NSF funded project, “Resilience Analytics: A Data-Driven Approach for Enhanced Interdependent Network Resilience”

By | September 15, 2015

NSF (1)Infrastructure must outsmart disruptions to continue delivery of essential goods and services.

To this end, NSF-funded 12 CRISP projects in FY 2015 including $2.2 million to support Resilience Analytics: A Data-Driven Approach for Enhanced Interdependent Network Resilience.

Kash Barker of the University of Oklahoma (OU) will lead the project, in partnership with Charles Nicholson of OU, James Lambert of the University of Virginia, Laura McLay of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Chris Zoebel of Virgnia Tech, Jose Ramirez-Marquez of Stevens Institute of Technology, Cornelia Caragea of the University of North Texas, and Andrea Tapia of Penn State (Awards: 15411651541155).

The projects are the first in a new NSF activity known as CRISP: Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes. These projects, each with funding up to $2.5 million, are part of NSF’s multiyear initiative on risk and resilience. NSF’s fiscal year 2015 investment in CRISP is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the Directorates for Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).

“Building a more resilient society requires making sound research investments not only in understanding the technology that supports critical infrastructure but also in understanding the human behaviors that determine how technology is put to use,” said Fay Cook, NSF assistant director for SBE. “Multidisciplinary, cooperative research efforts like CRISP are essential for understanding how behavior and technology intersect.”mantoloking bridge nj fema_b67d3720-8001-4b98-9787-c48505e35a55_f

Infrastructure of the future

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 knowledge will lead to innovations in critical infrastructure, so that communications, power and water supplies, and other community support functions are strengthened, as these systems perform sustainably and securely, delivering even a broader range of goods and services.

CRISP project outcomes will develop fundamental knowledge needed to understand interdependencies and their impacts and also improve the effectiveness and efficiency with which infrastructure systems deliver those goods and services.

“The tight integration of computation into physical systems and infrastructure is enabling the smart technologies of today,” said Jim Kurose, NSF assistant director for 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.”


Article excerpted from NSF announcement.  See full article here: NSF invests $20 million to enhance resilience