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Core Capabilities

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

News

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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).

"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.

Current and Past Projects

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Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events

Models of Interdependent Security in Supply Chains for Food

For the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (funded by the Department of Homeland Security), the Center is using game theory to assess the best ways to protect supply chains in the food industry from the spread of accidental or intentionally introduced contamination.

Optimal and Near- Optimal Resource Allocation for Transportation Infrastructure Protection

This project explores applications of game theory, optimization, and demonstrably near-optimal heuristics to modeling a defense against security threats to networked transportation systems, identifying optimal strategies for allocating resources.

Applying Risk and Decision Analysis to Animal Health and Security

For the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (funded by the Department of Homeland Security), the Center is using uncertainty analysis and decision analysis to assess the vulnerability of the livestock industry to intentional introduction of foot-and-mouth disease. This will enable identification of the most effective strategies for preparedness and response.

Optimal and Near-Optimal Resource Allocation for Information Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • Sponsor: National Science Foundation
  • Principal Investigator: Vicki M. Bier, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Modeling and Simulation Environment for Critical Infrastructure Protection

This project integrates diverse disciplines to provide multidisciplinary analysis and remediation of problems in the protection of critical national infrastructures.

Workshops and Presentations

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Optimizing Resource Allocation for Transportation Infrastructure Protection. University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering, Madison, Wisconsin, May 20th, 2004.

Building-Vulnerability Science and Technology. Presented by Lawrence Bank, February, 2003.

Risk Assessment of Extreme Events. Columbia-Wharton/Penn Roundtable on "Risk Management Strategies in an Uncertain World," Palisades, New York, April 12-13, 2002.

Resources

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Protecting the American Homeland. Brookings Institution Press, 2002.

Making the Nation Safer: The Role of Science and Technology in Countering Terrorism. National Academies Press, 2002.

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. United States, Office of the White House, 2003.

Risk Management Guidance for Health, Safety and Environmental Security Under Extraordinary Incidents. Report prepared by the ASHRAE Presidential Study Group on Health and Safety Under Extraordinary Incidents, 2002.

A Guide to Highway Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Asset Identification and Protection. Prepared by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official Security Task Force, 2002.

A Guide to Updating Highway Emergency Response Plans for Terrorist Incidents. Prepared by Parsons Brinckerhoff, PB Farradyne for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' Security Task Force, 2002.

Effects of Catastrophic Events on Transportation System Management and Operations (html) (pdf). Prepared by U.S. Department of Transportation John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, 2003.

The Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets. United States, Office of the White House, 2003.

A Preliminary Benefit/Cost Framework for Counterterrorism Public Expenditures. Rand Corporation, 2003.

Fact sheet: an overview of America's security since 9/11. United States, Department of Homeland Security, September 7, 2004.

 

 
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