Monthly Archives: November 2014

Post Disaster Humanitarian Logistics Workshop: Opportunities and Challenges

The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) is proud to announce and conduct a Post Disaster Humanitarian Logistics Workshop: Opportunities and Challenges

Details for the event:
Friday, 14th November 2014, 9:30am – 5.00pm
Woodward Centre, The University of Melbourne
Agenda below

Following the CDMPS’s recent ‘International Symposium on Next Generation of Disaster Management and Public Safety: Delivering a Resilient Future’ that was held on 30 September, The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) would like to invite you to join us for a workshop on Post Disaster Humanitarian Logistics (PDHL) on 14 November. The PDHL workshop is aligned with the Centre’s Priority Area 1: Understanding Natural Disasters, which seeks to examine issues associated with humanitarianism from natural disasters and Priority Area 2: Enhanced Decision Making that aims to develop improved Decision Support Systems (DSS) for more efficient response to disasters. The extreme nature of disasters poses significant challenges to the individuals and organizations involved in the delivery of critical supplies to assist people in need.With research in this area rapidly expanding across diverse areas
and applications, it is important to identify ongoing activities, share experiences and discuss opportunities and challenges in this area.

The workshop aims to:

  • exchange information on initiatives and case studies aimed at improving relief efforts for the victims of disasters
  • share knowledge for developing improved decision support systems
  • showcase tools for assisting decision making, e.g. GIS and models
  • present case studies outlining experiences from cyclones, fires, and floods in Australia and disasters overseas (including Katrina, Haiti, Tohoku and Sandy).

The CDMPS focuses on conducting multi-disciplinary research on all aspects of disaster management and public safety on global and national levels to encourage collaboration and enhance knowledge bases and research capability. Thus, this workshop is an opportune platform for practitioners and researchers from various disciplines to explore current and future challenges associated with PDHL.

Topics for discussion will include, but are not limited to:

  • models for distribution of food and water
  • techniques for estimating the demand for emergency goods
  • training exercises relating to last kilometre deliveries
  • approaches for designing logistics networks for relief goods
  • planning prepositioning facilities

To RSVP for the workshop please register here:


9.00 – 9.30 Tea and coffee on arrival
9.30 – 11.00 Session 1 Inspector David Williams, Victoria Police
Experiences from Black Saturday
Major Eddy Holman, Salvation Army
Experiences from the Victorian floods in 2011
Dr Yiqun Chen and Assoc. Prof. Russell Thompson, The University of Melbourne
An Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System
1.00 – 11.30 Morning Tea
11.30 – 1.00 Session 2 Drasko Kraguljac, RedR Australia
Operational Issues in Humanitarian Logistics
Inspector Ged Griffin, Victoria Police
Security Issues
Meaghan Barry, Oxfam Australia
Logistics for Emergency Response
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 3.30 Session 3 Professor Eiichi Taniguchi, Kyoto University Japan
Logistics for Emergency Response
Professor Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA
Lessons from Haiti and Hurricane Sandy
Natasha Freeman, Red Cross
Issues from International Events
3.30 – 4.00 Afternoon Tea
4.00 – 5.00 Workshop Discussion of research directions