SAM'18 Keynote Lecture: Dr. Martin Zsifkovits

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Martin Zsifkovits

Terrorist Threat: How Resilient are our Train Networks?

Dr. Martin Zsifkovits
University of Armed Forces Munich, Munchen, Germany;
Formerly, Co-Leader of German RiKoV project and Co-Leader of the REHSTRAIN project

Visiting, Stanford University, 2017

Date & Time: July 31 (Tuesday), 2018; 01:30pm - 03:00pm
Location: Galleria A


Terrorist attacks on public transportation cause a growing potential for uncertainty amongst the passengers and reinforce the requirements for more security in public transportation, particularly in the field of high-speed train systems. This means balancing the costs for potential security measures and security technologies and the resulting risk reduction.

As a detailed analysis is very complex due to the huge number of influencing factors, we devote ourselves to this task under the German-French joint project "REsilience of the Franco-German High Speed TRAIn Network" (REHSTRAIN). In a 2 year project, financed by the ministries of Germany and France, nine research institutions and seven associated partners tackled this issue from various perspectives, applying various methods and techniques. The main learnings and results are presented in this keynote presentation.


Martin Zsifkovits received a Master’s degree in international Business Administration and a PhD in Management from the University of Vienna. Since 2014 he is an Assistant Professor at the University of Armed Forces Munich, where he works on projects in public decision support using Operations Research techniques. Since 2016 he is a member of the RISK research Center in Munich and in 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. The topic of counter terrorism, especially for public transport, is one of his main research foci. Martin Zsifkovits developed several simulation models (including Agent-Based Models, System Dynamics Models, Game Theoretic Models, Graph Models, etc.) that allow for analysing attack scenarios in public places such as train stations and uses them also for evaluating security measures and technologies. He was the project Co-Leader of the German RiKoV project and international Co-Leader of the REHSTRAIN project. He is chairing the Working Group “Simulation and Optimization of Complex Systems” of the German Operations Research Society and supporting various institutions and companies with their security management concepts.

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