Department of Engineering / Research / Strategic Themes / Uncertainty, Risk and Resilience

Department of Engineering

Uncertainty, Risk and Resilience

Uncertainty, Risk and Resilience

Strategic Aim: Developing modeling, simulation and analytical methods for understanding large complex systems and ensuring their resilience through new approaches to optimisation, decision-making and control that take full account of uncertainty and risk.

Uncertainty and risk pervade most aspects of life. In industrial sectors, designers must produce systems that are cost effective yet have a low probability of failure, despite uncertainties in the environment they operate in. Engineers stake their reputations on the efficiency and resilience of their solutions. Our academics wrestle with uncertainty, risk and resilience across all disciplines, whether designing an aircraft component, advising on the construction of a tunnel, application of new technology, reconfiguring global supply networks, developing processes for existing and future industrial systems or helping design a national government policy.

The Engineering Department’s integrated structure enables skills and expertise in different aspects of URR to be drawn together into a unified cluster. The aim of this group is to address significant and wide ranging challenges in this area from industry, society and government.

As indicated by the title of this initiative, areas of specific interest include:

  • Uncertainty – modelling uncertainty in physical systems and data sets
  • Risk – quantifying and managing risk
  • Resilience – developing capabilities for enhancing the resilience of equipment, operations and organisations.

Professors Robin Langley and Duncan McFarlane are theme co-leaders for Uncertainty, Risk and Resilience.