Keynote Speaker

Vicki Bier

Title: A Career of Risk and Uncertainty

Bio: Vicki Bier is a professor in the Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has directed the Center for Human Performance and Risk Analysis (formerly the Center for Human Performance in Complex Systems) since 1995.

Professor Bier is a risk analyst and decision analyst specializing in probabilistic risk analysis for homeland security and critical infrastructure protection.Her current research interests include the application of game theory to identify optimal resource allocation strategies for protecting critical infrastructure from intentional attacks. Other interests include: the use of accident "precursors" or near misses in probabilistic risk analysis; the use of expert opinion; and methods for effective risk communication, both to decision makers and to the general public,


Speakers are listed in alphabetical order according to their last names.

(If you plan to attend the conference, but do not present a paper/poster, please email Dr. Jun Zhuang or Dr. Chen Wang.)

Laura A. Albert

Title: Robust methods for mitigating risks in cyber supply chains

Bio: Laura A. Albert, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Dr. Albert’s research has been supported by NSF, DHS, and the Department of the Army, Sandia National Laboratory, and she has been awarded an NSF CAREER award. She has authored or co-authored 45 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings. Her research has been awarded several honors, including four best paper awards.

Dr. Albert is the INFORMS Vice President for Marketing, Communication, and Outreach. She has also served as thePresident of Women in OR/MS (WORMS, a forum of INFORMS), the President of the INFORMS Section on Public Sector Operations Research, and a member of the INFORMS Strategic Planning Committee, Finance Committee, and IT committee. Dr. Laura Albert is a Department Editor for IIE Transactions and has been on the Editorial Boards for Risk Analysis, International Transactions on Operational Research, and OMEGA. Dr. Albert is a member of INFORMS, IIE, the Society for Risk Analysis, Tau Beta Pi, and Alpha Pi Mu. She recently served on a National Research Council Committee. She is the author of the blogs “Punk Rock Operations Research” and “Badger Bracketology”,

Mohamed Naceur Azaiez

Title: Network survivability: an adverserial network setting

Bio: Mohamed Naceur Azaiez is a professor of Operations Research at Tunis Business School. He also served in other institutions including Institut Supérieur de Gestion de Tunis, and at the Industrial Engineering dept. at King Saud University (KSU). He has obtained a PhD from the university of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993. He has also obtained two master degrees in mathematics and industrial engineering from the same university.

His research interests include the application of operations research in a variety of fields such as production planning, security management, maintenance management, reliability engineering, project management, and water management. He has published papers in highly reputed international journals. He has also co-edited a book combining game theory with reliability to approach problems of protecting assets under the presence of intelligent threats, Springer. Professor Azaiez regularly referees for leading international journals. Professor Azaiez has obtained a national award for research excellence in 2006.

Professor Azaiez served as consultant for King Saud University (Saudi Arabia) over the period 2000-2010. Professor Azaiez has significantly contributed in various initiatives, strategic plans and program developments, including a research chair program, an endowment program, a science park development, incubation and innovation centers, and accreditation programs, to cite only these,

Yini Gao

Title: Homeland security games with redeployment: a conic programming approach (with Prof. Chung-Piaw Teo, and Prof. Huang Zheng)

Bio: Sarah Yini Gao is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management with Singapore Management University's Lee Kong Chian School of Business. Her research interests include supply chain risk management, homeland security games, humanitarian logistics, process flexibility design and interface between game theory and machine learning,

Robert L. Goble

Title: Concepts and connections, choices and conundrums: the boundary between what is inside and what is outside a risk assessment

Bio: Robert Goble is Research Professor in Environmental Science and Policy and Adjunct Professor of Physics at Clark University. Professor Goble received a B.A. with honors in physics from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin. After work in theoretical high energy particle physics at Yale University, the Universities of Minnesota and Utah, and Montana State University, he joined the faculty of Clark University in 1976 with new interests in technology assessment, risks and hazards.

Professor Goble’s current research focuses on taking a long term perspective on environmental and health issues with close attention to uncertainty. His concerns include problems posed by systems of risks, risk management implications of uncertainty, and uses of risk perspectives in international development contexts. Specific efforts address differences among people in their susceptibility to risks from toxics, the nature of regional sustainability, and long-term management of the AIDS epidemic. He has worked previously on energy systems, nuclear accidents, radioactive waste, and models for short range and regional air pollution. He has also worked on environmental justice projects with Native American communities and with urban neighborhoods. Professor Goble has served on a variety of international, national, community, and project-specific scientific advisory boards,

Kjell Hausken

Title: The precautionary principle and strategic interaction

Bio: Kjell Hausken is a Professor of economics and societal safety at the University of Stavanger, Norway. His research fields are terrorism, societal safety, economics, economic risk management, economics and safety, political economy, information security, public choice, conflict, game theory, reliability, war, crime, risk analysis, disaster prevention, stochastic theory, dynamics, petroluem economics, resilience management. He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago (1990-1994), was a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for the Studies of Societies (Cologne) 1995-1998, and a visiting scholar at Yale School of Management 1989-1990. He holds a Doctorate Program Degree (HAE) (“Philosophical, Behavioral, and Gametheoretic Negotiation Theory”) in Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH), a MSc degree in electrical engineering, cybernetics, from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTNU), focusing on mathematics and statistics, and a minor in Public Law from the University of Oslo. He has published 210 articles in peer reviewed journals, one book, edited two books, is/was on the Editorial Board for Reliability Engineering & System safety (January 17, 2012 –), Theory and Decision (May 20, 2007 –), and Defence and Peace Economics (December 4, 2007 – December 31, 2015), has refereed for 75 journals, and advises and has advised six PhD students,

Liu Hong

Title: Vulnerability analysis of public transportation system to urban residential communities in China

Bio: Liu Hong received his B.S. degree in Control Science and Engineering in 2001 and Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering in 2007 from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 2007, followed by postdoctoral research in Department of Computer Science at HUST from 2007 to 2009. He was a visiting scholar in the Department of Transportation at Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA from December 2012 to February 2014. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of System Engineering in HUST. His research interests include vulnerability analysis and management of transportation systems, and Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Dr. Hong is the author and co-author of over 20 SCI-indexed peer-reviewed journal papers, which are well cited by researchers in the fields of risk analysis and management, safety engineering. He is the Principal investigator (PI) of several projects granted by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province, Fundamental Research Funds for the Central universities and so on. He also has two invention patents authorized by the State Intellectual Property Office of China,

Yeu-Shiang Huang

Title: An imperfect debugging software reliability growth model for multi-version software

Bio: Yeu-Shiang Huang is currently a professor in the Department of Industrial and Information Management at Cheng Kung University. He earned both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

His research interests include operations management, supply chain management, pricing management, business intelligence, reliability engineering, and decision analysis. Related papers have appeared in such professional journals as IIE Transactions, Naval Research Logistics, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, IEEE Transactions on Reliability, International Journal of Production Research, Computers and Operations Research, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Communications in Statistics, and others,

Dehai Liu

Title: Chinese emergency management under the guidance of powerful government – from natural disaster to social security

Bio: Dehai LIU, Professor, School of Management Science and Engineering in Dongbei University of Finance and Economics. He obtained the Ph.D. of Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2005. Since then, he engaged in the study of emergency management using the game theory and optimization methods. Recently, his interesting focuses on the evolutionary mechanism and optimal response measures under some Chinese special scenarios, which include the so-called “mass incidents”, natural disasters and terrorism attacks.

The corresponding researches have been published in some academic journals such as EJOR, IJPE, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Disaster Prevention and Management, Social Networks, and so on. In the same time, his some Chinese papers have been published in some academic journals such as System Engineering – Theory & practice, Chinese Journal of Management Science, Management Review, Journal of Public Management, and so on. The research projects have been funded by the young and ordinary items of National Natural Science Foundation in China. Welcome to exchange study. Please e-mail to me:, .

Peng Liu

Title: Public benefit/risk perceptions and acceptance of technological risks: Effects of affect and trust

Bio: Dr. Peng Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China. He received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST), Wuhan, China, in 2009, and Ph.D. degree in Management Science from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2014. He was a visiting student in the Department of Psychology at George Mason University, Virginia, USA, in 2013. Dr. Liu’s research interests include human factors and ergonomics, safety engineering, risk analysis, risk perception. His papers have appeared in Risk Analysis, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, and International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics,

Nan Li

Title: Resilience assessment of interdependent critical infrastructure systems

Bio: Dr. Nan Li is Associate Professor at the Department of Construction Management, Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Li graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014, where he received a PhD degree in civil engineering and Master degrees in civil engineering and computer science. He received the PhD Achievement Award and the Best Dissertation Award upon his graduation. He is a Member of American Society of Civil Engineers, and a licensed civil engineer (PE) registered in California. Dr. Li’s research interests include informatics and intelligence for buildings and infrastructure systems, and urban and community resilience. He has published nearly 50 journal and conference papers, many of which are the most read and cited papers in the journals or won best conference paper awards. He currently serves as associate editor of Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, editorial board member of Journal of Management in Engineering and Smart Infrastructure and Construction, and board member of the International Association for Automation and Robotics in Construction. He He is one of the youngest researchers that are selected into the renowned One Thousand Young Talents Plan in China,

Quanwang Li

Title: Measuring and enhancing resilience of building portfolios considering the functional interdependence among community sectors

Bio: Quanwang Li is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the Department of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University in 1999 and 2001, and his Ph.D. degree from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006.

His work focuses on applications of statistics and probability in civil engineering, structural safety and reliability assessment, and the time-dependent performance and reliability of deteriorating structures exposed to natural hazards. His current research interests and activities focus on the resilience of civil infrastructure systems, the performance and reliability of pre-fabricated reinforced concrete structures in high seismic zones, and the durability of reinforced concrete structures in marine environments,

Shi-Woei Lin

Title: On the treatment of uncertainty and variability in making decisions about risk (Vicki M. Bier and Shi-Woei Lin)

Bio: Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Management, Taiwan University of Science and Technology,

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Min Ouyang

Title: Resilience assessment and enhancement of critical infrastructure systems under natural hazards and intentional attacks

Bio: Min Ouyang received his B.S. degree in Automation from the Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2005, and his Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, in 2009, followed by postdoctoral research in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, Texas, USA from 2009 to 2012. He is currently an associate professor in department of systems science and engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology. His research interests include safety and resilience of infrastructure systems, and simulation and modeling of interdependent infrastructure systems. Dr. Ouyang was elected to the program of “ChuTian Scholar” in Hubei Province in 2012, and is the principal investigator of four projects respectively granted by National Natural Science Foundation of China, Natural Science Foundation of Hubei Province, and Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities. He has published more than 25 SCI-indexed peer-reviewed journal papers, which are well cited by researchers in the fields of safety engineering, risk analysis and management, reliability and resilience engineering, infrastructure engineering and so on. His review paper on modeling and simulation of interdependent infrastructures systems published in Reliability Engineering & System Safety is an ESI highly cited paper and also a hot paper in ISI web of science. Dr. Ouyang was among the “Most Cited Chinese Researchers in 2014” and “Most Cited Chinese Researchers in 2015”(Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality),

Naraphorn Paoprasert

Title: A model of the N-player and multi-period bargaining game with unequal discounting rates

Bio: Dr. Naraphorn Paoprasert is a faculty member at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand.

She graduated with a doctoral degree from the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. One of her current research interests are applying probabilistic risk analysis in decision making related to Thailand agricultural sector. Other interests include the application of a combination between game theory and mixed integer programming to identify the optimal decision in various scenarios,

Xiaojun Shan

Title: Empirical study of effectiveness of defensive resource allocation

Bio: Dr. Xiaojun (Gene) Shan is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Management at University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). Prior to joining UHCL, Dr. Shan was a Research Scientist at the Watson Institute for Systems Excellence at Binghamton University. From January 1st, 2014 to December 5th, 2014, Dr. Shan was a Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. From September 1st, 2012 to August 31st, 2013, Dr. Shan was a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Delaware. On September 1st, 2012, Dr. Shan obtained Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY-Buffalo). He also obtained M.A. in Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics from University at Buffalo on September 1st, 2008. Dr. Shan's long-term research goal is to applying Operations Research to practical problems in healthcare and risk managements. Dr. Shan's recent research interests include modeling healthcare delivery systems, electricity distribution systems and disaster risk mitigation, transportation, logistics and supply chain management,

Kampanart Silva

Title: Recommendations for future research on nuclear accident consequence analysis (Kampanart Silva*, Wasin Vechgama)

Bio: Kampanart Silva is a researcher at the Nuclear Research and Development Division, Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology, Thailand. He got his B.E. in Environmental and Energy Engineering, and M.E. and Ph.D. is Nuclear Engineering and Management from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

His research focuses on the assessment of severe accidents in nuclear power plants, including the nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics, radioactive material transport, nuclear accident consequence analysis and probabilistic risk assessment. He is the key person for the establishment of the ASEAN Network for Nuclear Power Safety Research. He published papers in several professional journals, including Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Journal of Nuclear Science and Technology, and Nuclear Engineering and Design,

Cen Song

Title: N-stage security screening strategies in the face of strategic applicants

Bio: Dr. Cen Song is an assistant professor in School of Business Administration, China University of Petroleum, Beijing, China. Dr. Song got a BS degree in Logistic Engineering from Tianjin University in 2009 with a minor in finance from Nankai University. Dr. Song got a Ph.D. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA in 2014,

Yan Song

Title: Public risk perception about nuclear power-plant

Bio: Dr. Yan Song is now a Professor in Harbin Engineering University. She is interested in the field of Risk Management, Crisis Management, Decision-making and Information Systems. She was the board member of ISCRAM Community during 2009 to 2011. She organized ISCRAM-CHINA conference six times in the past 10 years. She is current chair of Heilongjiang Institute of Crisis Science and Technologies,

Jonathan W. Welburn

Title: Understanding global economic risks through game-theoretic modeling

Bio: Jonathan is an Operations Research Associate with the RAND Corporation. His research sits at the intersection of Operations Research and Economics focusing on economic risks and risks in complex systems. His research straddles both theoretical and applied domains addressing problems with public policy solutions.

Jonathan received a PhD in Decision Science & Operations Research within Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. He previously received a BSc in Industrial & Systems Engineering and Economics with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

Woojune Yi

Title: Functional safety of railway system in Korea

Bio: Dr. Woojune Yi is a CEO of Korea Reliability Technology & System, Inc., main business is focused on the consulting service for Railway RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, and Safety) Assessment based on IEC 61508 and subsequent standards. This includes the business providing software system for Safety Management by implementing the process for quantitative/qualitative reliability and safety assessment. He has also been conducting R&D project sponsored by government for developing software system to enhance the railway safety performance on real-time bases.

Andrew J. Yu

Title: Mission risk-based facility maintenance prioritization and optimization (Andrew J. Yu, Brett A. Shields, Janice Tolk, and James Simonton)

Bio: Dr. Andrew J. Yu is an asscociate professor of Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His research interests include Operations Research and Systems Engineering, specifically in supply chain and logistics optimization, assignment and scheduling, supply chain and logistics systems engineering, requirement engineering and optimization, and systems of systems performance prediction,

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Bo Zeng

Title: Reliability and security through bilevel and multilevel l optimization

Bio: Dr. Bo Zeng is an assistant professor of Dept. of Industrial Engineering and Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University at Pittsburgh. Prior to that, Dr. Zeng served as a faculty member of Dept. of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering at the University of South Florida. He also had a postdoc training at School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. He received Ph.D. of Operations Research from School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University.

Dr. Zeng’s research focuses on optimization theory and methodology, particularly on discrete and multilevel optimization, and their applications in power, transportation, healthcare and other cyber-physical systems. His research results have been applied in various practical systems to address planning, protection and operational issues to mitigate risk or uncertainty. He is widely published in Math Programming, Discrete Optimization, IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, on Power Systems, and on Smart Grids,

Chi Zhang

Title: A new approach for approximating and enhancing the reliability of networked systems

Bio: Dr. Chi Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering, Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in May, 2012. He received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering and M.S. degree in Management Science & Engineering, in respectively 2004 and 2007, both from Xi'an Jiaotong University.

His research achievement has been published in peer reviewed journals such as IIE Transactions, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, among others. His current research is focused on networked systems reliability analysis and maintenance optimization, critical infrastructure protection, and facility location problem,

Qiuhong Zhao

Title: Decision-making in safety investment interval: based on the basic safety investment model

Bio: Qiuhong Zhao is a Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Beihang University, P.R. China. She received her Ph.D degree in Management Science and Engineering from Beihang University in 2002. Her major research fields include production safety management, emergency management, decision analysis, production and operation management, supply chain and logistics management, etc. Her articles have appeared in several international journals such as Safety Science, Computers and Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers and Industrial Engineering, Omega-International Journal of Management Science, Applied Mathematics and Computation, Engineering Optimization,

Jun Zhuang

Title: Crisis communication and rumor management using social media during disasters

Bio: Dr. Jun Zhuang is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University at Buffalo (UB). Dr. Zhuang has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Zhuang's long-term research goal is to integrate operations research, game theory, and decision analysis to improve mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for natural and man-made disasters. Other areas of interest include applications to health care, sports, transportation, supply chain management, sustainability, and architecture. Dr. Zhuang's research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),

Other Participants

The other participants are listed in alphabetical order according to their last names.

(If you plan to attend the conference, but do not present a paper/poster, please email Dr. Jun Zhuang or Dr. Chen Wang.)

Min Wang

Associate Professor

Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

Chaoyang University of Technology

Tzu-Tsung Wong


Department of Industrial and Information Management

Cheng Kung University

Jing Zhang

Ph.D. Student

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

University at Buffalo, the State University of New York