Research & Innovation

Stevens Professor Receives NSF Grant for Joint Research on Resilience Infrastructure

Dr. Jose Emmanuel Ramirez-Marquez, professor in the School of Systems & Enterprises (SSE) at Stevens was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for one of the several new projects funded by the NSF to address the nation's critical need for more resilient infrastructure and enhanced services. 

The project, which is titled ‘Resilience Analytics: A Data-Driven Approach for Enhanced Interdependent Network Resilience’, is led by Kash Barker of the University of Oklahoma (OU), in partnership with James Lambert of the University of Virginia, Laura McLay of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Charles Nicholson of OU and Ramirez-Marquez of Stevens.

The projects are the first in a new NSF activity known as CRISP: Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes. These three- and four-year projects, each with funding up to $2.5 million, are part of NSF's multiyear initiative on risk and resilience, and aim to transform the nation’s interdependent infrastructure systems, from physical structures to responsive systems.

"The new understanding of infrastructure, combined with advances in modeling and smart technologies, promises an opportunity for important, groundbreaking discoveries to improve resilience," said Pramod Khargonekar, NSF assistant director for engineering. "These research investments will help support national security, economy and people for decades to come."

CRISP researchers will study design and performance of these interdependent systems to enable them to perform, despite disruptions and failures from any cause, whether natural, technological or malicious.

“This project is part of a larger effort at SSE to support and develop cutting edge research in resilience engineering", said Dr. Ramirez-Marquez. "In specific, the award from NSF will allow us to understand: 1) the priorities of usage of critical infrastructure for different urban communities, 2) the effects of large combinations of disruptive events, and 3) the effect of potential alternatives to mitigate and restore."

"The tight integration of computation into physical systems and infrastructure is enabling the smart technologies of today," said Jim Kurose, NSF assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). "NSF's investments to enhance safety, security and resiliency of our interdependent critical infrastructure systems are an important step in realizing the smart and connected communities of the future."