Konstantin Zuev

Lecturer in Uncertainty and Risk in Complex Systems and Networks


Dr Konstantin Zuev is a member of the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty and the Centre for Engineering Sustainability at the University of Liverpool. He obtained Diploma in Mathematics with distinction and gold medal (2003) and PhD in Mathematics (2008) from the Lomonosov Moscow State University. He also received PhD in Civil Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2009). After he had successfully completed both PhD programs, Dr. Zuev became a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology. Next, he joined the University of Southern California as an NTT Assistant Professor of Mathematics. He also held the appointment of Visiting Associate at the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology. Starting from September 2013, Dr. Zuev is a lecturer at the University of Liverpool.

Dr. Zuev uses methods and concepts from applied probability and statistics to solve important problems in civil engineering. In particular, his research interests focus on Engineering Reliability Estimation, Rare Event Simulation, Uncertainty Quantification, Reliability Analysis of Critical Infrastructures Networks, and Statistical Modelling of Technological Networks. The relevant mathematical tools include computational Bayesian inference, Markov chain Monte Carlo simulation methods, importance sampling, particle filters, and network science.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Civil Engineering, 2009
    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Hong Kong
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics, 2008 
    Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia
  • Diploma in Mathematics (with distinction and gold medal), 2003
    Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia

Honours & Awards

  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholarship, 2010-2011
  • HKUST Postgraduate Studentship Award, 2006-2009
  • Research Fellow (Grant RFBR 05-01-00978), 2005
  • Leonhard Euler Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2003
  • Summa cum laude, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2003

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Professional Activities

Reviewer for the following journals

  • Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering
  • Computers & Structures
  • Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
  • Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics
  • Journal of Experimental Algorithmics

Organization of Conferences / Workshops

  • Mini-Symposium “Critical Infrastructures and Network Systems: Statistical Properties and Modelling for Reliability, Risk, Vulnerability and Resilience Analyses,”
    ASCE-ICVRAM-ISUMA-2014, Liverpool, UK, July 13-16, 2014 (with J.L. Beck and E. Zio)
  • Mini-Symposium “Bayesian Updating, Filtering and Inversion for Dynamic Systems,” EURODYN-2014, Porto, Portugal, June 30-July 2, 2014 (with J.L. Beck and A.A. Taflanidis)
  • Session “Reliability of Complex Systems and Networks,” ICOSSAR-2013, New York, USA, June 16-20, 2013 (with J.L. Beck and S.K. Au)

Scientific Committees and Boards of Conferences

  • International Scientific Committee of the 2nd International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management      & 6th International Symposium on Uncertainty Modelling and Analysis ASCE-ICVRAM-ISUMA-2014.

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Teaching Areas

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Probability and Statistics

Research Interests

  • Complex Networks
  • Computational Bayesian Inference
  • Engineering Reliability Estimation
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo methods
  • Rare Event Simulation
  • Uncertainty Quantification

Selected Publications

  1. J.L. Beck and K.M. Zuev, “Asymptotically Independent Markov Sampling: a new MCMC scheme for Bayesian Inference,” International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification, 2013, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 445-474.
  2. K.M. Zuev, J.L. Beck, S.K. Au, and L.S. Katafygiotis, “Bayesian post-processor and other enhancements of Subset Simulation for estimating failure probabilities in high dimensions,” Computers & Structures, 2012, vol.92-93, pp. 283-296.
  3. K.M. Zuev and L.S. Katafygiotis, “Modified Metropolis-Hastings algorithm with delayed rejection,” Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 2011, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 405-412.
  4. K.M. Zuev and L.S. Katafygiotis, “The Horseracing Simulation algorithm for evaluation of small failure probabilities,” Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 2011, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 157-164.
  5. L.S. Katafygiotis and K.M. Zuev, “Geometric insight into the challenges of solving high-dimensional reliability problems,” Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 2008, vol. 23, no. 2-3, pp. 208-218.

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