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The 56th ESReDA seminar was held on 23‐24 May 2019, hosted by Johannes Kepler University (Institute for Stochastics and Linz Center of Mechatronics) Linz, Austria.

Vital services continuity is a major societal security issue in modern society. The supply of the vital services is guaranteed thanks to a large variety of Critical Infrastructures (CIs). Some CIs’ disruptions may endanger the security of the citizen, the safety of the strategic assets and even the governance stability.

The CIs are more and more connected thanks to the information technology (IT) and supply services in every aspect in man’s daily-life. The continuous progress in the IT fields pushes modern systems and infrastructures to be more and more: intelligent, distributed and proactive. That increases not only the operational complexity of the CI’s but also their vulnerability. The more complex a system is, the more vulnerable it will be and the more numerous are the threats that can impact on it. The loss of operability of critical infrastructures may, thus, lead to severe global crises.

Engineers, designers, operators and legislators should enhance the system preparedness and resilience facing different threats. That requires continuous efforts and resources of all kinds in a variety of fields. One of them is “Modelling, Simulation & Analysis (SM&A)” of the CI in order to enhance the CIs’ preparedness & resilience.

In order to report on the most recent developments in the field of the CIs preparedness & resilience MS&A and the availability of the relevant data, ESReDA will hold its 56th Seminar on the following thematic: “Critical Services continuity, Resilience and Security”.

The programme proposed 19 papers within 7 sessions: “CI Interdependency & Disruption Risk Analysis”, “Systems & Processes Performance Modelling”, “Continuity, Disruption Modelling & Resilience”, “Mathematical Modelling of System Performance”, Monitoring, Diagnosis & Data”, “Surveillance, Maintenance and Services Continuity” and “Climate & CI Protection”.

Also, the technical programme included two keynote lectures: “Towards an ecosystem of models – Common visions of automated engineering and critical infrastructure modelling” by Pr. Johann Hoffelner and “Risk and reliability engineering for crisis management: using experience from asset management” by Pr. Cyp F.H. van Rijn.

The final proceedings of the 56th ESReDA Seminar are already available (click to download pdf) for public consultation and free downloading in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.

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The 55th ESReDA Seminar took place in Bucharest, Romania, 9-10 October 2018, hosted by the Romanian Railway Investigating Agency (AGIFER).

This seminar was opened by Mr. Luís Andrade Ferreira, ESReDA president and Vasile Belibou, the AGIFER General Manager. For the first time for ESReDA, the State Secretary in the Ministry of Transports, Mr. Călin Cristian Forț, introduced on Romanian Railways evolutions.

The programme proposed 22 papers within 7 sessions: “Past, present, future”; “Organizations and human aspects”; “Methodological aspects”; “Lessons learned and historical perspectives”; “Methods”; “Case studies” and “Going across sectors”. About 80 participants from 15 countries (France, Germany, Lithuania, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, The Netherlands, Finland, Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden, United Kingdom, Israel and Romania) contributed through their presentations, discussions and expertise in establishing the state-of-the-art in the field.

The technical programme included three keynote lectures: from Dan Serbanescu from Romanian Academy of science, about “Similitudes and interconnections in accidents investigation and learning processes in various lifecycle phases and socio political environments for systems using different technologies“; from Teodor Gradinariu, Senior Technical Advisor, at International Union of Railways, France that addressed “Cyber security in railways, threats and challenges” (results of UIC project ARGUS). In addition, the seminar had the privilege to listen to Mr. Raed Arafat, State Secretary at Romanian Internal Affairs Ministry, who explained how he challenged the emergency situations management for the Bucharest metro network with a public and private interface.

For the first time in an ESReDA seminar, the Technical Program Committee (TPC) organized one hour workshop “Debate about the Remaining Challenges of Accident Investigation and Potential Innovative Breakthroughs” (9th October 2018) to increase the Experts debate time which is the essence of ESReDA community. The participants were divided (by the TPC) into 8 groups (4 in English language, 4 in Romanian language) and they had to identify problems and solutions regarding the four phases of accident investigation (organizational issues, fact-finding, analysis/recommendations, follow up). The results and ideas were presented within a reflection session to all participants the second day.

The final proceedings of the 55th ESReDA Seminar are already available (click to download pdf) for public consultation and free downloading in compliance with ESReDA politics of free dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge.

Full programme of the 55th ESReDA Seminar is available at ESReDA website. Few photos of the seminar were captured and now being displayed in the Gallery section of the website.

The 57th ESReDA seminar was held on 23rd‐24th October 2019, hosted by the Technical University of Valencia and supported by the research and educational center C-Motores Termicos. There were eight paper presentations and three keynote speeches by Prof. Olga Fink (ETH Zurich), Prof. Sebastián Martorell (U. Poliètcnica de València) and Prof. Marco Riani (U. de Parma). Also, in a round table, it was discussed by Henk Wells and Mohammad Raza the problems dealing with the application of digital concepts to Risk Based Inspections. Continue reading “57th ESReDA Seminar on Advances in Reliability, Risk and Safety Analysis with Big Data (23-24 October 2019, Valencia, Spain)”