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Raphael Klein

I obtained my BSc degree in Aerospace Engineering followed by a MSc in Aerospace Engineering at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). After an internship at the NLR, I graduated from a MSc in Engineering and Policy Analysis also at the TU Delft. During my second MSc thesis, I created a new approach to model and simulate the policy process using agent-based modelling. I then moved to the EPFL in Lausanne to continue working on this research topic, further advancing and developing the model throughout my PhD. Currently, I am working for the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering on the development of methods to assess the resilience of urban networked infrastructures. This is done in collaboration with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS institute).  

My primary goal at the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering will be to investigate human behaviour to better understand how it can affect the resilience of critical infrastructures. This will be done in coordination with the AMS institute for a case in Amsterdam. Additionally, work will also be done on a complementary case in The Hague or Rotterdam. Ultimately, modelling and simulation, and more specifically agent-based modelling, will be used to investigate how behaviours affect infrastructure resilience and how this can be better account for.

Resilience is becoming more and more an important topic as cities start to experience the effect of climate change while dealing with other issues such as cyber threats. It therefore has become paramount to consider resilience as a way to manage cities to help them remain liveable. The 4TU Resilience Engineering centre will play a crucial in coordinating resilience efforts and research through the four technical universities and with local stakeholders, decision makers and the private sector.