Deadline for abstract submission extended to 08/15/17

National Symposium on Resilient Critical Infrastructure

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.


Symposium Chairs Technical Program Chairs
  • John Hummel, Argonne National Laboratory  
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  • Nii Attoh-Okine, University of Delaware  
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Call for Submissions

Technical Presentations: Lightning Talks & Posters. The intent for this symposium is to stimulate and facilitate a conversation about resilience and critical infrastructures. The technical presentations will follow a strict “lightning talk” format1 intended to maximize exposure of ideas. These talks are coupled with optional poster presentations throughout the symposium, allowing for dynamic interaction with a diversity of presenters and ideas. Applicants must submit an extended abstract.

Student Competition: Lightning Talk & Poster. Participation is restricted to original research by undergraduate or graduate students. Each student presents a lightning talk and a poster. Applicants must submit an extended abstract. A panel of judges—representing industry, government, and academia—will determine a best presentation award, to be given at the Symposium.

Paper Proceedings: A limited number of full papers will be selected for oral presentation and inclusion with the overall symposium proceedings. For paper and presentation guidelines and details, see the symposium website or contact Nii Attoh-Okine, University of Delaware, Click here to submit a paper.

Topical Areas

  • 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 efforts and information sharing processes.
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