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DTRA Immediate Social Response to a Nuclear WMD Event

The Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University has been awarded a $462,094 grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) for a project entitled “A Framework for Modeling the Population’s Response to a Nuclear WMD Event.” This new basic research project, which will explore the response of the population of a large city in the first hours, days, and weeks following a nuclear WMD event is under the direction of William G. Kennedy (Principal Investigator/PI, Mason Center for Social Complexity; computational social scientist) and Andrew T. Crooks (Mason Center for Social Complexity and Mason’s Department of Computational and Data Sciences, College of Science; computational social scientist). GRAs Annetta Burger and Talha Oz are also assisting on the project. The Center for Social Complexity, a unit in Mason’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, will provide core facilities and administrative support in coordination with the Office of Sponsored Programs and College of Science.

The objective of the research is to develop and test, through implementing theories in a computer model, an understanding of a population’s response to a nuclear WMD event. The model will show how an affected population might react to a WMD event in the first 30 days, including both in the short term (e.g. evacuation) and longer term (e.g. finding water, food, and shelters, and migrating). Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

For information on the project, please contact Bill Kennedy.