International Forum Engineering Decision Making

Background and motivation

The IFED forums are concerned with engineering decision-making that is based on the assessment of engineering risks. Since quantification and understanding of risks are important elements of risk-based decision-making, the eighth forum sheds light on issues that have not been intensively investigated within the engineering research community. These include societal, cultural, ethical and traditional issues that must be considered in many decision situations of engineering projects. It also focuses on systems that have not been much examined in the community.

Aim of the IFED forum

The single-session IFED forum format brings together experts in the field of decision making, risk and reliability analysis, and probabilistic modelling who have specific interests in the themes of the forum. The objectives are:

– To outline current challenges related to decision-making that requires inputs beyond the engineering community.
– To discuss and to present possible solutions and applications.
– To develop directions for future research in the field.

Discussion, collegiality, and dialogue are the key ingredients of a successful IFED forum. The programme of the forum provides plenty of opportunity to interact. At the end of each IFED forum a joint conclusion is formulated by all the participants in the IFED forum.

IFED consortium

Kazuyoshi Nishijima, Kyoto University, Japan (current chair)
Michael Faber, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark (current vice-chair)
Mark Stewart, University of Newcastle, Australia
Stuart Reid, University of Sydney, Australia
Marc Maes, University of Calgary, Canada
Ross Corotis, University of Colorado, USA

Jun Kanda, University of Tokyo, Japan (IFED co-founder)

IFED advisory council

Arvid Naess, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Bazzurro, Paolo, Air-Worldwide, USA
Breysse, Denys, CDGA, France
David Elms, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Goyet, Jean, Bureau Veritas, France
Hall, Jim, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Haukaas, Terje, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Jordaan, Ian, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
Kroon, Inger, COWI Consulting Engineers, Lyngby, Denmark
Lentz, Albrecht, COWI Consulting Engineers, Lyngby, Denmark
Mauricio Sanchez Silva, Universidad de los Andes, Columbia
Mori, Yasuhiro, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
Rizzuto, Enrico, University of Genoa, Italy
Seville, Erica, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Sorensen, John, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Straub, Daniel, TUM, Munich, Germany
Sudret, Bruno, Phiméca Engineering, Paris, France
Takada, Tsuyoshi, University of Tokyo, Japan
Val, Dimitri, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Vrijling, Han, Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands