Keynote speaker:  Prof. Charles R. (Chuck) Farrar

Affiliation:Engineering Institute Leader, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Chuck Farrar has 30 years of experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). He is currently the director of LANL's Engineering Institute. While at LANL, he earned a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1988. The first ten years of his LANL career focused on performing experimental and analytical structural dynamics studies for a wide variety of systems including nuclear power plant structures subject to seismic loading, and defense systems subject to environmental loading. Currently, his research interests focus on developing integrated hardware and software solutions to structural health monitoring problems and the development of damage prognosis technology. The results of this research have been documented in over 300 refereed journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, Los Alamos reports, numerous keynote lectures at international conferences, and most recently in a book co-authored with Prof. Keith Worden entitled Structural Health Monitoring A Machine Learning Perspective. In 2000 he founded the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School. His work has been recognized at LANL through his reception of the inaugural Los Alamos Fellows Prize for Technical Leadership and by the Structural Health Monitoring community through the reception of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Structural Health Monitoring. He is currently working jointly with engineering faculty at University of California, San Diego to develop the Los Alamos/UCSD Engineering Institute. This initiative is also developing a formal, degree-granting educational program in NDE and structural health monitoring. Additional professional activities include an associated editor position for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, and the development of a structural health monitoring short course that has been offered 37 times in association with conferences and to industry and government agencies in Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society for Experimental Mechanics and a Alamos National Laboratory Fellow. 


Keynote speaker: Prof. James L. Beck

Affiliation: Emeritus Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, and Mechanical and Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology, USA

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Beck is the George W. Housner Professor of Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology where he has been on the faculty since 1981. He is in two departments in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science: Computing and Mathematical Sciences, and Mechanical and Civil Engineering. The primary focus of his current research is the development of theory and algorithms for stochastic system modeling, uncertainty propagation and Bayesian updating of dynamic systems based on sensor data, treating both modeling and excitation uncertainty. He has a special interest in applications of Bayesian approaches to structural health monitoring. Dr. Beck is a Fellow of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute, and served on their Board of Governors, including as Vice President. He is a former Chair of the ASCE EMD Dynamics Committee and he was the founding Chair of the ASCE Task Group on Structural Health Monitoring, which established a series of benchmarks on this topic. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Structural Control and Monitoring. He has been the Chair of the International Association of Structural Safety and Reliability Committee on System Identification and Structural Control, and a member of the Committee on Computational Stochastic Mechanics. Dr. Beck has over 360 research publications in journals, conference proceedings, technical reports and book chapters. He is the recipient of several medals and prizes, including the ASCE George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal, the Senior Research Prize in Computational Stochastic Mechanics from the International Association of Structural Control and Monitoring, and the Senior Research Prize in Computational Structural Dynamics from the European Association of Structural Dynamics.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Yozo Fujino

Affiliation: Emeritus Professor of the University of Tokyo and Distinguished Professor of Yokohama National University

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Fujino is a world-famous expert in bridge dynamics, wind effects of structures, passive/active control technology and monitoring of bridges, with a special focus on long-span bridges. He has been involved in many international bridge projects including Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan; Millennium Bridge, UK (vibration control); and the Padoma Bridge, Bangladesh. He has received many awards, some recent ones are the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan, the Raymond C. Reese Research Prize; R.H. Scanlan Medal; the ASCE G. Winter Medal, the IABSE Outstanding Paper Award and IABSE Honorary Membership. Professor Fujino has been very active in research and international academic activities. He is a former Vice President of IABSE and he is the former President of ANCRiSST and EASEC. He is now the program director of Infrastructure Maintenance, Renovation and Management of The Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, Council of Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office in Japan. 


Keynote speaker: Prof. Billie F. Spencer, Jr

Affiliation: Newmark Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Spencer worked on the faculty at the University of Notre Dame for 17 years before returning to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he currently holds the Nathan M. and Anne M. Newmark Endowed Chair in Civil Engineering and is the Director of the Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory. His research has been primarily in the areas of structural health monitoring, structural control, cyberinfrastructure applications, stochastic fatigue, stochastic computational mechanics, and natural hazard mitigation. Dr. Spencer has directed more than $50M in funded research and published more than 700 technical papers/reports, including two books. He was the first to study and design magnetorheological (MR) fluid dampers for protection of structures against earthquakes and strong winds. He led NSF's George E. Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) system integration project, which constituted the USA’s first engineering cyberinfrastructure initiative, as well as was the PI on the NEES MUST-SIM facility at the University of Illinois focusing on hybrid simulation. His most recent research on structural health monitoring systems and smart wireless sensors integrates advanced computing tools with smart sensors, to provide a functional platform with self-interrogation capabilities. Dr. Spencer has received numerous awards, including the ASCE Newmark Medal, the ASCE Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal, the ASCE Outstanding Instructor Award, ASCE Norman Medal, the Zhu Kezhen International Lectureship Award, and the ANCRiSST Outstanding Senior Investigator Award.  Dr. Spencer is a Fellow of ASCE, a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the North American Editor in Chief of Smart Structures and Systems, and the past president of the Asia-Pacific Network of Centers for Research in Smart Structures Technology. 


Keynote speaker: Prof. Wanming Zhai

Affiliation: Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of Traction Power, Southwest Jiaotong University, China

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Zhai graduated from Southwest Jiaotong University with BS degree in 1985 and received his PhD degree in Railway Vehicle Engineering in 1992. He became a full professor in 1994. In 1999, he was appointed Chang Jiang Chair Professor by Chinese Ministry of Education. Professor Zhai was elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. Currently, he is the Chairman of Academic Committee of Southwest Jiaotong University, the Director of Train and Track Research Institute, and the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Rail Transportation. He also serves as the President of Chengdu Association for Science and Technology, the vice President of the Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and the vice President of the Chinese Society for Vibration Engineering. Professor Zhai is one of the leading scientists in railway engineering dynamics in the world. He developed a framework of vehicle-track coupled dynamics and a method for analyzing and assessing the running safety of high-speed trains passing through bridges based on train-track-bridge dynamic interactions, both of which have been widely cited and successfully applied to more than 20 large-scale field engineering projects for the railway network in China, mostly for high-speed railways. He won the National Science and Technology Awards by State Council of China in 2005 and in 2009, respectively. In 2006, Professor Zhai was awarded the Prize for Scientific and Technological Innovation by Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation (Hong Kong) and Chang Jiang Scholars Achievement Award by Chinese Ministry of Education. He is also the owner of the Chinese Young Scientist Prize.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Zhiqiang Wu

Affiliation: Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, Tongji University, China

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Wu is an academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering and IVA Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Professor Wu received his Ph.D. degree of city and urban planning from Technische Universität Berlin. Then, he worked as a Professor of College of Architecture & Urban Planning at Tongji University. Now, he serves as vice president of Tongji University. Dr. Wu’s research focuses on urban planning and smart city. He has been the Chief Planner of the Shanghai World EXPO 2010 and the International Horticultural Exposition 2014 Qingdao. Moreover, Professor Wu holds many leader positions in many important international and national organizations, such as convener of urban-rural planning discipline review group in academic degree committee of the state council, vice president of urban planning society of China, vice president of China Association of Building Energy Efficiency, vice president of China Green Building Council, Co-Chair of International Steering Committee of World Planning School Congress. Dr. Wu has published over 100 journal papers and authored/coauthored 18 books. In an addition, Dr. Wu has received many design awards, including the gold medal of the world planning and design from the world roof greening Association for the overall planning of the 2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Exposition Park, the third Asian city and Building Environment Design Award for the Shenyang city "Golden Corridor" design. 


Keynote speaker: Prof. Campbell Middleton

Affiliation: Department of Construction Engineering, Cambridge University, UK

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Campbell Middleton is the Professor of Construction Engineering and Director of the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology at Cambridge University. He joined the staff at Cambridge in 1989, having previously worked for nearly 10 years in bridge and highway construction and design in Australia, and with Ove Arup & Partners in London. He is Chairman of the UK Bridge Owners Forum, established in 2000 by representatives of the major bridge owning organisations in the UK to identify research needs and priorities for the bridge infrastructure. He has been awarded the Diploma of the Henry Adams Award of the Institution of Structural Engineers (1999) and the Telford Premium Award (1999) and Telford Gold Medal (2010) from the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was elected Fellow of the Transport Research Foundation in 2005, has been involved in the development of bridge codes of practice and acts as a specialist bridge consultant to clients in the UK and abroad. The main areas of interest for his research group in Cambridge are computational collapse analysis, risk and reliability analysis, computer vision for structural evaluation, non-destructive testing & inspection, wireless sensor networks for structural health monitoring and sustainability evaluation of constructed facilities. He is one of a group of Cambridge academics awarded a £16.5M grant from the EPSRC/TSB in September 2010 to establish an Innovation & Knowledge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction in Cambridge. He is the Principal Investigator for the £0.2M EPSRC Future Infrastructure Forum Network Grant for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, awarded in May 2011, and a Visiting Researcher on a CAN$500k NSERC Strategic Grant entitled “Protecting Canada’s Concrete Bridges” which was awarded in October 2010.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Hong Hao

Affiliation: Academician of the Australian academy of engineering, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Curtin University, Australia

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Hao received BEng from Tianjin University, China, MSc and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, USA. Currently he is John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Director of Research Centre for Infrastructure Monitoring and Protection in Curtin University. He has more than 800 technical publications including over 370 journal papers and 14 edited books and conference proceedings in earthquake engineering, blast and impact engineering and structural condition monitoring. He is one of the most highly cited researchers in civil engineering with H-Index 49 in Google Scholar and 40 in Scopus. He has won more than 20 research, research publication and research supervision awards. He has been invited to give over 50 keynote and many invited presentations in international conferences in many countries. His research results are included in textbooks, adopted in design codes, and used in many construction projects around world. He is the chief editor of International Journal of Protective Structures, and serves in the editorial board of another 10 journals. He was past President of the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, and has served in many national and international professional committees including expert panel of Australian Research Council. Currently he is Deputy President of the International Association of Protective Structures, Australian Rep in the International Association of Earthquake Engineering, Advisory Board member of Australian Network on Structural Health Monitoring. He is fellow of Australian Academy of Technical Science and Engineering, fellow of Institution of Engineers Australia, fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, and fellow of International Society of Engineering Asset Management.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Walter Lacarbonara

Affiliation: Department of Structural Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Walter Lacarbonara is a Professor of Nonlinear Dynamics at Sapienza University. During his graduate education he was awarded a MS in Structural Engineering (Sapienza University) and a MS in Engineering Mechanics (Virginia Tech, USA), and a PhD in Nonlinear Structural Dynamics. His research interests cover nonlinear structural dynamics; asymptotic techniques; nonlinear control of vibrations; experimental nonlinear dynamics; dynamic stability of structures (suspension/arch bridges, aircraft wings, giagantic magnetically levitated rotating rings); modeling and dynamics of macro and nanocomposites. He is Editor in Chief of Nonlinear Dynamics. He is currently serving as Chair of the ASME Technical Committee on Multibody System and Nonlinear Dynamics. He served as general co-Chair and technical program co-Chair  of the ASME 2015 (Boston, USA) and 2013 (Portland, USA) IDETC Conferences. He has organized over 10 international symposia and conference sessions.

His research is supported by national and international sources, including the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development/Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Italian Ministry of Education and Research, the European Commission.

He has published over 240 papers and conference proceedings, 3 patents, 10 book chapters, and a Springer book  (Nonlinear Structural Mechanics. Theory, dynamical phenomena and modeling) for which he received the 2013 Texty Award nomination by Springer US.


Keynote speaker: Prof. Weimin Shen

Affiliation: Department of Computer Science, University of Southern California, USA

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Shen is the Director of Polymorphic Robotics Laboratory, the Associate Director of the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems, and a Research Associate Professor in Computer Science at University of Southern California. He received his Ph.D. under Nobel Laureate Professor Herbert A. Simon and co-advisor Professor Jaime Carbonell from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989. Dr. Shen has over 25 years of research experience and his current research interests include self-reconfigurable and metamorphic systems, autonomous robots, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Life Science. He has over 100 publications in these areas. He is the recipient of a Silver-Medal Award in 1996 AAAI Robotics Competition, a World Championship Award in 1997 Middle-sized RoboCup Competition, a Meritorious Service Award at ISI in 1997, and a Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award at USC in 2003. He is the inventor of SuperBot, a co-inventor of CONRO, and the inventor of hormone-inspired distributed and decentralized control for self-reconfigurable systems. He has served as chairs and committee members for international conferences and workshops in Robotics, Machine Learning, and Data Mining, and as editorial board members for scientific books and research journals. His research activities have been reported by leading scientific journals such as SCIENCE (9/26/1997 and 8/8/2003) and NATURE (5/28/2004), and media press such as CNN, PBS, Discovery, and other newspapers and magazines in the world. 


Keynote speaker: Prof. Paul Reynolds

Affiliation: Engineering Department in the University of Exeter, UK

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Paul Reynolds is Head of the Engineering Department in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, University of Exeter. He is also a founding director of the Vibration Engineering Section. His current research interests are in the area of control of vibrations caused by human activities on civil engineering structures, which have been supported by major EPSRC grants including a responsive mode project (£616K) entitled "Active Control of Human-Induced Vibration" (2010-2013) and a highly prestigious Leadership Fellowship (£1,057k) entitled “Advanced Technologies for Mitigation of Human-Induced Vibration” (2011-2017). Professor Reynolds is also a regular consultant to industry in vibration serviceability and related areas, including dynamic testing and monitoring of a number of UK sports stadia and examining solutions to the London Millennium Bridge problem. He is also a Director of Full Scale Dynamics Limited, a University spin-off company that was established in 2008. Besides, Professor Reynolds is also the chair of BSI technical committee GME 21/6/4, responsible for BS6472 entitled "Evaluation of Human Exposure to Vibration in Buildings", the vice-chair of NAFEMS Dynamics and Testing Working Group. He currently is the editor-in-Chief of Experimental Techniques and associate editor of Experimental Mechanics journals.



Keynote speaker: Prof. Hyung-Jo Jung

Affiliation: Structural Control and Intelligent Systems Laboratory, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea

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