Postdoctoral position available at SURI
We are hiring a Postdoctoral Scholar to support the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative. Housed in the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, we are focused on research and design of technologies to improve the resilience of communities to natural disasters. An engaged group of Stanford faculty and students are participating in this effort, creating an exciting opportunity for new initiatives.
For more details about the position, see this link . Review of applications will begin on September 30th and continue until the position is filled.
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
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.
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
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.
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
- Gemma Cremen and Jack Baker – Quantifying the benefits of building instruments to FEMA P-58 damage and loss predictions
- Anne Hulsey et al. – Quantifying the post-earthquake downtime induced by cordons around damaged tall buildings
- Gitanjali Bhattacharjee et al. – Developing a user-centric understanding of post-disaster building damage information needs
- Sabine Loos et al. – Crowd-sourced remote assessments of regional-scale post-disaster damage
- Maryia Markhvida and Jack Baker – To repair or not? Evaluating cost-effectiveness of post-earthquake building repair using seismic risk and real estate investment analyses
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.
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.
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 18, 2017 – Mapathon
October 04, 2017 – Weclome Reception
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.
The Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative in partnership with Resilient Boulder hosted a one day workshop on Innovative Financing for Resilience.
125 Stanford Magazine featured the current work of researchers of the Stanford Resilience Initiative.
Gemma Cremen and David Lallemant presented at the 2016 QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting in Taopo, New Zealand.
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.
Stanford Reconnaissance team goes to Ecuador to inspect the consequences after the April 16, 2016 Mw 7.8 Earthquake.
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.