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[CCICADA-announce] CCICADA/DIMACS Joint Seminar - Monday, July 16, 2012

Linda Casals lindac at
Mon Jul 16 08:44:29 EDT 2012

   DIMACS and  The Command, Control, and Interoperability 
         Center for Advanced Data Analysis (CCICADA), 
    a Homeland Security Center of Excellence Seminar
  DIMACS and The Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data
    Analysis (CCICADA), a Homeland Security Center of Excellence will host
  Lance Fiondella, University of Connecticut, to deliver a special seminar at 
      Rutgers University on Monday, July 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm. 

Title: Game Theoretic Vulnerability Assessment of Transportation Networks

Speaker: Lance Fiondella, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Connecticut

Date:  Monday, July 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: CoRE Bldg, Room 431, Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ


Transportation networks are vulnerable to disruptions from natural
disasters and terrorist attacks. Due to the size and complexity of
these networks, a quantitative method to identify the most vulnerable
links is necessary. This talk presents a two player game to assess the
vulnerability of the links comprising a network. The traffic
management authority seeks to route travelers on the safest most
convenient paths, while an attacker conspires to disable the links
that will maximize network disruption. The realism of the router¢s
play is enhanced with concepts from transportation engineering,
including a traffic assignment algorithm that considers the impact of
congestion on travel time. We also define an interest function to
capture the attacker¢s desire to target crowded areas that possess
high intrinsic value and are poorly defended. The approach is
demonstrated on the cities of Anaheim, California and Chicago,
Illinois. To simplify analysis, we visualize the results of the game
by coloring roads according to their criticality.


Lance Fiondella completed his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut
(UConn). In 2007, he received a scholarship from the IEEE Reliability
Society for his research on system and software reliability. He also
conducts network vulnerability research for UConn¢s Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) National Transportation Security Center of
Excellence (NTSCOE). He was an invited speaker at the 2011 DHS Student
Day, where he presented his research on the optimal deployment and
protection of high-speed rail.

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