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