2-Day Executive Course on
Lateral Thinking on Catastrophes: Scenario Selection
The Art of Approximation: Fermi Problems
Lateral Thinking on Catastrophes: Black and Red Swans
||24-25 October 2011
||9.30 am to 5.00 pm
||CEE Seminar Room B
Block N1, Level B1, N1-B1b-16
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)
Institute of Catastrophe Risk Management
Nanyang Technological University
Instructor: Dr. Gordon Woo
Dr. Gordon Woo graduated as the top mathematician of his year at Cambridge. He completed his PhD as a Kennedy Scholar at MIT, and was a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
Dr. Gordon Woo is a catastrophist with Risk Management Solutions. He has a very broad and diverse experience of natural and man-made hazards, and has constructed catastrophe models of all types.
He is the author of ‘The Mathematics of Natural Catastrophes’, published by Imperial College Press in 1999, and the sequel ‘Calculating Catastrophe’ just published in 2011. Both books are printed in Singapore by World Scientific Press.
For his work on terrorism risk, he was named by Treasury & Risk magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in finance.
Catastrophes are rare extreme events, for which large quantities of statistical data are typically lacking. Catastrophe science is based upon core principles, which allow risk projections to be made into an uncertain future. These foundations of catastrophe science will be elucidated.