Educational / professional career
Murray Turoff is a distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Information Systems Department. He has been engaged in research and development of Emergency Response systems and related areas for the past three decades. In 1971, he developed the Emergency Management Information System and Reference Index (EMISARI) for the US Office of Emergency Preparedness OEP.
EMISARI allowed, with technology of the 1970s, two to three hundred people scattered around the USA to exercise a single coordinated response to a crisis. EMISARI was used for a period of more than 15 years to respond to transportation strikes, coal strikes, petroleum shortages, natural gas shortages and some of the more severe natural disasters.
Murray Turoff is co-author with Roxanne Hiltz of the award-winning book “The Network Nation” (MIT Press 1992) and has published on a wide variety of Information Systems topics, among which group decision support systems, human-computer interaction, virtual organizations, and collaborative hypermedia.
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One paper is on the Design of Emergency Management Information Systems that follow the earlier EMISARI philosophy of being a Communication Systems and the other is the need to develop, and the desirability of, an Emergency Assurance Audit capability.
Currently working on a training game for emergency professionals along with Bartel Vande Walle and Michael Chumer.
Also lots of work on online learning and training that might be of interest. For those interest in planning methods that would be useful there is also considerable material on the Delphi method.
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