Uncertainty, risk and resilience
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, or helping design a national government policy. This theme pulls all this expertise together in a way that is possible only because of our Department's unique integrated structure. The aim is to research new techniques, apply them throughout engineering and take them out to other sectors too such as finance and government. Areas of interest include: analysis of uncertainty in large or sparse data sets; understanding of uncertainty in statistical inference and physical modelling; methods for hybridising models and arbitrating between their results; translation of uncertainty into risk; managing decisions on the investment of limited resources to optimise resilience; and integration with management processes.