Welcome to the web site for Jack Baker's research group. Our work focuses on the development and use of probabilistic and statistical tools for managing risk due to extreme loads on the built environment. We have investigated seismic loads on spatially distributed systems, characterization of earthquake ground motions, performance of damaged infrastructure systems, and probabilistic risk assessments for a number of types of structures.

Prof. Baker joined the Stanford faculty in 2006 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), where he was a visiting researcher in the Department of Structural Engineering. He has degrees in Structural Engineering (Stanford, M.S. 2002, Ph.D. 2005), Statistics (Stanford, M.S. 2004) and Mathematics/Physics (Whitman College, B.A. 2000). He has industry experience in seismic hazard assessment, ground motion selection, probabilistic risk assessment, and modeling of catastrophe losses for insurance and reinsurance companies.

His awards include the Shah Family Innovation Prize from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, the Early Achievement Research Award from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability the Walter L. Huber Prize from ASCE, and the Eugene L. Grant Award for excellence in teaching from Stanford. In 2015-2016 he was a Visiting Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Google Research Awards Program, among others.

Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative

Much of our group's research falls under the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative (SURI), a group focused on research to improve the resilience of communities to natural disasters.

Book project

Jack Baker, Brendon Bradley and Peter Stafford are writing a book on seismic hazard and risk analysis. Sign up at pshabook.com to receive updates and advance copies of draft chapters.

Recent news

4/11/2019: Jack Baker gave a seminar, ``Quantifying Seismic Risk to Transportation Networks: User Impacts and At-Risk Communities,'' at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

3/13/2019: Congratulations to Gemma Cremen for completing her PhD dissertation, "Analysis, Evaluation, and Improvement of Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Damage and Loss Predictions." Gemma has joined the University of Bristol as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Induced Seismicity.

3/6/2019: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Developing a task-centric understanding of responders’ post-earthquake building damage information needs and use," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.

3/1/2019: Congratulations to Maryia Markhvida for winning the EERI 2018 Graduate Student Paper Award!

3/1/2019: Adam Zsarnóczay edited, and Jack Baker was a contributing author to, the SimCenter report, State-of-Art in Computational Simulation for Natural Hazards Engineering.

2/15/2019: Congratulations to Anne Hulsey for being named an EERI/FEMA NEHRP Graduate Fellow!

2/13/2019: Anne Hulsey gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Quantifying the Post-Earthquake Downtime Induced by Cordons around Damaged Tall Buildings," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.

2/6/2019: Jack Baker gave an Earthquake Science Center Seminar, "Use of ground motion simulations in engineering practice," at the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, CA.

2/1/2019: Jack Baker became Associate Editor of the journal Earthquake Spectra.

1/18/2019: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee and Rodrigo Silva Lopez presented posters on their research at the 2019 PEER Annual Meeting at the University of California, Los Angeles.

1/9/2019: Jack Baker gave a seminar, "Incorporating Induced Seismicity Source Models And Ground Motion Predictions To Forecast Dynamic Regional Risk," to the Geotechnical Graduate Student Society at the University of California, Davis.

12/15/2018: Sabine Loos presented "Spatial Integration of Modeled, Remotely-sensed, and Field Surveyed Building Damage Data to Support Post-Earthquake Response and Recovery Decisions", and Katy Serafin presented "Rethinking return levels: Towards a meaningful assessment of flood risk in a changing climate" at the 2018 AGU Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Katy, Jack and Gitanjali Bhattacharjee were also coauthors on the presentation, "When Floods Hit the Road: Commute Disruption due to Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise in the San Francisco Bay Area."

11/15/2018: Sabine Loos presented her research on the collection and integration of post-disaster geospatial data to estimate regional damage and losses at the Geo4Dev Conference in Berkeley, CA.

11/13/2018: Jack Baker spoke at the “Ready for Tomorrow: Achieving Climate-Resilient Infrastructure” workshop at the Hoover Institution in Washington, D.C. The event was co-sponsored by the Stanford Urban Resilience Initiative.

11/7/2018: Anne Hulsey's work with the City of San Francisco was featured in a Stanford Engineering News article.

11/5/2018: Jack Baker and Camilo Gómez were coauthors on Jorge-Mario Lozano's presentation, "Stochastic Optimization for Maintenance Decisions in Transportation Networks under Seismic Hazard" at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

10/5/2018: Jack Baker spoke at, and all group members presented posters at, the 2018 Blume Center/SURI workshop on Convergence of Performance-Based Engineering with Urban Resilience at Stanford University.

10/4/2018: Anne Hulsey's work with Greg Deierlein and others as part of Applied Technology Council Project 119-1, was featured in the San Francisco  Tall Buildings Safety Strategy report. The work was covered by the New York Times and LA Times.

9/19/2018: Jack Baker was the featured speaker at the Los Angeles and Orange County Geo-Institute Chapters' September Dinner Meeting in Los Angeles.

9/19/2018: Jack Baker presented "Ground motion selection for performance-based engineering," at the 2nd AECOM Seismology Workshop in Los Angeles.

9/17/2018: Maryia Markhvida organized and participated in a session on Seismic Risk in Multifamily Apartment Buildings: Engineering, Social, Financial, and Policy Implications at the Understanding Risk Balkans Conference, an event co-organized by the Government of Serbia, the World Bank & GFDRR. She also moderated a session on open data in disaster risk management, which explored the recent advances and challenges associated with sharing of risk data.

9/10/2018: Yilin Chen and Ganyu Teng presented research posters, and Jack Baker chaired a session, at the 2018 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs.

8/14/2018: Congratulations to Gitanjali Bhattacharjee for receiving the Graduate Voice and Influence Program Fellowship from The Clayman Institute for Gender Research.

8/14/2018: Anne Hulsey and Greg Deierlein presented "Seismic Assessment, Retrofit Strategies and Policy Implications for Vulnerable Existing Steel Buildings" at the 2018 NIST Disaster Resilience Symposium in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

8/7/2018: Gitanjali Bhattacharjee and Rodrigo Silva presented "Modeling Bay Area transportation network resilience" at the PEER Researchers' Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley.

6/29/2018: Jack Baker, Gitanjali Bhattacharjee, Reagan Chandramohan, Yilin Chen, Gemma Cremen, Anne Hulsey, Sabine Loos, Maryia Markhvida and Ganyu Teng gave presentations on their research at the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Los Angeles, California. Manuscripts associated with those presentations are available on the Publications page.

6/11/2018: Jack Baker gave a keynote talk, "Incorporating Induced Seismicity Source Models and Ground Motion Predictions to Forecast Dynamic Regional Risk," at the 5th Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference in Austin, Texas.

5/18/2018: Maryia Markhvida hosted a panel on ‘Risk Information Value Chain’ in collaboration with Open Data for Resilience Initiative at the Understanding Risk Forum 2018 in Mexico City.

4/19/2018: Our group's work on transportation network resilience was featured by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center as a research highlight.

4/19/2018: Group members are co-authors on ten papers at the 11th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering this summer in Los Angeles. Papers are available on the Publications page.

3/12/2018: Jack Baker received the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize "for research to characterize the damaging effects of earthquake ground motion spectral shape, duration, near-fault directivity and other features for seismic hazard analysis and performance-based engineering of buildings, bridges and geographically distributed infrastructure."

3/12/2018: Jack Baker co-authored an article on FEMA P-58 seismic performance assessment for Structure Magazine.

2/22/2018: Jack Baker chaired an Assurance Team to review the induced seismicity risk assessment for the Groningen region in the Netherlands.

2/7/2018: Adam Zsarnóczay created a site for his project on uncertainty quantification for numerical models of structural components at this ResearchGate site.

1/18/2018: Jack Baker gave a presentation, and Gemma Cremen, Anne Hulsey, Maryia Markhvida, and Adam Zsarnóczay presented posters, on their research at the at PEER Annual Meeting in Berkeley, California.

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