Keynote Speakers

Prof. Steve Mahin – University of Berkeley, California, US

Prof. Steve Mahin received his B.Sc. (Honors, 1968), M.Sc. (1970), Ph.D. (1975) and Post-doctoral scholar (1975) from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mahin’s research focuses on improving understanding of the seismic behaviour of systems by integrating high performance numerical and experimental simulation methods. He pioneered the development of hybrid simulation methods so that structures too large to be tested by conventional means can be studied experimentally. Dr. Mahin was awarded the Norman Medal by ASCE in 1987 for a paper on his pioneering work on large steel offshore platforms. This work also resulted in his election to several awards, such as the ASCE/OTC Hall of Fame in 2011 and the James Cooper Best Paper Award in 2007 for his innovative research on self-centering bridges. He chaired the technical management committee for the FEMA Program to Reduce Earthquake Hazards in Steel Moment Resisting Frame Structures. He currently serves on the Joint Technical Coordinating Committee for the NEES/E-Defence Collaborative Research Program on Earthquake Engineering, also as Vice President of the International Association for Experimental Structural Engineering, and as Director of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California. The American Institute of Steel Construction honoured Dr. Mahin with its Lifetime Achievement Award for 2013 and a Special Educator Achievement Award in 2001 for leadership in improving significantly the reliability of steel frame structures subject to earthquakes. For his leadership and management of such efforts he also received a Special Recognition Award from the Applied Technology Council in April 2006. He is active in adapting supplemental viscous damping, added mass damping and seismic isolation systems to the needs of actual building projects.


Prof. Gian Michele Calvi – IUSS Pavia, Italy

Gian Michele Calvi is Professor at Pavia, Italy, and Adjunct Professor at the North Carolina State University.
He received a Master of Science from the University of California, Berkeley, a PhD from the Politecnico di Milano and a Honorary Doctorate from the University of Cujo, Mendoza, Argentina.
He has been the founder of the Eucentre Foundation and of the ROSE School (which originated the UME School); he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the GEM Foundation and is one of the Directors of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering.
He is author of hundreds of publications and of two major books: Seismic design and retrofit of bridges (with M.J.N. Priestley and F. Seible, 1996) and Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures (with M.J.N. Priestley and M.J. Kowalsky, 2007).
He has been designer, consultant or checker for hundreds of structural projects, including the Rion-Antirion cable stayed bridge (2883 m, in Greece), the Bolu viaduct (119 spans, in Turkey) and the new housing system after L’Aquila earthquake (2009), with 185 buildings seismically isolated with more than 7,000 devices, completed in about six months. He is associate editor of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering (Taylor and Francis) and editor of Progettazione Sismica (IUSS Press, Pavia), a journal in Italian addressed to practitioners.
He has been invited keynote speakers in tens of conferences, including two World and three European Conferences on Earthquake Engineering.
He has been always active in conceptual innovation in seismic design, focusing on masonry in his early days, on bridges, displacement– based design and seismic isolation from the nineties.


Prof. Oreste Bursi – University of Trento, Italy

Oreste S. Bursi graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Padua in 1984, and achieved his PhD. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. He is full Professor of Structural Dynamics and Control at the University of Trento since 2001. He has always been interested in complex dynamical non-linear systems consisting of structural and mechanical components as well as control devices. Devices have been used both to control in real time or test dynamical systems subjected to natural hazards based on computer hardware and software. Thus, through the analysis and design of such complex systems that require both advanced modelling and simulation and experimental techniques, Oreste S. Bursi has built up his scientific background tailored to multidisciplinary problems. As a result, he became the leader researcher in Europe in the area of heterogeneous dynamic substructure coupling. Recently, he addressed his research interests towards system identification and structural health monitoring of complex systems, e.g. bridges, pipes, etc., and quantitative risk assessment of critical petrochemical facilities subjected to technological accidents triggered by natural disasters.


Prof. Michael Fardis – University of Patras, Greece

Holds MSc Degrees in Civil Engineering and in Nuclear Engineering and a PhD in Structural Engineering from MIT, where he taught till 1983 to the rank of Associate Professor. Honorary President of the International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib) and Honorary Member of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering. Currently Editor of “Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics”, Vice Chairman of CEN/TC250 “Structural Eurocodes” (2013-19) and Director of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering (2012-20). President of the International Federation of Structural Concrete (fib) in 2009-10 and Deputy President in 2007-08. Chairman of CEN/TC250/SC8 “Design of Structures for Earthquake Resistance” during the development of the European Standard Eurocode 8 (1998-2005). Author of “Seismic Design, Assessment and Retrofitting of Concrete Buildings” (Springer, 2009), lead author of “Seismic Design of Concrete Buildings to Eurocode 8″ (CRC Press, 2015) and of “Designers’ Guide to EN1998-1 and EN1998-5: Eurocode 8-Seismic actions, buildings, foundations & retaining structures” (ICE Publishing 2005, translated to Italian, Russian, Greek), co-author of “Designers’ Guide to EN1998-2: Eurocode 8-Bridges” (ICE Publishing 2012) and author or co-author of 29 Chapters in international books. Edited or co-edited four books published by Springer and 10 other international books. Has about 85 papers in international journals, over 30 keynote or invited lectures at international conferences and about 110 papers in international conference proceedings. He received the 1993 ACI Wason Medal for the best paper in materials.


Prof. André Filiatrault – Univeristy of Buffalo, NY, US and IUSS Pavia, Italy

André Filiatrault, Ph.D., P.Eng, is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY, USA and a Professor of Structural Engineering at the School for Advanced Studies of Pavia (IUSS), Italy. He received his master’s (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Université de Sherbrooke in 1983. After a two-year stint as an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, he joined the Department of Civil Engineering at École Polytechnique, part of Université de Montréal, where he became a full professor in 1997. Professor Filiatrault joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego in 1998, where he was a professor of structural engineering until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he served as the Deputy Director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER). Professor Filiatrault also served as the Director of MCEER from 2008 to 2011. He is the current founding president of the International Association for the Seismic Performance Of Non-Structural-Elements (SPONSE). His research over the last 29 years has focused on the seismic testing, analysis and design of civil engineering structures and non-structural building components. The professional achievements resulting from his research and teaching activities include four textbooks, more than 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications, the 1990 Sir Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski Medal from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the 2002 Moisseiff Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the 2008 Outstanding Researcher/Scholar Award from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.  


Prof. Xilin Lu – Tongji University, China

Prof. Xilin Lu received his MSc (1981) and Ph.D. (1984) in the area of Civil and Structural Engineering from Tongji University, then he became a faculty member until now. He studied at University of Alberta (Canada) on the punching shear behavior of RC slabs during 1990, and worked as a research associate in the University of Hong Kong from 1991 to 1992, where he investigated the seismic behavior of RC shear wall with vertical slits. His research area includes dynamic model testing and detailed analysis of complex structures, seismic design and response control of tall buildings. His research work resulted in the development of seismic design codes of Shanghai Municipal Government and China National Code. Currently he is the Chief Editor of “Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings”, Vice President of the International Association for Experimental Structural Engineering, Fellow member of International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering, and Member of ASCE. He has published about 100 papers in international journals, more than 30 keynote or invited lectures at international conferences and about 210 papers in international conference proceedings. He received the 2017 Nathan M. Newmark Medal “for pioneering research in the development of dynamic testing, structural seismic design and response control for tall buildings, as well as for his commitment to education and professional service”.


Dr. Ryuta Enokida – E-Defense, Japan

Dr. Ryuta Enokida is a Research Fellow at E-Defense of National Research Institute of Earth Sciences and Disaster Resilience (NIED) that has a shaking table of dimensions 20 m × 15 m with the maximum loading capacity of 1200 tonne. Dr. Enokida received his Ph.D. in 2012 from the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering, Kyoto University (this is tantamount to the Department of Civil Engineering in the European university systems). He was awarded postdoctoral research fellowships for a four-year international research by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and engaged in control of nonlinear systems and dynamical substructuring experiments at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol in the UK. He has expertise in the control of actuation systems (shaking table tests and servo hydraulic actuators), automatic control theory, signal processing, system identification, health monitoring and structural dynamics. After he joined E-Defense in 2016, he mainly works on: 1) new experimental methodologies for actuation systems; 2) system identification of parametric changes of structural systems; and 3) control of highly nonlinear structural systems.


Dr. Matthew S. Hoehler – National Institute of Standards and Technology, Maryland, US

Dr. Matthew Hoehler is a Research Structural Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he provides program support to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) to further NIST´s mission to ensure a resilient national infrastructure. Dr. Hoehler received his B.S.E. from Princeton University in 1998, his M.Sc. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000 and his Dr.-Ing. from the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 2006 (Highest Honors). He has nearly twenty years of experience in experimental testing and analysis of the performance of materials, components, and structures associated with structural collapse, natural disasters, or human-initiated events. Prior to joining NIST in 2014, Dr. Hoehler worked in the management and execution of applied research for private and public entities in both the United States and Europe. Dr. Hoehler is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

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