WEBINAR 1-1 General rules and seismic action: Speakers

Philippe Bisch is Civil engineer, graduate of the French “Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées” in 1971. He is a specialist in structural analysis, Professor in charge of various courses in Structural Mechanics. In parallel, he has spent his entire professional career in engineering, currently in the EGIS group, participating in major structure projects and research works. He was formerly President of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering and is now Chairman of CEN sub-committee TC250/SC8 in charge of elaborating Eurocode 8. He was also involved in CEN committee

Pierre Labbé is professor of earthquake engineering and structural dynamics at Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics and in Master “Civil Engineering for Energy” of Paris Institute of Technology (Ecole des Ponts-CentraleSupéléc).
His research fields are usage of stochastic processes and investigation of nonlinear effects in earthquake engineering. Last supervised PhD was on “Engineering methods for assessment of seismically induced liquefaction and settlement”.
He spent most of his career with EDF. After the Fukushima-Daïchi accident he supervised the seismic facet of the stress-tests for the 58 EDF nuclear units in France. He retired in Nov. 2017, when he was corporate expert in seismic risk. He spent also five years in the International Atomic Energy Agency (Vienna) as head of the unit in charge of safety standards for site selection and design of nuclear power plants.
He was President of the French Society for Earthquake Engineering. (2004-2008) and Chairman of the OECD-NEA group of experts in Seismic Engineering (2013-2017).

Matjaž Dolšek is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Civil Engineering at Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where he leads the research program Earthquake Engineering. His research focuses on the performance-based seismic design of structures using probabilistic methods with consideration of the seismic performance of the built environment. Dolšek contributed to seven EU-funded projects and more than 30 engineering projects. Currently, he is involved in two European projects (BORIS, METIS) and teaches six courses at all three levels of study. He was a mentor at nine and co-mentor at four doctorates. He is a member of the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers and the Slovenian Institute for Standardization technical committees. In the context of the EAEE participate in working groups WG1 and WG13. He was a member of Project Team 1 of CEN / TC250 / SC8.

Doctor in Structural Engineering from the University of Tokyo (1998). Full Professor in Earthquake Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid and Deputy head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Coordinator of Master in Earthquake Engineering: Dynamics of Soils and Structures, and Principal Investigator of Research Group Earthquake Engineering: Dynamics of Soils and Structures. Member of the International Advisory Board of several journals (Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Earthquakes and Structures). President of Spanish Mirror Subcommittee Eurocodes SC8. Member of Spanish Committee AEN/CTN 140 Eurocodes. Member of European Committee CEN/TC 250/SC 8. Member of International Committee ISO/TC 98/SC3/WG 9. Selected by European Union as member of Project Team SC8.T1 for next generation Eurocode 8. Research activity developed in Japan (1992-1998), Technical University of Catalonia (1998-2000), University of Granada and Technical University of Madrid (2011-2020). Main research interests: structures with energy dissipation devices, energy-based seismic design, seismic response of RC structures and health monitoring. Author of more >70 paper in JCR journals, >100 communications in Congress, 2 patents and advisor of 16 PhD. Principal investigator of 12 competitive research projects funded by national and international institutions.

WEBINAR 5: Geotechnics General rules and seismic action: Speakers

Alain Pecker graduated from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France) and obtained a Master of Science degree from the University of California, at Berkeley. Until 2015 he was Chairman and Managing Director of Géodynamique et Structure, a French engineering consulting firm in Earthquake Engineering that he founded; upon retiring he became independent consultant. He has been consultant to major worldwide civil engineering projects in seismic areas. He is also Professor at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées and teaches at the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (IUSS of Pavia, Italy). Alain Pecker is Past President of the French Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Honorary President of the French Association on Earthquake Engineering, member of the executive committee of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering and President of the French Committee for seismic codes. He was PT leader for the revision of EN 1998-5. He is a Member of the French National Academy of Technologies.

Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis has more than forty years of intensive academic, research and professional experience in civil, earthquake and geotechnical engineering. Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) (www.eaee.org), ex-Chairman of the Technical Committee “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Associated Problems” (TC203) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and past President of the Greek Society of Earthquake Engineering he is presently Professor Emeritus in Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and since 2019 visiting Professor in Tongji University, ILEE, Shanghai, China. According to the recent Stanford classification (h-index 56) he is among the top 10 leading researchers in Civil Engineering in Greece, and among the top 10 leading researchers in Soil Dynamics, and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. He has been invited keynote lecturer in many international conferences and has been involved in the ongoing revision of EC8 (Part 1-Seismic Actions and Part 5-Seismic design of foundations, retaining structures, soil-structure interaction, liquefaction, slope stability and underground structures). Many of his PhD students hold academic positions in Greece and abroad. Honors: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, French Republic.

Amir M. Kaynia is Technical Specialist at Norconsult AS, and Professor of Structural Engineering at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). His areas of research and engineering practice include earthquake engineering, foundation design and soil-structure interaction. He has published more than 200 papers in peer reviewed journals and international conference proceedings, has authored six book chapters and edited a book, and has held numerous keynote lectures. He has led major national and international design projects onshore and offshore and has coordinated several research projects funded by the European Commission and the Norwegian Research Council related to earthquake engineering, offshore wind energy and dynamic of high-speed lines. He is chairman of the earthquake engineering committee for Norwegian National Standards.

George Gazetas has served as Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) for more than 30 years, following an academic career in USA. His research interests have focused on Soil Dynamics and Soil–Structure Interaction. Much of his research was inspired by observations after destructive earthquakes. An active writer and teacher, he has been a consultant on geotechnical problems and participated in code drafting committees. Recipient of several awards (from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the International Society of Soil Mechanics & Geotechnical Engineering, as well as from Institutions in Greece, India, and Japan), he has delivered a few prestigious lectures, including the “Coulomb”, “Ishihara”, “Kenneth Lee”, and “Michele Maugeri” Lectures. In 2015 he received the “Excellence in University Teaching in Greece Award”. He was honored as the 59th Rankine Lecturer, 2019, in London.

António A. Correia is a researcher at the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC). Among his research activities are the development of seismic risk and structural vulnerability/fragility studies, structural and geotechnical design methodologies, as well as conducting shaking table and other lab and in situ tests for the seismic assessment of structures. He also developed and implemented numerous innovative numerical tools. He received several scientific awards and delivered invited lectures at a number of scientific events, having published a large number of technical and scientific papers and reports. Additionally, he regularly lectures at different national and international universities, performs consultancy work as an expert on seismic risk, and designs buildings, bridges and other structures. He currently serves as Technical Secretary of CEN/TC 250/SC 8, strongly contributing to the preparation of the next generation of Eurocode 8, being additionally a member of several Working Groups in that field. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the EFEHR Consortium (European Facilities for Earthquake Hazard and Risk).

Luigi Callisto is a full professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Rome La Sapienza, teaching Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. He obtained a doctorate in Geotechnical Engineering in 1996 and became an assistant professor at La Sapienza in 2000, where he served as the head of the Geotechnical Laboratory until 2010. His recent research activity is related to the performance of deep excavations, the seismic design of earth retaining structures, the evaluation of the seismic performance of earth dams, and the effects of soil-structure interaction for bridge foundations and abutments. He was a member of the Project Team 4 of CEN/TC250/SC8.

WEBINAR 1-2 Buildings: Speakers

André Plumier is an Honorary Professor of the University of Liege, where he was the head of the earthquake research group. He participated in more than twenty research projects in earthquake engineering and hybrid structures. He conceived the dogbone or reduced beam section, a detail for the ductility of steel structures. He was active as support in projects in Algeria and Turkey involving seismic design, assessment and retrofitting. He gave seminars on seismic design in companies in many countries. He was one of the experts who have built up the 2004 version of Eurocode 8. He actually contributes to the revision of that document: after being leader of Project Team 2 (buildings), he is now a member of the Management Group of CEN TC250 SC8 in charge of finalizing the revised Eurocode 8.

Radu Văcăreanu graduated Civil Engineering in 1991 from the Technical University of Iasi, Romania. He got his Ph.D. from the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest (UTCB) in 1999 in the field of seismic risk assessment. Currently, he is Professor of Structural Reliability and Seismic Risk Analysis at UTCB. Radu Văcăreanu is President of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering (EAEE), National Delegate of Romania at the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) and Executive President of the National Commission for Earthquake Engineering of Ministry of Development, Public Works and Administration of Romania. In between 2002 and 2008 he served as the director of the National Centre for Seismic Risk Reduction, implementing the JICA (Japan Technical Cooperation Agency) Project on Seismic Risk Reduction for Buildings and Structures in Romania. Radu Văcăreanu participated in international projects and coordinated national projects aiming at seismic risk reduction. He published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences proceedings. His research interest covers mainly the seismic hazard, fragility and risk analyses. Since March 2016 he serves as Rector of the Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest.

Humberto Varum is full professor and director of the PhD Program in Civil Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal. He has been Seconded National Expert to the ELSA laboratory, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy, in the period July 2009 to August 2010. Since May 2015, he is member of the directorate body of the Construction Institute from the University of Porto, and President since May 2019. He was member of the Project Team 2 for the development of the 2nd generation of EN Eurocodes (SC8.T2 – material dependent sections of EN 1998-1). He has participated to post-earthquake field reconnaissance missions, in particular in L’Aquila (Italy, 2009), Lorca (Spain, 2011), Emilia-Romagna (Italy, 2012), Gorkha (Nepal, 2015) and Puebla (Mexico, 2017).

Massimo Fragiacomo is Professor of Structural Engineering and the Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Earthquake Engineering (CERFIS) at University of L’Aquila, Italy. He was previously Associate Professor at the University of Sassari, Italy and Senior Lecturer at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is an author of 432 papers published, 173 of which on peer reviewed international journals, and 3 patents, with an h index of 50, 44 and 38 according to Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science data bases, respectively. He is member of CEN/TC250/SC5 “Eurocode 5: Design of Timber Structures” and CEN/TC250/SC8 “Eurocode 8: Design of structures for earthquake resistance” and the corresponding Italian mirror committees, as well as chairman of the Working Group CEN/TC250/SC8/WG3 “Seismic Design of Timber Structures”. He has been member of the Project Teams PT5.2 and PT8.2, which has prepared a revised version of the material-dependent part of the Eurocode 8-Part 1 on Structural Design for Earthquake Resistance.

Raffaele Landolfo PhD, Engineer, is Full Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Naples “Federico II” since 2003 and former Head of Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture. His teaching activities include, among others, the courses of Theory and Design of Steel Structures in the School of Engineering and Structural Design in the School of Architecture. As for scientific research, he coordinated and participated in several national and international research projects in the field of seismic design of steel structures, cold-formed members, lightweight steel construction, connections and life-cycle engineering. Author of several books and book chapters, he published more than 300 scientific papers, mostly on international journals, serving also the Editorial Boards of many scientific journals. He is currently Chairman of the ECCS Technical Committee n.13 Seismic Design, Convenor of WG2 – Steel and Composite Structures within CEN/TC250/SC8 Committee as well as President of UNI/Structural Engineering Committee, that is the italian mirror committee of CEN/TC250. He is also co-inventor of four patents in the field of steel constructions.

Katrin Beyer is Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and head of the Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics Laboratory (http://eesd.epfl.ch). After completing her undergraduate studies at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ), she worked for two years for the consulting firm ARUP in London, UK, on projects related to structural dynamics, impact and seismic analysis. She received her PhD from the University of Pavia, Italy. Her research interests include the seismic behaviour of reinforced concrete walls and of unreinforced masonry structures and large-scale structural testing. She is member of the executive committee of the European Association for Earthquake Engineering and was responsible for the revision of the masonry section of the European seismic design code (Eurocode 8 Part 1). She is an advocate of open science, publishing next to manuscripts also relevant experimental data and models (https://eesd.epfl.ch/data_sets/,https://zenodo.org/communities/eesd_at_epfl/about/, https://github.com/eesd-epfl). Since September 2020, she is associate dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL.

Dimitrios Lignos Dimitrios Lignos is a Professor and Chair of the Civil Engineering Institute at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He joined EPFL in 2016 from McGill University, Canada, where he was a tenured Associated Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. Prior to that he was a post-doctoral researcher at Kyoto University (2010) and Stanford University (2009). He has degrees in Structural Engineering (Stanford University, M.S. 2004, Ph.D. 2008) and Civil Engineering (NTU, Athens, 5-year Diploma 2003). Prof. Lignos’s research involves integrated computational modeling and large-scale experimentation for the fundamental understanding and simulating of earthquake-induced collapse of steel and composite-steel structures. His awards include the 2022 Raymond Reese Research Prize and the 2019 Walter L. Huber Prize from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) among others. He was responsible for the revision of the steel and composite steel concrete structures in Eurocode 8 Parts 1-1 and 1-2, the revision of the new Chapter 9 of Eurocode 8 Part 3 for the development of seismic assessment models for existing steel and composite steel structures. Moreover, he was the convenor of the European Committee Standardization for the development of the new Technical Specification for characterization and qualification of structural components for seismic applications by means of cyclic tests. Prof. Lignos is a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) S16 technical committee for Steel Structures. He is regularly involved as a NEHRP consultant in research-to-practice projects related to the nonlinear modelling and analysis of structures applicable to the engineering practice through the Applied Technology Council (ATC) and the National Institute of Standards (NIST) and Technology in the US.