Naval Postgraduate School
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DAVID L. ALDERSON
Professor of Operations Research
Director, NPS Center for Infrastructure Defense
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2003
David Alderson is a Professor in the Operations Research Department and serves as Executive Director for both the Center for Infrastructure Defense (CID) and the Data Science and Academic Group (DSAG)a> at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
Dr. Alderson's research focuses on the function and operation of critical infrastructures, with particular emphasis on how to invest limited resources to ensure efficient and resilient performance in the face of accidents, failures, natural disasters, or deliberate attacks. His research explores tradeoffs between efficiency, complexity, and fragility in a wide variety of public and private cyber-physical systems.
Dr. Alderson has been the Principal Investigator of sponsored research projects for the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Dr. Alderson received his doctorate from Stanford University and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He has held research positions at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the University of California Los Angeles, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), and the Santa Fe Institute. He has extensive industry experience and has worked for several venture-back startup companies. His early career was spent developing technology at Goldman Sachs & Co. in New York City.
- Modeling, analysis, and management of network-centric infrastructure systems
- Mission assurance for military installations and island territories
- Attacker-Defender Models for Critical Infrastructure Systems
- Resilience of Cyber-Physical-Social Systems
- Computational methods for Operations Research
- Critical Infrastructure Systems and Their Defense
- A realistic view of Complex Systems/Network Science
- Prof. Alderson spent a portion of 2023 on sabbatical as a Visiting Scientist at Adaptive Capacity Labs.
- Prof. Alderson is the recipient of the 2021 Richard W. Hamming Annual Teaching Award.
- Prof. Alderson receives four-year award from DOD Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) to study climate-driven surprise on military installations (read more)
- Prof. Alderson and Prof. David Woods (Ohio State) deliver 2-part keynote address at DOD Complexity Workshop:
- D.L. Alderson, Outmaneuvering Complexity in Worlds of Surprise: Managing Fundamental Tradeoffs, Keynote address (part 1) at workshop "Complexity: Advancing the State of Thought and Practice Across Navy, DoD, and FedGov", hosted at NSWC Carderock Aug 27-29, 2019. (video, slides)
- D.D. Woods, Outmaneuvering Complexity in Worlds of Surprise: How adaptive capacities in human-technology systems arebuilt, extended, sustained, degraded, and collapse, Keynote address (part 2) at workshop "Complexity: Advancing the State of Thought and Practice Across Navy, DoD, and FedGov", hosted at NSWC Carderock Aug 27-29, 2019. (video, slides)
- Prof. Alderson and Dr. Paul Nicholas are recipients of the 2019 Best Paper award in the journal Military Operations Research for their paper Fast Design of Wireless Mesh Networks to Defend Against Worst-Case Jamming (link)
- Prof. Alderson is the recipient of the 2017 Richard W. Hamming Annual Faculty Award for Interdisciplinary Achievement. Read
- Prof. Alderson is the recipient of the 2016 ACM SIGCOMM Test of Time Paper Award. Read article.
- Prof. Alderson is a receipient of the 2014 Carl E. and Jessie W. Menneken Faculty Award for Excellence in Scientific Research. Read article.
- Prof. Alderson leads team to win 2014 Military Operations Research Society Richard A. Barchi Prize. Read more.
- Alderson DL, Darken RP, Eisenberg DE, Seager TP, 2022 "Surprise is inevitable: How do we train and prepare to make our critical infrastructure more resilient?," International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 72: 102800, 1 April 2022
- Woods DD, Alderson DL, 2022 "Progress Toward Resilient Infrastructures: Are we falling behind the pace of events and changing threats?," Journal of Critical Infrastructure Policy, 2(2):5-18. doi: 10.18278/jcip.2.2.2.
- Alderson DL, 2021 "Interactive Computing for Accelerated Learning in Computation and Data Science," INFORMS Transactions on Education. 1-16. Published online in Articles in Advance 05 Oct 2021.
- Sharkey TC, Nurre Pinkley SG, Eisenberg DA, Alderson DL. "In search of network resilience: An optimization-based view," Networks. 2020;1-30. https://doi.org/10.1002/net.21996
- Eisenberg, D.A., Seager, T.P., and Alderson, D.L., 2019, "Rethinking Resilience Analytics," Risk Analysis, 39(9): 1870-1884, DOI:10.1111/risa.13328.
- Alderson, D.L., Brown, G., and Carlyle, W.M., 2015,
Operational Models of Infrastructure Resilience, Risk Analysis 35(4): 562-586 (received Society for Risk Analysis Award for Best Paper of 2015 in Risk Analysis).
- Alderson, D.L., G.G. Brown, W.M. Carlyle. 2014. Assessing and Improving Operational Resilience of Critical Infrastructures and Other Systems. A. Newman, J. Leung, eds., Tutorials in Operations Research: Bridging Data and Decision. Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, Hanover, MD, 180-215. [slides]
- D. L. Alderson and J. C. Doyle. Contrasting Views of Complexity and Their Implications for Network-Centric Infrastructures IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and Humans 40(4): 839-852, July 2010.
- D. Alderson. Catching
the “Network Science” Bug: Insight and Opportunity
for the Operations Researcher.
Operations Research 56, pp. 1047-1065, 2008.