Workshop on Artificial Intelligence
in Natural Hazards Engineering

February 18-19, 2020

Texas Advanced Computing Center
Advanced Computing Building
Austin, TX

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The NHERI DesignSafe team in collaboration with the NHERI SimCenter will host a 1.5 day workshop on February 18-19 to bring together expertise in Natural Hazards Engineering and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning (collectively known as AI/ML/DL).

The purpose of this workshop is to build a research agenda determining where AI/ML/DL can and is being productively employed in natural hazards engineering research, what techniques hold key promise, how these techniques may be adapted to the hazards engineering domain moving forward. The workshop will be held at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), of the University of Texas at Austin.

The workshop will be an interactive event, including anchor talks by researchers across the hazards engineering and AI/ML/DL domains as well as interactive breakout, reporting and discussion sessions. Interested participants should apply by submitting a 2 page NSF formatted Biosketch and a Statement of Interest of no more than 250 words. The Statement of Interest should succinctly describe your research area and interests with respect to the workshop theme. Former experience in applying AI/ML/DL to hazards engineering problems is not required.

Participant support is available for a select number of applicants; please indicate if you are requesting support when applying. Applications are welcomed from all areas of AI/ML/DL, disciplines of natural hazards engineering, and career stages, including faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and late stage PhD students.


The workshop will be held in the ACB building on the J.J. Pickle Research Campus (PRC) of The University of Texas at Austin at 10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX, 78758. Lodging recommendations can be found at: (hotels on Domain Dr. close enough to walk).

AI Bootcamp

There will be an additional AI Bootcamp (including hands-on use of TACC resources) on Monday, February 17th at 1pm for those who signed up during the application process.

Tentative Agenda

February 18, 2020


Opening Remarks

9:00am - 9:45am

AI/ML Overview Talks
Devika Subramanian, Rice U & Omar Ghattas, UT

9:45am - 10:30am

Topic 1 Talks: Inventory Characterization
Stella Yu, UC Berkeley; Nebojsa Jojic, Microsoft

10:30am - 10:45am


10:45am - 11:45am

Breakout 1

11:45am - 12:30pm

Reporting 1

12:30pm - 1:30pm


1:30pm - 2:15pm

Topic 2 Talks: Surrogate Modeling for Hazard/Response/Risk Assessment
Alex Taflanidis, Notre Dame; Youssef Hashash, UIUC

2:15pm - 3:15pm

Breakout 2

3:15pm - 4:00pm

Reporting 2

4:00pm - 5:00pm

General Discussion + "Pass the Cards" Activity

February 19, 2020

8:30am - 8:45am


8:45am - 9:30am

Topic 3: Damage Assessment and Classification
Shirley Dyke, Purdue; Henry Burton, UCLA

9:30am - 9:45am


9:45am - 10:45am

Breakout 3

10:45am - 11:30am

Reporting 3

11:30am - 12:30pm

Final "Activity" + Wrap Up Discussion