CCICADA Workshop: S&T Innovations and Applications in Hurricane Sandy Research – October 21-22, 2014

SandyThe CCICADA Center at Rutgers University is pleased to announce a follow-up to last year’s highly successful Workshop on S&T Innovations in Hurricane Sandy Research (June 2013). Last year’s workshop highlighted ongoing research by NSF-funded investigators on a wide range of projects related to preparation, response and recovery following Hurricane Sandy. This year’s workshop will focus on results and discoveries produced by these and other Sandy-related projects and on applications of this work.

The workshop will be held at Rutgers University October 21-22, 2014 and will feature presentations and accommodate and encourage discussions and networking. Attendees will include a wide range of researchers along with individuals from appropriate State and Federal governmental agencies and organizations (e.g., DHS, NSF, FEMA, US Coast Guard).

The specific goal of this workshop is to disseminate methodologies, results and implications of research based on Hurricane Sandy and to lay out a set of research challenges for the future. Brief working papers and posters presented at the workshop are expected to lay the groundwork for publication elsewhere with contributions from Sandy-related research in the broad areas of disaster preparation, impact assessment, response and recovery.

The workshop will begin at 9 AM on October 21, 2014 and end after lunch on October 22, 2014. The agenda will consist of presentations and poster sessions, organized by topic area, with time for discussion among all attendees.  Please return to this website for updated information on the program.


Questions can be directed to any of the organizers:

David Mendonca, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (

Fred Roberts, Rutgers, the State University of NJ (

James Wojtowicz, Rutgers, the State University of NJ (


Submission of working papers is optional. All working papers will be collected and distributed through the workshop web site. Those who would like to present a paper or a poster should submit a title and abstract to James P. Wojtowicz, CCICADA Managing Director, at, no later than September 12, 2014.

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Registration fees apply to some but not all registrants for this event.

Accommodations, Travel and Parking


Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (all talks are in CoRE 431)
8:30am – 9:00am Breakfast and Registration (CoRE Lounge – room 401)
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome
Fred S. Roberts, Rutgers University
David Mendonca, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Michael Tobia, Science and Technology Directorate, United States Department of Homeland Security
9:15am – 9:30am State of New Jersey Perspective – Introduction
Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
9:30am – 10:00am Jersey Central Power & Light Storm Preparedness, Response and Restoration
Anthony L. Hurley, Vice President of Operations, JCP&L
10:00am – 10:30am Sandy and Beyond, Building Resilient Cities and Infrastructure
Joseph Picciano, Deputy Director for Preparedness, NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
10:30am – 11:00am BREAK (CoRE Lounge – room 401)
11:00am – 11:30am Measurements and Modeling of Waves, Surge, and Damage in Ortley Beach, NJ during Hurricane Sandy
Andrew Kennedy, University of Notre Dame
11:30am – 12:00pm Comparison of Hurricane Sandy Impacts in Three New Jersey Coastal Communities
Katlin Walling, Stevens Institute of Technology
12:00pm – 12:30pm Environmental Constraints Analysis in Congruence With Design Studies for Reducing Storm Surge and Flooding Risks to New Jersey Coastal Communities
Firas Saleh, Postdoctoral Associate, NJ Institute of Technology
12:30pm – 1:15pm LUNCH (CoRE Lounge – room 401)
1:15pm – 1:45pm Family Structures, Relationships, and Relocation Decisions after Hurricane Sandy
Ali Nejat, Texas Tech University
1:45pm – 2:15pm Network Improvisation in Emergency Response: An Application to Debris Removal Operations
David Mendonca, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
2:15pm – 2:45pm Collection of Data of Flood and Damage in New York City during Hurricane Sandy
Hansong Tang, CUNY City College
2:45pm – 3:15pm BREAK
3:15pm – 3:45pm NJ Transit – Superstorm Sandy Recovery and Resilience Program
Eric R. Daleo, Director, Superstorm Sandy Recovery and Resilience Program, NJ Transit
3:45pm – 4:15pm Component-based vulnerability analysis of storm surge damage to residential structures from Hurricane Sandy
Adam Hatzikyriakou, Princeton University
4:15pm – 4:45pm Federal Emergency Management Public Assistance Program – Challenges Faced and Innovative Solutions Proposed
Christopher Holmes, Recovery Section Chief, NYS Emergency Management Office – Federal Emergency Management Public Assistance Program (Infrastructure Support Program)
4:45pm – 5:15pm Improving Coastal Resilience and Environmental Sustainability with Big 3D Disaster Data: Challenges and Opportunities
Jie Gong, Rutgers University
5:15pm – 5:45pm Green and Adaptive Flood Risk Reduction Strategies for Rebuilding in the Aftermath of Super Storm Sandy
Bertrand Byrne & Qizhong (George) Guo, Rutgers University
5:45pm – 6:45pm Day One Wrap-up – Plan for Day Two Reception (CoRE Lounge – room 401)
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
8:30am – 9:00am Breakfast (CoRE Lounge – room 401)
9:00am – 9:30am Health Impact Assessment: An institutional mechanism for improving disaster recovery
James K. Mitchell, Rutgers University
9:30am – 9:45am Clifton R. Lacy, MD, Professor & Director of the University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response and of the Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Rutgers, the State University of NJ
9:45am – 10:00am Social Media and Mobile Technology During Extreme Events: A Case Study of Hurricane Sandy
Justin T. Yates, Texas A&M University
10:00am – 10:30am The Recovery and Adaptability of Vital Public Transit Services Following Hurricane Sandy and Implications for Other Extreme Events
Rae Zimmerman, New York University
10:30am – 11:00am BREAK (CoRE Lounge – room 401)
11:00am – 11:30am Using Coarse GPS Data to Quantify City-scale Transportation System Resilience to Extreme Events
Daniel Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
11:30am – 12:00am Rutgers University Hurricane Sandy Task Force Report
Steven Keleman, Rutgers University Office of Emergency Management
12:00pm – 12:30pm Restoration Interdependencies and the Value of Information-Sharing in Interdependent Infrastructure Restoration
Thomas Sharkey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
12:30pm LUNCH (CoRE Lounge – room 401)

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