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 of a number of types of structures.

Prof. Baker joined the Stanford faulty 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 and the Eugene L. Grant Award for excellence in teaching from Stanford. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Reseach Center, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the Google Research Awards Program, among others.


Recent news:

7/15/2015: Research from the group was presented in four papers at the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering in Vancouver, Canada. The papers are available on the publications page.

7/15/2015: Congratulations to Beliz Ugurhan Gokkaya for receiving a CERRA Student Recognition Award for her submission to the 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering.

7/1/2015: Seismological Research Letters has released a Special Issue on Induced Seismicity, including a paper by researchers from the Stanford Center on Induced and Triggered Seismicity on characterizing and responding to risk from induced seismicity.

6/16/2015: A new video on ground motion simulation validation has been uploaded and is available on the videos page.

6/3/2015: Jack Baker gave a departmental seminar, "Ground motion selection for performance-based engineering, and the Conditional Mean Spectrum as a selection tool," at the University of California, San Diego.

5/9/2015: Camilo Gomez gave a presentation, "Accounting for the societal impact of coupled pre- and post-disaster decisions on infrastructure networks" at the 8th International Forum on Engineering Decision Making in Kyoto, Japan.

3/31/2015: Some of our group's work has been commercialized by HB Risk Group in the Seismic Performance Prediction Program (SP3): a user-friendly software tool that enables performance-based design calculations for structural designers and other engineering professionals. Learn more at www.hbrisk.com.

3/26/2015: Jack Baker will be a keynote speaker at the 10th Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Sydney from November 6-8, 2015. Abstracts are being accepted until May 8th, for those interested in participating.

3/11/2015: Jack Baker presented "Quantifying changes in site hazard for induced seismicity through Bayesian inference" at the AGIS Workshop on Induced Seismicity in Davos, Switzerland.

3/10/2015: Jack Baker presented "Quantifying seismic risk to transportation networks: user impacts and at-risk communities" at the IBK Kolloquium at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

1/13/2015: Abhineet Gupta presented "Components for hazard and risk assessment from induced seismicity" at the Stanford Center for Induced and Triggered Seismicity affiliates meeting on the Stanford campus.

1/13/2015: Mahalia Miller, Samuel Cortes and Jack Baker coauthored a poster, "Estimating impacts of catastrophic network damage from earthquakes using an activity-based travel model," at the 2015 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

1/8/2015: Three software packages related to assessment of infrastructure reliability under natural hazards are now available at this page. This software was produced by Mahalia Miller as part of her PhD thesis work.

1/5/2015: Jack Baker was awarded a University of Canterbury Visiting Erskine Fellowship. He will be visiting University of Canterbury in fall 2015 to lecture and conduct research.

12/19/2014: Jack Baker and Abhineet Gupta were coauthors on a poster, "A Site Characterization Protocol for Evaluating the Potential for Triggered or Induced Seismicity Resulting from Wastewater Injection and Hydraulic Fracturing," at the 2014 AGU Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

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