Modelling and Brokering Emergency Requests-For-Assistance
Markos F. Fragkakis
MSc Dissertation, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, 2006.
Fragkakis, M. (2006) Modelling and Brokering Emergency Requests-For-Assistance, Master of Science Dissertation, School of
Informatics, University of Edinburgh, August, 2006.
The scale of the December 2004 Tsunami required a huge
humantiarian relief effort, involving many different organisations and
nationalities. In turn, this demanded a large coordination and communication
effort, with organisations such as the Multinational Planning Augmentation
Team (MPAT)  helping to establish task command and planning
One of the roles of MPAT during the response was to act
as an information exchange , and as part of this role it acted as a broker
for Requests-for-assistance (RFAs), attempting to match requests for services
or expertise with the corresponding service-providers and experts . As an
example, the following was one RFA that was successly
"Transport 400 MTs (441 tons) of High Energy Biscuits
(HEBs) from Bangladesh (Zia Int'l Airport) to Banda Aceh and Medan,
This brokering was performed manually; the purpose of this
project is to consider ways in which this brokering task may be formalised and
(perhaps partially) automated.
This may involve a number of
1. An analysis of the MPAT RFA process, of the content of
RFAs, and of the type of reasoning required to broker RFAs.
formalisation of the description of RFAs and services/expertise using, in the
first instance, OWL-S , an existing service description formalism.
analysis of the suitability of OWL-S for this particular task, identifying any
weaknesses in the expressiveness of the OWL-S ontology or its underlying
4. An implementation of a brokering service able to match RFAs with
- Stephen Potter
- Austin Tate