Structural Reliability, Risk Assessment and Decision-Making: Past, Present, Future

A TUM Institute for Advanced Study workshop
funded by the TüV Süd Foundation


Hosted by the Engineering Risk Analysis Group at TUM

October 1-2, 2012

TU München, Arcisstr. 21, Room 1713


Group pictures: 1 2 3 4.

Workshop program: Download the pdf file with the workshop program.

Registration: Attendance at the workshop is free of charge. Please register by Thursday, September 27, by sending an email to Karen Arlt.

Objective: To bring together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners – senior, mid-career, junior and doctoral students – to discuss topics of interest in the closely related fields of structural reliability, risk assessment, and decision making; to provide a deeper understanding of the history of the field; to review recent research accomplishments and their use in practice; to identify major challenges ahead; and to enjoy an intellectual discourse on the underpinning concepts of probability and statistics.

Format: The workshop will consist of individual presentations and a discussion forum. Each participant will be allocated 30 minutes for his/her presentation. This time should be used as follows: 5 minutes for presentation of a probability/statistics puzzle, 17 minutes for presentation of a research topic, 5 minutes for description of at least one unsolved problem, and 3 minutes for Q&A. The probability puzzle should be presented in no more than two slides and should be solvable within the allocated 5 minutes. For the unsolved problem, provide a description in no more than two sides and emphasize its relevance and importance to the theme of the workshop. Topics for the discussion forum will be selected from the "unsolved" problems presented by individual participants. Three prizes will be awarded: one to the person who solves the largest number of puzzles, one to the person who by majority vote has presented the most interesting puzzle, and one to the person who by majority vote has described the most interesting unsolved problem.

Advice: This workshop is intended to be both scientifically and socially vigorous. Be bold and uninhibited and let your creative instincts and sense of humor flow!