The 8th International Conference on System Reliability and Safety
Sicily, Italy - November 20-22, 2024

Keynote Speakers


Olga Fink, EPFL, Switzerland

Olga Fink has been assistant professor of intelligent maintenance and operations systems at EPFL since March 2022.  Olga is also a research affiliate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Olga’s research focuses on Hybrid Algorithms Fusing Physics-Based Models and Deep Learning Algorithms, Hybrid Operational Digital Twins, Transfer Learning, Self-Supervised Learning, Deep Reinforcement Learning and Multi-Agent Systems for Intelligent Maintenance and Operations of Infrastructure and Complex Assets. Before joining EPFL faculty, Olga was assistant professor of intelligent maintenance systems at ETH Zurich from 2018 to 2022, being awarded the prestigious professorship grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Between 2014 and 2018 she was heading the research group “Smart Maintenance” at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Olga received her Ph.D. degree from ETH Zurich with the thesis on “Failure and Degradation Prediction by Artificial Neural Networks: Applications to Railway Systems”, and Diploma degree in industrial engineering from Hamburg University of Technology. She has gained valuable industrial experience as reliability engineer with Stadler Bussnang AG and as reliability and maintenance expert with Pöyry Switzerland Ltd. In 2018, Olga was selected as one of the “Top 100 Women in Business, Switzerland” and in 2019, she was selected as young scientist of the World Economic Forum. In 2020 and 2021, she was  honored as young scientist of the World Laureate Forum.


Katrina Groth, University of Maryland, USA

Katrina M. Groth is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Reliability Engineering program at the University of Maryland. Groth specializes in safety, risk, and reliability analysis of energy systems. She has an active portfolio of research, including developing quantitative risk assessment (QRA) methods, prognostics and health management (PHM) techniques, and reliability data collection frameworks and algorithms. Her work has influenced safety practices and codes and standards for hydrogen fueling stations, hydrogen storage and electrolyzers, fuel cells, gas pipelines, and nuclear power plants and more. Groth has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers and technical reports, 1 textbook, and has developed multiple software packages. She has received numerous awards, including an NSF CAREER award in 2021 and a DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award, and the David Okrent Award for Nuclear Safety. She holds a Ph.D. in Reliability Engineering from the University of Maryland.




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