ISCRAM 2017 Workshops

Transport and Logistics Management in Crisis Situations - Workshop

Introduction to the Workshop

The mobility of relief forces and the supply of personnel and goods are of outstanding importance during and after a crisis. However, the transportation system often collapses first in crisis situation leading to massive impairments for the affected population and the work of professional responders: Nearly all of their actions depend on functioning and reliable transport and logistics infrastructures in order to e.g. reach corresponding action places, to ensure evacuation or to provide the affected population with relief goods and services.

The objective of the workshop is to discuss the state of the art, challenges and future trends of transport and logistics management in crisis response. Thus, the workshop aims to contribute to the discussion on the current state of the art, the practitioner’s needs in the logistics and transportation area as well as the different methodological and technical approaches within the research and development communities. The workshop will be designed as a mix of presentations, interactive elements and several discussions. The outcomes (tool presentations, brainstorming results, lessons learnt) will be documented and shared with the ISCRAM community subsequent to the conference.

Workshop Topics

The aim of the workshop is twofold. On the one hand we demonstrate and discuss different approaches for logistics and transportation issues within crisis management. On the other hand, the workshop is complemented by a dialog between solution developers/providers and practitioners in order to exchange experiences and to gather information about the needs, trends and the requests.

The workshop addresses following topics:

  1. Case studies and reflections from practice: In the context of the workshop, it is planned to run light versions or demos of the presented transportation and logistics management solutions.

  2. Decision support, sense making and judgement: In the context of the workshop it is planned to discuss concrete requirements for a suitable decision support system for transport and logistics related tasks. Each professional responder has its specific requirements regarding decision support. To provide an appropriate system it is necessary to know as much as possible about specific requirements. This information will be gathered during the workshop in order to address specific needs of the involved responders.

  3. Data fusion, representation, and visualization: The required information is based on different sources and data (aerial data, satellite images or images from helicopter/aircraft), terrestrial data (Bluetooth, Floating Car Data (FCD), cameras, induction loops), historical data or real-time data. Which information is used and visualized depends on their availability in the area of interest. The question is which kind of information sharing and visualization is requested in future - Stand-alone systems for installation, web interface, common information space, common operational picture etc.?

  4. Planning horizons: Appropriate tools often cover one particular planning horizon, e.g. the identification of an optimal route within the next 30 minutes or the strategic location of a distribution hub being relevant for the next ten years. In contrast to software tools, practitioners tend to relate the four crisis management lifecycle, which leads to the question in how far innovative tools should incorporate those practices by offering an “agile”, inter-connected and open infrastructure.

Workshop Structure

In order to stimulate the discussion on the state of the art, challenges and future trends of transport and logistics management in crisis response the first part of the workshop is dedicated to present several existing practices, tools and solutions. As a starting point two solutions (KeepOperational and HumLog) are demonstrated based on a practical experiment by the workshop organizers in cooperation with the German Federal Agency For Technical Relief. Interested participants are invited to present their solutions and experiences in an app. 15 minutes presentation including a demonstration of a particular method, tool or use case.

The second part of the workshop is an interactive session where the broader audience gets the opportunity to have a deeper look into the presented solutions. The solution providers get the opportunity to answer individual questions in face-to-face discussions. If applicable, the audience will be allowed to “play around” in a fair-like setting. The second block will be followed by a discussion regarding the feedback on the presented tools, the broader experiences of the audience and the question which challenges and trends can be identified in the area of logistics and transport management in disaster relief.

Agenda Sunday 21 May 2017 — Room 0F01

Sunday 21 May 2017
08:00-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:15 Welcome and introduction to the workshop

Presentation of solutions (1)
i.a. acc. to the following structure:

  • Presentation: Short presentation of the systems including its functionalities and project results
  • Use case: Introduction to one specific use case/application the solution
  • Questions and answers
10:30-11:00 Break

Presentation of solutions (2)

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Interactive Session
Solutions fair
The participants get the opportunity to “experience” the solutions and meet their developers in an informal and personal setting (similar to a fair).
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Concluding discussion
Wrap up and outlook
Discussion on impression; identification of gaps, challenges and trends; discussion on future directions.


There are two ways to participate in the workshop:

  1. We invite solution providers and practitioners to present a solution which they would like to share with the ISCRAM community. The solutions do not necessarily have to be running systems with a high technology readiness level. Nevertheless, they should have a relation to transport and logistics management tasks in disaster relief operations, representing all involved stakeholders (e.g. humanitarian organizations, military or first responder ). To apply for a solution presentation, please send a brief description of the solution to before 2nd May 2017.

  2. We invite the ISCRAM community to join the workshop in order to get an insight on the presented solutions, to share their experiences and thoughts in this area as well as to discuss the needs, challenges and trends in the area of transport and logistics solutions in crisis management. Please register for the workshop by sending a short Email before 15th May 2017 to

Workshop Chairs and Co-Chairs

Carsten Dalaff (
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation Systems

Dipl.-Ing. Carsten Dalaff leads the working group project management professionals within the institute for transportation systems in the German Aerospace Center (DLR). For many years he has been in charge of the topic transportation systems in various responsibilities. During this time he successfully led a various number of national and international projects as project coordinator and manager. In recent years, he focused his work on traffic management in crisis situations and major events.

Dr.-Ing. Gaby Gurczik (
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Transportation Systems

Dr.-Ing. Gaby Gurczik is research associate with 6 years’ experience in traffic and transport engineering with specialization in telematics. Her domains are Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), traffic monitoring, traffic data analysis, traffic management and quality assessment. She received her doctorate in 2016.

In the field of traffic management in crisis situations she worked in different national and international projects (e.g. Vabene++, DRIVER) and was also responsible for planning and performing demonstration campaigns. At the European Transport Conference (ETC) 2016 in Barcelona she gave a lecture on “Assessment of Logistics and Traffic Management Tool Suites for Crisis Management”

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Hellingrath (
University of Münster, Department of Information Systems

Bernd Hellingrath is Professor for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at Münster University since 2008. Prior to this position, he was department manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics in Dortmund and professor for Planning and Modeling of Production and Logistics Networks at the University of Paderborn. Since 2008 he leads the Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the department for Information Systems at the University of Muenster (WWU), he is a director of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) and academic director of the ERCIS Competence Center for Crisis Management. From 2010 to 2011 Prof. Hellingrath led the working groups on “processes” and “information and technology” in BVL International’s Humanitarian Logistics Council, and led the Council from 2012 to 2013. Prof. Hellingrath has been involved in previous European research programs both as a contributor and as a reviewer. He is an active member of ISCRAM as author, reviewer, track chair and workshop organizer.

Adam Widera (
University of Münster, Department of Information Systems

Adam Widera is an active member of ISCRAM as author, reviewer, track chair and workshop organizer since 2011. He studied political science, philosophy, and political economy at the University of Muenster (Germany). He is research assistant at the Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the European Research Center (ERCIS) since 2008. He has been involved in various projects in close cooperation with different international humanitarian organizations following an action research approach. He was an active member of the of the BVL International’s Humanitarian Logistics Council and figures as the managing director of the Competence Center for Crisis Management at the ERCIS.