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Vanderbilt Initiative for Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS)

Overview

IRIS Type: Vanderbilt Initiative Award (ViA)

A perfect storm is brewing involving civil infrastructure protection. On one hand, infrastructure protection systems are exposed to more natural disturbances with ever increasing severity, as a consequence of climate change. On the other, the nation’s civil infrastructure is aging and in poor health, with increasingly restricted budgets allocated to maintain, repair and restore them. The consequences of inaction are severe as demonstrated very recently during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and across the nation and around the world. In this TIP, faculty from A&S and Engineering with complementary and cross-disciplinary expertise, will build a hub for intelligent resilient infrastructure system for research and education innovation. The project is developing a prototype test-bed and “experimentation ground” that could become a “core facility” for implementing and validating new ideas by Vanderbilt researchers.

Faculty Participants

Principal Investigator in bold

School of Engineering

  • Caglar Oskay, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Mark Abkowitz, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Hiba Baroud, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Craig Philip, Research Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

College of Arts & Science

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