Disaster Risk Analysis Lab

Creating tools to make our cities more resilient 

Natural catastrophes are steadily increasing in severity and frequency as cities become larger, denser, and more interconnected. The Disaster Risk Analysis Lab's goal is to extend the limits of what is feasible with catastrophe modeling and collaborate synergistically with researchers within and outside civil engineering to leverage new technologies to increase post-disaster power accessibility, provide more effective disaster emergency response, and reduce risk trajectories in our cities.

We combine rigorous uncertainty quantification methods, structural modeling, and optimization techniques to elucidate the impact of extreme events such as earthquakes and hurricanes on urban systems and strategize solutions for urban resilience. We also leverage artificial intelligence and computer vision for risk assessment to make regional catastrophe modeling cheaper and more accessible worldwide. 

The NYU Disaster Risk Analysis Lab is directed by Dr. Luis Ceferino, who is an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Urban Engineering Department and the Center for Urban Science and Progress at NYU in 2021.  Previously, Prof. Ceferino was a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University. He completed his graduate studies in Structural Engineering at the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University (M.S. in 2014 and Ph.D. in 2019) and his undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at the Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería in Lima, Peru (B.S. in 2011).