The growth and strengthening of the national and international recognition of the research area are based on three important lines of research, centred around:
1) The development of a holistic approach for the evaluation of risk and resilience of critical infrastructures, subjected to different types of natural hazard. It aims to define common estimator parameters and the development of a model capable of quantifying risk through a convolution of hazard, vulnerability and exposure;
2) The development of methods and technologies which aim to reduce expected losses in buildings due to seismic and other catastrophic events, with particular reference to damage to non-structural elements. The purpose is to change the way of designing non-structural elements, which must be coherent with the design of the structural elements;
3) Review of the approach to evaluate actions induced on the built environment by ground shaking and of suitable design methodologies, aimed at optimising the use of the available resources. This starts from the knowledge of an enormous database of high-quality ground motion recording that can be used to redefine older and dated attenuation models developed for design over half a century ago.