Penn Workshop on Network Resilience

Friday, November 10th, 2017. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.


Resilience, a system’s ability to retain its basic functionality in the presence of errors, failures, and/or environmental changes, is a fundamental property of many complex systems. Despite widespread consequences for human health, the economy and the environment, events leading to loss of resilience—such as cascading failures in technological systems and financial networks—are rarely predictable and often irreversible.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines to discuss emerging frameworks to analyze resilience in complex networks in order to prevent the collapse of complex networked systems, and to guide the design of technological and economic systems to be resilient against both internal failures and environmental changes.

Date and Venue:


  • 8:30-8:55. Breakfast
  • 8:55-9:00. Welcoming remarks
  • 9:00-9:40. Resilient Algorithms for Distributed Coordination and Decision-Making in Large-Scale Networks by Prof. Shreyas Sundaram (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue)
  • 9:50-10:30. Resilient Architectures and Algorithms for Generation Control of Inertial-Less AC Microgrids by Prof. Alejandro Dominguez-Garcia (Electrical and Computer Engineering, UIUC)
  • 10:30-11:00. Coffee break 1
  • 11:00-11:40. Resilient autonomous mobile networking by Dr. Brian Sadler (ARL)
  • 11:50-12:30. Power grid state estimation following a joint cyber and physical attack by Prof. Gil Zusman (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Columbia)
  • 12:30-14:00. Lunch break
  • 14:00-14:40. Network routing under strategic link disruptions by Prof. Saurabh Amin (Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT)
  • 14:50-15:30. Fragility of Networked Systems by Prof. Munther Dahleh (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT)
  • 15:30-16:00: Coffee break 2
  • 16:00-16:40: Supply chain disruptions by Prof. Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi (Economics, Northwestern Kellogg)
  • 16:40-17:00. Farewell


  • Prof. Victor M. Preciado, Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Prof. Rakesh Vohra, Department of Economics and Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Registration is closed for this event.