CSPRI Discussion: Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management - Part 6

Onward to Action
June 15, 2021


CSPRI Blockchain and DRR Part 6


Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI)


Onward to Action

Part 6 of the Series, Blockchain: Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management

Co-sponsored by:

GW SEAS Center for Women in Engineering


Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University
Dr. Costis Toregas, Director, CSPRI, The George Washington University
Jean-Fabrice Lebraty, Professor, Management, Université de Lyon, France

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 8:00 am EDT

(The webinar is scheduled to start early, enabling international attendees to join)




CSPRI continues its webinar series on the intersect of blockchain and disaster risk reduction, which is a discipline primarily focused on delivering operational activities on the ground ahead of, during and after man-made or natural disasters. Many of the researchers active in the field may not have the time or inclination to explore how breakthrough technologies, such as blockchain, can support their work. 

In Webinar 6 of the series, we take stock of the breadth of important findings and results gleaned from the prior five webinars (both presentations and discussion), and provide the expanding and global participant stakeholders a suggested plan for activities over the remainder of 2021.

Ideas and project suggestions are welcome; please send them to [email protected] before the June 15 event.

The process to support publications of shared research in Frontiers in Blockchain will also be highlighted.


Invitees and registrants are invited to send ideas for subsequent presentations and new themes to [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected] at any time.  The aim of these targeted seminars is to encourage researchers to submit abstracts and contribute to a new Frontiers in BlockChain publication on the topic.  More information can be found here.

Access recordings and information from Part 1,  Part 2Part 3,  Part 4 and Part 5 in our series on Blockchain Capabilities for Disaster Risk Reduction Management.


Dr. Neil H Wasserman, Adjunct Faculty at George Washington University and Managing Partner at Timewave Analytics, focuses on engineering behavior change — on how innovative solutions emerge from understanding the impact of persistent, networked behaviors.  He has been involved with IT strategic planning, enterprise architecture, systems analysis and software implementation for twenty-five years.  Now he works at the boundaries of behavior change, healthcare, and data analytics.  He sees opportunity in the transformation of the medical culture to serve patients through creation of patient neighborhoods, which achieve long-term engagement in individual health, and change the costs and outcomes for chronic disease. His award winning book, From Invention to Innovation (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press) examined the foundations of innovation in telecommunications at AT&T.  He has spoken frequently on networked behaviors and complex systems at IEEE conferences and other venues. 

Dr. Costis Toregas is the Director of the Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute at The George Washington University, where he manages and conducts research projects in cybersecurity. His research interests include workforce development, the role of insurance in cyber risk management, and exploring a fuller utilization of Community Colleges in the cybersecurity work force strategies.  He is a Senior Advisor & Director, Scholarship for Service (SFS) Four-Year to the National CyberWatch Center. He is a respected consultant to national governments and intergovernmental organizations, and a much sought-after speaker on the impact of technology in government and society. Dr. Toregas has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University.

Jean-Fabrice Lebraty is a full-time professor in management at the IAE Lyon School of Management. He is a member of the Magellan Research Center and specializes in Information System Management. His main areas of interest are extreme decision-making, crowdsourcing, and new tech such as blockchain. He is also a member of the French Foundation for Management Education (FNEGE), serving as international program manager. Finally, he is a member of the University National Committee.

The intent of this and future Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI) webinars is to give GW faculty and students glimpses of the vibrant security and privacy private sector in the Washington region and to promote dialog and debate regarding breakthrough initiatives. The potential for support for research or conference papers on related topics will be part of the discussion.