Professor Vladimir I. Keilis-Borok - Curriculum Vitae#

  • M. Sc., 1943, College of Exploration Geophysics
  • Ph.D. in Mathematical Geophysics, 1948, USSR Academy of Sciences
  • D.Sci. in Mathematical Geophysics, 1953, USSR Academy of Sciences

Academic experience
  • 1999 – present: Distinguished Professor, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • 1998 – present: Research group leader and founding Director emeritus. International Institute for Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Ac. Sci.
  • 1987 – present: Founding Director, Research and Advanced Training Program in Non-linear dynamics and Earthquake Prediction, Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste.
  • Visiting professorships: Fairchild Distinguished Scholar, California Institute of Technology. Regents Lecturer, UCLA; others
  • Member, Science Advisory Board, EU International Graduate School for Comparative Public Policy Analysis, Luxemburg

Elected to:
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1969)
  • US National Ac. Sci. (1971)
  • Russian Ac. Sci. (1988)
  • Royal Astronomical Society (1989)
  • Austrian Ac. Sci. (1992)
  • Pontifical Ac. Sci. (1994)
  • Academia Europaea (1999)

  • First Richardson medal for achievements in non-linear dynamics
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Institute de Physique du Globe, Paris
  • 21st Century Collaborative Activity Award for Studying Complex Systems, J. F. McDonnell Foundation

Service in international organizations
  • President, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (1987-1991)
  • Vice President, International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth Interior (1983-1987)
  • Board Member and Chair of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Section, International Council of Scientific Unions (1988 – 1991); member of the Union’s Scientific Committee for International Decade for Natural Disasters Reduction, (1990- 1999)
  • Member, Committee for International Security and Disarmament, Russian Ac. Sci. (1998 – 2000
  • Founding Chairman, International Committee for Geophysical Theory and Computers (1964-1979)
  • Expert, Technical meetings on the nuclear test ban treaty (1960-1990)
  • Member, International Working Group on geological safety of the nuclear waste depositories (1994 - 1997)

Current research
  • Predictability of critical transitions in complex systems. Pattern recognition
  • Lithosphere dynamics. Predictability of geological disasters (,| Disasters preparedness and risk analysis.
  • Socio-economic predictions: recessions (US); unemployment (US and W. Europe); crime surges (Los Angeles); elections (US); others.

Collaboration with joint publications: Scientists and professional experts from 22 institutions worldwide.

International meetings, 2006-2009.

Co-director or co-organizer:
  • Government-level discussions on predictability of geophysical disasters and disaster preparedness (Pakistan, March and November ’06; Israel May ’06)
  • Conference and School on predictability of natural disasters, ICTP, June 07
  • Workshop on non-linear dynamics and earthquakes prediction, ICTP, Oct. ’07
  • Symposium on earthquake prediction, European Geophysical Union, April ’07

  • G8-UNESCO Forum on Sustainable Development May 07
  • Conference on Earthquake Prediction (Risk Management Solutions), Jan. 08
  • Conferences of the Second School of Athens on Global Governance, Apr. 2008, Feb. 2010
  • Others


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