Resilience Indicators for Optimization of Technical Systems

A pilot project of the Sustainability Center Freiburg

The pilot project is about the determination of technical factors and metrics of resilience, which describe the availability of system performance and its temporal change before and after disruptive events, e.g., caused by environmental influences, subsystem failures or human errors.

Goal of this project is the development of a systemic and systematic practical method to validate and compare different system designs concerning resilience. Taking into account all phases of the resilience cycle, these indicators are intended to cover the domains reliability, safety and availability. In this context, precise and verifiable resilience indicators should be introduced, especially to determine the potential of optimization for a given technical system. In addition, new methodical and experimental analyses are required for its determination.

Project partners:

  • Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics (Ernst Mach Institute, Fraunhofer EMI) Freiburg and Efringen-Kirchen,
  • Institut für Mikro- und Informationstechnik of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft (HSG-IMIT) in Villingen-Schwenningen,
  • University of Freiburg:
    • Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), Laboratory for Electrical Instrumentation
    • Department of Computer Science (IIF), Chair of Computer Networks and Telematics
    • Institute of Sociology (IfS)

Find more information on the project's homepage

Supported by:

Duration: 01.05.2015 - 30.09.2018
Project management: Prof. Dr. Sefan Kaufmann
Support: Fraunhofer Society and the state Baden-Württemberg
Scientific Assistance: Sabine Blum