REC2018 / July 16 - 18

8th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing

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Under the theme "Computing with Confidence", this workshop will bring together engineers and scientists of all kinds from across industrial, academic and governmental institutions who face uncertainties in their modelling, simulation, assessment and design problems. With its multidisciplinary character, this workshop provides an ideal platform for cross-fertilization. The program consists of invited speakers and proffered papers, all of which in the past have been delivered in plenary sessions.

Welcome topics for submitted papers include approximate reasoning, Bayesian analysis, confidence computing, constraint analysis, design under uncertainties, expert elicitation, fuzzy sets, Gaussian processes, imprecise statistics, interval computations, measurement uncertainty, Monte Carlo simulation and allied methods, polymorphic uncertainty, possibility theory, probability bounds analysis and p-boxes, rare event modelling, risk communication, robustness, Dempster-Shafer theory, resampling methods, sensitivity analysis, surrogate models, validation, and verification and other topics related to assessing or predicting the reliability of engineered structures and systems.

REC2018 is the eighth biennial meeting in the Reliable Engineering Computing series. Previous workshops have been held in the United States, Germany, Czech Republic, and Singapore. The workshop this year is hosted by the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. Liverpool, which has been transformed since it was named European Capital of Culture in 2008, is a vibrant, friendly city of nearly half a million people. A world city for over a century, its extraordinary history and rich inheritance in music, architecture, museums, and sports makes it a top tourist destination in Europe.


The registration is now open.

Price of registration will be £380 for everybody.

The registration fees will cover:
- Icebreaker Reception (on the Sunday preceding the conference)
- Registration Pack
- Lunches and coffee breaks
- The venue rental
- Conference dinner

For accompanying persons, additional tickets (100 GBP per person including Icebreaker Reception, Dinner and other social events) may be purchased at registration.

PLEASE NOTE that publication of a full paper requested by aceptance of the corresponding abstract is dependent upon registration of at least one author on the paper.

Call for papers

Please submit both the original La TeX / Word fine and the associated PDF in a single zipped folder using the link above.

Limit the abstracts to approximately 300 words.

Ideally the paper will be 6-10 pages long although there is no page limit.

The collection of REC2018 papers will be published in the Digital Repository of the University of Liverpool. All the conference papers will be freely available online.

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La TeX Abstract Template
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- Abstracts might contain figure/table and relevant references but are strictly limited to ONE page.
- All abstracts and papers will be peer-reviewed
- Each paper will reside at a permanent URL online with a unique DOI
- Authors will retain the copyright of their papers
- All papers will be indexed in Google Scholar
- There will be no brick book to carry home after the conference

Keynote Speakers

Vicki Bier

Industrial and Systems Engineering
University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States

Professor Bier is a risk analyst and decision analyst specializing in probabilistic risk analysis for homeland security and critical infrastructure protection. Her current research interests include the application of game theory to identify optimal resource allocation strategies for protecting critical infrastructure from intentional attacks. Other interests include the use of accident precursors or near misses in probabilistic risk analysis; the use of expert opinion; and methods for effective risk communication, both to managers and the public.

Didier Dubois

Directeur de Recherche CNRS
IRIT Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France

Dr Didier's has made seminal contributions in fuzzy set theory and possibility theory. His current research is focused on plausible reasoning and methods for handling evidence and making decisions. It involves numerical and qualitative possibility theory and possibilistic nets, statistical reasoning, risk analysis, aggregation operators and data fusion, belief revision, scheduling, knowledge representation, and interpolative reasoning, and qualitative decision theory.

Matthias Troffaes

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Durham University,
United Kingdom

Dr Troffaes is an expert in the theory of imprecise probabilities. His main research interests concern the foundations of statistics and decision making under severe uncertainty, including sequential decision processes (backward induction and dynamic programming), uncertainty modelling (lower and upper previsions, set-valued choice functions, p-boxes, info-gap theory), optimal control, bioinformatics, sequence alignment, expert elicitation, representation, and aggregation of expert information.


Founders and General Chairs
Prof Rafi L. Muhanna, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Prof Rafi Robert L. Mullen, University of South Carolina
Prof Scott Ferson, University of Liverpool, UK
Dr Marco de Angelis, University of Liverpool, UK
Dr Edoardo Patelli, University of Liverpool, UK
Prof John Mottershead, University of Liverpool, UK
Organising Comittee
Jonathan Sadeghi
Hindolo George-Williams
Caroline Morais
Hector Diego Estrada Lugo
Domenico Altieri
Barry Smith
Dominic Calleja
Paul Byrnes
Technical Support
Ms Raneesha Manoharan, University of Liverpool, UK
Secretariat Contacts
Ms Andrea Jones, University of Liverpool, UK
+44 0151 7944837
International Scientific Committee
Siu-Kui Au, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Ekaterina Auer, University of Wismar, Germany
André T. Beck, University of São Paulo, Brazil
James L. Beck, California Institute of Technology, USA
Michael Beer, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom
Eleni Chatzi, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Jianye Ching, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Bruce Ellingwood, Colorado State University, USA
Scott Ferson, University of Liverpool, UK
Steffen Freitag, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
Wolfgang Graf, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
Achintya Haldar, University of Arizona, USA
Michael Hanss, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Hongwei Huang, Tongji University, China
Héctor A. Jensen, University Santa Maria, Chile
Zhan Kang, Dalian University of Technology, China
Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Columbia University, USA
Vladik Kreinovich, University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Rudolf Kruse, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
Anička Kučerová, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
Tom Lahmer, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany
David Lehký, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic
Dagang Lu, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Mehdi Modares, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
David Moens, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Jamshid Mohammadi, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Giuseppe Muscolino, University of Messina, Italy


The 8th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC2018) is hosted by the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty of the University of Liverpool (UoL). The UoL was established in 1881 and it is constituted by three main faculties, Science and Engineering, Health and Life Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences. The university has a confirmed reputation for outstanding research in areas like computer science, general engineering, chemistry, architecture, clinical medicine, among others. The Institute for Risk and Uncertainty is the only centre in the UK connecting a broad variety of disciplines from science and engineering to health as well as life sciences and humanities.

Chadwick Building
University of Liverpool
L7, 7BD
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Liverpool is a lively city with an important heritage in sports, architecture and music. It is located in North West England and has more than 470,000 inhabitants. Liverpool is one of the most decorated footballing cities England, home to Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. who together have won 27 titles in the Premier League. This city has been an important centre for industry and later innovation, positioning it as one of the most rapidly growing economies in the UK.

Liverpool has an accumulation of 250 open landmarks with one of the biggest varieties of architectural styles, combining modern architecture and 16th century Tudor buildings. For this reason, the city has become the second most filmed city in the UK outside London. The city, also known as the “World Capital City of Pop,” has an important musical trajectory, being the birthplace of many famous musicians and bands like Billy Fury, Frankie Vaughan and of course The Beatles. One can visit the Cavern Club to listen to live bands playing covers of the ‘fab four’, or The Beatles museum to learn more historical facts. Furthermore, among the galleries in the city there is the Tate Liverpool, hosting major international exhibitions of modern art, and the Museum of Liverpool, which is a must-visit museum, since it is the UK’s first gallery dedicated to the historical backdrop of a city.

Prior Conferences

Rec 2016, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

The 7th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC) was hosted by Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
The theme of this conference was “Computing with Polymorphic Uncertain Data”.
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Rec 2014, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States

The 6th International Conference on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC) was hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL, United States.
The theme of this conference was “Reliability and Computations of Infrastructures”.
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Rec 2012, Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic

The 5th International Conference on Reliable Engineering Computing was hosted by the Brno University of Technology in Brno, Czech Republic.
The theme of this conference was "Practical Applications and dealing with Practical Challenges".
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Rec 2010, National University of Singapore

The 4th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing was hosted by National University of Singapore.
The theme of this conference was "Coping with Hazards, Risk and Uncertainty".
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Rec 2008, Georgia Tech Savanna, United States

The 3rd International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing was hosted by Georgia Tech Savannah.
The theme of this conference was "Imprecise Probability in Engineering Analysis & Design".
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Rec 2006, Georgia Tech Savanna, United States

The 2nd International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing was hosted by Georgia Tech Savannah.
The theme of this conference was "Modelling Errors and Uncertainty in Engineering Computations".
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Rec 2004, Georgia Tech Savanna, United States

The 1st International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing was hosted by Georgia Tech Savannah.
The main topics of the workshop included: measurement of reliability of algorithms and computations; integration of various sources of errors in engineering calculations; and integrating uncertainty into design.
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