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Speaker: Professor Elise Miller-Hooks, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, George Mason University

Time: 4:00p–5:00p

Location: 1-131

Henry L. Pierce Laboratory Seminar Series

Multi-Hazard Resilience Quantification in Interdependent Civil Infrastructure Systems
Secure and functioning civil infrastructure systems are of paramount importance to society. To ensure that effective services can be provided in a disaster’s aftermath enabling society to recover, agencies charged with designing, constructing, managing and operating these systems must invest in measures that prevent or mitigate the effects of disaster incidents and less major disruptions. This talk will describe developed mathematical tools for quantifying the maximum resilience level of transportation networks and simultaneously determining the optimal set of mitigation, preparedness and recovery actions necessary to achieve this level. Transportation networks are interconnected with other critical lifelines, including power, telecommunications, water and wastewater. Together, they support societal functions, such as the provision of healthcare, within building infrastructure networks. Ongoing research in this area of interdependency characterization in resilience quantification for transportation and infrastructure-based societal systems through stochastic modeling will also be presented.

Dr. Elise Miller-Hooks holds the Bill and Eleanor Hazel Endowed Chair in Infrastructure Engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Miller-Hooks served as Program Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Civil Infrastructure Systems Program in the Engineering (ENG) Directorate, lead Program Officer for the Critical Resilient Interdependent Infrastructure Systems and Processes (CRISP) solicitation shared by the Computer and Information Science & Engineering (CISE), ENG, and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorates, and a cognizant program officer on her division’s Smart and Connected Communities (i.e. Smart Cities) initiative. She has also served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and Duke University. Dr. Miller-Hooks received her Ph.D. (1997) and M.S. (1994) degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas – Austin and B.S. summa cum laude in Civil Engineering from Lafayette College (1992). She has expertise in: mathematical modeling and optimization for transportation systems; multi-hazard civil infrastructure resilience quantification; disaster planning and response, e.g. urban search and rescue, building and regional evacuation and sheltering, and crowd modeling; intermodal passenger and freight transport; real-time routing and fleet management; paratransit, ridesharing and bikeways; stochastic and dynamic network algorithms; and collaborative and multi-objective decision-making. Her research program has been funded by numerous agencies, including, for example, NSF, European Commission, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, I-95 Corridor Coalition, and various agencies and companies. Dr. Miller-Hooks has authored approximately 140 articles and reports, and over 190 conference presentations and invited lectures. She serves on the editorial boards of Transportation Science (Associate Editor), Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Transportation Research Part B, and is Chair of the TRB Transportation Network Modeling Committee, founding Co-Chair of the TRB Task Force on Emergency Evacuation, and past president of the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Transportation Science and Logistics Society (TSL) and the Women in OR/MS Forum (WORMS).

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Latoya Oliver