HOBOKEN, N.J.— The devastating impacts of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Fukushima nuclear disaster, or extreme natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy highlight the importance of resilience engineering to better design our ‘community’ neighbourhoods and nations, to include all component sectors and systems, including critical infrastructure.
Unfortunately, resilience engineering is not easily quantified, standardised, measured, and modelled today and it must integrate disparate disciplines (e.g., behavioural psychology and software engineering), diverse stakeholders (e.g., power authorities and the insurance industry), and even require new fields of study (e.g., the development and application of measures of resilience).
Stevens Institute of Technology will host the invitation-only Lloyd’s Register Foundation International Workshop on Resilience Engineering from 15-17 April 2015. The workshop will explore the gaps in society’s ability to understand, communicate and enhance resilience and, thus, safety in various sectors, including:
• social science
• architecture and design
• computer science
• risk analysis, modelling, simulation, and visualisation
• urban planning
• emergency planning, safety and security
• business continuity
• policy and governance
“Experts from 12 countries and five continents will come together to share challenges and insights to building a safer, more resilient world, ” said Ruth Boumphrey, Head of Research Grants for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. The Foundation is a charity that protects life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research.
“This workshop would not have happened without the leadership, knowledge and exemplary organisation provided by the Stevens Institute of Technology. We could not have found a better partner to help us, ” continued Boumphrey.
Participants in the workshop include leaders from prestigious international organisations and universities such as: Sandia National Laboratories, the US Department of Homeland Security, National University of Singapore, Delft University of Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Google, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, University of São Paulo, University of Western Australia, Cranfield University, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Tokyo, among others.
Michael Bruno, Feiler Chair Professor and Dean, School of Engineering & Science, Stevens Institute of Technology said: “This workshop is a truly one-of-its-kind event. We will assemble many of the leading resiliency and sustainability researchers from around the world, along with key industry and government stakeholders and decision-makers. Our three-day programme is designed to define the emerging multi-disciplinary field of resilience engineering and its applications to many of the most pressing and complex problems society will face in the coming years.”
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation: Connecting science, safety and society
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a UK charity, established in 2012, which funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances safety of life at sea, on land and in the air. It is funded partly by the profits of its trading arm, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.
Its vision is to be known worldwide as a leading supporter of engineering-related research, training and education that makes a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. In support of this, it promotes scientific excellence and acts as a catalyst working with others to achieve maximum impact.
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s strategy for 2014-2020 focuses funding on four strategic themes: promoting safety and public understanding of risk; advancing skills and education; supporting excellent scientific research; and accelerating the application of research. Four research themes have been prioritised: structural integrity and systems performance; resilience engineering; human and social factors; and emergent technologies. See more at: www.lrfoundation.org.uk/
In 2013/14, the first full year of operation as the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, the charity awarded grants of £17.2 million. It funded 61 programmes in 40 centres in 19 countries, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Malta Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, UK, and USA. Specific research undertaken covers marine and offshore deep water engineering, geo-technics, materials performance, transport systems, environmental, Arctic and nuclear.
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation has also awarded dozens of grants connected with vocational training, school clubs, pre-university and university education.
Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University®, is a premier, private research university situated in Hoboken, N.J. overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Founded in 1870, technological innovation has been the hallmark and legacy of Stevens’ education and research programmes for more than 140 years. Within the university’s three schools and one college, more than 6, 800 undergraduate and graduate students collaborate with more than 380 faculty members in an interdisciplinary, student-centric, entrepreneurial environment to advance the frontiers of science and leverage technology to confront global challenges. Stevens is home to three national research centres of excellence, as well as joint research programmes focused on critical industries such as healthcare, energy, finance, defence, maritime security, STEM education and coastal sustainability. Stevens is in the midst of a 10-year strategic plan, The Future. Ours to Create., designed to further extend the Stevens legacy to create a forward-looking and far-reaching institution with global impact.
Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a registered charity (Reg. no. 1145988) and limited company (Reg. no. 7905861) registered in England and Wales, and owner of Lloyd’s Register Group Limited. Registered Office: 71 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4BS, United Kingdom.