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Argonne signs MOU with C4UC

Front row, seated: Richard Jackson, C4UC Chief Executive Officer, and Al Sattelberger (right), associate laboratory director for EESA. Back row, left to right: Ignacio Martinez-Moyano, Brad Holtz, C4UC President, Jim Peerenboom, John Cummings, C4UC Chief Scientist, Michael Samsa, and Dick Cirillo.

Argonne (UChicago Argonne, LLC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with The Center for Understanding Change (C4UC), a private, not-for-profit, independent research center founded in 2011. The Infrastructure Assurance Center (IAC) coordinated the partnership for the laboratory.

The MOU was signed to promote scientific and technological cooperation in the field of systems engineering, particularly as it relates to analysis of global change, global risk management, and decision science. The IAC has been interacting with C4UC on infrastructure risk, resilience, and data and tools related to the study of interdependencies. Expertise and capabilities developed for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, such as the technologies underpinning the IAC assessment methodologies and dashboards for infrastructure owners and operators, are of particular interest.

C4CU uses dynamic world models and advanced analytical methods to explore ideas, actions, planned decisions, and .what ifs,. with a focus on engineering, operational, and sustainable perspectives of complexity across disciplines. These complex systems are critical to understanding impacts of environmental, technological, economic, and political events.

The collaboration between UChicago Argonne, LLC and C4UC aims to:

  • Combine the expertise from each organization to accomplish unique scientific goals;
  • Jointly develop and use specialized knowledge and facilities; and
  • Generally increase cooperation and mutual support among the organizations.

Renowned scientists and engineers from universities, government agencies, research institutes, and private industry collaborate with C4UC to reveal the factors that drive the cascade of impacts triggered by political, economic, or natural events.

Al Sattelberger, associate laboratory director for Energy Engineering and Systems Analysis, signed the MOU for UChicago Argonne, LLC. DIS leadership and staff, including Dick Cirillo, Jim Peerenboom, Drew Orsinger, Dave Brannegan, Michael Samsa, and Ignacio Martinez-Moyano attended the technical interchange and signing ceremony with C4UC.

For more information, contact:
David Brannegan, Director
Infrastructure Assurance Center
Decision and Information Sciences Division
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 South Cass Ave., Bldg. 221
Argonne, IL, 60439
Office: 630-252-0932
E-mail David Brannegan



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