Below is the program for this year's conference. You can also review the 2009 program and 2009 proceedings from the archive of last year's gathering.Program

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Thursday, March 4th, 2010

7:30 - 8:30AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9AM
Video for session: Introduction & Welcome
Introduction & Welcome to the Conference
Chelsea “Chip” White, Chair, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Ozlem Ergun, Pinar Keskinocak, Julie Swann, Conference Co-Chairs PDF
9 - 10:30AM
Video for session: Long Term Development and Sustainability

Long Term Development and Sustainability
Nabil Adam, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Mark Anderson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Ky Luu, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, Tulane University PDF
Major George Polarek, The Salvation Army World Service Office PDF
David Sarley, John Snow, Inc. PDF

Moderator: Brent Woodworth, Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Foundation

10:30 - 11AM Break and Poster Presentations
11 - 12:30PM
Video for session: Education, Community Preparedness, and Capacity Building

Education, Community Preparedness, and Capacity Building
Bernard Chomilier, World Food Programme PDF
Dale Herzog, United Parcel Service (UPS) and CARE-USA PDF
Gulam Juma, Focus Humanitarian Assistance PDF
Brian Koon, Walmart PDF
Captain Brian Sheppard, U.S. Africa Command PDF

Moderator: Leigh Fitzpatrick McCook, Georgia Tech Research Institute

12:30 - 2:15PM Working Lunch and Group Discussions (to be summarized on Friday)
2:30 - 4:00PM
Video for session: Improving Public Health

Improving Public Health
Laurent Dedieu, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) PDF
Yann LeTallec, Clinton Foundation PDF
Edward Kaplan, Yale University PDF
Mark Keim, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nick Pacitti, Sterling Solutions PDF

Moderator: Carladenise Edwards, Georgia Department of Community Health

4:00 - 4:30PM Break and Poster Presentations
4:30 - 5:30PM
Video for session: Health Keynote
Keynote (Health)
Rear Admiral Scott Deitchman, Associate Director for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response, National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
Introduction by Gregory Abowd, Health Systems Institute, Georgia Institute of Technology
5:30PM Announcements
5:40PM Reception/Dinner: Georgia Tech Hotel

Friday, March 5th, 2010

8 - 8:50AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15AM
Video for session: Summary of Group Discussions
Summary of Group Discussion
Ellen Zegura, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology PDF
9:15 - 10:15AM
Video for session: Disasters Keynote
Keynote (Disasters)
Armond Mascelli, Vice President for Disaster Services, Operations, American Red Cross PDF
Introduction by Terry Blum, Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Georgia Tech
10:15 - 10:45AM Break and Poster Presentations
10:45 - 12:15PM
Video for session: Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Post-Disaster Operations

Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Post-Disaster Operations
Keith Adams, USAID Food for Peace PDF
Colonel Frank Ford, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers PDF
Rigoberto Giron, CARE-USA PDF
Robert Gougelet, New England Center for Emergency Preparedness, Dartmouth Medical School PDF
Shawn Smith, Emergency Visions, Inc. PDF

Moderator: Nancy Brockway, American Red Cross

12:15 - 12:30PM Concluding Remarks
End of Conference
2:00 - 4:30PM Concurrent Workshops

Workshop A :: Pre-Planning and Response to Large-Scale Domestic Events (Instructors: Dan Stowers Planning Director, and William Doyles Senior Research Scientist, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) & Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI))

Experience has demonstrated that the skills required for planning and responding to any type of large-scale incident are similar, whether they are man-made or natural in origin. This workshop will identify general requirements and issues associated with response to large-scale incidents and then provide example scenarios to be used as a basis for comparison. The attendees will participate in a discussion of the elements of responses that are similar and unique to each type of incident.

Workshop B :: Dynamic Decision Making During Emergencies (Instructor: Paulo Goncalves, Ph.D., Associate Professor & Academic Director, Humanitarian Logistics and Management Master, University of Lugano & Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan School of Management)

How many people need assistance in a disaster affected area? How many items (water jerry-cans, blankets, etc.) should be pre-positioned in a regional depot? How much money should organizations appeal for? Correctly answering such questions during emergencies may make the difference between an effective and an ineffective relief operation. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to make important decisions in humanitarian relief settings and evaluate the results and causes of such decisions. Some of these decisions will take place in an online computer game. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to play the game.

Workshop C :: From Preparedness to Response: Humanitarian Logistics (Instructor: Bernard Chomilier, Head, Logistics Development Unit World Food Programme (WFP))

We will cover topics including the coordination of logistics operations with the UN Humanitarian Response Depots, the UN Logistics Cluster, partnership with private sector and civilian-military cooperation. We will also discuss the training programs developed within the World Food Programme which are broadly used for training within the UN Logistics Cluster. We will link the importance of logistics preparedness to Haiti response.