Julia Phillips
August 25, 2016
The University of Chicago, Searle 240A, 5735 S. Ellis Ave.

Abstract: The systems of our most critical infrastructure (energy, water, communications and transportation) are increasingly interconnected.  While increasing efficiency in operation, this interconnectedness introduces vulnerabilities and the potential for cascading impacts during a hazardous event or disruption to the infrastructure.  Modeling a physical system of infrastructure, such as the electric grid, is computationally challenging.  To model the impacts of a disruptive event, these large systems must be connected to capture the cascading impacts, adding layers of c