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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  • William Stead
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    William Stead is McKesson Foundation Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). He is a founder of biomedical informatics and has built his career on envisioning the potential of informatics and computation to transform health, biomedicine, and research.

    He ...

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  • Joon Yun
    Palo Alto Investors

    Joon Yun is president and managing partner of Palo Alto Investors LP, where he focuses primarily on the evaluation of pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology companies. Board certified in radiology, he previously served on the clinical faculty in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University (2000–06). He has served on ...

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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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  • Ioannis (Yannis) P. Androulakis is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Surgery at the Rutgers-RWJ Medical School. His research focuses on systems biology and pharmacology of inflammation with special emphasis on ...

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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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