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International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management


Special Issue on: "Complex Systems Dependencies/Interdependencies"

Guest Editors:
Dr. Frédéric Petit, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Dr. Julia Phillips, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
David Brannegan, Argonne National Laboratory, USA

When considering the protection of a facility, it is vital to consider all its dependencies (e.g., physical, cybernetic, geographic, and logical). Such an all-encompassing view accounts for potential vulnerabilities that may exist outside the traditional facility “boundaries”. The degradation of an asset that supplies resources to an organisation can cause direct and potentially severe impacts. However, it is also important to consider the fact that bidirectional relationships between facilities may exist. A situation, in which two infrastructures are dependent upon each other, is called interdependency.

Infrastructure dependencies and interdependencies are complex, and their identification and protection should be predominant in a facility’s risk management, and business continuity procedures. Although it may be obvious that there exists a need to identify and mitigate potential interdependencies, they tend to be extremely difficult to capture and understand in totality due to their complex nature.

Dependencies and interdependencies are complex elements to consider in risk assessments and risk management because they are dynamic and multidimensional. The presence of multiple interconnected sets of infrastructure across multiple jurisdictions adds a system of systems dimension to the interdependency discussion. Vulnerabilities resulting from infrastructure interdependencies are generally not as well understood as other vulnerabilities because of this complexity. A single-point failure can lead to multiple infrastructure disruptions in multiple geographic locations. Though there exists no single solution on how to analyse interdependencies, it is clear that enhancing capabilities and innovations in that field is critical.

The main purpose of this special issue is to present recent advancements related to the assessment of infrastructure dependencies/interdependencies, the modelling of complex critical infrastructure systems, and the consideration of these elements in risk assessment and management methodologies to support decision-making.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dependencies and interdependencies assessment
  • Dependencies and interdependencies modelling
  • Complex systems modelling
  • Supply chain management
  • Supply chain modelling
  • Cascading and escalating failures simulation
  • Mathematical and simulation models of systems of systems
  • Critical infrastructure interdependencies
  • Regional infrastructure interdependencies
  • Cross border effects

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 12 September, 2014

Notification to authors: 14 November, 2014

Final versions due by: 19 December, 2014