Institute for Software Research Seminar

  • Gates Hillman Centers
  • Reddy Conference Room 4405
  • Professor
  • Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
  • University at Buffalo

Game Theory and Disaster Management

Society is faced with a growing amount of property damage and casualties from man-made and natural disasters. Developing societal resilience to those disasters is critical but challenging. In particular, societal resilience is jointly determined by federal and local governments, private and non-profit sectors, and private citizens. We will present a sequence of games among players such as federal, local, and foreign governments, private citizens, and adaptive adversaries. In particular, the governments and private citizens seek to protect lives, property, and critical infrastructure from both adaptive terrorists and non-adaptive natural disasters. The federal government can provide grants to local governments and foreign aid to foreign governments to protect against both natural and man-made disasters; and all levels of government can provide pre-disaster preparation and post-disaster relief to private citizens. Private citizens can also, of course, make their own investments. The tradeoffs between protecting against man-made and natural disasters, specifically between preparedness and relief, efficiency and equity, and between private and public investment, will be discussed. Recent research on big data analytics, fire management, border security, and social media rumor spreading and management will also be discussed.

Dr. Jun Zhuang is a Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at the University at Buffalo (UB). Dr. Zhuang has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Zhuang's long-term research goal is to integrate operations research, big data analytics, game theory, and decision analysis to improve mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for natural and man-made disasters. Other areas of interest include applications to health care, sports, transportation, supply chain management, sustainability, and architecture. Dr. Zhuang's research has been supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, by the U.S. Department of Energy, by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), and by the National Fire Protection Association.

Dr. Zhuang is a recipient of the 2018 SEAS Senior Researcher of the Year Award, and the 2018-2020 Buffalo Blue Sky Gold Coin Award. Dr. Zhuang is a recipient of the 2017 Koopman Prize from the INFORMS’ Military Applications Society and the 2014 Military Operations Research Journal Award. Dr. Zhuang is a recipient of the 2013 UB's Exceptional Scholar--Young Investigator Award. Dr. Zhuang is also a fellow of the 2011 U.S. Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, sponsored by the AFOSR, and a fellow of the 2009-2010 Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Program, sponsored by the NSF.

Faculty Host: Fei Fang

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