A communication and tracking ontology for mobile systems in the event of a large scale disaster

Mohd Khairul Azmi Hassan*, Yun-Heh Chen-Burger

*Corresponding author for this work

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Communication and tracking capabilities during and immediately after a large-scale natural disaster are one of the most important components of speedy response and recovery. In that, it discovers affected people and connects them with their families, friends, and communities with first responders and/or their support computational systems. Capabilities of current mobile technologies can be expanded to become effective large-scale disaster tool aid. To facilitate effective communication and coordination across different parties and domains, ontologies are becoming crucial in providing assistance during natural disasters, especially where affected locations are remote, affected population is large and centralized coordination is poor. Although there are several existing competing methodologies with regard to as how an ontology may be built, there is not a single right way to build an ontology. Furthermore, there is not a (de facto standard) Disaster Relief Ontology, although separated related ontologies may be combined to create an initial version. This article discusses our on-going development of an ontology for a Communication and Tracking System (CTS), based on existing related ontologies, that is aimed to be used by mobile applications to support disaster relief at the real-time. For future work, this ontology will be used to provide a multi-disciplinary knowledge foundation in a distributed multi-agent based environment, where mobile devices, rescue workers and their organizations are modelled and functioned as distributed and collaborative agents to support each other in the event of a large-scale natural disaster.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgent and Multi-Agent Systems: Technology and Applications
Subtitle of host publication10th KES International Conference, KES-AMSTA 2016 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, June 2016 Proceedings
EditorsGordan Jezic, Yun-Heh Jessica Chen-Burger, Robert J. Howlett, Lakhmi C. Jain
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319398839
ISBN (Print)9783319398822
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event10th KES International Conference on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems: Technology and Applications 2016 - Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 15 Jun 201617 Jun 2016

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
ISSN (Print)2190-3018


Conference10th KES International Conference on Agent and Multi-Agent Systems
Abbreviated titleKES-AMSTA 2016
CityPuerto de la Cruz, Tenerife


  • Communication
  • Decision support systems
  • Disaster relief
  • Earthquake
  • Intelligent systems
  • Linked data
  • Mobile application
  • Natural disaster
  • Ontology
  • Semantic web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Decision Sciences(all)


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