Call for Papers: Dynamics of Disasters (Submission Deadline September 30, 2021)

Dynamics of Disasters:
An Operations Research Forum Special Issue

Guest Editors: 
Ilias S. Kotsireas
Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada
Email: ikotsire@wlu.ca

Anna Nagurney
Eugene M. Isenberg Chair in Integrative Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA
Email: nagurney@isenberg.umass.edu 

Panos M. Pardalos
Distinguished Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Email: pardalos@ufl.edu

Chrysafis Vogiatzis
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA
Email: chrys@illinois.edu

Overview
This special issue in Operations Research Forum (ORFO) is focused on disaster management and planning. Societal welfare relies on our preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters. Additionally, the increased interdependency between natural and anthropocentric disasters with the built environment further underlines the necessity for studying the dynamics of disasters. 

With this issue, we invite leaders in the area of disaster management from a diverse array of disciplines that use operations research techniques, optimization, computing, and data analytics to study disasters, mitigate the impact, and propose actionable policy to curb their aftermath. Of specific interest are research works that focus on the use of emerging technologies in emergency management, data-driven approaches to evaluating and predicting risk and exposure to disasters, network analytics and network optimization work on evacuation, among others. 

Papers included in this special issue will be presented during 2021 Dynamics of Disasters conference (DOD 2021) to be held virtually in July. This call for papers is extended to all researchers with an interest in disaster management. All papers will be rigorously refereed according to the high standards of ORFO. The OR Forum particularly invites contributions that are important for the operations research community but which do not find appropriate and durable outlets otherwise. This includes truly interdisciplinary works, insightful reports from practice, software presentations or implementation issues, reproducibility studies, expert interviews, and others.

Submission Procedure
Papers should be submitted at the Operations Research Forum website https://www.editorialmanager.com/orfo/default.aspx.

Select Article Type: Manuscript and upload your file[s]. When the system asks, "Does this manuscript belong to a special issue?" reply: Yes, then choose the option "Dynamics of Disasters". Complete the submission process.

Important Dates
Article submission deadline: September 30, 2021.
1st round of review deadline: December 15, 2021.
Revisions due deadline: January 31, 2022.
Notification of final decision: March 1, 2022.
Publication date (online): Upon acceptance.

Download full details here: CfP Dynamics of Disasters.