2020 Workshops

Simulation and Data Needs to Support Disaster Recovery Planning

January 30-31, 2020 | UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

This workshop presents an opportunity for the exchange of ideas between researchers, developers, and end-users of simulation tools, data, and results for regional risk assessments. The workshop aims to engage and connect experts and stakeholders from various parts of the disaster-science community through plenary and breakout sessions with the aim to identify where computational simulation tools, under development by the SimCenter and other groups, can support the work of various government agencies and organizations to promote resilience from natural disasters. The workshop agenda is designed to foster discussions and knowledge transfer across hazards (ground shaking, wind, and water), between disciplines (engineering, economics, social science), and among various roles in the community (stakeholder, project manager, analyst).

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Day 1   -   Thursday, January 30, 2020

8:15     Registration/Coffee

9:00     Welcome, SimCenter Overview, and Workshop Goals

Session I: Connecting To Stakeholders

9:30     Plenary: Application Frameworks for Regional Simulation

Greg Deierlein, Paolo Gardoni

10:15     Breakout sessions

Simulation tools, attributes, gaps and capabilities

11:45     Short break

12:00     Plenary: Discuss Breakout Observations

12:30     Roundtable lunch discussions

Session II: Connecting Across Hazards

1:30     Plenary: Issues in Disaster Simulation for Recovery Planning

Laurie Johnson, Rodrigo Costa

2:15     Breakout sessions

Collect questions to be addressed by simulations

3:15     Refreshment Break

3:30     Plenary: Discuss Breakout Observations

4:00     Breakout sessions

Prioritize development opportunities

5:00     Plenary: Discuss Breakout Observations and Wrap Up

5:15     Adjourn Day 1

Day 2   -   Friday, January 31, 2020

8:15     Registration/Coffee

9:00     Brief recap of Day 1 and plan for Day 2

Session III: Data Sources

9:30     Data needs and sources

Tracy Kijewski-Correa, Charles Vardeman

10:00     Breakout sessions

Identify uses, needs and sources of data

11:30     Short break

11:45     Plenary: Discuss Breakout Observations

12:15     Roundtable lunch discussions

Session IV: Interdisciplinary Engagement

1:15     Plenary: Engagement through benchmarking testbeds

Scott Miles, Paolo Gardoni, Rachel Davidson, Youngjun Choe

2:00     Breakout sessions

Develop strategies for sharing and vetting of methods

3:30     Refreshment Break

3:45     Plenary: Discuss Breakout Observations

4:15     General discussion, closing remarks

4:30      Workshop adjourns

2019 Workshops

Advanced Simulation for Natural Hazards Mitigation & Grand Challenges for Multi-Hazards Engineering

In collaboration with NHERI Lehigh and UCSD Experimental Facility sites

September 23-24, 2019 at Lehigh University

Agenda and Presentations


December 16-17, 2019 at UC San Diego

Agenda and Presentations

Tool Training

June 13-14, 2019


Programming Bootcamp

July 22-26, 2019


Day 1: Programming in C

Day 2: Abstraction & C++

Day 3: Python

Day 4: Data Gathering and AI

Day 5: rWHALE


2018 Workshops

User Workshop

May 18, 2018


Presentation Slides

Programming Bootcamp

July 30 - Aug 3, 2018


  • Day 1: Programming in C
    • Introductions
    • VM, Linux, and Git
    • An Introduction to Programming
    • The C Programming Language
    • Exercises
  • Day 2: Debugging and Parallel Programming
    • Debugging
    • PI / Exercises #3
    • Parallel Machines
    • Parallel Programming with MPI
    • Exercise
    • Parallel Programming with OpenMP
    • Exercise
    • Load Balancing
  • Day 3: Abstraction, Struct & C++
    • Git – Updating your repos
    • Abstraction
    • Abstraction in C with struct and pointers
    • Exercise
    • Programming in C++
    • Exercise with Frank
  • Day 4: User Interface Design & Qt
    • GUI Design Fundamentals
    • the Qt Framework
      • Common Data Types / classes
      • Building the UI
      • Layout Management
      • Signals and Slots
      • Model - Vew - Controller Concepts
      • Helper Widgets
    • Quite a few Exercise Sessions
  • Day 5: SimCenter and Cloud Computing
    • SimCenter overview
    • Exercise with uqFEM
    • DesignSafe Website – Interactive
    • Agave Interaction