Community Resilience Semi-Annual Meeting

By | November 6, 2015

Semi-Annual Meeting of the Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning: A NIST-funded Center of Excellent

The Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning (a NIST-funded Center of Excellence) is holding its semi-annual all-center meeting in Gaithersburg, MD on November 5-6 2015.

COE Resilience Meeting

Semi-Annual Meeting Attendees in Gaithersburg, MD, November 2015

The Center Team is composed of more than 90 individuals, including researchers, programmers/developers, NIST collaborators, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students from the various University Partners. Working closely in teams on more than 40 tasks, the Center of Excellence will provide a common data architecture by collaborating with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to ensure that data from around the world can be seamlessly integrated into a robust computational environment known as NIST-CORE. NIST-CORE will allow users to optimize community disaster resilience planning and post-disaster recovery strategies intelligently using physics-based models of inter-dependent physical systems combined with socio-economic systems.  — Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning website

Professors Naiyu Wang (CEES), Amy Cerato (CEES), and Charles Nicholson (ISE) from the University of Oklahoma are attending along with five students and post-docs from OU: Weili Zhang, Peihui Lin, Jia Xu, Mohammad Tehrani, and Xianwu Xue.

Dr. Wang is presenting her team’s work regarding infrastructure fragility with respect to various natural disasters.  Dr. Nicholson will be presenting the OU team’s collaborative work (with CSU and Texas A&M)  to support optimization modeling for various mitigation strategies that impact engineering, economic, and social science vulnerability measures.  In addition, the work, algorithms, and concepts generated at the NIST-funded OU CORE Lab (Analytics Lab + CEES Lab) are making a significant impact.

It is very interesting to view the various presentations by other teams — work from the OU group has permeated and influenced several project teams across the center.  At any point you might see someone, who you’ve never met, presenting their project work and then all-of-sudden during the presentation one of Weili’s or another OU student’s work pops-up.   I am proud to hear how often our students and their work is being referenced.  The COE team is of the highest caliber; for these various experts to respect our student’s work says a lot about the quality we have at OU. – Charles Nicholson

The two-day meeting includes numerous presentations and detailed discussions on a variety of natural hazards and hazards modeling, resilience indicators, performance metrics, interdependency, and data requirements across a broad, interdisciplinary team.