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Oct 26 • 9:30 am - 10:30 am
Resilient Infrastructures – From Concepts to Applications
Boston, MA 02115 United States
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hiermaier, Director, Fraunhofer EMI Institute
Our society depends on the sustained and reliable functioning of its critical infrastructure. But energy systems, information technology, water and food supply, transportation, and health services are increasingly at risk from international terrorism and natural disasters. Importantly these system are vulnerable to cascading failures because of the growing interconnectedness and complexity of coupled infrastructure systems.
Stefan Hiermaier will outline how the concept of resilience has found its way into the engineering sciences within the diverse research community in Freiberg, Germany. Specifically, he will discuss the emergence of Resilience Engineering and its timely emphasis on preserving critical functionality, ensuring graceful degradation and enabling fast recovery of complex (socio-) technical systems in the face of adversity. Prof. Dr. Hiermaier will highlight that the most relevant engineering tools consist of generic capabilities as well as customized technological solutions that support systems to cope with unexpected disruptions or unexampled events. While the resilience concept is by its nature still generic, he will show a range of application examples researched and developed in Freiburg to assess, manage and improve the resilience of critical infrastructure systems.