Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

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  • Paul Turner
    Yale University and Microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine

    Paul Turner is the Rachel Carson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, and microbiology faculty member at Yale School of Medicine. He is also director of both Yale’s Center for Phage Biology and Therapy and Quantitative Biology Institute. He studies evolutionary genetics of viruses, particularly phages ...

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  • Steven A. Frank
    University of California, Irvine

    Steven A. Frank is Donald Bren Professor and UCI Distinguished Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He studies the natural processes that have shaped the history and the function of organisms. Through the study of biological history and associated genetic changes, he has contributed to ...

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  • Rita Colwell
    University of Maryland


    Rita R. Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and president of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are global infectious diseases, water, and health. She has authored or coauthored 20 books and more than 800 scientific publications.

    She was ...

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  • Stephanie Forrest
    Arizona State University

    Stephanie Forrest is professor of computer science at Arizona State University, where she directs the Biodesign Center for Biocomputation, Security, and Society. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection of biology and computation, including cybersecurity, software engineering, and biological modeling.

    Before joining ASU in 2017, ...

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  • Susan Blumenthal
    New America


    Rear Admiral Susan Blumenthal (ret.) is a visiting professor, MIT Media Lab; senior fellow, health policy, New America; senior medical advisor, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research; and clinical professor, Tufts and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine. She served for 20+ years as a federal government health official in the ...

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Explaining system failures is the focus of enormous efforts in engineering. Explaining vulnerability to disease is the focus for parallel efforts in medicine and public health. Methods from engineering have potential important applications in medicine, and evolutionary explanations for vulnerability to disease may prove useful in engineering. This virtual colloquium of the Forum on Complex Unifiable Systems will engage engineers, clinicians, evolutionary biologists, and related scholars and practitioners, to develop the opportunities at this interface. Questions to be addressed include:

  1. How are failure modes in engineered and evolved systems similar and different?
  2. How can engineering approaches to failure analysis assist in understanding disease?
  3. How can evolutionary explanations of disease vulnerability advance the analysis of engineering failures?
  4. What characteristics make some systems intrinsically vulnerable to failure?
  5. What next steps can develop the synergies between evolutionary and engineering explanations approaches to system failures and expand them to social and financial systems?

Meeting Agenda

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