Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

CIS Department Talk - Thursday, November 17, 2005 2005

The Department of Computer and Information Science & The Society of Computer Science Present

Speaker:  Dr. Davis Wilson
Topic:Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation of Critical Infrastructures
Date:Thursday, November 17, 2005 at 2:30 pm
Place:John Mulcahy Hall 138, Rose Hill Campus


The protection of critical infrastructures, such as electrical power grids, has become a primary concern of many nation states in recent years. Critical infrastructures involve multi-dimensional, highly complex collections of technologies, processes, and people, and as such, are vulnerable to potentially catastrophic failures on many levels. Moreover, cross-infrastructure dependencies can give rise to cascading and escalating failure across multiple infrastructures. In order to address the problem of critical infrastructure protection, our research is developing innovative agent-based approaches to modeling critical infrastructures, with emphasis on analyzing the ramifications of cross-infrastructure dependencies. This talk will present an overview of the research and of the modeling environment under development.


Dr. David C. Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Software and Information Systems at The University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Dr. Wilson's research centers around the development of intelligent software systems to bridge the gaps between human information needs and the computational resources available to meet them. It involves the coordination of artificial intelligence techniques with multimedia, database, internet, and communications systems to elicit, enhance, apply, and present relevant task-based knowledge.

For more information or directions, contact:
Ms. Diane Roche (718) 817-4480; (


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