Food/ Agriculture Protection

  • Risk analysis
  • Reliability analysis
  • Decision analysis
  • Systems analysis
  • Uncertainty analysis
  • Game theory
  • Operations research

Applying Risk and Decision Analysis to Animal Health and Security

For the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (funded by the Department of Homeland Security), the Center is using uncertainty analysis and decision analysis to assess the vulnerability of the livestock industry to intentional introduction of foot-and-mouth disease. This will enable identification of the most effective strategies for preparedness and response.

  • Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security
  • Affiliated Researchers: Vicki Bier, Lorna Zach, Najmedin Meshkati, Michael Ward, Michael Orosz, Terry Benzel

Models of Interdependent Security in Supply Chains for Food

For the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (funded by the Department of Homeland Security), the Center is using game theory to assess the best ways to protect supply chains in the food industry from the spread of accidental or intentionally introduced contamination.

  • Sponsor: Department of Homeland Security
  • Affiliated Researchers: Vicki Bier, Lorna Zach, William Nganje

Systems and Governance in Food Import Safety: A US Perspective, Food Control, Vol. 27, Issue 1, September 2012, p. 153.  By Lorna Zach, Ellin Doyle, Vicki Bier, and Chuck Czuprynski.

Risk-based Regulation for Import Safety, Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy (A. Finkel, D. Zaring, and C. Coglianese, editors), December 2009, p. 151.  By Lorna Zach and Vicki Bier.

Models of Interdependent Security along the Milk Supply Chain, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 90, Issue 5, December 2008, p. 1265.  By William Nganje, Vicki Bier, Hao-Han Lin, and Lorna Zach.