8/26/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Sabine Loos for completing her PhD dissertation, Mapping post-disaster need: Flexible approaches to rapidly estimate building damage and non-recovery for vulnerable populations! She will next join the U.S. Geological Survey as a Mendenhall Postdoctoral Scholar.
8/26/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Gitanjali Bhattacharjee for completing her PhD dissertation, Seismic risk mitigation strategies for complex regional transport networks! She will next join Exponent.
8/16/2021: Rodrigo Silva-Lopez presented "Deep-Learning Based Seismic Risk Assessment of Road Networks" at the 2021 PEER Researchers' Workshop.
8/2/2021: A new Advice article on Writing an Abstract has been posted.
7/14/2021: Rodrigo Costa, Chenbo Wang and Jack Baker presented "Integrating Place Satisfaction into Housing Recovery Simulations," and Sabine Loos, Jenny Levitt and Jack Baker were coauthors on "Contributors to Long-Term Recovery in Nepal: A Longitudinal Study Over Five Years," at the 2021 Natural Hazards Center Researchers Meeting.
7/6/2021: A new Advice article has been posted, advising graduate students on Establishing an Online Presence.
6/26/2021: Earthquake Spectra has published a review by Steve Kramer of our new textbook, Seismic Hazard and Risk Analysis. "This book is one that should be on the shelves of serious students, practitioners, and researchers in the areas of seismic hazard analysis, earthquake engineering, and risk analysis."
6/17/2021: Jack Baker and Yilin Chen presented "Spatial correlations in CyberShake ground motion simulations: Validation and estimation of non-stationarities" at the 2021 PEER International Pacific Rim Forum.
6/13/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Ganyu Tang for completing her Ph.D. dissertation, Short-term hazard analysis in the presence of induced seismicity! She will next join Amazon as an Applied Scientist.
6/13/2021: Congratulations to Dr. Yilin Chen for completing his Ph.D. dissertation, Geostatistical and network analysis of non-stationary spatial variation in ground motion amplitudes! He will next join Twitter as a Machine Learning Engineer.
6/8/2021: We have upgraded our Ground Motion Model functions for enhanced consistency and usability, and have moved all of the code to a GitHub repository. Check out the new code repository and summary report.
6/7/2021: Check out the new advice article on how to build expertise, and how building expertise can support confidence.
5/26/2021: Jack Baker spoke on a Canadian Society for Civil Engineering panel, "Transitioning from graduate studies to faculty positions." A recording of the session is avialable here.
5/24/2021: Our research group shares software and accepted manuscripts on our website, and is increasing our posting of preprints. Read why I recommend this practice in this Advice article.
5/12/2021: Rodrigo Silva-Lopez has joined the PEER Student Committee, where he will help facilitate student interaction and engagement in PEER activities.
4/30/2021: Jack Baker gave a distinguished lecture, "Engineering disaster-resilient systems in an uncertain future" as part of the University of Michigan Building the Future lecture series.
4/28/2021: Jack Baker is quoted in a Stanford News article discussing why climate change resilience and equity are central to the proposed American Jobs Plan.
3/30/2021: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Simulation of post-earthquake recovery for performance-based engineering and resilience," for the University of Southern California Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
3/23/2021: Congratulations to Sabine Loos for winning the 2020 EERI Graduate Student Paper Award! Sabine was honored for her paper, "G-DIF: A geospatial data integration framework to rapidly estimate post-earthquake damage.
3/22/2021: Jenny Levitt is presented a poster "Differential household recovery: the factors not accounted for by a damage-based earthquake reconstruction policy and the disparate long term results," coauthored by Sabine Loos and Jack Baker, at the 2021 EERI Annual Meeting.
2/25/2021: Jack Baker is presenting at the session "Getting Published, with a focus on Earthquake Spectra," and is participating in the Meet the Leaders networking event at the 2021 EERI Annual Meeting.
2/23/2021: Jack Baker and Rodrigo Costa were contributing authors to the updated SimCenter report, State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering.
1/27/2021: Jack Baker presented "Guidance on utilization of simulations in engineering practice, and an example ground motion set" at the Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems (COSMOS) Technical Session.
The group presented four talks at the 2020 AGU Fall Meeting:
- Jack Baker presented an invited talk, "Selection of CyberShake Simulated Ground Motion Time Series for Engineering Analysis" (abstract)
- Corinne Bowers presented "Identifying Key Damage Drivers of Atmospheric River-Induced Flooding in Northern California"
- Katy Serafin presented "Climate change and management decisions could transfer flood risk to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities along the San Francisquito Creek, California"
- Ganyu Teng presented "Short‐Term Probabilistic Hazard Assessment in Regions of Induced Seismicity"
11/18/2020: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Simulation of regional post-earthquake recovery for performance-based engineering and resilience" to Penn State's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
11/15/2020: Jack Baker is teaching a workshop on effective writing on December 9th, hosted by the EERI Younger Members Committee. EERI members can apply to participate at this link.
Tenemos el agrado de anunciar que algunos de los documentos de consejería en nuestro sitio web también están disponibles en español. ¡Gracias a Francisco Galvis y Rodrigo Silva-Lopez por liderar este proyecto! Les agradecemos cualquier sugerencia sobre qué temas les gustaría que incluyamos en nuestra página en español.
We are pleased to announce that some of the Advice documents at the group web page are now available in Spanish. Thank you to Francisco Galvis and Rodrigo Silva-Lopez for leading this project! Let us know if there are other topics you would like to see discussed on the Spanish page.
10/5/2020: Corinne Bowers presented "A Performance-Based Approach to Quantifying Atmospheric River-Induced Losses in Northern California" at the International Atmospheric Rivers Conference Sponsored Symposium.
9/14/2020: Jack Baker and Ganyu Teng presented "Selection of CyberShake Simulated Ground Motion Time Series for Engineering Analysis," and Jack presented "Guidelines on Utilization of Simulated Ground Motions for Engineering Building Response Applications," at the 2020 SCEC Annual Meeting
8/31/2020: Congratulations to Dr. Anne Hulsey, for completing her Ph.D. dissertation "The community impact of post-earthquake safety decisions based on damage to tall buildings and elevated hazard due to aftershocks." She will next continue her work as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Auckland.
8/7/2020: Jack Baker is a Co-PI on the Stanford Impact Labs accelerator focused on climate change resilience and equitable adaptation strategies.
7/15/2020: Sabine Loos Co-Chaired the Natural Hazards Center Researchers Meeting and presented on "Building Transparent, Human-Centric Tools to Rapidly Assess Post-Disaster Impacts and Needs." Rodrigo Costa presented "An Integrated Approach for Predicting Post-earthquake Household Displacement" at the meeting. Sabine and Rodrigo also moderated sessions on "The development of metrics, models, and big data in disaster research" and "Novel data and models to predict recovery," respectively.
6/16/2020: Not all students have access to guidance on how to navigate the unique world of academia. Importantly, equity and diversity in academia are hurt by this uneven playing field. To help address the situation, I have developed an Advice section to explain some aspects of academic research.
6/5/2020: Jack Baker is one of more than 80 signatories of a Statement on Systemic Racism and Disasters from the North American Alliance of Hazards and Disaster Research Institutes .
5/5/2020: Anne Hulsey is presenting on "Opportunities in Rebuilding the Built Environment," as part of an upcoming EERI webinar on Reconnaissance Lessons Learned During the 2019 EERI New Zealand Travel Study Program.
4/27/2020: Jack Baker was quoted in a Stanford News article, regarding a new paper he co-authored as part of his work with the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity.
4/20/2020: Maryia Markhvida's recent paper on well-being losses in disasters was featured in Stanford News.
3/30/2020: Congratulations to Corinne Bowers for being selected as a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow!
3/30/2020: Congratulations to Maryia Markhvida for the publication of her paper, "Quantification of disaster impacts through household well-being losses" in Nature Sustainability. The paper was written in collaboration with Brian Walsh and Stephane Hallegatte of the World Bank.
3/6/2020: Anne Hulsey presented "Assessing the Safety of Tall Pre-Northridge Steel Frame Buildings and Implications on Post-Earthquake Cordoning and Recovery," Jack Baker presented "Selection of simulated CyberShake time series for engineering building code analyses," and Ganyu Teng received the Graduate Student Paper Award at the 2020 National Earthquake Conference in San Diego.
2/11/2020: Jack Baker gave a presentation, "Advances in simulation of post-earthquake recovery for performance based engineering and resilience" at UCLA, as part of the EERI-SEAOSC Distinguished Speaker Series.
2/2/2020: Corinne Bowers and Gitanjali Bhattacharjee are presenting on their research at the Stanford Hard Earth speaker series.
1/30/2020: Jack Baker, Rodrigo Costa, Maryia Markhvida and Adam Zsarnóczay participated in the NHERI SimCenter workshop on Simulation and Data Needs to Support Disaster Recovery Planning in Berkeley, CA.
1/17/2020: Jack Baker gave a plenary presentation, "Performance-based Engineering for Simulation of Regional Post-Earthquake Recovery and Resilience," and Anna Hulsey and Rodrigo Costa presented posters, at the 2020 PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, CA.
1/2/2020: Congratulations to Ganyu Teng for receiving the EERI 2019 Student Paper Award for her Earthquake Spectra paper, "Evaluation of SCEC CyberShake Ground Motions for Engineering Practice."
11/14/2019: Ganyu Teng gave a presentation, "Short-term probabilistic hazard assessment in regions of induced seismicity" at the SPE/SEG workshop, “Injection Induced Seismicity – The Next Chapter” in Dallas, Texas.
9/18/2019: Jack Baker gave a presentation, "Consideration of network effects in identifying critical components of transportation infrastructure" at the US Geological Survey's Geologic Hazards Science Seminar Series in Golden, Colorado.
9/9/2019: Jack Baker gave a keynote seminar, "Advances in simulating post-earthquake recovery for performance-based engineering and resilience" at the SECED 2019 conference in Greenwich, London.
8/30/2019: Congratulations to Dr. Maryia Markhvida for completing her PhD dissertation, "Towards seismic resilience: a comprehensive approach to modeling earthquake consequences from regional hazard to household well-being." Maryia will next continue her work as a Disaster Risk Management Consultant for The World Bank.
8/22/2019: Congratulations to Sabine Loos for winning "Best visual design" in the 2019 #VizRisk Challenge! Sabine's entry, After The Quake, was created with Karen Barns, and Arogya Koirala, and more details about her project are available in this article.
6/4/2019: Katy Serafin presented "The Cascading Consequences of Sea Level Rise: Evaluating Flood-Induced Commute Disruption in the San Francisco Bay Area" and Sabine Loos presented "Data integration framework to rapidly estimate post-disaster damage for response and recovery planning" at the 2019 Natural Hazards Workshop and Researchers Meeting in Boulder, Colorado.
6/4/2019: Jack Baker and Curt Haselton were jointly awarded the 2019 Helmut Krawinkler Award by the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC). This award is given annually to to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in implementing state of the art research into practice. Jack and Curt were recognized for co-founding Haselton Baker Risk Group to produce software that allows advanced seismic risk assessment methods to be implemented in practice.
5/31/2019: Katy Serafin presented "Compound flood risk in the south San Francisco Bay: A city manager’s worst nightmare," at the Workshop on Correlated Extremes organized by Columbia University’s Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate in New York City.
5/7/2019: Jack Baker coauthored, and the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative co-sponsored, a Hoover Institution Essay, "Ready For Tomorrow: Seven Strategies For Climate-Resilient Infrastructure."
4/18/2019: Maria Markhvida presented "Assessing Disaster Resilience: From Regional Losses to Household Well-Being," at a joint event between Sacramento State University, the Sacramento Geo-Institute ASCE chapter and the Sacramento EERI chapter, in Sacramento, California.
4/11/2019: Jack Baker gave a seminar, ``Quantifying Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk Communities,'' at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
3/13/2019: Congratulations to Dr. Gemma Cremen for completing her PhD dissertation, "Analysis, Evaluation, and Improvement of Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Damage and Loss Predictions." Gemma has joined the University of Bristol as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Induced Seismicity.
3/6/2019: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Developing a task-centric understanding of responders’ post-earthquake building damage information needs and use," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.
3/1/2019: Congratulations to Maryia Markhvida for winning the EERI 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award!
3/1/2019: Adam Zsarnóczay edited, and Jack Baker was a contributing author to, the SimCenter report, State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering.
2/15/2019: Congratulations to Anne Hulsey for being named an EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellow!
2/13/2019: Anne Hulsey gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Quantifying the Post-Earthquake Downtime Induced by Cordons around Damaged Tall Buildings," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.
2/6/2019: Jack Baker gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Use of ground motion simulations in engineering practice," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.
2/1/2019: Jack Baker became Associate Editor of the journal Earthquake Spectra.
1/18/2019: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee and Rodrigo Silva Lopez presented posters on their research at the 2019 PEER Annual Meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles.
1/9/2019: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Incorporating Induced Seismicity Source Models And Ground Motion Predictions To Forecast Dynamic Regional Risk," to the Geotechnical Graduate Student Society at the University of California, Davis.
12/15/2018: Sabine Loos presented "Spatial Integration of Modeled, Remotely-sensed, and Field Surveyed Building Damage Data to Support Post-Earthquake Response and Recovery Decisions", and Katy Serafin presented "Rethinking return levels: Towards a meaningful assessment of flood risk in a changing climate" at the 2018 AGU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Katy, Jack and Gitanjali Bhattacharjee were also coauthors on the presentation, "When Floods Hit the Road: Commute Disruption due to Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area."
11/15/2018: Sabine Loos presented her research on the collection and integration of post-disaster geospatial data to estimate regional damage and losses at the Geo4Dev Conference in Berkeley, CA.
11/13/2018: Jack Baker spoke at the “Ready for Tomorrow: Achieving Climate-Resilient Infrastructure” workshop at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C. The event was co-sponsored by the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative.
11/7/2018: Anne Hulsey's work with the City of San Francisco was featured in a Stanford Engineering News article.
11/5/2018: Jack Baker and Camilo Gómez were coauthors on Jorge-Mario Lozano's presentation, "Stochastic Optimization for Maintenance Decisions in Transportation Networks under Seismic Hazard" at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
10/5/2018: Jack Baker spoke at, and all group members presented posters at, the 2018 Blume Center/SURI workshop on Convergence of Performance-Based Engineering with Urban Resilience at Stanford University.
10/4/2018: Anne Hulsey's work with Greg Deierlein and others as part of Applied Technology Council Project 119-1, was featured in the San Francisco Tall Buildings Safety Strategy report. The work was covered by the New York Times and LA Times.
9/19/2018: Jack Baker was the featured speaker at the Los Angeles and Orange County Geo-Institute Chapters' September Dinner Meeting in Los Angeles.
9/19/2018: Jack Baker presented "Ground motion selection for performance-based engineering," at the 2nd AECOM Seismology Workshop in Los Angeles.
9/17/2018: Maryia Markhvida organized and participated in a session on Seismic Risk in Multifamily Apartment Buildings: Engineering, Social, Financial, and Policy Implications at the Understanding Risk Balkans Conference, an event co-organized by the Government of Serbia, the World Bank & GFDRR. She also moderated a session on open data in disaster risk management, which explored the recent advances and challenges associated with sharing of risk data.
9/10/2018: Yilin Chen and Ganyu Teng presented research posters, and Jack Baker chaired a session, at the 2018 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs.
8/14/2018: Congratulations to Gitanjali Bhattacharjee for receiving the Graduate Voice and Influence Program Fellowship from The Clayman Institute for Gender Research.
8/14/2018: Anne Hulsey and Greg Deierlein presented "Seismic Assessment, Retrofit Strategies and Policy Implications for Vulnerable Existing Steel Buildings" at the 2018 NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
8/7/2018: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee and Rodrigo Silva presented "Modeling Bay Area transportation network resilience" at the PEER Researchers' Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley.
6/29/2018: Jack Baker, Gitanjali Bhattacharjee, Reagan Chandramohan, Yilin Chen, Gemma Cremen, Anne Hulsey, Sabine Loos, Maryia Markhvida and Ganyu Teng gave presentations on their research at the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Los Angeles, California. Manuscripts associated with those presentations are available on the Publications page.
6/11/2018: Jack Baker gave a keynote talk, "Incorporating Induced Seismicity Source Models and Ground Motion Predictions to Forecast Dynamic Regional Risk," at the 5th Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference in Austin, Texas.
5/18/2018: Maryia Markhvida hosted a panel on ‘Risk Information Value Chain’ in collaboration with Open Data for Resilience Initiative at the Understanding Risk Forum 2018 in Mexico City.
4/19/2018: Our group's work on transportation network resilience was featured by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center as a research highlight.
4/19/2018: Group members are co-authors on ten papers at the 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering this summer in Los Angeles. Papers are available on the Publications page.
3/12/2018: Jack Baker received the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize "for research to characterize the damaging effects of earthquake ground motion spectral shape, duration, near-fault directivity and other features for seismic hazard analysis and performance-based engineering of buildings, bridges and geographically distributed infrastructure."
3/12/2018: Jack Baker co-authored an article on FEMA P-58 seismic performance assessment for Structure Magazine.
2/22/2018: Jack Baker chaired an Assurance Team to review the induced seismicity risk assessment for the Groningen region in the Netherlands.
2/7/2018: Adam Zsarnóczay created a site for his project on uncertainty quantification for numerical models of structural components at this ResearchGate site.
1/18/2018: Jack Baker gave a presentation, and Gemma Cremen, Anne Hulsey, Maryia Markhvida, and Adam Zsarnóczay presented posters, on their research at the at PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California.
12/11/2017: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk Communities," at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
12/8/2017: Congratulations to Dr. Abhineet Gupta for completing his PhD dissertation, "Quantifying Temporally-Varying Induced Seismicity Hazard and Regional Risk: Statistical Approaches and Application in Oklahoma"! Abhineet has joined One Concern as Resilience Engineering Lead.
11/22/2017: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk Communities," at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
11/7/2017: Jack Baker gave a presentation, "Unlocking value in earthquake resilience," at the Strengthening our Cities SEAOSC Summit in Los Angeles.
10/19/2017: Jack Baker was a panelist on the Challenges and Opportunities in Infrastructure Resilience event hosted by Resilient by Design at Stanford University.
9/10/2017: Jack Baker presented a keynote lecture, "Characterization of spatial correlations in ground motions—insights from physics-based simulations," and Ganyu Teng presented a poster, "Characterization of spatial correlations in ground motions—insights from physics-based simulations, " at the 2017 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California.
9/3/2017: Maryia Markhvida presented a poster, "Post-earthquake real estate decision making: repair or replace?"and Reagan Chandramohan presented a poster, "Accounting for ground motion duration and spectral shape in structural design and assessment," at the 2017 QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting in Taopo, New Zealand. Maryia and several members of the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative also coauthored a paper on "Integrating PBEE and Network Analysis to Measure Resilience Performance Objectives."
9/1/2017: Congratulations to Dr. Jason Wu for completing his PhD dissertation, "End-to-end seismic risk analysis framework for the identification of infrastructure network retrofits"! Jason has joined the New York office of Thornton Tomasetti as a Senior Engineer.
8/7/2017: Jack Baker, Camilo Gomez and Maryia Markhvida presented results from the group's research at the 12th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability in Vienna, Austria.
7/16/2017: Jack Baker co-authored a paper, "Ground motion selection and acceptance criteria when multiple seismic sources contribute to MCE ground motions," at the PBDIII Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering conference in Vancouver, Canada.
5/11/2017: Jack Baker was a co-author on the newly released Version 2.0 of the Tall Buildings Initiative's "Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings."
4/13/2017: Jason Wu's research project with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was the topic of a recent Stanford News article.
4/7/2017: Abhineet Gupta gave a presentation, "Repair cost risk from induced seismicity: sensitivity to models for earthquake source, ground motion and building vulnerability" at the ASCE Structures Congress in Denver, Colorado.
4/3/2017: Jack Baker gave two presentations on ground motion selection and vulnerability modeling at a Global Earthquake Model and USAID Vulnerability and Loss Estimation workshop in Pavia, Italy.
2/13/2017: Abhineet Gupta gave a presentation, "Assessing ground motion amplitudes and attenuation for small to moderate induced and tectonic earthquakes in the Central and Eastern United States" at the USGS Induced Seismicity Ground Motion Workshop in Menlo Park, California.
1/12/2017: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen, Abhineet Gupta and Jason Wu presented research at the 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Santiago, Chile. Their conference papers are available on the Publications page.
11/17/2016: Jack Baker spoke on a panel, "Implications of Performance-Based Engineering: Financial, Legal and Beyond," at the SEAOSC Strengthening our Cities Summit in Los Angeles.
11/7/2016: Jack Baker and Jason Wu presented research on regional ground motion characterization and a seismic risk-based framework for infrastructure retrofitting to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
10/5/2016: Jack Baker gave a talk, "Consideration of ground motion duration in engineering assessment of building safety," at the U.S. Geological Survey Earthquake Science Center Seminar series.
9/12/2016: Jack Baker participated in the 2016 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California.
9/1/2016: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen and David Lallemant presented on their research at the 2016 QuakeCoRE Annual Meeting in Taopo, New Zealand.
7/15/2016: Jack Baker presented on Ground Motion Simulation Validation and Engineering Applications, at the QuakeCoRE workshop on Utilisation of Ground Motion Simulations in Engineering Practice” in Christchurch, New Zealand.
6/20/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar on Ground-Motion Selection for Performance-Based Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
5/5/2016: David Lallemant and Maryia Markhvida's research using the Google Earth Engine was featured in the Stanford News. David's work with the Nepali government, and the John A. Blume Center's efforts after the Nepal earthquake, are also discussed.
4/1/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Benchmarking FEMA P-58 performance predictions against observed earthquake data – A preliminary evaluation for the Canterbury earthquake sequence" at the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering annual technical conference in Christchurch, New Zealand.
3/7/2016: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the for the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering in Wellington, New Zealand.
2/2/2016: Congratulations to Reagan Chandramohan for winning the EERI Outstanding Student Paper Award for his paper, "A Structural Reliability Framework for Collapse Risk Assessment Incorporating Ground Motion Duration and Response Spectral Shape." Reagan will receive his award at the upcoming 2016 EERI Annual Meeting.
1/29/2016: Reagan Chandramohan, Gemma Cremen, Cynthia Lee and Jason Wu all presented research posters at the 2016 PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California.
12/17/2015: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the for the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering in Auckland, New Zealand.
12/15/2015: Abhineet Gupta gave a talk, "Correlation between Changes in Seismicity Rates and Well Injection Volumes in Oklahoma," at an AGU Fall Meeting Special Session on Induced and Triggered Earthquakes in San Francisco.
12/11/2015: Reagan Chandramohan gave a talk, "Influence of ground motion duration on structural collapse risk," at the 2nd ATC-SEI conference on improving the seismic performance of existing buildings and other structures in San Francisco.
12/8/2015: Jack Baker will be giving research seminars in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, New Zealand, as a New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering Traveling Lecturer.
12/4/2015: Congratulations to Dr. Beliz Ugurhan Gokkaya for completing her PhD dissertation, "Seismic reliability assessment of structures incorporating modeling uncertainty and implications for seismic collapse safety." Dr. Gokkaya has now joined Udemy as a data scientist.
11/16/2015: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
11/6/2015: Jack Baker gave a plenary talk, "Ground motion selection for performance-based engineering, and the Conditional Mean Spectrum as a selection tool" at the 10th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Sydney, Australia.
11/2/2015: Jack Baker presented a talk, "Updated ground motion spectral matching requirements in the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions" at the 6th International Conference on Earthquake and Geotechnical Engineering in Christchurch, New Zealand.
9/15/2015: Abhineet Gupta presented a poster, "Performance assessment of a change point model for estimating earthquake rates from induced seismicity" at the 2015 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs.
7/15/2015: Research from the group was presented in four papers at the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering in Vancouver, Canada. The papers are available on the publications page.
7/15/2015: Congratulations to Beliz Ugurhan Gokkaya for receiving a CERRA Student Recognition Award for her submission to the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering.
7/1/2015: Seismological Research Letters has released a Special Issue on Induced Seismicity, including a paper by researchers from the Stanford Center on Induced and Triggered Seismicity on characterizing and responding to risk from induced seismicity.
6/16/2015: A new video on ground motion simulation validation has been uploaded and is available on the videos page.
6/3/2015: Jack Baker gave a departmental seminar, "Ground motion selection for performance-based engineering, and the Conditional Mean Spectrum as a selection tool," at the University of California, San Diego.
5/9/2015: Camilo Gomez gave a presentation, "Accounting for the societal impact of coupled pre- and post-disaster decisions on infrastructure networks" at the 8th International Forum on Engineering Decision Making in Kyoto, Japan.
3/31/2015: Some of our group's work has been commercialized by HB Risk Group in the Seismic Performance Prediction Program (SP3): a user-friendly software tool that enables performance-based design calculations for structural designers and other engineering professionals. Learn more at www.hbrisk.com.
3/26/2015: Jack Baker will be a keynote speaker at the 10th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Sydney from November 6-8, 2015. Abstracts are being accepted until May 8th, for those interested in participating.
3/11/2015: Jack Baker presented "Quantifying changes in site hazard for induced seismicity through Bayesian inference" at the AGIS Workshop on Induced Seismicity in Davos, Switzerland.
3/10/2015: Jack Baker presented "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the IBK Kolloquium at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.
1/13/2015: Abhineet Gupta presented "Components for hazard and risk assessment from induced seismicity" at the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity affiliates meeting on the Stanford campus.
1/13/2015: Mahalia Miller, Samuel Cortes and Jack Baker coauthored a poster, "Estimating impacts of catastrophic network damage from earthquakes using an activity-based travel model," at the 2015 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
1/8/2015: Three software packages related to assessment of infrastructure reliability under natural hazards are now available at this page. This software was produced by Mahalia Miller as part of her PhD thesis work.
1/5/2015: Jack Baker was awarded a University of Canterbury Visiting Erskine Fellowship. He will be visiting University of Canterbury in fall 2015 to lecture and conduct research.
12/19/2014: Jack Baker and Abhineet Gupta were coauthors on a poster, "A Site Characterization Protocol for Evaluating the Potential for Triggered or Induced Seismicity Resulting from Wastewater Injection and Hydraulic Fracturing," at the 2014 AGU Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
10/9/2014: Jack Baker gave an invited talk, "Near-Field and Directionality Issues for Ground Motion Selection," at the COSMOS 2014 Technical Session in San Francisco.
10/9/2014: Jack Baker gave an invited talk, "Ground Motion Simulations: Validation and Application for Civil Engineering Problems," at the SMIP14 Seminar on Utilization of Strong Motion Data in Berkeley.
9/16/2014: Abhineet Gupta gave a poster presentation on his work related to induced seismicity risk at the 2014 Joint SEG/SPE/ARMA workshop on Injection Induced Seismicity in Banff, Canada.
9/8/2014: Jack Baker and Abhineet Gupta gave poster presentations at the 2014 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California.
8/28/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Christophe Loth for completing his PhD dissertation, Multivariate ground motion intensity measure models, and implications for structural reliability assessment. Dr. Loth will join Risk Management Solutions.
7/30/2014: Jack Baker, Lynne Burks, Reagan Chandramohan, David Lallemant, Ting Lin, Christophe Loth, Mahalia Miller, Andy Seifried, Beliz Ugurhan and Jason Wu all participated in the 10th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. Papers from the conference are provided on the Publications page.
7/3/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Lynne Burks for completing her PhD dissertation, Ground Motion Simulations: Validation and Application for Civil Engineering Problems. Dr. Burks will join Sandia National Laboratories as a Senior Systems Research Analyst.
7/3/2014: Congratulations to Dr. Mahalia Miller for completing her PhD dissertation, Seismic Risk Assessment of Complex Transportation Networks. Dr. Miller will join Google as an Associate Product Manager on the Knowledge team.
6/18/2014: Mahalia Miller was interviewed on the Goggles Optional podcast regarding her thesis research and her project using Tweets about earthquakes.
5/7/2014: Jack Baker gave a talk, "Ground motion selection for performance-based engineering, and the Conditional Mean Spectrum as a selection tool," at the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California's May Mini-Seminar in San Francisco.
5/2/2014: Mahalia Miller gave a talk, "Coupling mode-destination accessibility with a quantitative seismic-risk assessment to identify at-risk populations for earthquake-related transportation network damage in the San Francisco Bay Area," at the Stanford The Precourt Energy Efficiency Center (PEEC) Sustainable Transportation Spring Seminar Series.
4/8/2014: We are excited to report that Dover Publications has reprinted the classic Benjamin and Cornell book " Probability, Statistics, and Decision for Civil Engineers " The book will be available this July and is currently available for preorder on Amazon.com. This book is highly recommended for anyone working in the field of probabilistic modeling for engineering, and the price is excellent for a 700 page book.
2/14/2014: This page provides a new paper, software tools and a tutorial video describing approaches for fitting fragility functions to structural analysis data. This paper describes statistical procedures for estimating parameters of fragility functions using a variety of nonlinear dynamic structural analysis results, and uses those procedures to identify effective strategies for performing dynamic structural analysis to estimate fragility functions.
1/15/2014: A Postdoctoral or Ph.D. position in Visualization of Distributed Infrastructure Performance is available. Candidates will explore novel data sets related to performance of complex infrastructure systems, and will develop visualizations and related analyses to provide insight into how these systems perform when disrupted. Candidates must possess experience with GIS or other software tools for visualizing large data sets. Interested applicants should e-mail Prof. Baker with the subject “Visualization Position,” and should provide examples of past visualizations, copies of relevant publications, and a curriculum vitae.
12/9/2013: Congratulations to Mahalia Miller for winning the Student Merit Award Competition in the Engineering and Infrastructure category, for her presentation "Simulation approaches for assessing the impacts on equity in a region due to earthquakes" at the 2013 Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
9/9/2013: Lynne Burks and Jack Baker presented a poster and talk regarding Proposed Parameters for the Engineering Validation of Ground Motion Simulations at the 2013 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA.
9/1/2013: Congratulations to Andy Seifried for completing his PhD thesis, Response spectrum compatibilization and its impact on structural response assessment. Andy has joined Lettis Consultants International as a Senior Staff Engineer.
8/29/2013: Jack Baker gave a talk, "Trade-offs in ground motion selection techniques for collapse assessment of structures," at the Vienna Congress on Recent Advances in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics.
8/16/2013: Congratulations to Ting Lin, who has joined Marquette University as an Assistant Professor in the department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering.
6/17/2013: Jack Baker received the Early Achievement Research Award from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR).
6/17/2013: Jack Baker, Ting Lin, Christophe Loth, Mahalia Miller and Beliz Ugurhan participated in the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability at Columbia University. The group's conference papers are available on the Publications page of this website.
6/16/2013: Jack Baker received the Eugene L. Grant Award in recognition of dedication and excellence in teaching as voted by the students of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
5/20/2013: The Stanford Center on Induced and Triggered Seismicity (SCITS) has multiple Postdoctoral positions available. Candidates should have an interest and relevant skills to developed an improved understanding of the causes and consequences of induced and triggered seismicity and developing practical tools to manage associated risks. Disciplinary specialties could be in the fields of earthquake seismology, crustal deformation, geomechanics, probabilistic risk assessment and flow through porous media. SCITS is a new interdisciplinary industrial affiliates program at Stanford involving eight professors from four departments. More information about SCITS can be found at:
Appointments will be for one year, renewable for a second year by mutual agreement. The salary is $55,000 to $65,000 per year, depending on experience, plus a $3500 research allowance for travel and miscellaneous expenses. Applications received by September 1, 2013, will receive fullest consideration. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, a list of publications and names of three potential referees, by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing to the diversity among its students, staff, and faculty. It welcomes nominations of and applications from minority groups and women, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and service missions.
1/28/2013: Congratulations to Shrey Shahi for completing his PhD thesis, A probabilistic framework to include the effects of near-fault directivity in seismic hazard assessment. Shrey will next join Virginia Tech as a postdoctoral researcher.
1/4/2013: Nirmal Jayaram, Ting Lin and Jack Baker received the 2011 Outstanding Paper Award from Earthquake Spectra, for the paper "A computationally efficient ground-motion selection algorithm for matching a target response spectrum mean and variance."
12/13/2012: Jack Baker presented results from his work with Shrey Shahi on Ground Motion Directionality Issues at the USGS National Seismic Hazard Map Workshop in Berkeley.
11/15/2012: Jack Baker and Shrey Shahi presented results on Directionality of Ground Motions at the PEER NGA-West2 Preliminary Results Workshop in Berkeley.
10/24/2012: Reagan Chandramohan and Ting Lin gave presentations at the 2012 PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley. Reagan and Beliz Uguhan also gave poster presentations.
10/24/2012: Shrey Shahi gave a presentation, "Preliminary NGA-West 2 models for ground-motion directionality," at the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Lisbon, Portugal. Members of the Baker Group were coauthors on six papers presented at the conference. Copies of these papers are available in the Publications section of the website.
10/2/2012: Mahalia Miller gave a talk, "Forecasting the Impact on Transportation Systems of Catastrophic Events," at Cube Futura 2012 Annual International Users Conference in Palm Springs, California.
9/9/2012: Lynne Burks gave a talk, "Engineering Perspective on Simulation Validation and Use of the Broadband Platform," and a poster "Engineering validation of hybrid broadband ground motion simulations," at the SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, California.
8/31/2012: Congratulations to Ting Lin for completing her PhD thesis, Advancement of hazard consistent ground motion selection methodology. Ting will now join the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center as a postdoctoral researcher.
8/13/2012: Jack Baker was an author on three of the most cited articles published in Structural Safety since 2007.
7/27/2012: Summer intern Jessica Jacobo presented results from her work at Stanford's RISE program graduation and poster session. Her poster was entitled "How Earthquakes (Ground Motions) Affect the Infrastructure Networks in Seismically Active Regions." Thanks for all your great work Jessica, and we are looking forward to seeing great things from you in the future!
5/25/2012: Jack Baker spoke on "Chacterization of ground motions for seismic evaluation" at a CEATI Seismic Hazard and Risk Workshop for Hydropower Projects in San Francisco.
5/22/2012: The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center has produced a video on Jack Baker and Shrey Shahi's project to characterize directivity for ground motion prediction. The video is available here.
5/17/2012: Jack Baker presented recommendations for incorporation of near-fault effects in ground motion prediction equations for the Global Earthquake Model, at a PEER GMPE's project meeting in Istanbul.
4/10/2012: Lynne Burks was awarded a travel fellowship to attend the 2012 EERI Annual Meeting in Memphis. She presented a poster on her research, "Prediction and structural response of fling step in near fault ground motions."
3/27/2012: Jack Baker spoke at an invited panel session on "Multi-scale Characterization and Modeling of Heterogeneous Soils" at the 2012 Geocongress in Oakland.
1/27/2012: Congratulations to Ting Lin for receiving an award for her research showcase at the Stanford Opportunity Job Fair reception.
12/1/2011: Jack Baker gave a talk entitled "Current Practice and Future Directions in Ground Motion Selection for Structural Analysis" for the University at Buffalo's Earthquake Engineering Research Institute chapter. A webcast of the talk is archived here.
9/30/2011: Jack Baker, Ting Lin, Mahalia Miller and Shrey Shahi gave talks and poster presentations at the 2011 PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California.
8/26/2011: Jack Baker gave a plenary talk at the 4th International IASPEI/IAEE Symposium on the Effects of Surface Geology on Seismic Motion (ESG4) in Santa Barbara, entitled "Effects of earthquake source geometry and site conditions on spatial correlation of earthquake ground motion hazard" and coauthored with Mahalia Miller.
8/24/2011: Congratulations to Dr. Victor Victorsson for completing his PhD dissertation, "The Reliability of Capacity-Designed Components in Seismic Resistant Systems." He was advised by Prof. Greg Deierlein and co-advised by Jack Baker and Helmut Krawinkler. He is now working at Swiss Re, a leading global reinsurer.
8/2/2011: Congratulations to Mahalia Miller for being an inaugural recipient of the CERRA Student Recognition Award at the 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP11).
8/2/2011: Jack Baker, Nirmal Jayaram, Mahalia Miller, Shrey Shahi and Yoshi Yamamoto all gave talks at the 11th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP11) in Zurich, Switzerland.
6/25/2011: Jack Baker gave a talk entitled "Ground motion selection for performance-based earthquake engineering: Effect of target spectrum and conditioning period," coauthored by Ting Lin and Curt Haselton, at the Bled4 Workshop on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering in Bled, Slovenia.
6/16/2011: Jack Baker participated in the qualifying exam of Camilo Gomez at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Columbia.
6/6/2011: Jack Baker has joined the Southern California Earthquake Center's Planning Committee, as the chair of the Implementation Interface focus group.
6/3/2011: Ting Lin gave a talk entitled "Effects of Conditioning Period and Record Selection Strategy on Structural Reliability Calculations," and Andy Seifried gave a talk entitled "Evaluation of Several Spectrum Compatibilization and Scaling Approaches on Structural Response," at the PEER Ground Motion Selection and Modification working group quarterly meeting.
5/24/2011: Jack Baker presented highlights of the group's recent ground motion research to the SEAONC Seismology Committee.
4/15/2011: Nirmal Jayaram presented a talk "A Computationally Efficient Ground-Motion Selection Algorithm for Matching a Target Response Spectrum Mean and Variance," coauthored by Ting Lin and Jack Baker, at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America in Memphis, Tennessee.
4/8/2011: Congratulations to Lynne Burks for receiving the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and Stanford's Shah Family Fellowship for research on catastrophe risk management.
2/15/2011: Ting Lin gave a talk "Conditional Mean Spectrum – implementation for ground motion selection," at the San Francisco Geotechnical Institute (SFGI) student research workshop in Oakland, California.
1/11/2011: Ting Lin gave a talk entitled "Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Deaggregation of Ground Motion Prediction Models” at the 5th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (5ICEGE) in Santiago, Chile.
1/10/2011: Jack Baker presented at the SCEC Ground Motion Simulation Validation Workshop at the University of Southern California, on techniques to validate simulated ground motions for engineering use.
1/4/2011: Jack Baker and Lynn Burks presented three posters at the 2011 NSF CMMI Research and Innovation Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
12/10/2010: Jack Baker has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE).
11/19/2010: The topic of this year's COSMOS Technical Session was Issues Associated with Applying Conditional Mean Spectra (CMS) to the Selection and Scaling of Design Ground Motions, and the group presented three invited talks on this topic. Jack Baker presented "An overview of the Conditional Mean Spectrum," and "Seismic risk calculations using Conditional Spectra." Ting Lin presented "Refinements to the Conditional Mean Spectra: Incorporating Multiple Causal Earthquakes and Multiple Ground Motion Prediction Models."
11/9/2010: A new "Videos" section has been added to the website, where we will post selected presentations of the group's research work.
10/12/2010: Jack Baker gave a presentation entitled "Innovations in seismic hazard and ground motion selection for risk analysis calculations" at the CUREE-Kajima phase IIV final project meeting in Tokyo.
10/8/2010: Jack Baker gave a presentation entitled "Ground motions for the PEER Transportation Systems Research Program" at the PEER Annual Meeting, and Ting Lin presented a poster entitled "Advancement of hazard-consistent ground motion selection: refinements to conditional mean spectrum calculations."
10/4/2010: Jack Baker gave a presentation entitled "Using precarious rocks to compute points in hazard space and update seismic hazard analysis logic tree weights" at the Workshop on the Applications of Precarious Rocks and Related Fragile Geological Features to US National Hazard Maps in Reno, Nevada.
8/6/2010: Jack Baker gave a seminar at the University of Washington's department of Civil and Environmental Engineering entitled "Ground motion selection for structural analysis: current practice and future directions."
7/19/2010: New software is available for selecting ground motions whose response spectra match a target response spectrum mean and variance. The software, and a recently accepted paper documenting the algorithm and its application, is available here.
7/19/2010: Jack Baker is chairing the Directionality Working Group of the NGA West 2 project. Jack Baker and Shrey Shahi are also participating in the Directivity Working Group of this project.
7/19/2010: Jack Baker is co-chairing the Sigma Working Group of the NGA East project. The NGA East project will develop Next Generation ground motion prediction models for the Central and Eastern United States, and will perform a variety of other projects in support of that model development.
6/13/2010: Dr. Nirmal Jayaram was awarded his PhD degree at Stanford's Commencement ceremony. His dissertation is available here. He is now a now a Senior Catastrophe Modeler at Risk Management Solutions.
5/20/2010: Nirmal Jayaram gave a seminar at USC's department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A video of the seminar is available here.
5/5/2010: Jack Baker received the National Science Foundation CAREER award for a project entitled "Assessment of Infrastructure Risk Under Natural Disasters in a Multiscale Probabilistic Framework."
5/3/2010: Jack Baker gave a seminar at Northwestern University's department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
4/21/2010: Jack Baker gave two talks at the 2010 Seismological Society of America annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.
3/8/2010: Congratulations to Nirmal Jayaram for receiving the Best Presentation Award for his talk entitled "Ground Motion Selection for the PEER Transportation Research Program" at the 7th CUEE and 5th ICEE Joint Conference in Tokyo. Jack Baker also attended and presented a talk entitled "Signal Processing and Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis Tools for Characterizing the Impact of Near-Fault Directivity." Accompanying papers for the talks are available in the Publications section of this web site.
2/10/2010: Jack Baker gave talks at the United States Geological Survey in Golden, Colorado entitled "Spatial correlation of strong ground motion intensities: Measurement and implications for engineering applications" and "Refinements to the Conditional Mean Spectrum concept, to link seismic hazard and dynamic structural analysis."
2/8/2010: Jack Baker gave a lecture at University of Colorado, Boulder's Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering department.
12/1/2009: Selected ground motions for the PEER Transportation Research Program are now available here. Additional commentary and documentation is in preparation and will be available shortly.
11/6/2009: Jack Baker gave a lecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology EERI Seminar Series entitled "Spatial correlation of strong ground motion intensities: Measurement and implications for engineering applications."
10/28/2009: Jack Baker gave a lecture at the University of Southern California CEE Department seminar series entitled "Spatial correlation of strong ground motion intensities: Measurement and implications for engineering applications." A link to an online video of the lecture will be available shortly.
10/16/2009: Jack Baker, Nirmal Jayaram and Ting Lin gave two talks and two poster presentations at the PEER Annual Meeting and PEER Transportation Research Program coordination meeting in San Francisco.
9/21/2009: Jack Baker and Nirmal Jayaram presented three talks at the 10th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR) in Osaka, Japan. Related papers are available in the publications section of the web site.
7/26/2009: Ting Lin and Andy Seifried presented research posters at the National Science Foundation CMMI Grantee Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.
7/5/2009: Jack Baker presented an invited talk at a workshop on Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering in Capri, Italy. A related paper is available in the publications section of the web site.
7/1/2009: Jack Baker and Nirmal Jayaram presented a talk at the TCLEE2009 Conference: Lifeline Earthquake Engineering in a Multihazard Environment in Oakland, California. A related paper is available in the publications section of the web site.
6/20/2009: Jack Baker presented an invited keynote lecture, "Active Region Time History Selection/Generation Approaches" at the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists Shlemon Specialty Conference in Memphis, Tennessee
2/20/2009: Jack Baker's recent talk at the U.S. Geological Survey, "Spatial correlation of strong ground motion intensities: measurement and implications for engineering applications," can be viewed here.