CIEMCOE

A paradigm shift in Emergency Preparedness and Management is now possible owing to persistent progress in mobile technologies and services, their world-wide diffusion and affordability, and the emergence of ever new ingenious uses by citizens.

CIEM targets to facilitate the shift by significantly advancing the solution of five interlinked key problems, including technological, organisational and cultural challenges.
 
CIEMCOE is an abbreviation for CIEM towards Centre of Excellent Research. 
 
CIEMCOE is a project where CIEM aim to position itself strategically for the next Centre of Excellence call. A paradigm shift in Emergency Preparedness & Management (EP&M) is now possible owing to persistent progress in mobile technologies and services, their world-wide diffusion and affordability, and the emergence of ever new ingenious uses by citizens. The Centre for Integrated Ernergency Management (CIEM) targets to facilitate the shift by significantly advancing the solution of five interlinked key problems. 
 
  1. Improve the resilience, reliability, security, robustness, coverage, energy efficiency and availability of wireless networks as a necessary condition to address the other four key problems.
  2. Develop newmore secure, efficient, robust, reliable and privacy-aware methods & protocols for mobile devices to realise the potential of social media, data acquisition (Human-Centred Sensing), and context-dependent broadcasting/multicasting. 
  3. Develop ICT based tools for data management, analysis, visualization, and trust-aware decision support that allow efficient privacy-preserving information sharing and collaboration. 
  4. Characterize and describe sociocultural determinants for effective adoption and use of ICT support in EP&M with emphasis on geographical areas that suffer most from disasters. 
  5. Improve group and team performance in EP&M with integrated systems and collective intelligence methodologies.

Primary objective
The primary objective of the project is to position CIEM for exceptionally good scores on all criteria in the next CoE (Centre of  Excellent Research) call.

Secondary objectives

1) Improve the scientific ment by a thorough revision of the original CIEM objectives through:
a) dedicated research integrating technology and social science,
b) research and practice;
c) workshops with leading national and international scientists, practitioners and communifies;
d) a major international conference with main theme Integrated Emergency Management resulting in special issues in journals.
2) Consolidate and improve the international and national cooperation with scientific partners, practitioners and communities.
3) Integrate and consolidate the CIEM team with newly recruited professors so as to have the best possible project manager and project team in place.
 

Background

CIEM applied for Center of Excellence (CoE) status in the 2011 call of the Research Council of Norway. The application was deemed "exceptionally good" as the overall score by the expert panel, and it got the highest possible scores for 4 criteria and the second highest possible scores for the 3 other criteria.

The CIEMCOE project pursues objectives implemenfing the recommendations of the 2011 CoE referee panel, in order to position CIEM for the highest scores on all criteria in the next CoE call.