International Workshop on Resilience Engineering - building a safer, more resilient world

Hoboken, N.J.— Our invitation-only Workshop on Resilience Engineering from 15-17 April 2015 is being hosted by the Stevens Institute of Technology.

The devastating impacts of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Fukushima nuclear disaster, or extreme natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy highlight the importance of resilience engineering to better design our ‘community’ neighbourhoods and nations, to include all component sectors and systems, including critical infrastructure.

Unfortunately, resilience engineering is not easily quantified, standardised, measured, and modelled today and it must integrate disparate disciplines (e.g., behavioural psychology and software engineering), diverse stakeholders (e.g., power authorities and the insurance industry), and even require new fields of study (e.g., the development and application of measures of resilience).

The workshop will explore the gaps in society’s ability to understand, communicate and enhance resilience and, thus, safety in various sectors, including:  

• engineering
• social science
• architecture and design
• computer science
• informatics
• risk analysis, modelling, simulation, and visualisation
• urban planning
• emergency planning, safety and security
• business continuity
• policy and governance
• economics.

“Experts from 12 countries and five continents will come together to share challenges and insights to building a safer, more resilient world,” said Ruth Boumphrey, Head of Research Grants for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. The Foundation is a charity that protects life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. 

“This workshop would not have happened without the leadership, knowledge and exemplary organisation provided by the Stevens Institute of Technology. We could not have found a better partner to help us,” continued Ruth.

Participants in the workshop include leaders from prestigious international organisations and universities such as: Sandia National Laboratories, the US Department of Homeland Security, National University of Singapore, Delft University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Google, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency, University of São Paulo, University of Western Australia, Cranfield University, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Tokyo, among others.

Michael Bruno, Feiler Chair Professor and Dean, School of Engineering & Science, Stevens Institute of Technology said: “This workshop is a truly one-of-its-kind event. We will assemble many of the leading resiliency and sustainability researchers from around the world, along with key industry and government stakeholders and decision-makers. Our three-day programme is designed to define the emerging multi-disciplinary field of resilience engineering and its applications to many of the most pressing and complex problems society will face in the coming years.”

About Stevens 
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programmes for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6,800 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 380 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centres of excellence, as well as joint research programmes focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defence, maritime security, STEM education and coastal sustainability. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.

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