Infrastructure Resilience


Research Areas

Building the Business Case for Infrastructure Development

Informing the Policy and Regulatory Environment

Developing New Technology and Solutions

Fostering an Educated Workforce

About Us

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1308 W. Main Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel:  217-300-2206
Fax:  217-244-2705

CIRI Factsheet


David Nicol, Director and Principal Investigator
Randall Sandone, Executive Director

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Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute

The Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), led and managed by the University of Illinois, conducts research and education to enhance the resiliency of the nation's critical infrastructures and the businesses and public entities that own and operate those assets and systems. The Institute explores the organizational, policy, business, and technical dimensions of critical infrastructure's dependence on cyber assets. CIRI also examines how computer hardware and software both contribute to and threaten resiliency and how industry makes decisions about cyber assets which contribute to resilience.

Center Activity

Research Theme 1: Insurance and the Business Case for Resilience

Research Theme 2: Macro and Micro Industrial Supply Chains

Research Theme 3: Infrastructure Dependencies and Interdependencies

Research Theme 4: Communication Systems


Jason Jaskolka and John Villasenor, Identifying Implicit Component Interactions in Distributed Cyber-physical Systems50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Manoa, HI, January 4-7, 2017.

Linan Huang, Juntao Chen, and Quanyan Zhu, A Factored MDP Approach to Optimal Mechanism Design for Resilient Large-Scale Interdependent Critical InfrastructuresWorkshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (MSCPES), Pittsburgh, PA, April 21, 2017. 

Jason Jaskolka and John Villasenor, Securing Cyber-Dependent Maritime Systems and Operations, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office Technical Bulletin, Volume 12, June 2017.

Jason Jaskolka and John Villasenor, An Approach for Identifying and Analyzing Implicit Interactions in Distributed SystemsIEEE Transactions on Reliability, Volume 66, Number 2, June 2017.

Chloe Johnson and Iris Tien, Probabilistic Multi-scale Modeling of Interdependencies between Critical Infrastructure Systems for Resilience, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure, Volume 3, Issue 1, July 9, 2017.

Rae Zimmerman, Implications of Combined Infrastructure Concentration and Interdependency for Extreme Event Recovery, 12th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, Vienna, Austria, August 6-10, 2017.

Jay P. Kesan and Carol M. Hayes, Strengthening Cybersecurity with Cyber Insurance and Better Risk Assessment, 102 Minnesota Law Review, pages 191-276, 2017.

Sachin Shetty, Michael McShane, Linfeng Zhang, Jay P. Kesan, Charles A. Kamhoua, Kevin Kwiat, and Laurent L. Njilla, Reducing Informational Disadvantages to Improve Cyber Risk ManagementThe Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, 2018.

L. Huang, J. Chen and Q. Zhu, Factored Markov Game Theory for Secure and Resilient Infrastructure NetworksGame Theory for Security Risk Management, Static and Dynamic Game Theory Series, Birkhauser, 2018.

Tianqi Hong, Francisco De Leon and Quanyan Zhu, Optimal Dispatch of Electric Transmission Systems Considering Interdependencies with Natural Gas Systems, Game Theory for Security Risk Management, Static and Dynamic Theory Series, Birkhauser, 2018.

Chloe Johansen and Iris Tien, Probabilistic Multi-scale Modeling of Interdependencies between Critical Infrastructure Systems for ResilienceSustainable and Resilient Infrastructures, Volume 3, Number 1, pages 1-15, 2018.


CIRI Newsletters

September 2017

Student Opportunities at CIRI

CIRI is looking for enthusiastic, qualified students to work on a wide variety of projects that address critical infrastructure resilience. Interested students should submit a resume with a list of research interests to the University of Illinois Applied Research Institute.

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Our work is made possible through a network of partnerships with some of the best minds and most innovative organizations from within the academic world and the private sector.

Research Partners

  • Binghamton University
  • Carleton University
  • Cornell University
  • Florida International University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Howard University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Washington

Industrial Partners

  • Ameren
  • American Water
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • CME Group
  • Department of Homeland Security in Springfield, Illinois
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • Illinois National Guard of the State of Illinois
  • MidAmerica Energy
  • NetScout Systems
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Resilient Solutions 21
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Security Industry Association
  • Siemens Corporate Technology Center
  • Texas Tech University
  • U.S. Bank
  • US Department of Homeland Security, Office of Infrastructure Protection
  • Utilidata