The National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) was established in 2004 as the first university-based Center of Excellence (COE) funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP). CREATE is headquartered at the University of Southern California (USC) where it is jointly housed in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. It has research affiliates at several other institutions, both in the U.S. and abroad. The Center contributes university-based research to make the United States more secure by taking a longer-term view of scientific innovations and breakthroughs and by developing the future intellectual leaders in homeland security. CREATE has also been very successful in transitioning and disseminating the results of its research to operational units of DHS and other stakeholders.
CREATE’s Mission is to improve our Nation’s security through research and development of advanced models and tools to evaluate risks, costs, and consequences of terrorism and natural man-made hazards, 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 faced by public and private sector decision-makers at the national, state, and local levels. We are also working to leverage the investments being made by the department of Homeland Security and to facilitate the transition of research toward practical tools to improve security.
Interdisciplinary Research Approach
CREATE’s employs an interdisciplinary research approach, combining the talents of economists, decision scientists, systems analysts, and engineers. Research at CREATE is divided into four theme areas: Risk and Decision Analysis, Behavioral Analysis, Economic Assessment and Risk Management. Over the years, the Center has engaged many partners, including several Minority Serving Institutions, in carrying out its programs. This approach encourages creative discovery by employing the intellectual power of the American university and industrial systems to jointly solve some of the Nation’s most pressing problems. The Center also treats the subject of homeland security with the urgency that it deserves, with a key goal to leverage fundamental research with existing domain experts so that research results are disseminated and implemented rapidly.