Regional Workshop on Public Safety and Disaster Management (IWNPD 2017) in Cyprus in April 2017

The first dissemination activity of the project is a regional workshop held in Cyprus to attract international researchers and speakers who share same research interests of public safety and disaster management. 5G networks will provide huge potentials in realizing high-data rate, low latency mobile data services within the next five years when more and more people and devices set to be connected. The trend will obviously move towards smart and autonomous devices. Despite the growing research activities surrounding the 5G, utilizing its potential on offer for public safety and emergency services in disaster situations remains an attractive and unfulfilled area. The number of victims and the scale of damage from disaster events worldwide, such as earthquakes, mining disasters, flooding and avalanches are depressingly significant every year. During those events, it was very often that the communication means are completely destroyed and may only be partially available, which leads to difficulty in rescuing activities. It is thus very relevant that much more effort in research in the latest mobile 5G technologies is required to investigate how the public safety and emergency management systems can be improved further in the event the disaster strikes. Telecommunication can obviously save lives.

This workshop aims to bring together academic scientists, researchers and industrial engineers to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of investigating 5G communication networks for disaster and emergency management systems. The topics include, but not limited to,

  • 5G networks for public safety and emergency services
  • D2D communication for emergency/disaster management
  • Relaying systems for emergency services
  • Networked sensors for emergency management
  • Architectures and systems for emergency and disaster management applications
  • LTE systems for public safety and emergency/disaster management
  • Modeling and performance evaluation for emergency management
  • Self-aware and self-adaptive communications system and network design and evaluation
  • Security and self-defense
  • Energy efficiency in critical communication networks
  • Wireless networks for emergency and rescuing support
  • Mobile sensors for disaster monitoring
  • Wireless protocols for emergency management
  • Networked robotics for wireless communications
  • Emergency communication systems
  • Pervasive emergency management systems
  • QoS in critical communications
  • Adaptive routing for emergency situations
  • Energy harvesting for public safety networks and disaster applications

Details of the workshop