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Food/Agriculture Protection
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* Executive Board
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* Deregulation
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Global Food Supply Chain, 2011
Import Safety Conference, 2010
Food Import Safety Conference, 2009
Pandemic Planning Workshop, 2006

Mission Vision Strategies Core
News Events CHPRA


Achieving Safety in the Global Food Supply Chain: Integrating Science and Policy, April 27-28, 2011, UW-Madison


Enhancing security through the use of risk analysis.


A multidisiplinary research community working with the private and public sectors to address risks in complex systems involving humans and technology.

CHPRA Strategies

CHPRA is organized to facilitate researcher interaction, promote new and innovative research, and transfer emerging results to business and government, responding flexibly to changing needs and challenges. The interdisciplinary nature of the center enhances research by facilitating the sharing of expertise, experience, and information across areas of specialization. The Center is also well positioned to partner with major corporations in hightechnology industries to identify effective and efficient resource allocation strategies.

Core Capabilities

  • Risk analysis
  • Reliability analysis
  • Emergency planning and response
  • Decision analysis
  • Systems analysis
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Game theory
  • Operations research


The Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis is coordinating risk analysis at the first national research center funded by the Department of Homeland Security: the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism at the University of Southern California (USC).

"Planning and preparing for survival during a pandemic," Conversations with Larry Meiller, Wisconsin Public Radio, September 27, 2006. Click here to listen to the radio broadcast. 'Real Audio Player' is needed to listen to this broadcast, and can be downloaded from here.

"Pandemic forum to help businesses prepare," The Capital Times, September 19, 2006.

"Professor uses math, science to predict terrorist targets," Usa Today, February 5, 2006.

"Uw Professor Helps Analyze Terror Risks\ Vicki Bier Is A Key Researcher In A Project Aimed At Developing Scientifically Rigorous Techniques To Protect Against Terror," Wisconsin State Journal, February 5, 2006.

"Engineering Homeland Security Strategies," National Academy of Engineering, February 17, 2006.

"Prioritizing terror targets moves to front burner", Homeland Protection Professional, Pg 15 September 2005.

"UW-Madison Researchers Investigate Ways to Thwart Terrorism," Perspective, Vol. 30, No. 2, Winter 2004.

CHPRA Brochure

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