News & Events




Feb 15

Visit to The National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR)

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Nov 14

China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) visit to ICRM & EOS, NTU

A delegate from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) visited ICRM on 20 Nov 2014 as part of their trip to Singapore. The delegation headed by Mr. He Hao (何浩), Deputy Director General of P&C Supervision Dept. and Mr. Zhao Guangyi (赵光毅), Deputy Director of International Dept. learned about ICRM’s development as a research institute and its current work in catastrophe modelling and management.

Other members of the CIRC delegation include Mr. Huang Zhiyong, P&C Supervision Dept., CIRC; Mr. Chen Jin, Funds Utilisation Supervision Dept., CIRC and Mr. Liu Bibo, Translator. Both parties look forward to future potential collaborations.



  • Mr. He Hao, Deputy Director General, P&C Supervision Dept., CIRC
  • Mr. Zhao Guangyi, Deputy Director, International Dept., CIRC
  • Mr. Huang Zhiyong, P&C Supervision Dept., CIRC
  • Mr. Chen Jin, Funds Utilisation Supervision Dept., CIRC
  • Mr. Liu Bibo, Translator
    刘碧波, 翻译员


  • Mr. Daniel NG (MAS)


  • Professor Lo Yat-Man, Edmond (Deputy Director, ICRM)
  • Professor Li Bing (ICRM)
  • Dr Qian Qiyu (ICRM)



Nov 14

ICRM leads NTU’s effort in the CREATE Program on Future Resilient Systems (FRS)

Through the Singapore-ETH Centre (SEC), ETH partnering NTU, NUS and SMU has launched the CREATE program on Future Resilient Systems (FRS) and ICRM is leading the NTU-side effort.

Asia is undergoing massive growth of its urban areas along with corresponding growth of its critical infrastructure systems such as for water, transport, communications and power, all of which are essential for building and supporting societies. The resilience of these infrastructure systems to hazards or shocks, whether naturally triggered or otherwise then becomes critical for ensuring the health and safety of the population.

Developing an understanding of the resiliency of infrastructure systems is complex in that the infrastructure systems are individually themselves large and inter-linked and they can exhibit totally unexpected system responses which can even result in cascading failures across the entire system. That such infrastructure systems are also managed by human organizations further brings the element of social-technical interactions in the system response.

The development of needed understandings for improving the robustness and resilience of these systems requires novel, integrative and holistic approaches along with coupled social-technical perspectives which the FRS project aims to achieve. ICRM is leading the NTU-side effort in FRS and will further draw upon expertise from other NTU units including those at the Earth Observatory of Singapore and the Complexity Institute. Further details on the FRS program can be found at


Aug 14

Home Team officers hone crisis management skills

The Straits Times, Saturday, 16 Aug 2014



Feb 14

Protecting buildings from terrorists, disaster

The Straits Times, Friday, 14 Feb 2014 Page A4 and A25

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Oct 13

Singtel may be fined for communications disruption

Channel 8 (10pm) and Channel U (11pm)

Singtel may be fined by the government for the communications disruption caused by a fire that happened. Although cause of the fire are still unknown, IDA has regulations that telcos need to have redundancy and the ability to recover communications rapidly. The fire, affected not just Singtel users but also subscribers of M1 and Starhub.

Professor Pan Tso-Chien, Director of NTU’s Institute of Catastrophic Risk Management, said it is best that each operating entity is separate from the other entities, having its own set of equipment as that will increase reliability. Professor Wu Wei, Director of NTU’s Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, says telcos should not push responsibility to consumers to ensure that they have reliable service by engaging another telco service as backup, as it is the consumers’ right to have reliable service.


May 12

Schools reinforced against quakes in India

The Sunday Times

Students at 82 schools in India may soon be able to focus more on their studies, knowing that their school buildings are reinforced against earthquakes. Technology to make the schools quake-proof comes from NTU, whose researchers found a way to reinforce brick structures with canvas strips back in 2007.

The cheap, readily available canvas is wrapped around the bricks and can double a structure's life in an earthquake, according to NTU tests. The Temasek Foundation partnered NTU and institutes in India to teach this and other engineering techniques to 200 local builders in 2010. Each builder went home and taught three colleagues, and there were also formal training programmes. In total, 900 builders were trained.