Recent News

August 3, 2020 – Latin-America Seminar on Performance Based Earthquake Engineering

Francisco Galvis and SURI Alumni Luis Ceferino (PhD ’19) and Pablo Heresi (PhD ’19) presented their research in the Latin-America Seminar on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering hosted by the Blume Center on August 3, 2020 and organized by current and former Latin American PhD students. All the speakers presented their research in their native language on Zoom. A short introduction and welcoming remarks were given by Professor Eduardo Miranda.

Francisco moderated half of the session including a discussion panel at the end focused on what research paths may be more effective towards enhancing earthquake resilience in Latin-America. More than 1,700 viewers from 16 countries attended the event and nearly 90% of them watched all the presentations and the panel.

The recording of the event can be found here:

July 15, 2020 – SURI members Co-Chair and Present at Natural Hazards Center Researchers’ Meeting

Sabine Loos Co-Chaired the Natural Hazards Center Research Meeting on the the theme, “The Data Revolution: Ethical Imperatives and Methodological Considerations for Hazards and Disaster Research”. Sabine also presented on “Building Transparent, Human-Centric Tools to Rapidly Assess Post-Disaster Impacts and Needs”.

Rodrigo Costa also presented “An Integrated Approach for Predicting Post-earthquake Household Displacement” at the meeting.

Both Sabine and Rodrigo also moderated sessions on “The development of metrics, models, and big data in disaster research” and “Novel data and models to predict recovery”, respectively.

March 30, 2020 – Corinne Bowers Recieves NSF Fellowship

Congratulations to Corinne Bowers for being selected as a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow for her proposal researching atmospheric rivers!

March 30, 2020 – Maryia Markhvida publishes paper in Nature Sustainability

Congratulations to Maryia Markhvida for the publication of her paper, “Quantification of disaster impacts through household well-being losses” in Nature Sustainability. The paper was written in collaboration with Brian Walsh and Stephane Hallegatte of the World Bank.

March 6, 2020 – Anne Hulsey presents at the 2020 National Earthquake Conference

Anne Hulsey presented “Assessing the Safety of Tall Pre-Northridge Steel Frame Buildings and Implications on Post-Earthquake Cordoning and Recovery,” at the 2020 National Earthquake Conference in San Diego.

January 6, 2020 – Rodrigo Costa joins SURI

Dr. Rodrigo Costa has joined SURI as our new postdoctoral scholar. He recently completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia, under the advising of Dr. Terje Haukaas (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Stephanie Chang (Urban Planning and Disaster Management). His previous degrees are from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Western Parana State University. His research has focused on development of computer simulations that incorporate regional disaster damage with community response.

August 15, 2019 – Sabine Loos, Karen Barns, and Arogya Koirala win Best Visual Design in the #VizRisk Competition

Sabine Loos (SURI), Karen Barns (Arup) and Arogya Koirala (Kathmandu Living Labs) won “Best Visual Design” in the #VizRisk Competition, a risk information visualization competition put on by the World Bank, Data Visualization Society and Mapbox. Their entry, After the Quake, walks readers through the impacts and reconstruction policies put in place after the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

May 29-31, 2019 – Katy Serafin at the Workshop on Correlated Extreme Events

Katy Serafin presented Compound flood risk in the south San Francisco Bay: A city manager’s worst nightmare at a workshop organized by Columbia University’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate. Her work, in collaboration with Jenny Suckale and Jack Baker, studied the risk of compound flooding due to dam overspill from rainfall hazards in a changing climate coupled with failure risk from earthquake ground shaking.

May 19-22, 2019 – Chittayong (Jao) Surakitbanharn at ISCRAM 2019

Chittayong (Jao) Surakitbanharn presented Predicting Hurricane Damage Using Social Media Posts Coupled with Physical and Socio-Economic Variables at the International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. This paper is co-authored with Guoqin Ma, who researched the predictive ability of social media on physical damage after a disaster.

April 19, 2019 – Resilient Infrastructure Report by the Hoover Institute

A report on Seven Strategies for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure has been published to suggest strategies for communities and businesses to become more resilient through infrastructure investments. The paper is a product of a convening last fall at the Hoover Institute organized by Alice Hill and Jack Baker among others.

April 18, 2019 – Maryia Markvhida at the EERI Sacremento Regional Chapter Meeting

Maria Markhvida presented Assessing Disaster Resilience: From Regional Losses to Household Well-Being at the EERI chapter meeting in Sacramento, which introduces a framework for modeling direct and indirect economic losses considering uncertainty. Much of Maryia’s work has been in collaboration with Stephane Hallegatte and Brian Walsh, from the World Bank, and Jack Baker.

March 20-21, 2019 – Alice Hill at the Second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) 2019

Alice Hill was a panelist at the 2nd IWDRI, hosted by the Government of India and UNISDR, to raise awareness and set a path forward for international collaboration for disaster resilient infrastructure. The following link has more information about the IWDRI workshop as well as videos from both days.

March 01, 2019 – Congratulations to Maryia Markhvida for winning the EERI 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award!

Many committee members who reviewed the paper,  “Unification of seismic performance estimation and real estate investment analysis to model post-earthquake building repair decisions” co-authored with Jack Baker, noted that this paper’s novel approach in relating structural engineering loss estimates with real estate market values will have many broader impacts to fields beyond engineering, including policy mitigation efforts and post-earthquake decision making.

The award will be presented on Thursday March 07, 2019 at the EERI Honors Ceremony and Annual Business Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.

February 25, 2019 – SOMPO Digital Labs becomes first SURI Affiliate Member

SURI is excited to launch the Affiliates Program with SOMPO Digital Labs as our first member. The support of SOMPO and other Affiliate Members provides a mechanism to transfer research findings into practical application for improved disaster resilience. Here is a link to the News Release from SOMPO Digital Labs.

February 15, 2019 – Anne Hulsey selected as a 2018-2019 EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellow in Earthquake Hazard Reduction

The one-year fellowship, underwritten with funds provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is designed to foster the participation of capable individuals in working toward goals and activities of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program.

November 17, 2018 – Anne Kiremidjian: Cities built to endure disasters

Professor Anne Kiremidjian gave an interview on Stanford Radio about creating a culture of resilience to make major metropolitan areas bounce back from disasters stronger than ever as part of The Future of Everything Series. Click here for the audio and video of her interview.

November 13, 2018 – Hoover Institute and SURI Convening

Ready for Tomorrow: Achieving Climate Resilient Infrastructure
In Washington, DC

Alice Hill of the Hoover Institute convened a broad range of policy makers, planners, investors, engineers, and community members to build more resilient infrastructure projects. These physical structures and services will serve communities in the coming decades; thus it is increasingly important that such infrastructure be resilient to climate change and other risks.

October 16, 2018 – Lund University and SURI Workshop sponsored by the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

A collaborative study on leadership and information management in joint emergency and disaster response operations
In Stanford, CA

Misse Wester and Christian Uhr from Lund University will led a workshop that brought together academics and practitioners to focus on common challenges in a setting where actors need to establish a collaboration to efficiently meet emerging needs during major emergencies and disasters, relating specifically to leadership and information/communication. These workshops are intended to identify common areas between MSB and DHS to learn from each other, such as different approaches to tackling the 2018 wildfires in the US and Sweden. To gain input from Swedish practitioners, a follow-up workshop will be conducted in Östersund, Sweden in January.

October 5, 2018 – Blume Center/SURI Affiliates and Alumni Meeting

Convergence of Performance-Based Engineering with Urban Resilience
At Stanford University

SURI, along with the Blume Center, held a day-long meeting to hear about recent research developments in performance-based earthquake engineering and evolving research extensions to urban resilience.  The meeting included presentations by Stanford faculty, alumni, and other invited experts to examine innovations in quantification techniques and metrics to inform decisions for increased community resilience from earthquakes and other hazards. The list of speakers can be found here.

October 4, 2018 – Tall building seismic safety project press release
Tall Building Safety Strategy

As part of San Francisco’s Fleet Week, Prof. Greg Deierlein announced recommendations for enhancing the city’s seismic recovery timeline by focusing on the tall buildings in downtown San Francisco. Deierlein was representing the Applied Technology Council team for ATC 119-1, which includes SURI/Blume PhD students, Anne Hulsey and Wen-Yi Yen. The research that informed these recommendations involved developing an inventory of the existing tall buildings and considering both pre- and post-earthquake measures that can be taken by the city. The full report will be published in November. The full project team also includes Ayse Hortacsu, Justin Moresco, John Hooper, Shah Vahdani, Carlos Molina Hutt, and David Bonowitz.

For more information, please read the full recommendations or the articles published in the New York Times and LA Times.

September 17-19, 2018 – Presentation at the Understanding Risk Balkins Conference

Maryia Markhvida organized and participated in a session on Seismic Risk in Multifamily Apartment Buildings: Engineering, Social, Financial, and Policy Implications at the Understanding Risk Balkans Conference, an event co-organized by the Government of Serbia, the World Bank & GFDRR. She also moderated a session on open data in disaster risk management, which explored the recent advances and challenges associated with sharing of risk data.

September 13, 2018 – InsurTech SVSF

Members from SURI attended InsurTech’s event on Intersection For The Arts. SURI heard from the InsurTech community about innovations for improving the financial resilience of communities.

Pictured left to right: Cheryl Yakey, Wilson Elser; Rob Galbraith, USAA; David Tobias, BetterView; Chris Downer, XL Innovate; Abbey Gallegos, Zeguro

August 30, 2018 – NSF Award

Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Data for Socio-Physical Extreme Event Resilience (Data-SPEER)
Jack Baker, Jenny Suckale, Anne Kiremidjian, and Daniel Aldrich have been awarded an NSF Planning Grant. The project supports a series of workshops to unite engineers, social scientists, and community leaders to identifying the pressing needs in modeling and designing for the dynamic interplay of physical structures and social systems using modern high-resolution data. Please check back for updates about the series of workshops in 2018 and 2019.

July 12, 2018 – Presentation at the Natural Hazards Researchers Meeting

Robert Soden presented Mapping Silences, Reconfiguring Loss: Toward New Practices of Damage Assessment and Recovery in Post-Earthquake Nepal at the Natural Hazards Center Researcher’s Meet. The work examined the official damage assessment following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, applied participatory mapping techniques, and found that information technologies play central roles in enacting repair work following crisis and breakdown.

June 28, 2018 – Stanford News Article

Judge Alice Hill and colleagues were interviewed about the relationship between flooding, national security, and community resilience for a Stanford News article. One point made in the article is that a three-foot sea level rise would affect 128 US military installations, which highlights a general need for re-examining construction policies to avoid rebuilding in harm’s way. The interview complements the recent Hoover Institute white paper Building Coastal Resilience for Greater US Security and recent commentary from Judge Hill.

June 24-29, 2018 – NCEE Presentations

SURI students presented their research findings at the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Presentations and posters include:

June 14, 2018 – NY Times Article

A New York Times article highlighted the work of Prof. Greg Deierlein and Anne Hulsey to identify high-rise buildings in San Francisco that are potentially vulnerable to earthquakes.

June 7, 2018 – Sustainable Urban Systems Symposium

Dr. Surakitbanharn moderated a panel for the Sustainable Urban Systems Symposium, which brought the community and government stakeholders from around the Bay Area together to discuss and find solutions for local natural hazards. The symposium culminated the year-long CEE 224XYZ course project to capture the impacts of Bay Area sea-level rise on infrastructure, transportation networks, and vulnerable communities. Thank you to all the students and instructors (Derek Ouyang, Prof. Len Ortolano, Dr. Jenny Suckale, Prof. James Leckie, and Prof. Bruce Cain) for all the hard work.

May 18, 2018 – Understanding Risk Forum

On behalf of SURI, Maryia Markhvida hosted a panel on ‘Risk Information Value Chain’ in collaboration with Open Data for Resilience Initiative at the Understanding Risk Forum 2018 in Mexico City. Panelists reflected on the different players and gaps in the risk information value chain, from the science, data infrastructure, communication and policy making points of view.

April 25, 2018 – Resilience for Security

Alice Hill, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute, presented to SURI students the political challenges in implementing policies for community resilience. Mrs. Hill brings expertise and unique insight from her previous roles as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Resilience for the National Security Council.

We thank Mrs. Hill for her insights and look foward to collaborating with her in the future to turn Stanford research into impactful policy.

April 23, 2018 – Award

Prof. Anne Kiremidjian was awarded the John Fritz Medal by the American Association of Engineering Studies for her pioneering research in the field of probablistic risk assessment. Congratulations!

January 29, 2018 – Research Award

Sabine Loos was awarded funding for a new project on “Supporting Equitable Disaster Recovery Through Mapping” by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. SURI efforts will involve multi-source data integration to assess post-earthquake impact in Nepal through an exciting collaboration with: Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), Nanyang Technological University (lead); Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL); Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT); World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) and World Bank Big Data Program; and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis Center (NASA-JPL/ARIA).

October 19, 2017 –  Resilient by Design

Jack Baker was a panelist on the Challenges and Opportunities in Infrastructure Resilience event.  This event was part of a panel series by Resilient by Design.  The event was co-hosted by the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative and Stanford Sustainable Urban Systems.

October 18, 2017 – Mapathon

Our latest mapathon was held in the Blume Center on October 18th.  Participants learned about OpenStreetMaps and contributed to our research on remote damage assessment.  Thanks to all who attended!

October 04, 2017 – Weclome Reception

The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative welcome back happy hour, info session and art reception was held on October 4th at the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center.

June 02, 2017 – Mapathon

In conjunction with the Stanford Geospatial Center, Facebook, and the David Rumsey Map Center, the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative hosted a Mapathon where participants contributed to various Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) projects and learned about the OpenStreetMap platform.

April 29-30, 2017 – Artathon

For two full days, artists, scientists, engineers, and planners came together at the Artathon to create collaborative works of art that explored disaster and climate risk and envisioned creative futures for the Bay Area.  The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative was a co-sponsor of the event.

April 28, 2017 – Workshop

The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative in partnership with Resilient Boulder hosted a one day workshop on Innovative Financing for Resilience.

November 02, 2016 – Stanford News

Deland Chan and the Human Cities Initiative featured in The Stanford Daily and Stanford News.

September 06, 2016 – 125 Stanford Magazine

125 Stanford Magazine featured the current work of researchers of the Stanford Resilience Initiative.

September 01, 2016 – QuakeCoRE Presentation

Gemma Cremen and David Lallemant presented at the 2016 QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting in Taopo, New Zealand.

July 15, 2016 – QuakeCoRE Presentation

Prof. Jack Baker presented on Ground Motion Simulation Validation and Engineering Applications, at the QuakeCoRE workshop on Utilisation of Ground Motion Simulations in Engineering Practice” in Christchurch, New Zealand.

June 16, 2016  – PEER Presentation

Prof. Eduardo Miranda, Luis Ceferino and Andrés Acosta presented at PEER the findings of the Stanford reconnaissance mission of the consequences of the April 16th, 2016 Mw 7.8 Ecuador Earthquake. Video

May 25, 2016 – Field Work in Ecuador

Stanford Reconnaissance team goes to Ecuador to inspect the consequences after the April 16, 2016 Mw 7.8 Earthquake.

May 05, 2016 – Stanford Magazine

The work of Prof. Jack Baker, Maryia Markhvida and David Lallemant on rapid assessment of affected population using Google Earth Engine after the 2015 Nepal Earthquake got featured at Stanford Magazine.