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Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 January 2024

Alexis Kwasinski
University of Pittsburgh
Andres Kwasinski
Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy
University of Pittsburgh
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The increased interest that the topic of critical infrastructure resilience is attracting in academia, government, commerce, services, and industry is creating an alternative engineering field that could be called resilience engineering. However, the views of the meaning of resilience have varied, and even in some very relevant world languages, an exact translation of the word “resilience” has only recently been introduced – for example, the word “resiliencia” was added to the dictionary of the Royal Academy of Spanish Language in 2014 – or it still does not exist, as happens in Japanese. Thus, this chapter introduces the main concepts associated with the study of resilience engineering applicable to critical infrastructure systems with a focus on electric power grids and information and communication networks (ICNs) because these are the infrastructures that are identified as “uniquely critical” in US Presidential Policy Directive 21, which is the source for the definition of resilience that is used in this book.

Resilience Engineering for Power and Communications Systems
Networked Infrastructure in Extreme Events
, pp. 1 - 21
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2024

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