3rd International Conference on Dynamics of Disasters

July 5-9, 2017
Kalamata, Greece


DOD 2017 conference program is released.

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Humans experience a wide array of disasters that generally fall into two categories: natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, etc.; and unnatural, or man-made, disasters such as wars, explosions, wildfires, chemical spills, etc. Such disasters wreak havoc and provoke extensive and large-scale devastation, and carry extremely serious financial repercussions for nations, organizations, and individuals.

The study of dynamics of disasters is an important and worthwhile endeavour, with huge benefits for everyone. Join us in beautiful Kalamata, Greece on July 5 to 9, 2017, where experts share the latest findings on natural and unnatural disasters. We extend an invitation for those studying topics related to disasters to submit an abstract and paper and everyone to register to attend this fascinating and must-see conference.


General Chairs

Fuad T. Aleskerov
Distinguished Professor, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
email: alesk@hse.ru

Ilias S. Kotsireas
Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada
email: ikotsire@wlu.ca

Anna Nagurney
John F. Smith Memorial Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, USA
email: nagurney@isenberg.umass.edu

Panos M. Pardalos
Distinguished Professor, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
email: pardalos@ufl.edu

Program Committee

  1. Irene Abi-Zeid (Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada)
  2. Bradley Adame (Arizona State University, USA)
  3. Fuad Aleskerov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)
  4. Ashwin Arulselvan (Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany)
  5. Adenrele Awotona (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)
  6. Burcu Balcik (Ozyegin University, Industrial Engineering Department, Istanbul, Turkey)
  7. Vladimir L. Boginski (University of Florida, USA)
  8. Dirk Brockmann (Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  9. Sergiy Butenko (Texas A&M, USA)
  10. Marco Carvalho (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
  11. Altannar Chinchuluun (Institute of Mathematics, National University of Mongolia)
  12. Monica G. Cojocaru (University of Guelph, Canada)
  13. Rasmus Dahlberg (Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research, Denmark)
  14. Patrizia Daniele (University of Catania, Italy)
  15. Stanislaw Grzeda (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, USA)
  16. Jose Holguin-Veras (RPI, USA)
  17. Jimmy Huang (York University, Canada)
  18. Soumia Ichoua (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA)
  19. Jacquleen Joseph (Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India)
  20. Joo-Young Jung (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan)
  21. Athanasia Karakitsiou (Industrial Logistics, ETS Institute, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
  22. Rob Kevlihan (Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, Ireland)
  23. Susan W. Kieffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  24. Evangelos Kranakis (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
  25. Nina Mahmoudian (Michigan Technological University, USA)
  26. Bishawjit Mallick (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  27. Lina Mallozzi (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
  28. Athanasios Migdalas (Industrial Logistics, ETS Institute, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
  29. Claude Miller (The University of Oklahoma, USA)
  30. Evangelos Mitsakis (Hellenic Institute of Transport, Thessaloniki, Greece)
  31. Jun Pei (Hefei University of Technology, China)
  32. Oleg Prokopyev (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA)
  33. Steffen Rebennack (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
  34. Olivier Rubin (Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark)
  35. Nickolas S. Sapidis (University of Western Macedonia, Greece)
  36. Dimitris E. Simos (SBA Research, Vienna, Austria)
  37. Peter M.A. Sloot (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  38. Karen Smilowitz (Northwestern University, USA)
  39. Xing Tan (York University, Canada)
  40. Fuminori Toyasaki (Logistics and Disaster and Emergency Management, York University, Toronto, Canada)
  41. Chrysafis Vogiatzis (University of Florida, USA)
  42. Tina Wakolbinger (Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, Vienna, Austria)
  43. Jose Walteros (University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA)
  44. Francesco Zirilli (Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)

Publicity Chair and Electronic Publishing Coordinator

Dalibor Dvorski (Conestoga College, Kitchener, Canada)

Dynamics of Disasters — Key Concepts, Models, Algorithms, and Insights

The published proceedings from our previous International Conference on Dynamics of Disasters in 2015 are available from Springer:
Dynamics of Disasters — Key Concepts, Models, Algorithms, and Insights
(ISBN: 978-3-319-43709-5).
See the relevant blog posting by Prof. Anna Nagurney!

The volume covers topics in the realm of natural and man-made disasters such as war, chemical spills, and wildfires.


The conference will be organized at Elite City Resort.
Please create your reservation at your earliest convenience.

Generally, international attendees of the conference would arrive to one of:

For those planning to arrive to Athens International Airport:
You may travel to Kalamata by train or bus, by renting a car, or by hiring a taxi. There are several new sections of highway between Athens and Kalamata that amount to an approximate 3.5 hour drive.

For those planning to arrive to Thessaloniki Airport:
You may travel to Kalamata by a direct airplane flight.

For those planning to arrive to Kalamata International Airport:
During the summer there are several direct charter flights between Kalamata and major European cities such as Paris, Vienna, Berlin, etc. A taxi ride from the airport to the conference venue will take approximately 20 minutes and cost €20.

KTEL buses from Kalamata to Athens

General Information on Transportation

For tourism information on Kalamata, we recommend you review the Web pages of Visit Greece and Kalamata's Traveller Guide and Kalamata (IN).

Two sightseeing excursions are planned for conference attendees:

(1) The first excursion will be at the impressive Ancient Messini archeological site. The site is one of the 14 sites in Greece, currently on Unesco's tentative list for insciption on the World Heritage list. There are currently 18 sites in Greece, on Unesco's World Heritage list. Five of them are located in the Peloponnese.

(2) The second excursion will be at the world-famous Diros Caves, that feature a unique 1.6 km subterranean river boat ride.

Visa Invitation Letters

Participants of the conference that require visas in order to travel to Greece are kindly asked to contact the conference organizers to solicit an official invitation letter. Note that citizens of European Union countires do not require a visa to enter Greece, and will only require a valid passport or for Schengen countires, an identification card. Citizens of Australia, Canada, Isreael, Japan, New Zealand, Iceland, Switzerland, and USA do not require a visa in order to enter Greece for a period of less than 3 months. Citizens of countries other than the ones mentioned should contact their nearest Greek Consulate or Embassy. Please make sure that you deal with these matters as early as possible, in case you encounter unexpected processing delays and difficulties.


We extend an invitation for those studying topics related to disasters to submit an abstract and paper by contacting the conference organizers. Abstracts and papers are to be typeset in Word or LaTeX and submitted as PDF files. A Springer proceedings volume is planned, containing papers presented at the conference.

Important Dates

Pre-conference dates:
Due to numerous requests, the submission deadline has been extended:
April 30, 2017 — extended abstract submission deadline
April 15, 2017 — abstract submission deadline
May 15, 2017 — notification of acceptance

Conference dates:
July 5-9, 2017

Post-conference dates:
(for the Springer book of Proceedings)
July 31, 2017 — full paper submission deadline
December 15, 2017 — paper acceptance notification
January 15, 2018 — camera-ready due to Springer


The conference registration fee includes access to all presentations, coffee and snacks during breaks, the conference banquet, the two conference excursions, and a copy of the Springer volume of proceedings.

early regular registration — €450 (before May 20, 2017)
early student registration — €350 (before May 20, 2017)
late regular registration — €550 (after May 20, 2017)
late student registration — €450 (after May 20, 2017)

Early conference registration may be purchased online using Western Union Money Transfer, by sending the appropriate amount to Ilias Kotsireas, location: Greece

Once you have completed your Western Union Money Transfer, please e-mail ikotsire@gmail.com with the following 9 pieces of information:

(1) First Name (of the DOD 2017 Registrant)
(2) Last Name (of the DOD 2017 Registrant)
(3) Affiliation (University/Institute/Company)
(4) Amount of the money transfer (in euros)
(5) City
(6) State/Province/Region
(7) Country
(8) working e-mail address (of the DOD 2017 Registrant)
(9) Money Transfer Control Number (provided by Western Union)

Please use "YourFirstName, YourLastName, DOD 2017 Registration Fee by Western Union Money Transfer" as the subject line of your e-mail.

Please include any special requests that you might have, (e.g. dietetary restrictions, invitation letter for visa issuance) in your e-mail, if applicable.

Late conference registration may also be purchased at the conference (cash only).

Hotel Elite City Resort Registration and Room Booking

A link to the Elite City Resort on-line secure registration system is now available. Please book your room at the Elite City Resort as early as possible, in order to receive the conference rate. Early July is a very busy tourist season in Kalamata and the surrounding region.