Publications

The Ensayo Prototype web site is available online here.

Cynthia Nikolai, Troy Johnson, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Michael Prietula, Gregory Madey, SimEOC: A Distributed Web-based Virtual Emergency Operations Center Simulator for Training and Research (2014, under review). (
download)

John Glynn, Soundarya Souhndararajan and Mouna Yerra, “Virtual Emergency Operations Center User Manual v3.0”,
Technical Memo, Florida International University, May 2013. (download)

Benoit Raybaud, “ENSAYO – Administration & script creation”,
Technical Memo, Notre Dame, 2012. (download)

Cynthia Nikolai, “vEOC User Manual v2.0”,
Technical Memo, Notre Dame, 2012. (download)

Xia, Weidong, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Arvind Gudi, and Jose Rocha-Mier, "Emergency management task complexity and knowledge-sharing strategies."
Cutter IT Journal 24.1 (2011): 20. (paper)

Cynthia Nikolai, Michael Prietula, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Troy Johnson, Matthew Mooney, and Rahul Bhandari, “Experiences and Insights Using A Virtual Emergency Operations Center”, Project Report, 2010. (download)

Xia, Weidong; Becerra-Fernandez, Irma; Rocha, Jose; and Gudi, Arvind, "Knowledge Management Task Complexity In Emergency Management: An Instrument" (2010). AMCIS 2010 Proceedings.
Paper 210.

Cynthia Nikolai, Troy Johnson, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Gregory Madey."Leveraging WebEOC in Support of the Haitian Relief Effort: Insights and Lessons Learned",
7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, May 2, 2010 - May 5, 2010, Seattle, Washington, USA. (paper) (poster)

Cynthia Nikolai, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, and Michael Prietula."Ensayo: A Distributed, Web-based Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Training and Research",
7th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, May 2, 2010 - May 5, 2010, Seattle, Washington, USA".

Cynthia Nikolai, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Michael Prietula, "Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Training and Research", 7
th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM 2010), Seattle, May 2010 (poster)

Cynthia Nikolai, Gregory Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, and Michael Prietula.”Ensayo: A Collaborative Cyberinformation Portal for Emergency Management Training and Research",
Cyberinfrastructure Days, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, April 2010. (poster)

Rocha, Jose; Becerra-Fernandez, Irma; Xia, Weidong; and Gudi, Arvind, "Dealing with Task Uncertainty in Disaster Management: The Role of Knowledge Sharing for Exploration and Exploitation" (2009). AMCIS 2009 Proceedings.
Paper 714.

Nikolai, C., Madey, G., Becerra-Fernandez, I., and M. Prietula."Ensayo: A Virtual Emergency Operations Center Simulator for Training and Research",
Winter Simulation Conference, Baltimore, MD, 2010. (poster)

Madey, G., Becerra-Fernandez, I., Nikolai, C., and M. Prietula."A Training and Research Simulator for Emergency Management",
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Austin, Texas, 2010. (slides)

Cynthia Nikolai, “Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center Field Research Report”,
Field Research Report, University of Notre Dame Zahm Grant, June 2010 (paper)

Cynthia Nikolai, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Michael Prietula, Gregory Madey."Project Ensayo: Designing a Virtual Emergency Operations Center",
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, San Antonio, Texas, Oct. 11-14, 2009. (paper) (slides)

Nikolai, Cynthia and Madey, Gregory, "'Tools of the Trade: A Survey of Various Agent Based Modeling Platforms",
Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 12(2)2, 31-Mar-2009. (online)

Gregory R. Madey, Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Cynthia Nikolai, Michael Prietula. "Ensayo: A Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Training and Research", OR/MS with Societal/ Humanitarian Impact, Applications in Evacuation and Emergency Management,
INFORMS Annual Meeting, San Diego, October, 2009.

Cynthia Nikolai and Gregory Madey, "Agent Based Modeling Toolkit Search Engine",
Agent-Directed Simulation Symposium (ADS'09), The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), San Diego, March 2009.

Nikolai, Cynthia, and Gregory Madey. "Searchable taxonomies of agent based modeling toolkits."
Proceedings of the 2009 Spring Simulation Multiconference. Society for Computer Simulation International, 2009. (paper)

Tim Wright, and Greg Madey, "Explorations in Building a Virtual Emergency Operations Center using Collaborative Virtual Environment",
ISCRAM2008, Washington, D.C., May 2008. (paper) (slides)

Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Weidong Xia, Arvind Gud and Jose Rocha, “Emergency Management Task Characteristics, Knowledge Sharing and Integration and Task Performance: Research Agenda and Challenges”,
ISCRAM2008, Washington, D.C., May 2008. (paper) (slides)

Irma Becerra-Fernández, Greg Madey, Michael Prietula, Domingo Rodríguez, Ricardo Valerdi, and Timothy Wright, "Design and Development of a Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Disaster Management Research, Training, and Discovery",
HICSS-41, Big Island, Hawaii, January 2008. (paper)

Becerra-Fernandez, I. Prietula, M., Madey, G. , Rodriguez, D., "Project Ensayo: a Virtual Emergency Operations Center for Disaster Management Research, Training, and Discovery."
Presentation and Proceedings, The First International Conference on Global Defense and Business Continuity (ICGD&BC 2007), July 2007, San Jose, CA. (paper) (slides)

Becerra-Fernandez, I. Prietula, M., Madey, G. , Rodriguez, D., Gudi, A., and Rocha, J., "Project Ensayo: A Virtual Emergency Operations Center ",
Sixteenth International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT'07), May 2007, Miami Beach, Florida.


REU Students’ Papers

Sara Aycock, “ BrowserBot: An Online Browser Code Conversion Tool”, REU Project Paper, Notre Dame, 2010. (
paper) (slides) (poster)

Regina Ranstrom, “Automated Web Software Testing With Selenium”. REU Project Paper, Notre Dame, 2010. (
paper) (slides) (tutorial) (poster)

Nathan Thomas, “Software Design within Comet: Manipulating Database Tables with JavaScript and PHP”, REU Project Paper, Notre Dame, 2010. (
paper) (slides) (poster)

Matt Mooney, “Virtual Emergency Operations Center Individual Development Documentation”, REU Project Paper, Notre Dame, 2009. (
report)