Keynote Speaker

Therese McAllister
Community Resilience Group Leader and Program Manager,
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Natural hazards research has evolved into highly specialized sub-disciplines, each dedicated to handling a subset of the overall problem. A key observation is that computational research is widespread in all subfields.

The “Resilient Cities through Computation” workshop will bring together researchers from across campus who are working on various aspects of disaster science and engineering to: 1) exchange information, and 2) discuss means by which to leverage their shared computational interest for achieving community resilience.

Featured speakers

October 9, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Therese McAllister (National Institute of Standards and Technology) – Keynote Speaker
  • Sherif El-Tawil (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
  • More speakers will be confirmed soon

The workshop is sponsored by MICDE and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under the auspices of its Adaptation research thrust. The event is organized by researchers from the NSF-funded Project ICoR (


October 9, 2020 | 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. 

This hands-on workshop’s goal is to introduce the Simple Run-Time Infrastructure software toolkit (SRTI) to the participants, and provide a template project consisting of multiple simulators, each with a specialized purpose, relating to a natural-disaster scenario. It will take place after the feature talks.

Basic coding skills are required to participate.

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The SRTI is a free, open-source solution developed at the University of Michigan, and enables researchers to connect computer programs and simulators written in different languages, to share data during execution, and to design hybrid systems using disparate simulator modules, with a primary goal of being user friendly. This hands-on workshop will explain what the SRTI is, and provide an example on how to use it.

The Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is required to run the SRTI. Please refer to for more information on supported operating systems and languages. Participants will need to use their own computer systems at home to take part.

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