Vicki M. Bier

Professor and Chair

3270A Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 262-2064
Fax: (608) 262-8454
bier@engr.wisc.edu


Profile Summary

Professor Bier is a risk analyst and decision analyst specializing in probabilistic risk analysis for homeland security and critical infrastructure protection.Her current research interests include the application of game theory to identify optimal resource allocation strategies for protecting critical infrastructure from intentional attacks.Other interests include: the use of accident "precursors" or near misses in probabilistic risk analysis; the use of expert opinion; and methods for effective risk communication, both to decision makers and to the general public.

Education

  • PhD 1983, Operations Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • security in the supply chains for food and agricultural products
  • critical infrastructure protection
  • security
  • technology hazards
  • risk analysis
  • decision analysis
  • operations research

Awards, Honors and Societies

  • Women\'s Achievement Award, American Nuclear Society, 1993
  • Outstanding Service Award, Society for Risk Analysis, 2000
  • Outstanding Service Award, Society for Risk Analysis, 2000
  • Best Presentation Award, Operations and Power Division, American Nuclear Society, 2001
  • Fellow, Society for Risk Analysis

Publications

  • Bier, V.M., \"Challenges to the Acceptance of Probabilistic Risk Analysis,\" Risk Analysis 19:703-710, 1999.
  • Bier, V. M., Y. Y. Haimes, J. H. Lambert, N. C. Matalas, and R. Zimmerman, A Survey of Approaches for Assessing and Managing the Risk of Extremes. Risk Analysis 19(1): 83-94, 1999.
  • Bier, V.M., \"On the State of the Art: Risk Communication to the Public,\" Reliability Engineering and System Safety 71:139-150, 2001.
  • Phimister, J. R., V. M. Bier, and H. C. Kunreuther (editors), Accident Precursor Analysis and Management: Reducing Technological Risk through Diligence, National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2004.
  • Bier V. M., A. Nagaraj, and V. Abhichandani, Protection of Simple Series and Parallel Systems with Components of Different Values. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 87(3): 315-323, 2005.
  • Carayon, P., S. Kraemer, and V. M. Bier, \"Human Factors Issues in Computer and E-business Security.\" Handbook of Integrated Risk Management for E-Business: Measuring, Modeling and Managing Risk (A. Labbi, editor), J. Ross Publishing, 2005.
  • Bier, V. M., \"Game-Theoretic and Reliability Methods in Counter-Terrorism and Security,\" Modern Statistical and Mathematical Methods in Reliability, Series on Quality, Reliability and Engineering Statistics, World Scientific Publishing Co., 2005.
  • Dighe, N., J. Zhuang, and V.M. Bier, \"Secrecy in Defensive Allocations as a Strategy for Achieving More Cost-effective Attacker Deterrence,\" accepted for publication in International Journal of Performability Engineering, special issue on System Survivability and Defense against External Impacts.
  • Bier, V. M., S. Oliveros, and L. Samuelson, \"Choosing What to Protect: Strategic Defensive Allocation against an Unknown Attacker,\" Journal of Public Economic Theory 9(4): 563-587, 2007.
  • Zhuang, J., and V.M. Bier, \"Balancing Terrorism and Natural Disasters—Defensive Strategy with Endogenous Attacker Effort,\" Operations Research 55(5): 976-991, 2007.
  • Bier, V. M., and M. N. Azaiez (editors), Game Theoretic Risk Analysis of Security Threats, International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, Springer, New York, 2009.
  • Dighe, N., J. Zhuang, and V.M. Bier, \"Secrecy in Defensive Allocations as a Strategy for Achieving More Cost-effective Attacker Deterrence,\" International Journal of Performability Engineering 5(1): 31-43, 2009, special issue on System Survivability and Defense against External Impacts.

Courses

Summer 2014

  • ISYE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • ISYE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ISYE 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ISYE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ISYE 691 - Special Topics in Industrial Engineering
  • ISYE 574 - Methods for Probabilistic Risk Analysis of Nuclear Power Plants
  • NE 574 - Methods for Probabilistic Risk Analysis of Nuclear Power Plants
  • ISYE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • ISYE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ISYE 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ISYE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • ISYE 691 - Special Topics in Industrial Engineering
  • ISYE 313 - Engineering Economic Analysis
  • ISYE 990 - Research and Thesis
  • ISYE 890 - Pre-Dissertator\'s Research
  • ISYE 790 - Master\'s Research and Thesis
  • ISYE 699 - Advanced Independent Study
  • Profile Summary

    Professor Bier is a risk analyst and decision analyst specializing in probabilistic risk analysis for homeland security and critical infrastructure protection.Her current research interests include the application of game theory to identify optimal resource allocation strategies for protecting critical infrastructure from intentional attacks.Other interests include: the use of accident "precursors" or near misses in probabilistic risk analysis; the use of expert opinion; and methods for effective risk communication, both to decision makers and to the general public.


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