Professor Kazuo Furuta
Professor Kazuo Futura is Professor at the School of Engineering and Director of the Resilience Engineering Research Centre at the University of Tokyo. He focusses on human and social factors in resilience engineering, specifically in developing technologies for modelling and simulating human performance and applying them in the design of socio-technical systems. Professor Futura is a member of the Japan Society for Simulation Technology, Human Interface Society, and an editorial board member of the International Journal of Cognition, Technology, and Work.
Resilience Analysis of System of Systems: Urban Critical Infrastructure
In this talk, Prof Kazuo Furuta will discuss resilience analysis of a system of systems, in particular, urban critical infrastructure. The resilience of critical infrastructure is important to maintain the safety and security of our society after disruptive events such as the terrorist attack in the United States in 2001 and the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in 2011.
To make urban critical infrastructure more resilient, we not only have to understand the response of critical infrastructure to a crisis, but also the response of relevant socio-technological systems. Computer simulation is a promising approach for this purpose, but how best to model interdependencies that exist among different subsystems is a problem to be solved.
From this background, a method to model and simulate urban critical infrastructure and the interdependencies among different subsystems will be presented. The simulation model developed consists of the lifeline system, business system, and civilian life system including inter- and intra-dependencies. It has been applied to the resilience analysis of Tokyo’s central area and has proven to be useful for visualizing the resilience of urban socio-technological system in order to support policy makers.