Assured System-Level Resilience for Guaranteed Disaster Response

Melkior Ornik, Jean Baptiste Bouvier

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Resilience of urban infrastructure to sudden, system-wide, potentially catastrophic events is a critical need across domains. The growing connectivity of infrastructure, including its cyber-physical components which can be controlled in real time, offers an attractive path towards rapid adaptation to adverse events and adjustment of system objectives. However, existing work in the field often offers disjoint approaches that respond to particular scenarios. On the other hand, abstract work on control of complex systems focuses on attempting to adapt to the changes in the system dynamics or environment, but without understanding that the system may simply not be able to perform its original task after an adverse event. To address this challenge, this programmatic paper proposes a vision for a new paradigm of infrastructure resilience. Such a framework treats infrastructure across domains through a unified theory of controlled dynamical systems, but remains cognizant of the lack of knowledge about the system following a widespread adverse event and aims to identify the system's fundamental limits. As a result, it will enable the infrastructure operator to assess and assure system performance following an adverse event, even if the exact nature of the event is not yet known. Building off ongoing work on assured resilience of control systems, in this paper we identify promising early results, challenges that motivate the development of resilience theory for infrastructure system, and possible paths forward for the proposed effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISC2 2022 - 8th IEEE International Smart Cities Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665485616
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event8th IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2022 - Pafos, Cyprus
Duration: Sep 26 2022Sep 29 2022

Publication series

NameISC2 2022 - 8th IEEE International Smart Cities Conference


Conference8th IEEE International Smart Cities Conference, ISC2 2022


  • Smart infrastructure
  • network systems
  • resilience
  • uncertain systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Transportation
  • Urban Studies
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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