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Current classes

CEVE/STAT 313 - Uncertainty and risk in urban infrastructures
To introduce methods and principles that help quantifying the effects of uncertainty in the performance prediction of engineered infrastructure systems.  New concepts are presented with examples and exercise problems from all branches of engineering.  Students will learn to apply quantitative risk analysis and modeling tools relevant to problems in modern infrastructure engineering and probabilistic decision making.  The course emphasizes that the systematic treatment of uncertainty and risk quantification are essential for adequate engineering planning, design, and operation of urban systems.  It becomes clear that uncertainties in external loads, structural strength, and interdependent conditions are unavoidable but manageable.

Syllabus - Spring 2010

CEVE 492/592 - Reliability of complex urban systems
To introduce concepts of graph theory, complexity and optimization for characterizing engineered infrastructure systems; to explore models of networks and evaluate their ability to predict infrastructure system properties and performance; and to study and implement computer algorithms to efficiently measure processes taking place on networked systems including percolation, resilience, and dynamics. Complex systems concepts apply to the structure and dynamics of civil, mechanical, electrical and bioengineering systems and networks. The graduate level course includes advanced exercises in homework and exams as well as a research-oriented final project.

Syllabus - Fall 2010

CEVE/COMP 495 – POLI 481 - Hurricane risk assessment & design of evacuation policies for Houston
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn and apply tools and technologies from civil and environmental engineering, political science, and computer science to evaluate plans for Houston's response to major hurricane and flood hazards. This course includes field work to survey residential neighborhoods and visits to the state-of-the-art Emergency Management Operations Center of the City of Houston. This course may be repeated once if annual hurricane seasons justify it.