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Vanderbilt IRIS Initiative: Shaping the infrastructure of tomorrow

by Jan. 18, 2018, 8:59 AM

A 2016 Trans-Institutional Program (TIPs) award, the Vanderbilt Initiative for Intelligent Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS)continues to make progress. The development of the program coincides with the university becoming a recognized leader in the innovation of civil infrastructure.

The faculty collaborating on the project are defining strategies and scientific tools to measure the resilience of the country’s Flood Protection Infrastructure (FPI), predict its functionality as well as inform stakeholders – sharing information in the most efficient way based on the interlocutor.

IRIS’s vision builds upon the two pillars of the project: the physical modeling of the  infrastructure (Data & Simulations) and the decision support system (Risk-Based Decision Making & Human Interface). The former aims to define the mathematical tools needed to assess the resilience of the FPI, while the latter provides a comprehensive system that transfers information to stakeholders in the most efficient way possible.