SEMINAR: How Resilient are our Infrastructure Systems?
PRESENTER: Dr Sarah Dunn Lecturer in Structural Engineering Newcastle University, UK
WHEN: 10:30am, Friday 21st August 2015
RSVP: 20th August 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org
TOPIC: Natural hazards have the potential to cause large scale impacts and disruption to all countries and if these events occur in highly populated areas the impacts can be catastrophic. The severity and lasting impact of these hazards are often linked to the resilience of critical infrastructure systems which underpin our communities and support social and economic development.
Dr Dunn's research focuses on the development of techniques and models that can be employed to increase the resilience of infrastructure systems, and thereby decrease the damaging social and economic impacts, in the event of an extreme hazard. In this seminar, she will present a summary of her main research findings, focusing on her research using network graph theory, fragility curves and Catastrophe Risk Modelling techniques and approaches.
Dr Dunn believes that infrastructure systems must be resilient under multiple hazard threats and to climate change impacts, whilst being able to cope with ever increasing population demands. In this seminar, Dr Dunn will also outline her future research plan, with her ultimate vision to develop an infrastructure system which can anticipate forthcoming hazards, effectively mobilise resources prior to the event and ensure at least a base level of supply of resource in the critical immediate post-event period.
BIO: Dr Sarah Dunn is currently a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at Newcastle University (UK). She joined Newcastle University in 2006, initially completing a 4-year undergraduate MEng degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, before completing her PhD in 2014 and more recently a 12-month EPSRC Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests focus on the resilience of infrastructure systems, complex system modelling, adaptation strategies, Catastrophe Risk Modelling and the development of fragility curves for infrastructure.