COE Community Resilience Meeting

By | May 6, 2016

COE Resilience Research

A team from the analytics lab presented and competed at the NIST-funded Center of Excellence (COE) for Community Resilience biannual research meeting. Dr. Nicholson facilitated a session on Decision Algorithms and Weili Zhang participated in the poster competition with two submissions: “A multiobjective optimization model for mitigating community economic loss and population dislocation” and “Resilience-based risk mitigation and recovery for highway transportation networks”.

Here is Dr. Nicholson in mid-sentence — we think he is singing the chorus from “Who are you?” by The Who.

NIST-funded COE Community Resilience presentation

Leading the conference in the chorus to the The Who’s “Who are you?” or presenting on Decision Algorithms? We may never know…

During the meeting, the Center presented a live webinar  to offer the public more information about the NIST-funded Center, how the Center is developing a computational environment to help define the attributes that make communities resilient, recent accomplishments and the current path forward. The video is available here.

COE poster competition

Resilience poster competition

Weili Zhang presenting his interdisciplinary work with collaborators from Civil Engineering (OU), Economists (CSU), and Social Scientists (Texas A&M).

COE poster competition: Weili Zhang

Weili Zhang poster competition at Resilience meeting

There were about 90 researches representing Universities across the nation as well as high-level members of NIST attending the meeting in Ft. Collins in April 2016.   OU was well-represented in in the meeting — our contingent of 9 consisted of Dr. Naiyu Wang, Dr. Charles Nicholson, Dr. Amy Cerato, Weili Zhang, Peihui Lin, Yingjun Wang, Mohammad Tehrani, Xianwu Xue, and Jia Xu.

After the meeting, Dr. Nicholson met up with some friends to go on a nice Spring hike in the mountains.  However, the snow came in pretty heavy as they attempted to climb 14,000 ft Mt. Bierstadt.

Beautiful snow scape

Beautiful snow scape

On the road to the trailhead

On the road to the trailhead

Post COE meeting hike

Nicholson hiking Mt. Bierstadt — its time to think about how to mitigate this disaster…

Fun climb

Fun climb and back alive

Wind-burnt and ready for beer

Wind-burnt and ready for beer