Question & Answer with Fraunhofer EMI’s Jörg Finger

Jörg is managing the Fraunhofer EMI part of the RESILENS project. Jörg studied computer science at the University of Hamburg, ETH Zurich and University of Freiburg. After receiving his diploma in computer science, he specialized in computer graphics and visualization as a research fellow at the University of Freiburg and the University of Basel. At Fraunhofer EMI, he is a member of the Safety and Efficiency Analysis Group in the Safety Technology and Protective Structures Department.


Question 1: Tell us about your role in the project?

Answer: I am project leader for RESILENS at Fraunhofer EMI and have been involved since the beginning of the project. Our role in RESILENS is centered on methodological and software development as well as testing and improving the corresponding outputs. Based on input from project partners, we are responsible for the implementation of a web-based resilience assessment and enhancement tool. Furthermore, we are in charge of devising an online version of the resilience management guideline produced in the project. The development of an overall web platform where all components come together is a task that we currently lead.


Question 2: How do you think the project will benefit the wider public?

Answer: The RESILENS project primarily targets critical infrastructure providers and their resilience management practices. The benefit to the wider public will ultimately be that the organization and the systems of a critical infrastructure provider will be more resilient. This will result, for instance, in a minimization of disruptions and faster recovery if they do occur.


Question 3: How are you engaging the key target users?

Answer: In RESILENS, we are engaging the key target users mainly through the Pilot Demonstrations, where all critical infrastructure partners of the project participated in a thorough testing of the RESILENS outputs. Concerning this, Fraunhofer EMI led the task of designing the Pilot Demonstrations and their evaluation methodology. Additionally, we will of course introduce our customers in all safety and security projects to relevant findings from RESILENS to promote the resilience approach as an added value.


Question 4: Why do you think this project is going to be successful?

Answer: The RESILENS project team consisting of partners with various backgrounds from universities, research organizations, industry, SMEs, regional assemblies or local authorities and critical infrastructure providers is an important success factor. Additionally, with our project team we are able to cover the perspectives of three different critical infrastructure sectors – namely electricity, water and transportation. From the target end users we know that there is a demand for a resilience management guideline and resilience assessment as well as enhancement.


Question 5: What is the legacy of the project?

Answer: The legacy of the project will be a web-based platform that hosts the resilience management guideline, resilience assessment and enhancement tools, and an e-learning component. Apart from these outputs, the project has already stimulated important discussions within and between critical infrastructure providers and will continue to do so.


Question 6: How does the project work in-conjunction with other similar projects?

Answer: RESILENS is one of five DRS-7 EU-projects that develop their own resilience guidelines. Within this group, the projects seek synergies and try to complement and learn from each other through regular conference calls and meetings like the “Community of Users” event to be held in Brussels in September 2017. The five projects will produce a common document on the integration of the produced resilience management guidelines. Furthermore, a joint final conference will be organized at the end of the projects.