CRISC (Pronunciation: kə-rĭsk): With continuing modernization of society and advances in technologies, infrastructure systems have evolved into a system of systems far more complex than they used to be. Traditional approaches to operating and maintaining infrastructure systems are increasingly proving to be inadequate for addressing new challenges emerging from the complex nature of infrastructure systems. Climate change adds another layer of complexity to infrastructure systems management in terms of their resilience to natural disasters. Furthermore, the global surge in terrorism makes infrastructure protection an essential consideration during the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure systems. Finally, the shrinking trend of resources available for infrastructure systems from the public sector has resulted in the need for the public sector to work with the private entities on infrastructure investments, where reliable methodologies and tools for assessing the financial viability of such investments remain to be studied. This is particularly true for the development of new smart cities where funds are primarily from the private sector in the form of public-private partnerships (PPPs). Resilient infrastructure is also central to the concept of smart cities, as infrastructure systems are the fundamental basis for a smart economy, smart governance systems, smart mobility strategies, smart environment initiatives, and smart living in general. The Center for Resilient Infrastructure and Smart Cities (CRISC) is intended to facilitate the pursuit of cutting-edge research in the area, as well as implementation of that research, for the benefit of society at large.