Resilience Engineering and Modelling of Networked Infrastructure
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The objective

The Project Group “Resilience Engineering and Modelling of Networked Infrastructure” will develop a forum of leading researchers from academia and industry to work on projects relevant to Resilience Engineering for Networked Systems.

We will produce a technical reference text which will document the current state-of-the-art along with the advances made over the duration of the project, in the aspects of Resilience Engineering that have been the focus of the work.

Scope

Many of the critical infrastructure systems on which modern society is so dependent are networks.  These include transport networks (rail, metro, highway, air traffic and shipping routes), utilities (electricity, gas, water) and communications (mobile phone, land line phones, internet).  The disruption of such systems can have a big impact on the communities that they serve.  The nature of the threats to these systems is also changing and includes failures, especially of aging infrastructure, natural disasters, the effects of climate change and deliberate acts such as terrorism.  Such critical systems need to be resilient.

This Project Group will focus on the transport and utilities networks.  For these sectors it will look at the characteristics of each of the networks and the methods which exist to model their resilience and identify the weaknesses where the most effort should be expended to protect the performance of the network.

The following issues will be addressed by the Project Group:

  • Modern engineering systems are growing in size and complexity, they are also becoming more distributed, integrated and autonomous. A unified, consistent approach is required to define the concept of resilience, considering the full range of potential threats.
  • The metrics predicted along with the methods to do so are inconsistent in the absence of a well-defined proven concept of resilience. A unified modelling framework for resilience will be considered.
  • A whole life, whole system approach will be considered.

Objectives

  • Develop a forum by which the leading researchers from both academia and industry can meet, exchange ideas and where appropriate work together on projects relevant to the area of Resilience Engineering for Networked Systems.
  • Produce a technical reference text which will document the current state-of-the-art along with the advances made over the duration of the project in the aspects of Resilience Engineering that have been the focus of the work.
  • Disseminate the work conducted emphasizing its practical application at a future ESReDA seminar (planned in Spring 2021, Université Grenoble Alpes, France). 

Start date

1 May 2018

Duration

3 years

Joint Project Group Leaders

Dr Rasa Remenyte-Prescott, University of Nottingham; r.remenyte-prescott@nottingham.ac.uk

Professor John Andrews, University of Nottingham; john.andrews@nottingham.ac.uk

Project Group Secretary, Kate Sanderson, University of Nottingham; Kathryn.sanderson@nottingham.ac.uk

Programme of events

The first PG meeting took place on 8th October, 2018, in Bucharest, Romania.

Points discussed:

  1. The overall structure of the book and potential contributions.
  2. The definition of resilience to be adopted for the text.
  3. The networked systems to be considered.
  4. The characteristics of the different networks and the key resilience performance metrics.
  5. The range of threats to each network type.
  6. Topic leaders for different network types.

 

The second PG meeting is due to take place on 22nd of May, 2019, in Linz, Austria.

Project group meeting 3 (October seminar 2019)

Project group meeting 4 (May seminar 2020)

Project group meeting 5 (October seminar 2020)

Project group meeting 6 and PG seminar on Resilience of Networked Systems (May 2021, Grenoble)

PG members

Name Organisation Country Network
Prof John Andrews University of Nottingham UK TRANSPORT;PG lead
Prof Jake Ansell Edinburgh University UK UTILITIES: water distribution networks
Dr Rob Basten Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands TRANSPORT: rail UTILITIES: ?
Prof Christophe Berenguer Grenoble-INP France UTILITIES: water (torrent checkdams)
Dr Sarah Dunnett Loughborough University UK TRANSPORT: land and air autonomous vehicles
Prof Geert-Jan van Houtum Eindhoven University of Technology The Netherlands TRANSPORT: rail UTILITIES: ?
Prof Lisa Jackson Loughborough University UK TRANSPORT: land and air autonomous vehicles
Dr Vytis Kopustinskas EC JRC, Ispra Italy UTILITIES: gas transmission networks
Russell Lawley British Geological Survey UK ANY: rail, road, electricity gen. & distr., water distribution, gas transmission
Ratthaphong Meesit University of Nottingham UK TRANSPORT: railway networks
Prof Tomasz Nowakowski Politechnika Wroclawska Poland TRANSPORT: airport, inland water, trams
Prof Greg Parnell University of Arkansas USA TRANSPORT: maritime, UAVs, security, logistics
Prof Ed Pohl University of Arkansas USA TRANSPORT: maritime, UAVs, security, logistics
Dr Rasa Remenyte-Prescott University of Nottingham UK TRANSPORT;PG lead
Kathryn Sanderson University of Nottingham UK PG secretary
Prof Giovanni Sansavini ETH Zurich Switzerland TRANSPORT & UTILITIES: electrical, transport, electrical + gas, electrical + water
Philippe Sohouenou University of Nottingham UK TRANSPORT: road networks
Dr Kelly Sullivan University of Arkansas USA TRANSPORT: maritime, UAVs, security, logistics
Dr Agnieszka Tubis Politechnika Wroclawska Poland TRANSPORT: airport, inland water, trams
Dr Sylvia Werbinska-Wojciechowska Politechnika Wroclawska Poland TRANSPORT: airport, inland water, trams