5th International Conference on Dynamics of Disasters, DOD 2021

July 15-18, 2021
Athens, Greece


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 Athens, Greece virtually on July 15 to 18, 2021, 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 Aleskerov
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

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 chair

Prof. Chrysafis Vogiatzis
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA

Chair of organizing committee

Sofia Papadaki
1.School of Economics, Business Administration & Legal Studies, International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki, Greece
2.Institute for Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology, Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas, Thessaloniki, Greece
email: dod_papadaki@protonmail.com

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. George Banias (iBO/CERTH, Greece)
  8. Angie Bistaraki (University of Peloponnese, Sparta, Greece)
  9. Vladimir L. Boginski (University of Florida, USA)
  10. Dirk Brockmann (Institute for Theoretical Biology, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
  11. Sergiy Butenko (Texas A&M, USA)
  12. Marco Carvalho (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
  13. Altannar Chinchuluun (Institute of Mathematics, National University of Mongolia)
  14. Monica G. Cojocaru (University of Guelph, Canada)
  15. Rasmus Dahlberg (Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research, Denmark)
  16. Patrizia Daniele (University of Catania, Italy)
  17. Aikaterini Deliali (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
  18. Stanislaw Grzeda (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, USA)
  19. Mario Guarracino (CNR, Italy)
  20. Jose Holguin-Veras (RPI, USA)
  21. Jimmy Huang (York University, Canada)
  22. Soumia Ichoua (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida, USA)
  23. Jacquleen Joseph (Jamsetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India)
  24. Joo-Young Jung (International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan)
  25. Athanasia Karakitsiou (Industrial Logistics, ETS Institute, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
  26. Stavros Katsios (Ionian University, Corfu, Greece)
  27. Rob Kevlihan (Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, Ireland)
  28. Susan W. Kieffer (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA)
  29. Evangelos Kranakis (Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada)
  30. Nina Mahmoudian (Michigan Technological University, USA)
  31. Bishawjit Mallick (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  32. Lina Mallozzi (University of Naples Federico II, Italy)
  33. Athanasios Migdalas (Industrial Logistics, ETS Institute, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden)
  34. Claude Miller (The University of Oklahoma, USA)
  35. Evangelos Mitsakis (Hellenic Institute of Transport, Thessaloniki, Greece)
  36. Diego Fernandez Otegui
  37. Jun Pei (Hefei University of Technology, China)
  38. Oleg Prokopyev (Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA)
  39. Steffen Rebennack (Colorado School of Mines, USA)
  40. Olivier Rubin (Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark)
  41. Nickolas S. Sapidis (University of Western Macedonia, Greece)
  42. Dimitris E. Simos (SBA Research, Vienna, Austria)
  43. Peter M.A. Sloot (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  44. Karen Smilowitz (Northwestern University, USA)
  45. Xing Tan (York University, Canada)
  46. Fuminori Toyasaki (Logistics and Disaster and Emergency Management, York University, Toronto, Canada)
  47. Chrysafis Vogiatzis (University of Florida, USA)
  48. Tina Wakolbinger (Institute for Transport and Logistics Management, Vienna, Austria)
  49. Jose Walteros (University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA)
  50. Francesco Zirilli (Universita di Roma La Sapienza, Italy)

Publicity Chair and Electronic Publishing Coordinator

Dalibor Dvorski (Conestoga College, Kitchener, Canada)

Conference Program

You can read and download the DOD 2021 Conference Program. You will find information about the plenary talks below.


Doing More with Less: The Impact of Preparedness and Coordination on Humanitarian Aid
Prof. Maria Besiou, Kühne Logistics University, Germany

Abstract: Funding requirements for humanitarian assistance have increased by 260% from USD 9.64bn in 2009 to USD 25.08bn in 2018. Whilst the unmet funding requirements in 2009 were reported to be USD 2.66bn, the funding gap grew by 370% to USD 9.84bn in 2018. At the same time, following disasters humanitarian organizations (HOs) from all over the world assemble to save as many lives as possible. Despite the best intentions of those involved, coordination problems among HOs often yield redundant efforts and resources. In view of the ever-increasing humanitarian needs and the growing funding gap, actors in the humanitarian space are asked to look into different and new ways of operating to ultimately provide more assistance with fewer resources. Preparedness activities and coordination can play critical roles in doing more with less. This presentation is motivated by research projects with different humanitarian organizations like United Nations Logistics Cluster, Action Against Hunger, International Committee of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children and UNICEF.

Bio: Maria Besiou is Dean of Research and Professor of Humanitarian Logistics at Kühne Logistics University. She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Operations Management from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) in Greece. She holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from AUTH. Before joining KLU she worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Social Innovation Centre at INSEAD, France. Her main research interests are in humanitarian logistics, closed-loop supply chains and stakeholder media. Her research has been motivated by real problems that these supply chains. As a researcher, she is currently involved in the Research Institute on Leadership and Operations in Humanitarian Aid (RILOHA), which seeks to enhance the effectiveness of humanitarian aid via psychological insights, and she is the Academic Director of the Center for Humanitarian Logistics and Regional Development (CHORD). Her research appears in several case studies and peer-review international journals like Production and Operations Management (POM), Journal of Operations Management (JOM), Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM), Journal of Business Ethics (JBE), and European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR). Besiou currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHLSCM), as a Senior Editor of the Disaster Management Department (DMD) of Production and Operations Management (POM), and on the editorial review boards of Journal of Operations Management (JOM) and Production and Operations Management (POM).


Critical Elements Detection in Networks: An Optimization Perspective
Prof. Oleg Prokopyev, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Picture from http://www.pitt.edu/~droleg/

Abstract: Graph-theoretical models arise in a variety of application areas due to their elegance and inherent ability to logically represent (as edges) important relationships, e.g., communication and transportation links, between structural elements (i.e., nodes) of complex systems. An interesting research question arising in this context is the problem of identifying the most important and influential structural elements (e.g., nodes, edges, subgraphs) of the considered networks. There are two fundamentally different viewpoints for measuring element importance within the network. In the first approach (also known as the "negative" approach) the decision-maker evaluates the effect of elements removal on the network structure, e.g., its connectivity. In the second ("positive") approach the decision-maker focuses on how well a particular subset of the network elements is positioned within a network, e.g., with respect to reachability to other elements. In recent years, this stream of research has received significant attention in the literature. This talk will mostly focus on the "negative" approach, which is also known to as the Critical Node/Edge Detection problem in the combinatorial optimization literature. The concept of critical nodes and edges can be used to characterize vulnerability and robustness properties of a given networked system with respect to node and edge removals, which may correspond to either targeted attacks, or random failures due to operating conditions. In this talk, we overview our recent results and the lessons learned from the application of integer programming approaches for solving this important class of network analysis problems.

Bio: Dr. Oleg Prokopyev is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He received MS and PhD degrees in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida and BS and MS degrees in applied mathematics and physics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Moscow, Russia). Dr. Prokopyev's research interests are in the areas of combinatorial optimization, bilevel programming, optimization under uncertainty, and applications of Operations Research in health care, bioinformatics and network analysis problems. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Office of Naval Research, Department of Veteran Affairs and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Dr. Prokopyev is a recipient of the AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Optimization Letters and serves on the editorial boards of IISE Transactions and Journal of Global Optimization.


Deforestation and Climate Disasters
Dr. Stavros Siokos, Astarte Capital Partners LLP, London, UK

Abstract: A practitioners point of view on how forests can help towards a net zero economy and how growing forests at specific areas of the planets can potentially assist on preventing a climate disaster within the next 30 years. In this presentation we will discuss the issues of deforestation, identify which forests matter the most and what steps are needed to prevent a total climate disaster.

Bio: Dr. Stavros Siokos is a Co-Founder, the Managing Partner and Member of the Investment Committee at Astarte Capital Partners, an independent alternatives co-investment platform with a focus on the real assets space based across Europe, North America and Australia. Astarte's main focus is to build and provide access to institutional quality investment platforms that focus on real asset backed strategies which are supported by mega macroeconomic trends, such as ageing population, food safety, clean water and the transition into smart cities. These platforms are built in partnership with experienced operating teams or emerging managers that can demonstrate a strong track record in the specific asset class. Stavros has 30 years' experience in building and managing businesses in various areas of Capital Markets, Asset Management and Alternative Investments. Before co-founding Astarte, he was the CEO of a boutique asset management firm focusing in Alternative investments where he was instrumental in growing it from a small asset management firm into a global multi-billion AUM investor. Prior to this, Stavros was Managing Director at Piraeus Bank, where he was responsible of all asset management functions including private equity, venture capital and wealth management. All businesses grew AUM significantly during his tenure and a number of strategic partnerships were established. Previously he was Managing Director at Citigroup for more than a decade, where he was global head of alternative executions, portfolio trading strategies and pension fund solutions. He is the author to a number of books and academic papers related to finance, engineering and mathematics. Stavros holds an Electrical and Computer Engineering Diploma from the University of Patras, Greece, a MSc in the same field and a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts.


Science and Technology in Disaster Management: Past, Present and Future
Dr. George Karagiannis, General Secretariat for Civil Protection, Greece

Abstract: Disasters create overwhelming demands to affected communities and pose unique problems that complicate efforts of orchestrating the response. Uncertainty is notoriously inherent in disaster management. Left unchecked, the "fog of crisis" can lead to poor mitigation decisions, delay response actions and ultimately claim human lives. Science, engineering and technology have been used to help defend humanity against nature's fury since the dawn of civilization, but have traditionally been considered in the context of hazard mitigation and disaster prevention. However, the information age is rapidly changing the backdrop of emergency management. With effortless access to knowledge, science and technology help reduce the aleatory and epistemic uncertainties that constitute emergency managers' worst nightmares. Yet, despite its multi-disciplinary nature, the emergency management profession is still struggling to fully integrate new scientific and technological capabilities! The question that remains is what can we do today to improve how the future disaster and crisis manager benefits from science and technology to keep people safer.

Bio: George Karagiannis is Greece's Deputy Secretary-General for Civil Protection. From 2016 to 2019, he was Technical Officer at the European Commission Joint Research Center, where his area of expertise revolved around emergency management, critical infrastructure protection and hybrid threats. Prior to joining the Joint Research Center, he was a Disaster Management Consultant. He has worked in four countries, developed two strategic national risk assessments, helped organize over 60 exercises, developed a dozen emergency operations plans and responded to disasters in the field. He also was a Research Scientist at the Technical University of Crete in Greece, where he his interdisciplinary research lay at the intersection of systems engineering and disaster resilience. George earned his Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering from Saint-Etienne School of Mines in France. He also holds degrees in Civil Engineering, Disaster Management and Business Administration, and its a Certified Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Dynamics of Disasters — Published Proceedings

The published proceedings from our previous International Conferences on Dynamics of Disasters are available from Springer:


The conference takes place virtually. Details and instructions will be announced as the time of the Conference draws near


We extend an invitation for those studying topics related to disasters to submit an abstract and paper by clicking on this link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dod2021. Instructions are available here.
The paper submission deadline is June 30, 2021. See the full Call For Papers.
You may contact the conference organizers for any questions you may have. Abstracts and papers are to be typeset in Word or LaTeX and submitted as PDF files.

A Special Issue of the Operations Research Forum, published by Springer, is planned, containing papers presented at the conference. You may visit the webpage by Springer for more details and deadlines.

Important Dates

Pre-conference dates:
May 30, 2021 — abstract submission deadline
April 20, 2021 May 30, 2021 — paper submission deadline
June 30, 2021 — title and abstract submission deadline
TBD — notification of acceptance

Conference dates:
July 14, 2021 — arrival day
July 15-18, 2021 — Conference
July 19, 2021 — departure day


Registration for DOD 2021 is now open. Read the instructions carefully and register today!

The conference registration fee includes access to all presentations, and a copy of the Springer volume of proceedings.


regular registration — €350
student registration — €250
accompanying person — €150
late regular registration — €450 (after May 30, 2021)
late student registration — €350 (after May 30, 2021)