The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is organising an Institute lecture on December 6, 2019. Details of the lecture follows:
Title: Resilience - Imperative of the society under global change
Speaker: Professor Slobodan Simonovic, Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of Engineering Works, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
Abstract: Damages to urban water infrastructure systems have escalated in recent years as a result of various natural hazards. The observed trend is expected to increase in the future. There are practical links between disaster risk management, climate change adaptation and sustainable development leading to reduction of disaster risk and re-enforcing resilience as a new development paradigm. Disaster resilience is the ability of individuals and communities to adapt to and recover from hazards without compromising long-term development. Use of resilience as an appropriate matrix for investigation arises from the integral consideration of overlap between: (a) physical environment (built and natural); (b) social dynamics; (c) metabolic flows; and (d) governance networks. This presentation provides an original systems framework for quantification of resilience. The implementation of the concept has been done in the form of web-based decision support system (www.resilsimt-uwo.ca) that operates in near real-time.
About the speaker: Professor Slobodan P. Simonovic is globally recognized for his unique interdisciplinary research in Systems Analysis and the development of deterministic and stochastic simulation, optimization, multi criteria analysis, and other decision-making methodologies for addressing challenging system of systems problems lying at the confluence of society, technology and the environment. His research has been applied with a sustainable development perspective in water resources management, hydrology, energy, climate change and public infrastructure. His main contributions include modelling risk and resilience of complex systems. Professor Simonovic has influenced academia, industry and government via university teaching, publication of leading-edge research, mentoring of young people, delivering stimulating research seminars at institutions around the world, carrying out joint research projects, and consulting work. He has received awards for excellence in teaching, research and outreach. Professor Simonovic has published over 550 professional publications (233 in peer reviewed Journals) and three major textbooks. He has been inducted to the Canadian Academy of Engineering in June of 2013.