Joan R. Casas Technical University of Catalonia, Spain <i>30th August at 10.15 CEST</i>
Joan R. Casas
Technical University of Catalonia – BARCELONATECH
Ph. D. in Civil Engineering, Technical University of Catalunya (UPC), 1988. M.S. in Civil Engineering, Technical University of Catalunya (UPC), 1984. Since 1999, he has been a Professor of Bridge Engineering at the School of Civil Engineering (UPC). His main fields of research are Bridge Safety and Durability, Reliability-based Inspection and Management of Concrete Bridges, Structural Health Monitoring, Life-cycle of bridges, Concrete Bridge Design, and Construction.
Participation in European Project TRUSS (Training in Reducing Uncertainty in Structural Safety) with research in the subject of structural health monitoring of concrete elements based on distributed fiber-optic sensors. Vice-Chair of the COST Action TU1406: Quality Specifications for Roadway Bridges: standardization at European level.
Secretary-General of IABMAS (International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety) since 1999, Chairman of Working Commission I on Structural Performance, Safety, and Analysis of IABSE (2009-2013) and Vice-chairman of the same Commission from 2005 to 2009. Managing Editor for Europe and Associate Editor of the Journal Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, 2004-present. Associate Editor of the Journal of Bridge Engineering (ASCE). Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in the Built Environment-Bridge Section. Author or co-author of 12 books and 14 chapters of books, 130 papers in refereed technical journals, and over 400 communications to international scientific meetings. Participation in more than 100 consulting and advising works related to bridges for private companies and public institutions. He has been visiting professor in several universities in South America, Europe, India, and Japan.
Paolo Gardoni University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA <i>30th August at 14.30 CEST</i>
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Paolo Gardoni is the Alfredo H. Ang Family Professor and an Excellence Faculty Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Professor in the Department of Biomedical and Translational Sciences in the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, and a Fellow of the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prof. Gardoni is the Director of the MAE Center an NSF-funded Engineering Research Center that focuses on creating a Multi-hazard Approach to Engineering. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Reliability Engineering and System Safety published by Elsevier, and the founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure published by Taylor and Francis Group. Prof. Gardoni is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA), of the Advisory Council of the International Forum on Engineering Decision Making (IFED), and of a number of national and international committees and associations that focus on risk, reliability, and resilience analysis. His research interests include sustainable and resilient infrastructure; reliability, risk and life cycle analysis; decision-making under uncertainty; performance assessment of deteriorating systems; modeling of natural hazards and societal impact; ethical, social and legal dimensions of risk; optimal strategies for natural hazard mitigation and disaster recovery; impact of climate change; and engineering ethics. Prof. Gardoni is the author of over 160 refereed journal papers, 27 book chapters and 7 edited volumes, and has delivered over 50 invited, plenary or keynote lectures. He has received over $50 million in research funding from multiple national and international agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Qatar National Research Funds (QNRF), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
Dan Frangopol Lehigh University, USA <i>31st August at 14.30 CEST</i>
Prof. Dan Frangopol is the inaugural holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh University in 2006, he was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is recognized as a leader in the field of life-cycle engineering of civil and marine structures. His main research interests are in the development and application of probabilistic concepts and methods to civil and marine engineering including structural reliability, probability-based design and optimization of buildings, bridges and naval ships, structural health monitoring, life-cycle performance maintenance, management and cost of structures and infrastructures under uncertainty, risk-based assessment and decision-making, infrastructure sustainability and resilience to disasters, and stochastic mechanics. Prof. Frangopol is the Founding President of the International Associations for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). He has authored/co-authored over 380 articles in archival journals including 9 prize winning papers. He is the Founding Editor of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering. Prof. Frangopol is the recipient of several medals, awards, and prizes, from ASCE, IABSE, IASSAR, and other professional organizations, such as the OPAL Award, the Newmark Medal, the Alfredo Ang Award, the T.Y. Lin Medal, the F. R. Khan Medal, and the Croes Medal (twice), to name a few. He holds 4 honorary doctorates and 13 honorary professorships from major universities. He is a foreign member of the Academia Europaea (Academy of Europe, London) and the Royal Academy of Belgium, an Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.”