Delft at the Forefront of Risk Research
Founded over 150 years ago, the Delft Institute of Technology is one of the oldest and most renown Technical Universities in the world. It profits from The Netherlands' cosmopolitan global orientation and central location in Europe.
The Delft University of Technology enjoys an outstanding international reputation in many risk related areas. Delft researchers have played a prominent role in major projects involving the risks of chemical installations, nuclear power plants, volcanoes, floods, waste disposal facilities, and transportation systems. The departments of Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Technical Administrative Science and Information Technology and Systems all have active groups focusing on risk and environmental modeling, and participate in the Masters of Science courses.
Institute of Applied Mathematics
The Applied Mathematics Institute has long been active in the fields of risk and environmental modeling. Contract research at the Institute for Applied Mathematics in the areas of risk and environmental modeling is sponsored by Dutch Rail, Netherlands Gasunie, European Space Agency, Ministry of Environment, Dutch Aeronautics Lab, European Union, US National Science Foundation, etc.
Staff members have written several authoritative books including Experts in Uncertainty (R. Cooke, 1991), Design and Management of Water Resources and Environmental Systems (A.W. Heemink et al, 2001) and Probabilistic Risk Analysis, (T. Bedford and R. Cooke, 2001). Methods and software developed at the institute for the European Union, and governmental bodies are widely used for:
- fault tree and risk management
- expert judgment aggregation,
- uncertainty analysis,
- real-time storm surge forecasting,
- pollution monitoring/prediction