From: SeRoN's Infrastructure Risk and Resilience, 11 October 2012, London, UK
11 October 2012 Transport channel
Transport networks provide the backbone of highly interdependent supply chains that underpin economies and societies on a local, regional and global scale. Recent events have shown that failures within these networks can have cascading and unintended consequences that cannot be easily militated against. For this reason organisations and governments are being challenged to understand and manage risk across interdependent infrastructure networks. the European Commission and the SeRoN Project will cover specific methodologies and tools relevant to understanding risk and resilience within the context of transportation networks. It will also explore the broader issues of resilience within other infrastructure networks, energy and built environment sectors, exposed to natural, manmade and terrorist threats.
The presentation will cover:
* Transport networks as complex systems
* Evaluation of network quality
* Game theory-based scenario analysis
* Example results
Urszula is a civil engineer pursuing her industry career in parallel with academic work. She is a member of an R&D team at Laing O'Rourke tasked with advancing the company's innovation agenda. Previously she worked for three years at Arup's Advanced Technology & Research group, conducting internal and collaborative research projects. Prior to this Urszula spent six years working as a transport consultant, and in 2006 received the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure Award for developing a national-scale highway model.
Urszula has a special interest in the operational analysis and resilience assessment of infrastructure networks, which is the focus of her academic work. She has published and spoken at conferences on evaluation of transport networks and their robustness in the face of random and targeted failures, optimal routing and distribution of protective measures for risk reduction, and emergency planning.