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The below are research groups that deal with Risk, Reliability, and Resilience here at Vanderbilt.

Center for Research & Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS)

CRISS investigators are particularly interested in designing and evaluating medical technologies (i.e., devices and information systems) with an emphasis on the effects of the introduction of new technologies on clinical care and the use of electronically generated clinical data to identify evolving events and support decision-making. We also conduct studies to understand the causes of unexpected clinical events and how such events might be prevented.

Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS)

ISIS conducts basic and applied research  in the area of systems and information science and engineering. Applications of ISIS technology span a wide range of software-intensive systems from small embedded devices, through real-time distributed systems, to globally deployed complex systems. Software is increasingly essential to the functions of these systems, and it is also the primary means of adapting them to their environments and users.  Our research interests lie in the theoretical foundations, modeling, design, engineering, and educational aspects of these systems.

Institute for Space & Defense Electronics (ISDE)

The mission of the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics (ISDE) is to contribute to the design and analysis of radiation-hardened electronics, the development of test methods and plans for assuring radiation hardness, and the development of solutions to system-specific problems related to radiation effects.

Laboratory for Systems Integrity & Reliability  (LASIR)

LASIR is a vibrant discovery and learning community populated by students, staff-in-residence, and faculty who make use of the laboratory as a destination for doing collaborative experiments at a realistic scale to maximize the impact of their research. Our graduate and undergraduate students are at the center of the learning community leading to unique networking and career opportunities. Students conduct scholarly research while having a significant impact on state-of-the-art sensing and simulation tools that are solving some of the nation’s grand challenges in energy, security and other areas. From projects to develop more efficient hybrid vehicles with brake energy recovery systems to programs that enable the design of future aerospace systems including intelligent aircraft and satellites, students are exposed not only to their own research topic but also to interdisciplinary challenges their colleagues from diverse backgrounds are facing.

Reliability & Risk Engineering & Management

The Multidisciplinary Reliability and Risk Engineering and Management Studies project is the first in the world to study and develop integrated multidisciplinary computational and experimental approaches to assessing and managing risk and reliability. The project's pioneering approach is unique, and the techniques are broadly applicable across engineering and management disciplines.

Vanderbilt Center for Transportation & Operational Resiliency  (VECTOR)

VECTOR, established in 1988, has a solid record of achievement and is committed to continued excellence in all three of its mission components—research, education, and outreach. Recognizing the complexity of transportation issues in the private sector and at every level of government, VECTOR emphasizes the integration of transportation engineering, planning, and management. Other distinguishing characteristics of VECTOR’s work include ground-breaking applications of information technology and risk management, systems thinking, and adherence to our statement of shared values.


The below are programs of study that deal with Risk, Reliability, and Resilience here at Vanderbilt.

Construction Management

Engineering Management