The 7th International Conference on System Reliability and Safety
Bologna, Italy - November 22-24, 2023

Keynote Speakers


David Alexander, University College London, UK

David Alexander is Professor of Risk and Disaster Reduction at University College London. He has taught emergency planning and management for 43 years. His books include "Natural Disasters", "Confronting Catastrophe", "Principles of Emergency Planning and Management", "Recovery from Disaster" (with Ian Davis) and "How to Write an Emergency Plan". He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, and Vice-President of the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. His research interests centre on disaster risk reduction, natural hazards and earthquake disasters. He is currently writing a new book on emergency management, a companion to his recent emergency planning volume. David Alexander is presently working for the UK Government on risk management issues. He holds subsidiary academic appointments in Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland and Japan.

Zahra Mohaghegh, University of Illinois, USA

Dr. Zahra Mohaghegh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is the director of the Socio-Technical Risk Analysis (SoTeRiA) Research Laboratory at UIUC, advancing risk science and applications for the safety of complex technological systems such as commercial nuclear power plants and advanced reactors, civil aviation, and oil industries. Mohaghegh has published widely on probabilistic risk assessment, probabilistic physics of failure analysis, human-system reliability modeling, risk-informed decision-making, and uncertainty analysis. Her research has been supported by grant awards from the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, nuclear power industry, and the International Atomic Energy Agency. She received the Zonta International award; the George Apostolakis award in risk assessment; and the American Nuclear Society award for her pioneering in the introduction of human and organizational factors into the risk analysis of socio-technical systems in nuclear and other high-risk industries. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (IAPSAM) and a member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development-Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD-NEA) Nuclear Education, Skills, and Technology (NEST) Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Project. Mohaghegh served as a member of the Committee on Transport Airplane Risk Assessment Methodology of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Alessandro Marzani, University of Bologna, Italy

Alessandro Marzani received a M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego, USA and a M.Sc. (Laurea) in Civil Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. In 2005 he obtained the Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Calabria, Italy.
Dr. Marzani research interests include non-destructive evaluation techniques of materials and structures, structural monitoring, linear and non-linear ultrasonic guided wave propagation, structural optimization and structural identification strategies. His recent research looks also at structured materials for wave propagation control (metamaterials).
He has been the coordinator of national and European projects, and principal investigator of industrial research contracts. Dr. Marzani is a LEVEL 3 for NDT testing based on guided waves (UNI EN 473 e ISO 9712), holds three patents and actively cooperates with public authorities on the standardization of methodologies and technologies for non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring.


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