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CIRCLE Distinguished Lecture Series | Orchestrating Resilience: A Socio-Physical System of Systems Perspective

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Jun 12, 2024   8:00 am  
Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
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Distinguished Lecture Series

Jointly sponsored by CIRCLE and REN

Orchestrating Resilience: 
A Socio-Physical System of Systems Perspective 

Dr. Hussam Mahmoud
George T. Abell Professor in Infrastructure
Colorado State University, USA

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
8:00 a.m. CDT - 9:00 p.m. Beijing Time
via Zoom

ABSTRACT: Recent disasters have left communities and policy makers, once again, with the question as to how to manage risk. This is particularly important given the prevalent trend of increased frequency and intensity of hazards due to climate change. Typical approaches to quantify infrastructure vulnerability to extreme events have primarily focused on analysis of single/isolated structures. However, interaction among all infrastructure during and after the event, and the impact of the disaster on the society as a whole, calls for new analysis methods where vulnerability and functionality of the built environment as well as social and economic institutions is assessed using systems-of-systems approaches. In this presentation, state-of-the-art techniques in quantifying infrastructure damage due to various extreme events, including wildfires, will be highlighted. The use of the results in holistic socio-technical frameworks to predict recovery of functionality of interdependent infrastructure such as schools and hospitals will also be covered. Emerging methods in graph theory and machine learning will be emphasized as viable tools for damage and recovery quantification. The presentation will also touch on other activities we are undertaking in my Socio-Physical and Hazard-Integrated Environment (SoPHIE) research group at Colorado State University.

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CIRCLE (Center for Infrastructure Resilience in Cities as Livable Environments) is one of three research themes supported by the joint Dynamic Research Enterprise for Multidisciplinary Engineering Sciences (DREMES), established between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and Zhejiang University (ZJU). More information about CIRCLE is available at:



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