Resilience: Measurement Framework and Applications

When: Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Where: DA 5th fl
Speaker: Igor Linkov, PhD
Organization: Risk and Decision Science Focus Area Lead, US Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Adjunct Professor of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Sponsor: CCNR Joint Network Seminar

In the context of events such as terrorist attacks and natural disasters becoming more frequent and repairs more costly, there is a national push to create an increasingly resilient society. Resilience, defined by the National Academy of Science (NAS) as the ability to plan, prepare, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events, offers benefits to systems across application domains including: disaster management, engineering, ecology, and cyber security. Despite growing scientific and national interest, the ability to measure and design systems to be resilient has proven elusive. In particular, inappropriate conceptual frameworks (e.g., conflating risk and resilience) complicate the creation of a mathematical foundation for operationalizing resilience and making it applicable across multiple application domains.  This presentation will review the use of resilience across multiple application domains (engineering, environment, and cyber) and discuss existing frameworks for measuring resilience.  Our goal is to stimulate discussion on how network science can be integrated in a practical framework for measuring resilience.