CIRI co-organizes resilient critical infrastructure symposium

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence led by the University of Illinois, is helping to organize the 3rd National Symposium on Resilient Critical Infrastructure, part of Resilience Week 2016. The event, which has the theme “Transforming the Resilience of Cognitive Cyber-Physical Systems,” will be held Aug. 16-18 in Chicago.

Bob Kolasky, Deputy Assistant Secretary of DHS’ Office of Infrastructure Protection, will deliver the keynote on behalf of CIRI. Matthew Coats, Program Manager with DHS’ Office of University Programs, will serve as a panelist. CIRI leadership and researchers will also participate as speakers and panelists throughout the event, including Jeffrey Binder, Director, Illinois Applied Research Institute; Mark Petri, CIRI Director; CIRI Principal Investigator and Chief Scientist David Nicol; Santanu Chaudhuri, Jay Kesan, and Bill King from the University of Illinois; Steve Flynn, Northeastern University; Himanshu Grover, University of Washington; Adam Rose, University of Southern California; Mark Harral, Texas Tech University; and Sachin Shetty, Old Dominion University; as well as researchers and executives from national laboratories and the private sector.

These researchers and executives will discuss ongoing research at CIRI and will provide their insights on the opportunities and challenges being addressed to improve the resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

The Resilience Week 2016 conference is being organized by Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and is sponsored by INL and IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. The conference is “…dedicated to promising research in resilient systems that will protect critical cyber-physical infrastructures from unexpected and malicious threats – securing our way of life.”

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About the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) is a national center of excellence established by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in 2015. It is led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and includes collaborators from 16 U.S. universities, national labs, and companies. CIRI is home to innovative research and education initiatives that enhance the resiliency of the nation’s critical infrastructures and the businesses and public entities that own and operate those assets and systems. CIRI acts as a bridge between researchers and the owners and operators of critical infrastructure to ensure that impactful products, technologies, policies, procedures, and services effectively transition from research to practical application in the real world.