Population displacement is a growing problem, with 41.3 million persons displaced globally in 2011. Whether driven from their homes by armed conflict, natural disasters, or climate change, the displaced experience acute demands for connectivity, communication and connectedness. 

This interdisciplinary workshop will define a research agenda with the goal of helping displaced persons meet their information and communication needs. By defining research goals in areas spanning technical designs, theories of information needs and organizational IT governance, the resulting socio-technical architecture will promote development of robust and rapidly deployable technologies.  We seek talented and imaginative academics and practitioners from a variety of scientific disciplines, including computer, information, organization and geographic information sciences, communication and refugee studies, as well as practitioners with experience related to shelter or refugee camp management.

Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Wireless network access technologies for limited power and backhaul in dense populations
  • Social network and self-organization technologies for displaced persons
  • Conflict and convergence in meeting aid organizations’ and individuals’ information needs
  • Integrated mapping and social networks for personal safety
  • Challenges for implementing research on displaced persons   

The workshop was held in Cape Town, South Africa on Dec. 4-5, 2013, in advance of the joint ACM DEV Conference and 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD2013), being held jointly at the University of Cape Town, Dec. 6-10, 2013.

Come join us in Stellenbosch.
Important Dates
Extended submission deadline: September 22, 2013
Extended acceptance notification: October 9, 2013
Submission deadline: September 9, 2013
Acceptance notification: September 25, 2013
Workshop dates: December 4-5, 2013
Reimbursement/payment deadline: January 13, 2014

Workshop Co-Chairs

Carleen Maitland, Penn State University 

Elizabeth Belding, University of California Santa Barbara

Vice Chair

Mariya Zheleva, University of California Santa Barbara

The workshop is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation under award #1343520.