Special Session – The role of information in infrastructure resilience: Methods and tools

Special Session – The role of information in infrastructure resilience: Methods and tools


Dr. Nisrine Makhoul
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Dr. Sotiris Argyroudis
Brunel University, London, UK

Prof. John van de Lindt
Colorado State University, Colorado, USA


Session Description

Resilience is one of the main worldwide competitiveness challenges of the infrastructure sector, especially in the new era of digitalization. Resilience becomes an essential quality, as the risks faced by this sector will increase in the coming decades, because of population growth, aging infrastructures, natural disasters and climate change, and lack of attention to the environment, as well as increased reliance on information technology.

Substantial information that is available daily remains unexplored and is expected to play a major role in the data-driven resilience assessment and management of critical infrastructure. To name just a few we can list information from 1) monitoring (i.e., smart sensors, sensor-based systems, airborne systems, terrestrial systems, satellite imagery), 2) digitalization (i.e., information technology, digital twins), 3) platforms and tools (i.e., Internet of Things platforms, location detection technologies, Big Data analytics & advanced algorithms, artificial intelligence, real-time data visualization, crowdsourcing, BIM).

This session focuses on the role of data and evidence obtained through emerging digital technologies in all four aspects of resilience for critical infrastructure systems which include: 1) planning/preparation; 2) absorption; 3) recovery; and 4) adaption to threats. It includes investigations of how information influences the other operational domains (i.e., physical, cognitive, or social, environmental) and how the quality of information reduces uncertainties and/or affects the decision-making process in particular regarding interconnections among system components.

The session invites researchers, software developers, engineers, practitioners, decision-makers, and stakeholders dealing with infrastructure monitoring, digitalization and decision making, data-driven hazard, exposure and vulnerability models, and monitoring-based preparedness, response, and restoration planning, against natural and manmade hazards, and climate change.

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Abstract Submission Deadline : 30 November 2021
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