Research & Innovation

International Workshop Explores Resilience Engineering

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” neighborhoods and nations, to include all component sectors and systems, including critical infrastructure.

Unfortunately, resilience engineering is not easily quantified, standardized, measured, and modeled today and it must integrate disparate disciplines (e.g., behavioral 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).

From April 15-17, 2015 Stevens Institute of Technology hosted the invitation-only Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Workshop on Resilience Engineering.  The workshop explored 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, modeling, simulation, and visualization
•    Urban planning
•    Emergency planning, safety and security
•    Business continuity
•    Policy and governance
•    Economics  

“Experts from 12 countries and five continents came 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 (LRF).  LRF is a charitable foundation 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 organization provided by the Stevens Institute of Technology. We could not have found a better partner to help us," she said.

Participants in the workshop included leaders from prestigious international organizations and universities such as: Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. 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: “This workshop was a truly one-of-its-kind event. We assembled 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 program was 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.”

Photo courtesy of:
Professor Choo Yoo Sang
Lloyd's Register Foundation Chair Professor
Director (Research), Center for Offshore Research & Engineering
National University of Singapore
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering