Mon, Jan 28, 2013 @ 11:30 AM - 01:00 PM
USC Viterbi School of Engineering
Conferences, Lectures, & Seminars
Speaker: Daniel Salazar, Samrat Chatterjee and Misak Avetisyan, CREATE Post Doctoral Researchers
Talk Title: “Analyzing risks to infrastructure systems against multiple hazards: concepts and applications”
Series: CREATE Monthly Seminar Series
Abstract: This talk reports on the progress towards the development of a modeling framework for representing interactions among assets within an infrastructure system, evaluating system vulnerabilities, and rapid estimation of direct hazard impact on the built infrastructure. Approaches for handling natural and terrorism hazards within the model framework are discussed. Preliminary direct hazard impact estimation procedure and results for an explosion scenario at a seaport are presented. Uncertainties in the direct local hazard impacts and indirect global economic impacts for the example scenario above are quantified. Further extensions of the modeling framework to include estimation of system-wide operational hazard impacts are also discussed.
Biography: Daniel Salazar is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CREATE since January 2011. Previously he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at G2I-3MI, Ecole des Mines de Saint Etienne, France (2008-2009). He is also Adjunct Professor at the Operations Research Master program of the Universidad Central de Venezuela (since 2009) and Cofounder, Academic Coordinator and Professor (since 2006) of the online Master in Reliability and Risk Engineering at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
His main research areas include Reliability and Risk Engineering, Evolutionary Optimization, Decision-Making, Robustness and Uncertainty Handling. He has published more than 40 contributions in scientific international journals, conferences and book chapters.
Daniel holds a PhD in Intelligent Systems (2008, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain), a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (2009, Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Spain) and a MSc. in Operations Research (2003) and a BSc. in Chemical Engineering (2001) from Universidad Central de Venezuela.
Samrat Chatterjee is a postdoctoral research associate at the U.S. Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). His research focuses on mathematical modeling for terrorism, natural, and accidental hazards risk assessment and management. During his doctoral studies, he participated in a summer research fellowship program in the Risk and Vulnerability group at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. At IIASA, he worked on regional disaster risk modeling and financing in an all-hazards context. His work at CREATE includes risk and decision modeling, uncertainty quantification, probabilistic risk assessment, optimization under uncertainty, and development of resource allocation strategies for risk-based decision making.
Samrat completed his doctoral degree in Civil Engineering with focus on Risk Analysis at Vanderbilt University in 2010 and master's degree in Civil Engineering with focus on Transportation Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006.
Misak Avetisyan is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at CREATE. His research focuses on general equilibrium analysis of economic impacts of natural and man-made hazards, environmental and energy economics, and energy security.
In April 2011, Misak successfully defended his dissertation in the Department of Economics at Purdue University. His dissertation explores the international trade impacts of policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. During his graduate studies Misak worked on general equilibrium analysis of environmental policies and on developing non-CO2 GHG emissions and land use data bases at the Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP). Prior to his doctoral studies, Misak obtained an M.A. in Economics and an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Ohio University (August 2006). He also has a Master's degree in Engineering Management (July 2001), and a Bachelor's degree in Power Engineering (June 1999) from the State Engineering University of Armenia.
To ensure that I order your lunch, please RSVP no later than Wednesday, January 23, 2013. Please advise if you require a vegetarian option. Hope to see you there!
University of Southern California
U.S. Department of Homeland Security - National Center for
Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
3710 McClintock Ave, RTH 313
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2902
Host: Homeland Security Center @ USC (CREATE)
Audiences: Everyone Is Invited
Posted By: Kelly Buccola