vEOC, named Ensayo, will enable research on dynamic decision-making, individual and group problem solving, organizational learning, communication, coordination, and knowledge management in the context of roles and organizational structures to enable cross-institutional management of disasters. The vEOC will be web-based implemented using open source and open standards software and tools. Little substantive research has been conducted on large scale, emergent management structures. The size and complexity of these emergent structures affords a unique insight into studying the mechanisms (both successful and less successful) of operation, providing a valid substrate to formulate the components of the vEOC. Our initial research has yielded insights into the role that a vEOC could play in this, and other EOC contexts

The fundamental goal of Ensayo is to craft a research instrument that, although based on the elements of a local EOC, can be adapted to reflect a wide variety of EOC forms in order to support research, training and education. One of the collaborating institutions is minority serving, and located where the primary context for this work is important for the well-being of society ? hurricanes and emergency preparedness. Ensayo affords not only a research tool for academics, but also a resource for education, training and policy analysis for communities of practice who engage in any emergency operations event.


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Xia, Weidong, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Arvind Gudi, and Jose Rocha-Mier. "Emergency management task complexity and knowledge-sharing strategies.," Cutter IT Journal, v.24, 2011, p. 20.

BOOKS/ONE TIME PROCEEDING

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Cynthia Nikolai, Troy Johnson, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Gregory Madey. "Leveraging WebEOC in Support of the Haitian Relief Effort: Insights and Lessons Learned", 09/01/2009-08/31/2010, "7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management",  2010, "May 2, 2010 - May 5, 2010, Seattle, Washington, USA,".

Cynthia Nikolai, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, and Michael Prietula. "Ensayo: A Distributed, Web-based Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Training and Research", 09/01/2009-08/31/2010, "7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and
Management"
,  2010, "May 2, 2010 - May 5, 2010, Seattle, Washington, USA".

Cynthia Nikolai, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, and Michael Prietula. "Ensayo: A Collaborative Cyberinformation Portal for Emergency Management Training and Research", 09/01/2009-08/31/2010, "Cyberinfrastructure Days",  2010, "University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, April 2010".

Becerra-Fernandez, Michael Prietula, Gregory Madey,Cynthia Nikolai. ""Project Ensayo: Designing a Virtual Emergency Operations Center"", 09/01/2009-08/31/2010, ""Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics"",  2010, "San Antonio, Texas,".

Gregory R. Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Cynthia Nikolai, Michael Prietula,. ""Ensayo: A Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Training and Research" ,", 09/01/2009-08/31/2010, ""INFORMS 2010,OR/MS with Societal/ Humanitarian Impact, Applications in Evacuation and Emergency Management",  2010, "INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Diego,".

Cynthia Nikolai, Troy Johnson, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Gregory Madey. "Leveraging WebEOC in Support of the Haitian Relief Effort: Insights and Lessons Learned", 09/01/2010-08/31/2011, "7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management",  2010, "May 2, 2010 - May 5, 2010, Seattle, Washington, USA,".

Cynthia Nikolai, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, and Michael Prietula. "Ensayo: A Distributed, Web-based Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Training and Research", 09/01/2010-08/31/2011, "7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and
Management"
,  2010, "May 2, 2010 - May 5, 2010, Seattle, Washington, USA".

Cynthia Nikolai, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, and Michael Prietula. "Ensayo: A Collaborative Cyberinformation Portal for Emergency Management Training and Research", 09/01/2010-08/31/2011, "Cyberinfrastructure Days",  2010, "University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, April 2010".

Becerra-Fernandez, Michael Prietula, Gregory Madey,Cynthia Nikolai. ""Project Ensayo: Designing a Virtual Emergency Operations Center"", 09/01/2010-08/31/2011, ""Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics"",  2010, "San Antonio, Texas,".

Gregory R. Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Cynthia Nikolai, Michael Prietula,. ""Ensayo: A Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Training and Research" ,", 09/01/2010-08/31/2011, ""INFORMS 2010,OR/MS with Societal/ Humanitarian Impact, Applications in Evacuation and Emergency Management",  2010, "INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Diego,".


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