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Iris Tien 
Ashley Albrecht, CIRI

CIRI’s Iris Tien, assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, has been chosen to co-lead a Discovery Area Working Group for the City of Atlanta, through the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program.  Read more

CIRI research to be published

CIRI researcher Iris Tien’s (Georgia Tech) research is being published in the American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering in Jan. ’19. The article, “Framework for Probabilistic Vulnerability Analysis of Interdependent Infrastructure Systems,” is based on her CIRI research, which creates a framework to analyze interdependent infrastructure systems in a way that is more rigorous, quantitative, and comprehensive than previously possible.

National Cyber Security Month

November is National Cyber Security Month and CIRI celebrated with two videos making their social media debut. What is critical infrastructure? and Understanding resilience were shared on CIRI's Facebook and Twitter pages, along with other posts from the Department of Homeland Security.

Feel free to share the videos along with other CIRI content by following our pages.

CIRI invited speaker

In October, Rae Zimmerman of NYU gave two invited talks on her CIRI research, one at Vanderbilt University and another at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) in Buffalo.

CIRI research results published

Results from a CIRI research project on mandatory cybersecurity standards for the electric grid have been published by Science and Public Policy (2018). In the paper, authors Aaron Clark-Ginsberg (now of Rand Corp.) and Rebecca Slayton (Cornell University) lay out the factors that shape regulatory influence and assess the effect of one set of regulations, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s Critical Infrastructure Protection standards, on the cybersecurity risks faced by the US electric grid.

iSchool Research Showcase 
CIRI posters presented

CIRI researcher Jana Diesner presented two posters based on Milestone 2 (Practical Ethics: Regulatory Compliance for Conducting Empirical Research with Human-Centered and Text Data) & Milestone 3 (Differences in Situational Awareness of Emergency Management depending on Information Sources and Analysis Methods) of her CIRI project at the iSchool Research Showcase on October 31, 2018. Read more

Maritime port disruptions modeling and simulation tool demonstration

CIRI PI Gabe Weaver recently demonstrated his maritime port disruptions modeling and simulation tool at the NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting in Maryland this week. CIRI staff met with top level government and industry decision makers in transportation, logistics, distribution, passenger services, and related industries. The CIRI admin team met with Custom & Border Protection in October to demonstrate the tool.

Educational initiatives

CIRI senior program manager Andrea Whitesell attended the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) 2018 Conference and Expo in Miami, Fla., last month. Ms. Whitesell coordinates CIRI’s educational initiatives and student outreach.

Busy month for CIRI

In addition to the others previously mentioned in this newsletter, CIRI personnell attended a variety of events this month. Executive Director Randy Sandone attended InvestH20 and CIRI administrators attended the Maritime Risk Symposium, with Director David Nicol chairing the student poster session.


CIRI Webinar with speaker Sachin Shetty, Old Dominion University
12/13/18, 1pm (CST)
Register here