wpi_180917_061.jpg

resident Laurie Leshin presents the Howard W. Emmons Distinguished Lecture Award to Professor Weicheng Fan of Tsinghua University
President Laurie Leshin presents the H.W. Emmons Distinguished Lecture Award to Professor Weicheng Fan of Tsinghua University

wpi_180917_099.jpg

MA Senator Michael Moore participates in the panel discussion
MA Senator Michael Moore participates in the panel discussion

wpi_180917_106_0.jpg

President Laurie Leshin presents a gift to Professor Bin Yang, Vice President & Provost of Tsinghua University
President Laurie Leshin presents a gift to Professor Bin Yang, Vice President & Provost of Tsinghua University

wpi_180917_125_1.jpg

Keynote Speaker Lou Gritzo, Vice President & Manager of Research at FM Global
Keynote Speaker Lou Gritzo, Vice President & Manager of Research at FM Global

wpi_180917_141_0.jpg

FPE Professor Ali Rangwala; JENSEN HUGHES Technical Director, Daniel Gottuck, and FPE Dept Head Albert Simeoni
FPE Professor Ali Rangwala; JENSEN HUGHES Technical Director, Daniel Gottuck, and FPE Dept Head Albert Simeoni

wpi_180917_156_0.jpg

CGPS Co-director Jianyu Liang, Zachary Magnone of Johnson Controls, Russ Fleming of Int’l Fire Suppression Alliance, University of Maryland Professor Jose Torero; WPI FPE PhD student Nadia Mofidi, and WPI Professor & FPE Dept Head Albert Simeoni
Prof. Jianyu Liang, Zachary Magnone, Russ Fleming, UMD Prof. Jose Torero; Nadia Mofidi, and FPE Dept Head Albert Simeoni

wpi_180917_003.jpg

Keynote Speaker, Professor & Dept Head, Albert Simeoni speaks with Worcester Fire Chief, Mike Lavoie
Worcester Fire Chief, Mike Lavoie speaks with Keynote Speaker & FPE Dept Head, Albert Simeoni

wpi_180917_038.jpg

cgps
Keynote Speaker & FPE Dept Head, Albert Simeoni, is featured in International Fire Fighter magazine.

wpi_180917_144.jpg

Worcester Deputy Chief Martin Dyer meets with WPI students and CGPS Co-Director, Professor Jianyu Liang
Worcester Deputy Chief Martin Dyer meets with WPI students and CGPS Co-Director, Professor Jianyu Liang

Center for Global Public Safety 2nd Annual Symposium

September 17, 2018

The Center for Global Public Safety (CGPS) hosted a Symposium on Monday, September 17th dedicated to New Frontiers in Global Public Safety.  The objectives of the event were:

  • Bring together leaders in academia and industry related to global safety concerns
  •  Identify new frontiers in public safety, especially as they relate to emerging science and technologies; educational and industry needs; and policy implications
  •  Honor H.W. Emmons Distringuished Lecture Award Recipient:  Professor Weicheng Fan 
  •  Look for ways to leverage the expertise and facilities available at WPI and CGPS partner institutions to drive research, education, outreach, and strategic alliances in the advancement of global public safety concerns

The day-long event was attended by nearly 100 people from industry, academia and government including a delegation of colleagues from Tsinghua University in Beijing China.  President Laurie Leshin welcomed guests and presented the Howard W. Emmons Distinguished Lecture Award to Professor Weicheng Fan who delivered a presentation on Fire Safety Science and Public Safety Technology in China.  Professor Fan is the Director of the Institute of Public Safety Research at Tsinghua University and is renowned for his work in fire and public safety.   Other special guests included:

  •   Vice President & Provost of Tsinghua University, Professor Bin Yang
  •   Keynote Speaker:  Vice President and Manager of Research at FM Global, Dr. Lou Gritzo
  •   Keynote Speaker:  FPE Professor and Department Head at WPI, Professor Albert Simeoni
  •   Massachusetts State Senator Michael Moore
  •   Worcester Fire Chief Mike Lavoie
  •   Professor Jose Torero, FPE Professor and Director for the Center for Disaster Resilience at the University of Maryland 

There was an engaging panel discussion on the topics of Emerging Science, Emerging Technologies, Industrial Needs, Educational Needs, Perspectives from China and Policy Implications.  Panel participants included Chem Eng Prof. Eric Young; Dirk Steyn of E-One Fire Trucks; ECE Prof. Xinming Huang; Mark Macaulay of ZHP Systems; FPE Prof. Jose Torero from the University of Maryland; Prof. Hui Zhang from Tsinghua University; and MA State Senator Michael Moore.

During lunch, research posters were on display and students and faculty were on hand to discuss seed grant projects they have been working on that are funded by the Center for Global Public Safety.

Provost Wole Soboyejo closed out the event with a presentation reviewing the feedback received from the Industry Forum event in the spring and describing how the Center intends to grow and advance research in the areas that were identified as having the largest needs.

Some of the questions raised at the Symposium:

  • How are education and policy keeping pace with the advancements of technology?
  • How can data science and predictive analytics help address global safety issues?
  • How do we make communities and economies more resilient in the face of natural disasters and public health risks?
  • How can we reduce short and long-term health and safety risks for first responders?

wpi_180917_053.jpg

c
Professor Weicheng Fan delivers Howard W. Emmons Lecture

wpi_180917_081.jpg

c
Provost Wole Soboyejo meets with Tsinghua Provost Bin Yang     

wpi_180917_120.jpg

c
UMD Professor Jose Torero speaks with WPI faculty and PhD students

wpi_180917_140.jpg

c
Natalie Farny speaks with Steve Schwartz of LION, Inc.

wpi_180917_146.jpg

c
Professors Patricia Stapleton, Natalie Farny and Carlo Pinciroli

wpi_180917_147.jpg

c
Robert Avakian, Wole Soboyejo and Steve Schwartz

wpi_180917_155.jpg

c
Milosh Puchovsky, Carrie West, Albert Simeoni & Jianyu Liang  

wpi_180917_104.jpg

Laurie Leshin shows the view from the new Foise Innovation Studio
Laurie Leshin shows the view from the new Foise Innovation Studio