CREATE celebrates 10th anniversary

The Department of Homeland Security said on Wednesday that the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events will highlight its contributions and advancements in homeland security during its 10th anniversary celebration.

The one-day event on April 24 will be held at the University of Southern California, where CREATE is headquartered. The event will host stakeholders including members of academia, government and industry

The organization was created in 2004 and works to improve the nation's security by developing models and tools to evaluate risks, threats and consequences of terrorism. By using an interdisciplinary approach, researchers include social scientists, engineers, economists and computer scientists in every step of evaluating and applying model data, from research to creating a custom model.

CREATE is working to become the leading academic program in modeling risks and vulnerabilities, assessing direct and indirect consequences and predicting economic impact, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of countermeasures. With a focus on research and risk assessment, the center is able to identify areas where investments will be most effective, compute relative risks and prioritize terrorism countermeasures.

CREATE is a collaboration between the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the Viterbi School of Engineering, and is funded by the Department of Homeland Security.