Video Series | International Colloquium on Catastrophic & Existential Risk

A new series of presentations made at the International Colloquium on Catastrophic & Existential Risk sponsored by the B. John Garrick Institute from March 27 to 29, 2017 has been uploaded. 


Video Series

International Colloquium On Catastrophic & Existential Risk

They are accessible under the Archives > Videos Section. 

Alternatively, a playlist is available on our new YouTube Channel.

Establishing a Regulatory Framework for Advanced Reactor Technologies

Establishing a Regulatory Framework for Advanced Reactor Technologies

The UCLA Garrick Institute is conducting research with the Southern Company Services team on a project to develop concepts and tools (e.g., models and techniques of Probabilistic Risk Assessment, PRA). These are crucial for the risk-informed decision making with a focus on non-LWR (Light Water Reactor) Next Generation Nuclear Power Plants.

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Post-Colloquium Closing thoughts

In this edited Q&A, three experts talked to UCLA Engineering about how to realistically think about these risks and how to provide sound information to policy makers. Responding to questions were UCLA Chancellor Emeritus Albert Carnesale, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and public policy; Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, executive director of Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge; and Christine Peterson, co-founder and past president of the Foresight Institute, a think tank and public interest organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area.

All were featured speakers at the conference.

Garrick Institute Summer Roundtables

This summer, the B. John Garrick Institute hosted presentations and roundtable discussions from two international Visiting Professors in the risk sciences field.  

In July, Dr. Di Zhang, Associate Professor at Wuhan University of Technology in China, graciously gave two presentations. The first introduced WUT and the maritime risk studies and research conducted at the National Engineering Research Center for Water Transport Safety (WTS Center). The following week, Dr. Zhang discussed “Congestion risk analysis of inland waterways” with a lively Q&A.

Professor Enrico Zio, presented his research on Earthquake and Facilities Safety in August. He is an expert in Safety Engineering and Nuclear Engineering, and President and Rector's delegate of the Alumni Association at Politecnico di Milano. Dr. Zio is also Director of the Chair on Complex Systems and the Energy Challenge at Ecole Centrale Paris and Supelec, Foundation.

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What to expect at the first colloquium on existential and catastrophic risk

The purpose of this two-and-a-half-day Colloquium on Catastrophic and Existential Risk is to contribute to the pioneering work of scholarly groups such as the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk.  In the United States, such groups as the Future of Life Institute, the Machine Intelligence Research Institute, the Foresight Institute, and the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute are inspirations for the colloquium as well.  All of the above groups will be represented at the colloquium.

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Attendees to the First Colloquium On Catastrophic And Existential Risk

At the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), some 40 distinguished philosophers, physicists, engineers, lawyers, social scientists, administrators, students and writers are spending two and a half days at an event sponsored by the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, examining the issue of catastrophic risks facing humans, including risks that threaten the entire future of humanity – that is ‘existential risks.’ Click to see full list of attendees.

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UCLA civil engineer to lead Italy earthquake research team

  Earthquake destruction in central Italy.

Earthquake destruction in central Italy.

The chair of the UCLA civil and environmental engineering department, Jonathan P. Stewart, is leading a U.S. team traveling to Italy this weekend to work with Italian scientists. Together, they will investigate geotechnical and geological aspects of the earthquake sequence that occurred between August 24 and August 29.


John Garrick Gives Plenary Lecture at Japan Conference

International Symposium on Science, Engineering, and Strategy for Risk Based Maintenance

Venue: Ono Auditorium, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

Scope of Symposium: Japan’s industrial growth, especially along the coastal areas of major cities, has increased the concern about assuring safety to the public and workers as well as the protection of the environment.  There is increasing pressure to achieve the appropriate balance between safety assurance and productivity commensurate with both good safety and business practices.  In this regard the Japanese industry is turning to the risk sciences for new technologies and tools to better measure and control overall performance of industrial systems.  Such tools are designed to not only assess and make transparent the risks involved and their contributing factors, but also provide roadmaps for such activities as inspection, maintenance, and corrective actions.  Such actions are consistent with the goal of the 180th Committee on Risk-Based Plant Management that was established in 2007 as a University-Industry Cooperative Research Committee of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science with its goal to develop risk based management systems suited to Japan.

With experts from Japan and abroad, the purpose of this international symposium is to summarize the activities of the 180th Committee, to discuss the potential of risk based management, the current issues that exist, and to offer possible solutions.

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Institute Director, Prof. Ali Mosleh gives the keynote speech at Kuwait - Japan Joint International Conference RISK MANAGEMENT For Integrity of Oil Production And Refining Facilities

Location: The Kuwait Hilton Resort, Al-Mangaf, Kuwait

Keynote Title: "Frontiers of Reliability and Risk Management Methods: An Assessment and Suggestions for Application in the Oil Industry"


Methods and technologies of reliability engineering, safety assessment, and risk management have gone through more than 50 years of evolution and advancements, and currently enjoy wide acceptance in many fields of application. Over the past two decades significant progress has been made on various fronts, including formulation of common scientific bases for these disciplines, development of advanced engineering approaches, and introduction of a wide array of sophisticated analytical methods. Most promising is the trend in fusion of scientific and engineering methods and technologies for more effective and proactive management of reliability, safety and risk concerns. An example is the rapidly advancing system prognostics and health monitoring technologies. This talk will examine the state of the art in reliability, safety, and risk disciplines, and offer some suggestions on applications to Oil Production and Refining Facilities.

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Director Mosleh signs Joint Research MoU on Nuclear Engineering between UCLA-GIRS and KHU

The B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the University of California, Los Angeles, and College of Engineering at Kyung Hee University sign collaboration MoU.

This Cooperative Agreement was signed on July 28, 2015. The purpose of this agreement is to explore the scientific collaboration between the UCLA-GIRS research team in the B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences and the KHU research team in the Department of Nuclear Engineering. Faculty members from the B. John Garrick Institute for Risk Sciences and  Department of Nuclear Engineering at KHU to cooperate in common research projects, official programs for training and take joint steps to acquire funds that can be used to perform research of common interest, subsidize reciprocal visits for scientific collaboration and support activities carried out as part of collaboration.

Associate Professor Gyunyoung Heo of Mainformatics Lab, Department of Nuclear Engineering at Kyung Hee University, Korea