Accepting Special Session Proposals, Papers, and Whitepapers


David Alderson, Naval Postgraduate School

Cherrie Black, Idaho National Laboratory

Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado


Creating and sustaining resilient critical infrastructure is a diverse and complex mission. Critical infrastructure systems in the United States consist of a diversity of interdependent networks, varied operating and ownership models, systems in both the physical world and cyberspace, and stakeholders from multi-jurisdictional levels. Methods to improve critical infrastructure resilience are advancing, but much more can be done. Large-scale disasters have revealed that decision makers often struggle to identify or determine key components and interdependency relationships in infrastructure systems, optimal resource allocation to increase resilience or reduce risk, and optimal response plans. The Resilient Critical Infrastructure Symposium seeks to bridge the gaps among local, city and state entities, infrastructure owner-operators, federal agencies, and researchers to advance a productive discussion of tools, technologies, and policies for improving critical infrastructure resilience.

Topical areas include: Modeling, analytical techniques, or decision support tools to determine vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure, assess resilience, and/or inform planning and investment, Adaptations to respond to catastrophic events; Best practices for local, state, federal infrastructure protection entities or infrastructure owner-operators; techniques to improve critical infrastructure resilience to all-hazards; case studies of infrastructure planning and disaster response; Emergency services and regional resilience; Dependency or interdependency examinations of cascading impacts of infrastructure failures; Cyber-physical interdependencies in critical infrastructure analysis; Resilience assessment methodologies and incorporation of socio-technical approaches; Application of advanced visualization methodologies (e.g., geospatial and virtual reality) that enhance critical infrastructure analysis reports and information sharing processes.


Communities provide the fabric that integrates the provision of our individual needs and support networks. Connections between individuals and groups serve as critical drivers for bouncing back from shocks, including damaging storms and other catastrophic events. Therefore, the role of social networks and cohesion is important in organizational and community resilience. It is also important that as we see increased magnitude and impact of events, consideration of planning and policies that reflect availability and distribution of key resources be in place that will make communities and populations more resilient to large-scale disruptions.

Topical areas include: Governance and resilience policy; effectiveness of social networks in recovery; models and systematic approaches to resilience; scientific approaches to resilience, and role of distributed utilities and community based assets in recovery.