The Baroud Research Group interests lie in the area of statistical modeling to improve disaster preparedness and recovery. More specifically, our work is focused on development of data-driven methods to (i) measure the impact of disruptive events on the infrastructure and the community, (ii) evaluate the interdependencies across infrastructure systems and communities, and (iii) predict the recovery behavior to inform resource allocation before, during, and after a disruption.

We develop and utilize analytical methods that are founded in statistical learning, network analysis, risk and decision analysis, and optimization models. Applications span over a wide range of critical infrastructures such as water, energy, and transportation systems.

Recent News

December 2017. Jinzhu wins the student merit award of the Engineering Infrastructure Specialty Group at the Society for Risk Analysis in Arlington, VA.

December 2017. Hiba is quoted by WalletHub in their article on 2017’s Safest Cities in America.

October 2017. Journal publication in Reliability Engineering & System Safety: A Bayesian Kernel Approach to Modeling Resilience-Based Network Component Importance.

September 2017. Hiba gave a seminar at Purdue University in the Department of Industrial Engineering.

September 2017. Andrea is chair of the 2017 Air & Waste Management Annual Meeting and Conference.

September 2017. Hiba’s article is mentioned as one of 5 essential reads on rebuilding after disasters.

September 2017. Jinzhu is selected as a finalist in the Society for Risk Analysis Engineering Infrastructure Specialty Group Student Merit Award. As a finalist, he produced this video about the research he is doing. Congrats Jinzhu on being a finalist, and best of luck for the final round!

August 2017. Hiba is named by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Susan Wente to Data Science Visions Working Group.

August 2017. Daniel (Dan) Perrucci and Andrew Stanford join our group as Ph.D. students. Welcome Dan and Andrew!

August 2017. Hiba gave a seminar at the National Building Research Organization of the Ministry of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka.

August 2017. Hiba is interviewed by Arnie Arnesen in her radio talk show, The Attitute.

July 2017. Hiba wrote an article in The Conversation, in which she compares infrastructure resilience and sustainability in the US and the rest of the world. The article was featured by a number of publications such as Salon, International Business Times, LA Times, and others.

June 2017. Research grant awarded by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center: Geospatial Investigation of Future Climate Conditions: The Impact on Supply Chain and USACE Water Resource Infrastructure Using Enhanced Simulation and Spatial Visualization Capability. Hiba is co-PI with Janey Camp as PI.

June 2017. Hiba is quoted in The Ledger in an article on preparing for potential floods in Nashville.

May 2017. Hiba visited Universidad de Los Andes where she gave a seminar in the Department of Industrial Engineering and was a guest lecturer in a course on Applications in Operations Research.

January 2017. Research grant awarded by the Department of Transportation: Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center. Vanderbilt’s VECTOR is a member of the University Transportation Center consortium led by University of Arkansas.

January 2017. Jinzhu Yu joins our group as a Ph.D. student. Welcome Jinzhu!

January 2017. Hiba receives the inaugural Littlejohn Dean’s Faculty Fellowship, an endowed fellowship for junior faculty members.

January 2017. Alexis (Lexi) Sheeler joins our group. She attends school at John Overton High School and does research with our group through the School of Science and Math at Vanderbilt. Welcome Lexi!

August 2016. Research grants awarded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation: (1) Cyber-Physical Applications for Freight Transportation System Management and Operations: Opportunities and Challenges. Hiba is PI and Mark Abkowitz is co-PI. (2) Multi-Modal Freight Transportation System Capacity and Diversion Assessment. Hiba is co-PI and Janey Camp is PI.

August 2016. Mackenzie Whitman and Andrea Gardiner join our group as a Ph.D. students. Welcome Mackenzie and Andrea!

August 2016. Research grant awarded by the National Science Foundation: Bayesian Methods for the Data-Driven Recovery of Networks: Measuring Impact and Building Resilience in Infrastructures and CommunitiesHiba is PI, this is a collaborative project with Kash Barker.

July 2016. Research grant awarded by the National Science Foundation: Coastal SEES Collaborative Research: Multi-scale modeling and observations of landscape dynamics, mass balance, and network connectivity for a sustainable Ganges-Brahmaputra delta. Hiba is co-PI, this is a collaborative project led by Steve Goodbred.

May 2016. Hiba wins 2015 Outstanding PhD Dissertation of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

April 2016. Hiba is selected as a 2015 Outstanding Reviewer in Natural Hazards Review.

January 2016. Aparna Oruganti joins our group as Master’s of Engineering student. Welcome Aparna!

January 2016. Research grant awarded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as part of the Department of Housing and Urban Development National Resilience Competition: Mississippi River Supply Chain Management. This project is led by the University of Memphis. Hiba is the subproject investigator with Craig Philip as co-PI.

October 2015. Hiba gave a seminar at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

August 2015. Hiba joins Vanderbilt.