Towards a Common Vocabulary for Crisis Management Scenarios

  • Jingquan XieEmail author
  • Betim Sojeva
  • Erich Rome
  • Daniel Lückerath
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10707)


Crisis management is a complex process, handling critical situations caused by natural or human-made hazards. In the response phase, crisis managers often have limited time to react on unexpected events. Hence, sufficient training during the preparedness phase of crisis management plays a vital role for correct behaviours under time pressure. Significant efforts in the research community have been invested to develop innovative IT-based crisis management training systems with one core idea in mind – create crisis scenarios with sufficient details for the targeted training purposes to better prepare crisis managers. Developing such scenarios is however a time-consuming process and involves contributing a vast amount of human efforts by crisis managers, domain experts and system engineers. Therefore, improved re-usability of well-developed and validated scenarios is of critical importance for crisis management training. To our best knowledge, a widely-accepted method to describe crisis scenarios in a machine understandable fashion is still missing – training systems are normally equipped with proprietary formats that cannot be easily shared with each other. This paper proposes a common machine-readable vocabulary to describe crisis scenarios. In addition, the corresponding software environment to support the generation and execution of crisis scenarios is also elaborated.



The research leading to these results was funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme projects CIPRNet (grant agreement \(\hbox {N}^{\circ }\,312450\)) and PREDICT (grant agreement \(\hbox {N}^{\circ }\,60769\)). The authors thank all of the project partners for many constructive discussions and useful suggestions. The contents of this paper do not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed herein lies entirely with the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jingquan Xie
    • 1
    Email author
  • Betim Sojeva
    • 1
  • Erich Rome
    • 1
  • Daniel Lückerath
    • 1
  1. 1.Fraunhofer IAISSankt AugustinGermany

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