University of Southern California



Established in 2004, CREATE is an interdisciplinary national research center based at the University of Southern California in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Viterbi School of Engineering and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Center is focused on risk and economic analysis of the U.S. and comprises a team of experts from across the country, including partnerships with numerous universities and research institutions.

Many threats and vulnerabilities pose daily risks to our national security. CREATE develops predictive models that gauge how and where terrorist events might occur, estimate the economic consequences of such attacks and identify where the country's vulnerabilities reside.

The Center serves national interests by providing tools and guidance to the Department of Homeland Security, as well as local, regional and state decision-makers, for the prioritization of countermeasures to terrorism, identifying areas where investments are likely to be most effective, computing relative risks among potential terrorist events, and estimating the societal consequences of terrorism.

Our Mission

CREATE's mission is to improve our Nation's security through the development of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs and consequences of terrorism and to guide economically viable investments in homeland security.

We are accomplishing our mission through an integrated program of research, education and outreach that is designed to inform and support decisions made by elected officials and governmental employees at the national, state, and local levels. We are also working with private industry, both to improve the security of private enterprises and to work in partnership toward meeting the needs of public organizations.

CREATE's approach is unique as it encompasses many elements to produce the greatest possible return. By using an interdisciplinary approach, CREATE merges social scientists, engineers, economists and computer scientists, in a program which integrates research, education and outreach.

The Center is a gathering place where leading researchers from around the country come to assist in the national effort to improve homeland security through analysis and modeling of threats to homeland security. Just as importantly, the Center treats the subject matter of homeland security with the urgency that it deserves, with the goal of producing rapid results, leveraging existing resources so that benefits accrue to our nation as quickly as possible.

The Center aims to become the world's leading academic program for modeling the risks and vulnerabilities of terrorism, assessing the direct and indirect consequences, gauging their economic impacts, and evaluating the effectiveness of countermeasures.