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Stevens Professor Babak Heydari Named to Future Resilient Systems Scientific Advisory Committee

Stevens Professor Babak Heydari

Dr. Babak Heydari, a Stevens Institute of Technology professor of systems engineering at the School of Systems and Enterprises (SSE), has accepted an invitation to join the Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Singapore-ETH Centre's (SEC) Future Resilient Systems (FRS) research program. FRS, established in 2014 by Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), one of the top 10 universities in the world, and Singapore's National Research Foundation, develops the framework, concepts and tools to make critical interconnected infrastructure systems more robust and resilient. The Committee consists of five select scholars and systems thinkers from across the globe; Dr. Heydari is the only member from the United States.

The appointment of Dr. Heydari came from the president of ETH and the co-chair of the SEC Governing Board, with an objective to provide advisement and recommendations on ensuring and continuously improving research quality of the program. Heydari will also participate in the midterm review of the FRS research program to be held in January 2017 in Singapore. 

One of most pressing issues faced by our increasingly connected global society is the growing complexity and interconnectedness of critical infrastructure systems according Heydari, whose interdisciplinary research falls at intersection of engineering, economics and systems sciences.

“The performance of critical infrastructure systems rely on modeling and design of evolving socio-technical networks that integrate models of technology side with human behavior,” says Heydari.

The FRS research portfolio is interdisciplinary and ranges from studying interdependent infrastructure systems to social and behavioral models in complex environments. It is one of the best models of research that bridges computational social sciences with engineering design asserts Heydari.

Heydari’s interdisciplinary research interests include: network science, socio-technical systems, computational social sciences, data-driven policy analysis and system architecture. His research has been funded by National Science Foundation, DARPA, NASA and several private corporations. Earlier this year, he received the National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research on modeling interactions between systems architecture and market behavior. Heydari is also an executive committee member and secretary of the Council of Engineering Systems Universities (CESUN).

“I am truly honored and excited about this opportunity that is well aligned with my research and personal academic vision,” says Heydari. “The Future Resilient Systems research program is a great initiative that also lines up with the mission of Stevens and SSE.”