Prof. Friedrich Steinhausler

In Austria Prof. Friedrich STEINHÄUSLER is Full Professor of Physics and Biophysics at the University of Salzburg, Director of the Government Radiological Measurements Laboratory Salzburg, Vice-President of the International Security Competence Centre, member of the Austrian Government Forum for Nuclear Issues, and of the Permanent Monitoring Panel on Mitigation of Terrorist Acts (PMP-MTA), World Federation of Scientists. He organized the international conferences NUSEC and NUMAT on nuclear security.

From 1999 to 2003 he worked on nuclear- and radiological terrorism and associated risk assessment at Stanford University (USA), where he founded the database on illicit trafficking of nuclear materials (DSTO). Furthermore, he coordinated NATO-SST.CLG research activities on terrorist risks for the nuclear fuel from 2001 to 2004.

 Prof. Steinhäusler worked for the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris, in various functions and was Senior Staff member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, during the period 1980 to 1991.

In 2008 Prof. Steinhäusler received the national award Austrian Research Champion for his security research. He has published internationally over 300 articles on risk assessment, safety and security.

New Tools for Crisis Management: CAST and BRIDGE

Within the EU 7th Framework Programme the Commission has supported two major projects addressing the needs of the first responder (FR) community in crisis management, i.e., CAST and BRIDGE.

             The CAST Project addressed the future needs of the EU FR communities in all 27 Member States facing new threats exceeding the current training assumptions, i.e. Catastrophic Terrorism, Mega-scale technical catastrophes and natural disasters occurring once in a century only. The concept is based on the All Hazards-Approach and focused initially on the evaluation of the current situation in terms of training and equipment. Using this information, the consortium designed a standardized modular training curriculum for FR, together with a Virtual Reality 3D Training Simulator.

             The BRIDGE Project focuses on developing technical and organisational solutions
to ensure interoperability, harmonization and cooperation among stakeholders on the technical and organisational level. BRIDGE delivers: (a) Resilient ad-hoc network infrastructures; (b) Generic, extensible middleware to support integration of data sources, networks, and systems; (c) Context management system to foster interoperability of data, providing meaningful, reliable information. In addition, BRIDGE will provide methods and tools that support run-time intra- and inter-agency collaboration, as well as model-based automated support system combined with scenario-based training and agent-based dynamic workflow composition and communication support system.