Isenberg Professor Organizes 'Dynamics of Disasters' Symposium for Annual AAAS Meeting

February 6, 2013

Prof. Anna NagurneyProf. Anna NagurneyAnna Nagurney, John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management, is organizer of the February 17 symposium, Dynamics of Disasters: Harnessing the Science of Networks to Save Lives. The event, which will feature experts in engineering, operations research/management science, supply chains, and logistics, is at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.


According to Nagurney, the symposium will focus on the dynamics of disasters through the prism of mathematical modeling and the science of networks. It will address such issues as prediction, communications, response and recovery, and the resiliency of evacuation networks.


"It will be accessible to a general scientific audience and will illustrate the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary approach for the investigation of critical real-world phenomena," she emphasizes.


Professor Nagurney's extensive research and writing on disaster relief includes the book, Fragile Networks: Identifying Vulnerabilities and Synergies in an Uncertain World. In 2008, she organized the conference, Humanitarian Logistics: Networks for Africa-through the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center at Lake Como, Italy. Last spring, she offered Humanitarian Logistics and Healthcare, an innovative new course at Isenberg, which introduced students to crisis management and planning.


Nagurney's latest book, Network Against Time: Supply Chain Analytics for Perishable Products, will be released next week.


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