Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies: A ‘System of Systems’ Approach

Conference on 14-15 November, 2023

Georg-Christoph-Lichtenberg-Haus, Darmstadt, Germany

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Cities are not only distinguished by a high spatial density of networks and flows but can be seen as complex systems of infrastructure systems characterised by various interfaces and a tight coupling between individual infrastructure domains. While interconnected networks underpin the ceaseless flows of city life in various ways and bring about efficiencies during normal operations, they also create risks of cascading infrastructural failures. As urban infrastructures become interconnected and dependent on each other and as new infrastructural nexuses emerge (e.g. electric mobility, ‘waste2energy’, ‘power2gas’, dry sanitation solutions), their complexity and tight coupling enable relatively small disturbances to escalate rapidly into compound multi-infrastructural crises. What happens to one infrastructure can directly and indirectly affect other infrastructures, impact large geographic regions, and send ripples throughout the national and global economy. The ‘system of systems’ approach presents a framework through which complex infrastructure systems can be represented, analysed, and better understood as networks. It helps to explain interdependencies (within and between networks) and analyse the factors which interrupt, complicate, or enable the functioning of critical infrastructures.

Critical infrastructure interdependence is one of the central themes of the Research Training Group KRITIS. Thus, the goal of this conference is to elaborate understandings on the potentials and limitations of the ‘system of systems’ framework in explaining and analysing critical infrastructure interdependencies.

In this conference, the Research Training Group KRITIS aims to bring together perspectives from civil engineers, computer scientists, urban and spatial planners, architects, sociologists, political scientists, historians, and philosophers as well as practitioners from public administration and operators of critical infrastructures on the different understandings of the ‘system of systems’ concept and its application in analysing critical infrastructure interdependencies.

We are inviting abstracts in English language within 100 – 300 words . For details regarding submissions, please check out the Call for Abstracts.

Submissions for the conference is closed

Time (UTC+1) Event Speaker
Day 1 (14.11.2023)
11.00 - 12.45 Check-in & Snacks
12.45 - 12.55 Greetings Prof. Dr. Michèle Knodt, a member of KRITIS board
12.55 - 13.00 Introduction of the conference team & awareness announcement
13.00 - 13.55
Keynote Lecture 1: Crisis, Coordination, and Autonomy: Cape Town's Infrastructure Dilemma

Moderated by Romeo Dipura, M.Phil

Prof. Shaun Smith

Associate Professor, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning

14.00 - 15.05 Panel 1: Measuring & Controlling Critical Infrastructure

Prof. Dr Jochen Monstadt
14.00 - 14.15 Measuring Resilience: A Systematic Meta-review Ing. Tony Wei-Tse Hung, M.Sc., Maastricht University
14.15 - 14.30 Distributed Monitoring for Smart Cities: Designing Modular Resilience Embedded Systems Dr. Ladan Khaloopour, Technical University of Darmstadt
14.30 - 14.45 Autonomous Monitoring and Control Systems Using Digital Twins: A Technological Advancement Jens Wala, M.Sc., Technical University of Darmstadt
14.45 - 15.05 Panel Discussion
15.15 - 16.10
Keynote Lecture 2: Regulatory Framework for the KRITIS Sector Energy

Moderated by Andrew Eliseev, M.Sc.

Jonas Haack-Stappel, M.Sc.

German Federal Network Agency

16.10 - 16.20 Closing of Day 1 by Sukannya Purkayastha, M.Sc
19.00 - Conference Dinner
Day 2 (15.11.2023)
09.15 - 09.20 Greetings Julia Hinze, M.A.
09.20 - 10.10 Panel 2: Transformation & Management of Power Grids and Related Networks

Prof. Dr. Florian Steinke
09.20 - 09.35 Adaptive Survivable Virtual Communication Embedding with an Application to Power System: A Technical Perspective Dr. Allan Santos, HIF Global
09.35 - 09.50 Guiding and governing a System of Systems approach to infrastructure networks involved in the energy transition in the EU, through public values Shakya A. Wickramanayake, L.L.M., Tilburg University
09.50 - 10.10 Panel Discussion
10.20 - 11.15
Keynote Lecture 3: System of Systems Thinking for Multi-Infrastructure Interdependency Analysis in Natural Disaster Risk

Moderated by Yannick Burmeister, M.Sc.

Dr. David Bristow

Associate Professor, The Cities and Infrastructure Systems Lab, University of Victora, Canada

11.20 - 12.10 Panel 3: Building Smarter Cities: Integrating Space, Technology & Digitalization

Prof. Dr. Martin Knöll
11.20 - 11.35 Challenges for Including Socio-Technical Interdependencies into Digital Twins of Urban Critical Infrastructures: Insights and Solutions Jonas Gunkel, M.Sc., German Aerospace Center
11.35 - 11.50 Development Strategies for Smart Cities: A Deep Dive into Urban-Outer Space Nexus via ICT and Simulation Methods Dr. Ulpia-Elena Botezatu, (National Institute for R&D in Informatics-ICI Bucharest/Romanian Space Agency
11.50 - 12.10 Panel Discussion
Lunch Break
13.10 - 14.25 Panel 4: The Urban Nexus, Criticality and Transformation of Critical Infrastructure

Dr. Nadja Thiessen
13.10 - 13.25 Un/Bundling of Infrastructure Systems: Exploring Transformational Processes in Urban Development Laura Höss, M.A., TU Darmstadt
13.25 - 13.40 Systems of Infrastructural (In)justice: Investigating 'Criticality' in Transitional Energy and Mobilities Infrastructures Dr. David Sadoway, Kwantlen Polytech University
13.40 - 14.05 Warsaw in the Early Modern Period: An Infrastructural Problem Case Filip Schuffert, M.A., University of Regensburg
14.05 - 14.25 Panel Discussion
14.25 - 14.45 Wrap-up discussion and closing by Sukannya Purkayastha, M.Sc., Julia Hinze, M.A

Keynote Speakers

Jonas Haack-Stappel

Federal Network Agency