Saturday, November 26, 2016

Our Dynamics of Disasters Book is Published!

The good news arrived Thanksgiving Day in the evening.

The book that I had co-edited with Professor Ilias S. Kotsireas of Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada and Professor Panos M. Pardalos of the University of Florida had been published and was available already also in electronic format.
The book, Dynamics of Disasters: Key Insights, Models, Algorithms, and Insights, published by Springer International Publishing Switzerland, is an outgrowth of a conference that we had co-organized in the summer of 2015, which had been held in Kalamata, Greece. The book contains 18 refereed book chapters as well as a preface written by the co-editors and the Table of Contents, Preface, and all contributors can be downloaded in pdf format. 

In addition, to submissions from conference participants and speakers a call also went out for paper submissions. Since we have been working in this area for a while and since I also each spring teach a course on Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare at the Isenberg School of Management excellent contributions were received, including several from practitioners, and contributors from the United Nations.
Working on this book was a true labor of love and I could not have asked for more generous and wonderful co-editors, and the same goes to all of the reviewers, who will remain anonymous, but whose careful reading of the submitted papers and constructive suggestions were very much appreciated.

In the photo below, taken in Kalamata, Greece, I am standing with from left to right Dr. Fuad Aleskerov, Dr. Panos M. Pardalos, Dr. Ilias S. Kotsireas, and Dr. Burcu Balcik.
Aleskerov, Pardalos, Kotsireas, and I are co-organizing the next Dynamics of Disasters conference, which will be held July 5-9, 2017, also in Kalamata, Greece.  The program committee consists of outstanding scientists from around the globe.

The chapters in our Dynamics of Disasters book and the names of the contributors are below.

Preface, Contents, Authors Illias S. Kotsireas, Anna Nagurney, and Panos M. Pardalos, Editors
1 An Assessment of the Impact of Natural and Technological Disasters Using a DEA Approach Fuad Aleskerov, Sergey Demin
2 Selective Routing for Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Burcu Balcik
3 Bridging the Gap: Preparing for Long-Term Infrastructure Disruptions Rasmus Dahlberg
4 Multi-Hazard Scenarios and Impact Mapping for a Protected Built Area in Bucharest, as a Base for Emergency Planning Emil-Sever Georgescu, Cristian Iosif Moscu, Claudiu Sorin Dragomir, Daniela Dobre
5 Lean Thinking and UN Field Operations: A Successful Co-existence? Sulejman Halilagic, Dimitris Folinas
6 Collaborative Incident Planning and the Common Operational Picture Georgios Marios Karagiannis, Costas E. Synolakis
7 Metaheuristic Optimization for Logistics in Natural Disasters Thomai Korkou, Dimitris Souravlias, Konstantinos Parsopoulos, Konstantina Skouri
8 Tsunami of the Meteoric Origin Andrey Kozelkov, Efim Pelinovsky
9 The Donation Collections Routing Problem Emmett J. Lodree, Derek Carter, Emily Barbee
10 Network Criticality and Network Complexity Indicators for the Assessment of Critical Infrastructures During Disasters Evangelos Mitsakis, Josep Maria Salanova, Iraklis Stamos, Emmanouil Chaniotakis
11 Freight Service Provision for Disaster Relief: A Competitive Network Model with Computations Anna Nagurney
12 A Mean-Variance Disaster Relief Supply Chain Network Model for Risk Reduction with Stochastic Link Costs, Time Targets, and Demand Uncertainty Anna Nagurney, Ladimer S. Nagurney
13 A Review of Current Earthquake and Fire Preparedness Campaigns: What Works? Gabriela Perez-Fuentes, Enrica Verrucci, Helene Joffe
14 The Impact of the Syria Crisis on Lebanon Denise Sumpf, Vladimir Isaila, Kristine Najjar
15 Absenteeism Impact on Local Economy During a Pandemic via Hybrid SIR Dynamics E. W. Thommes, M. G. Cojocaru, Safia Athar
16 Tornado Detection with Kernel-Based Classifiers from WSR-88D Radar Data Theodore B. Trafalis, Budi Santosa, Michael B. Richman
17 Evacuation Modeling and Betweenness Centrality Chrysafis Vogiatzis, Panos M. Pardalos
18 Ode to the Humanitarian Logistician: Humanistic Logistics Through a Nurse’s Eye Deborah Wilson

The network that we are building in humanitarian logistics, emergency preparedness, and disaster relief is truly special.

For example, just a few days ago, it was special to be able to introduce my doctoral student, Deniz Besik, to Professor Burcu Balcik, at, appropriately, the WORMS (Women in Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Awards lunch at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Last year, I had the pleasure of co-hosting, along with the Transportation Center, Dr. George Karagiannis' visit and talk at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which I also blogged about. He has conducted several risk assessments of nations including one for Malta, a country I have always wanted to visit.
Also, Rasmus Dahlberg, a speaker at our conference and a contributor to our book, gave two talks last spring at the Isenberg School of Management, and I sponsored his visit, in part. He is an amazing emergency expert, with a focus on the arctic, as well as a novelist and a radio TV personality in Denmark. The students in my Humanitarian Logistic and Healthcare class and I wished that he could have stayed longer!
In the Spring 2015, I had hosted Debbie Wilson, who spoke in my class, and she is one of the bravest women I have ever had the privilege of meeting. She spoke to my students about her work battling Ebola in Liberia with Doctors Without Borders during the immense healthcare crisis in the Fall of 2014 and, suitably, our Dynamics of Disasters volume ends with her terrific contribution.
Also, in our book is a chapter by Dr. Denise Sumpf and colleagues from the United Nations, on the Syrian crisis and ramifications for Lebanon. We hosted Dr. Sumpf in Spring 2008,  as part of our UMass Amherst INFORMS Speaker Series, which the great UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter helps me to organize. What an amazing list of speakers we had that spring, including INFORMS Fellow and National Academy of Engineering member, Dr. John Birge!

Finally, we are delighted that Dr. Emmett Lodree, also has a co-authored paper in our book. Lodree was one of the speakers in the Humanitarian Logistics: Networks for Africa conference that I organized at the Rockefeller Foundations' Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Italy in May 2008. Dr.  Panos M. Pardalos was also one of the speakers and the full program and speaker presentation slides can be accessed from the Supernetwork Center website.

Thanks to all those who made our Dynamics of Disasters: Key Insights, Models, Algorithms, and Insights, possible and let the discussions and research with implementation in practice continue!