Reliability & Risk Assessment Laboratory


Reliability & Risk Assessment Laboratory (R2A lab)

The scope of the R2A laboratory is to improve the current state of the art and to develop new innovative methodologies for the reliability and risk assessment of civil infrastructure systems. Examples of such systems are highway transportation networks, railroad networks, water distribution systems, power distribution grids, and nuclear power plants.
We are interested in the performance of the civil infrastructure system as a whole rather than on the single vulnerable component. Because, failure of a component is a disaster but failure of a system or part of it can potentially generate a catastrophe. A catastrophe brings immense loss of assets, loss of life, misfortune for many years and/or over a large area after the initial events.


The research field includes: the inputs, the outputs, and the probabilistic risk assessment itself. Inputs include fragility analysis of the vulnerable components and probabilistic hazard analysis of the different hazards. Tsunami, flood, earthquake, and hurricane are examples of hazards taken into consideration. The study of the outputs includes benefit/cost analysis, evaluation of the consequences, and risk mitigation through strengthening of the system.


R2A laboratory is part of the Disaster and Risk Management track of the School of Urban and Environmental Engineering (UEE) at Ulsan Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) and we work together with the other tracks in a multi-disciplinary environment to achieve the School research goals.


18 Nov. 2016: Looking for 1 Ph.D. student AND 1 Post-doc
Topic: Earthquake engineering
Required skill: Korean fluency (the research funding requires reports in korean)
Optional skill: CUDA programming or at minimum C/C++

« Noi eravam partiti già da esso,
e brigavam di soverchiar la strada
tanto quanto al poder n'era permesso,
quand'io senti', come cosa che cada,
tremar lo monte; onde mi prese un gelo
qual prender suol colui ch'a morte vada.
Certo non si scoteo sì forte Delo,
pria che Latona in lei facesse 'l nido
a parturir li due occhi del cielo. »
(Purg. XX, 124-132)
Dante - 1265–1321 d.C.

« We had already taken leave of him
and were already struggling to advance
along that road as far as we were able,
when I could feel the mountain tremble like
a falling thing; at which a chill seized me
as cold grips one who goes to meet his death.
Delos had surely not been buffeted
so hard before Latona planted there
the nest in which to bear the sky's two eyes.
(Purg. XX, 124-132)
Dante Alighieri - Italian Poet - AD 1265-1321

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Marco Torbol Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Urban & Environmental Engineering
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)

50 UNIST-gil, Ulju-gun
Ulsan 689-798, Republic of Korea
Office: Building 106, 701-7
Phone: +82-52-217-2826
FAX: +82-52-217-2809
E-mail: mtorbol@unist.ac.kr




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