Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

Integrating Evolutionary and Engineering Approaches to Failure Analyses

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  • Bernard Crespi
    Simon Fraser University

    Bernard Crespi, an evolutionary biologist with interests in social evolution, speciation, and evolutionary medicine, is professor of evolution, genetics, and human health and the Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Genetics and Psychology at Simon Fraser University. The purpose of his research is to use integrated genetic, ecological ...

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  • Joanna Masel
    University of Arizona

    Joanna Masel is an evolutionary theorist at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include the robustness and evolvability of biological systems, the evolution of molecular error rates, the impact of high deleterious mutation rates, the nature of competition, and protein evolution. She also recently worked on risk analysis in the ...

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  • Barbara Natterson-Horowitz
    Harvard Medical School

    Barbara Natterson-Horowitz is a cardiologist and evolutionary biologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Harvard University’s Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she is also founding codirector of the university’s Evolutionary Medicine Program. Her phylogeny lab ...

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  • William B. Rouse
    Georgetown University

    William B. Rouse is a research professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and senior fellow in the office of the senior vice president for research, both at Georgetown University; professor emeritus and former chair of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology; and principal at Curis Meditor, a ...

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  • Carl S. Carlson is a consultant and instructor in failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), reliability program planning, and other reliability engineering disciplines. With 40 years of experience in reliability testing, engineering, and management, he supports clients in a variety of industries. He previously worked with ReliaSoft Corporation (as ...

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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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