Keynote speakers

Dr. Stefan Hirschberg, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland


Dr. Stefan Hirschberg is the Head of the Interdepartmental Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis at the Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), Switzerland. The Laboratory consists of three Groups: Technology Assessment, Energy Economics, and Risk and Human Reliability. His research interests include: Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Impact and External Cost Assessment, Risk Assessment, Sustainability Assessment, Development of Integrated Tools for Decision Support, Analysis of Energy Supply Strategies, and Integrated Assessment of Mobility. Since 2008 he is individual member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW). Before joining PSI in 1992 he was responsible for Risk and Reliability Assessment within ABB, Sweden (1982-1990). During a leave of absence from ABB between 1990 and 1992 he joined the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA; Vienna, Austria) as First Officer responsible for activities in the field of Probabilistic Safety Assessment. Between 1974 and 1982 he worked as a researcher in the Department of Reactor Physics at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. He has a M.Sc. degree in engineering physics and Ph.D. degree in reactor physics from Chalmers.

Professor Enrique Lopez Droguett, Universidad de Chile, Chile


Enrique López Droguett is Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Chile, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, USA, and is Associate Editor for the Journal of Risk and Reliability. Dr. López Droguett conducts research on computational methods for reliability, maintenance, prognostics and system health management. He has led many major studies on these topics in the oil & gas sector, nuclear energy, defense, and energy distribution networks. Dr. López Droguett obtained his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1999. 

Professor Daniel Straub, Technische Universität München, Germany


Daniel Straub is Professor for engineering risk and reliability analysis at TU München. His interest is in developing physically-based stochastic models and methods for decision support in infrastructure, environmental and general engineering systems, with a particular focus on Bayesian techniques. Daniel obtained his Dipl.-Ing. degree in civil engineering in 2000 and his PhD in 2004 from ETH Zürich and consequently was a postdoc and adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley, before joining TU München in 2008. He is frequently active as a consultant to the industry, on reliability and risk assessments for structures, infrastructures and the oil & gas industry. His awards include the ETH Silbermedaille and the Early Achievement Research Award of IASSAR. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Professor Antoine Rauzy, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway


Antoine B. Rauzy is professor in the department of Mechanical and Production Engineering at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim, Norway). He is also the head of the chair Blériot-Fabre, sponsored by the group SAFRAN, at CentraleSupelec (Paris, France). During his career, he moved forth and back from academia to industry, being notably senior researcher at French National Centrer for Scientific Research (CNRS), CEO of the start-up company ARBoost Technologies he founded, and director of the R&D department on Systems Engineering at Dassault Systemes (largest French software editor). He has a background in computer science (PhD and a tenure). He works in the Reliability Engineering and System Safety field for more than 20 years and on Systems Engineering since about 5 years. He published over 150 articles in international conferences and journals. His work contributed to renew mathematical and algorithmic foundations of system reliability theory (e.g. fault tree analyses). He developed state-of-the-art software for probabilistic safety/risk analyses. He is also the main designer of the AltaRica modeling language. He is currently teaching, both at NTNU and at Centrale Paris, foundations of model-based systems engineering, system reliability theory and computer science.