SimEOC: A Virtual Emergency Operations Center (vEOC) Simulator for Training and Research

Doctoral Dissertation


Training is an integral part of disaster preparedness. Practice in dealing with crises improves our ability to manage emergency situations. As an emergency escalates, more and more agencies get involved. These agencies require training to learn how to manage the crisis and to work together across jurisdictional boundaries. Consequently, training requires participation from many individuals, consumes a great deal of money, and cannot be conducted often. Moreover, in the current crisis management environment, most training is conducted through tabletop and paper-based scenario exercises. In this dissertation, we describe a socio-technical training simulator and research tool for upper level emergency managers. This tool is important because it enables emergency managers to train for crises more efficiently and effectively in a virtual environment. It also serves as a research tool for scientists to study emergency management decision-making and organizational learning.


Attribute NameValues
  • etd-12082014-101309

Author Cynthia Marie Nikolai
Advisor Dr. Gregory Madey
Contributor Dr. Gregory Madey, Committee Chair
Contributor Dr. Eugene Henry, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Irma Becerra-Fernandez, Committee Member
Contributor Dr. Timothy Wright, Committee Member
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Computer Science and Engineering
Degree Name PhD
Defense Date
  • 2014-11-19

Submission Date 2014-12-08
  • United States of America

  • virtual Emergency Operations Center

  • SimEOC

  • Emergency Management

  • Emergency Management Simulator

  • Emergency Management Research

  • Emergency Management Training

  • Ensayo

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

Record Visibility and Access Public
Content License
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