Dynamic Resiliency Modeling and Planning for Interdependent Critical Infrastructures

1 pm CT, Sept. 20, 2018

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The security and resilience of the critical infrastructures play an important role in the economic competitiveness and societal well-being of the United States. The day-to-day operations of these infrastructures are dependent on each other through cyber, physical, geographical and logical dependencies. This research aims to strengthen the security and resilience of critical infrastructures by analyzing and modeling the relationships of different infrastructure components which include social dimensions, economic incentives, and cyber-physical interconnections. The talk will summarize the recent advances of the project in the dynamic risk assessment of the interdependent infrastructures and risk management decisions to improve infrastructure security and resilience. The webinar will highlight the multilayer network “system of systems” approach for developing decision support tools that allow stakeholders to coordinate their efforts in the recovery process for a dynamic network. The talk will also discuss the application of the developed methods to several case studies to show the significant improvement of the interdependent infrastructures in terms of the pre-event planning and the post-event disaster response, coordination, and recovery operations.


Quanyan Zhu received B. Eng. in Honors Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 2006, M.A.Sc. from University of Toronto in 2008, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 2013.  After a short stint at Princeton University, he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New York University (NYU) as an assistant professor in 2014. His current research interests are on game theory, smart grid, network security and privacy, resilient critical infrastructures, cyber-physical systems and cyber deception. He is a recipient of best paper awards at the International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2015), ACM CCS Workshop on Managing Insider Security Threats (MIST 2015), and the International Symposium on Resilient Control Systems (ISRCS 2011). He spearheaded INFOCOM Workshop on Communications and Control on Smart Energy Systems (CCSES), Midwest Workshop on Control and Game Theory (WCGT) and New York Multidisciplinary Symposium on Security and Privacy. 

Dr. Rae Zimmerman is Research Professor and Professor Emerita of Planning and Public Administration and Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service following her full-time position for many years as Professor of Planning and Public Administration. She received her B.A. in Chemistry from the University of California (Berkeley), a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Planning from Columbia University. She is an AAAS elected Fellow, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) Fellow, past president and recipient of SRA’s outstanding service award (2015), and currently holds appointments to the third New York Panel on Climate Change and the National Academies Transportation Research Board critical transportation infrastructure protection committee. The recent focus of her research which combines social science, natural science and engineering perspectives is on impacts of extreme events on interconnected infrastructure networks and urban resilience. She has served in senior positions on about four dozen grants, and authored or co-authored about 175 publications and research reports, including two authored books, most recently, Transport, the Environment and Security. URL: http://wagner.nyu.edu/zimmerman