Resilience, the new challenge in earthquake engineering

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Keynote Speakers


Taro Arikawa


Dr. Arikawa is professor at the Faculty of Science and Engineering in Chuo University since April of 2015. His areas of specialization are Coastal Engineering and Tsunami Disaster Prevention.

He graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo in 1995. He completed the Doctoral Program in the Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Tokyo in 2000. He is a Doctor of Engineering.

Taro Arikawa joined the Department for Transport Port and Harbor Research Institute in 2000, which was later renamed the Independent Administrative Institution Port and Airport Research Institute. After the 2004 earthquake and tsunami off the coast of Sumatra, while vigorously performing tsunami damage investigations home and abroad, he combined field, experimental and numerical calculations, and continued to research the phenomena. In particular, he engages in the clarification of the mechanism of protection facilities’ destruction, and research into their persistence and effects. Arikawa is the author of “Dousuru?! Kyodai Tsunami (What should we do?! Huge Tsunami)” (Nippon Hyoron Sha).

Reference: Chuo University’s website


Antonio Godoy

Prof. Antonio Godoy - International Atomic Energy Agency - IAEA


Polat Gülkan

Prof. Dr. Polat Gülkan graduated from METU (1966) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1971). He was a professor at the Department of Civil Engineering in the Middle East Technical University until his retirement in 2011. He last served as director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Center. He is currently professor at the Çankaya University.

Dr. Gülkan served on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE) during 1996 - 2004, and he was appointed for a four-year term as the executive vice-president of the same organization in 2004. He then served as President of the IAEE for the 2010-2014 period. He was also on the Board of Directors of Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) between 2005 and 2008.
Dr. Gülkan‘s professional work has dealt with earthquake hazard, spatial planning, urban hazard assessment, natural disaster insurance, structural intervention principles for buildings, and nuclear safety. He has also served as a consultant for site selection studies for the Turkish Atomic Energy Authority.

Prof. Gülkan is currently Editor for Earthquake Spectra, the leading journal with the highest Impact Factor in the civil and earthquake engineering field that is included in the Core List of the Science Citation Index (SCI). He is serving on the Editorial Boards of Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, Engineering Structures, TÜBİTAK Turkish Journal of Engineering, and Environmental Sciences and Advances in Civil Engineering.

Professor Gülkan was awarded the NATO Science Prize in 2004 and the Science Award of the Scientific and Technological Research Authority (TÜBİTAK) in 2007, the highest medal of professional recognition of his country.

Reference: Çankaya University, Department of Civil Engineering’s website. 



Hiroshi Kawase

Prof. Hiroshi Kawase, Japanese architectural engineering (architecture) educator, researcher. 1st class architect licensed, Japan; Achievements include patents for detecting underground structures using microtremors; discovery of reasons for heavy destruction in Kobe by 1995 earthquake; research in predicting strong ground motions by earthquakes; research in predicting building damage by earthquakes.
Bachelor in Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan, 1978. Master in Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan, 1980. Doctor in Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan, 1990.
Researcher atomic engineering department Shimizu Corporation, Tokyo, 1980—1982, researcher Ohsaki Research Laboratory, 1982—1986, 1988—1991, 1992—1993, senior researcher, 1993—1998. Visiting researcher department geological science University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1986—1988. Long-term expert (science advisor) Japan International Cooperation Agency, Mexico City, 1991—1992.
Associate professor, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, 1998—2000, professor, 2000—2008. Head, the department architecture and urban design, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University, 2004—2005, vice director, Faculty of Human-Environment Studies, 2007—2008, professor, DPRI, Kyoto University, 2008—present, 2013-2014, vice director, DPRI, Kyoto University.

Research Topics
1. Strong motion and subsequent structural damage prediction
2. Evaluation of non-linear behavior of actual buildings
3. Evaluation of impact of disasters considering time variation of seismic risk


Steven L. Kramer


Steve Kramer received his BS, M.Eng., and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977, 1979, and 1985, respectively. Prof. Kramer joined the geotechnical group at the University of Washington, Seattle in 1984. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in geotechnical engineering, and advised numerous graduate students on Masters and Ph.D. research projects. His primary research interests include soil liquefaction, site response analysis, seismic slope stability, and hazard analysis. Much of his current research work is in the area of performance-based earthquake engineering, specifically in the integration of probabilistic response analyses with probabilistic seismic hazard analyses.

Prof. Kramer is the author of the well-known book “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering” and of numerous technical papers and reports. He has been the recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from ASCE, the Walter Huber Research Prize from ASCE, and the 2009 Norman Medal from ASCE. Prof. Kramer was a Senior Research Scientist in the International Centre for Geohazards at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) in 2003, and he is also a faculty member of the European School for Advanced Studies in the Reduction of Seismic Risk (the ROSE School) at the University of Pavia, Italy.

Reference: University of Washington’s website.

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René Lagos C.


Eng. Lagos - Civil Engineer University of Chile (1978).
He is Chairman and C.E.O. of René Lagos Engineers, and leads the firm’s High-rise Buildings and Seismic Design Group. He has been responsible for the structural design of more than 1,500 projects, representing over 12,000,000 m2, ranging from multi-story buildings up to 64 stories, to complexes of affordable housing. Hundreds of these buildings have 20 stories or more, with developments up to 700,000 m² (8 million ft²).PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Among the most prominent projects, in the area of high rise buildings are:
- The Tallest Building in South America: Costanera Center Complex, in Santiago Chile, with 4 Towers and 700,000 m2. The Main Building with 64-story and 300 meters high, plus two 42 story and one 30 story towers.
- The Tallest Residential Building with Seismic Base Isolation in the Americas: Ñuñoa Capital, in Santiago Chile, Two towers with 32 stories above the isolation level.
- Telefónica Building, in Santiago Chile, a 33 story building, 140m high.
- Swissotel Tower, in Guayaquil Ecuador, a 45 story building, 180 meters high.
- Atacama 1 Thermo-Solar Tower, 250 meters high in the Atacama Desert, Chile.
- Capital Fort Tower 3, in Sofia, Bulgaria. Peer Review of a 48-story tower, 202 meters high.


Nicolas Luco is a research structural engineer with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Golden, Colorado. There he leads the Seismic Design and Loss Estimation Task of the National Seismic Hazard Mapping Project, thereby serving as a liaison between the broader earthquake hazard, design/ rehabilitation and risk communities. Prior to joining the USGS, he was a senior analysis engineer with the natural and man-made catastrophe loss modelling company AIR Worldwide Corporation in San Francisco, California. There he worked on commercial seismic risk analyses of individual buildings and portfolios of structures, and on related research projects funded by several agencies. His education includes a PhD in civil engineering and an MSc degree in statistics from Stanford University, and an MSc in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, all supported in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship; his BSc degree is in civil engineering from Stanford. For his doctoral dissertation, advised by Prof C Allin Cornell, he researched probabilistic seismic performance assessment for steel buildings susceptible to fractures in their welded beam-column connections, and to near-fault ground motions. His current research interests continue to lie at the intersection of structural engineering, probability and statistics, and seismology.


MadariagaRaúl Madariaga

Dr. Madariaga received his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Chile, and his PhD in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1971). He served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Chile, as a Research Associate at MIT, and as a Physicien Adjoint at the University of Paris VI. For nearly 20 years Dr. Madariaga worked as a Professor in the Département de Sciences Physiques de la Terre, at Université Paris VII. He also was a Senior Member of the Institute Universitaire de France. Dr. Madariaga has been a Professor of exceptional class at Ecole Normale Supérieure since 1998.

Dr. Madariaga was the director of the seismological observatory at the Department of Geophysics, University of Chile. He also directed the Seismological Laboratory at the Université Paris VII, the Seismic Research Group of CNRS at Elf Aquitaine and IFP, and the Geology laboratory of Ecole Normale Supérieure.

Dr. Madariaga has won numerous awards, such as the Stephen Mueller Medal of the European Geophysical Society and the Harry F. Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America. He also participated in the editorial work of several geophysics journals; was part of the scientific advisory committee of various institutions; and is member of a number of organizations, such as the European Geophysical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the Society of Exploration Geophysics. Dr. Madariaga has advised over 40 Ph.D. theses and he has also been part of more than 120 publications.

Reference: Geology Laboratory of Ecole Normale Supérieure’s website.



Paolo Clemente


Prof. Clemente, Civil Engineer and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering, he carried out post-doctorate research of static and dynamic analysis of masonry arches at the Institute for Construction of Bridges of the Faculty of Engineering of the University Federico II of Naples. He is currently Director of Research at ENEA and Coordinator of the ENEA task force for earthquakes.
He was an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Architecture Valle Giulia University Sapienza of Rome, at the Faculty of Engineering of the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria and the Faculty of Engineering, University of Trento. He had previously collaborated with the courses of Design of Bridges and Special Structures of the Faculty of Engineering of the University Federico II of Naples. He also took lessons as part of doctorate courses, joint masters programs and refresher courses for engineers.
He is associate editor in the editorial board of the J. of Civil Structural Health Monitoring (JCSHM) and member of the editorial boards of the Int. J. of Lifecicle Performance Engineering, of the Int. J. Study of Civil Engineering and Architecture (SCEA) and of the Int. J. of Earthquake and Impact Engineering (IJEIE).
He is a member of ISHMII and ASSISi. He is the author of about 300 scientific works, and is in the register of experts of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research.

Reference: ENEA website (


Stephen Mahin

Prof. 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.

Reference: ILEE’s website.



Farzad Naeim

Dr. Naeim is President of Farzad Naeim, Inc. CEO of Mehrain Naeim International, Inc., and an Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at University of California Irvine. He obtained his BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Tehran (1977), and his MSc and PhD in Structural Engineering from the University of Southern California (1980 and 1982). In 2007, he received the prestigious Fazlur Khan Medal for lifetime achievements from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and he has received a number of recognitions including six Outstanding Journal Paper Awards from LATBSDC. He is currently the President of LATBSDC. Dr. Naeim was recently named as an Honorary Member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).

Dr. Naeim has lead post-earthquake reconnaissance teams for EERI (Bam, Iran 2004) and LATBSDC (Taiwan 1999, Chile 2010). He is currently the Chair of the World Bank / EERI team of experts in charge of the evaluation of lessons from the 2011 Japan earthquake. He is a FEMA certified HAZUS Specialist. In 2007 Dr. Naeim finished a five-year term as the Editor-in-Chief of Earthquake Spectra, the professional journal of EERI. Dr. Naeim is the Past President of EERI and the Past Chair of the Board of Governance of George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), an NSF-funded network of 14 universities.

Dr. Naeim has published more than 120 papers on various aspects of earthquake engineering in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He has developed more than 45 different software programs for earthquake engineering design and education. He is also the editor of The Seismic Design Handbook, now in its second edition, and the coauthor of Design of Seismic Isolated Structure. Dr. Naeim is currently developing a FEMA funded software system for new generation of performance based seismic design as a part of a large effort (ATC-58) managed by the Applied Technology Council (ATC).

Reference: World Housing Encyclopedia (EERI and IAEE).



Jianzhong Li


Prof. Jianzhong Li received his Ph.D from Tongji University in 1995. He is now the director of the Multi-Functional Shake Table Lab and the director of Research Division for Seismic Design of Bridges of Tongji University. He is also de Vice-Director of the International Joint Research Laboratory of Earthquake Engineering (ILEE).
Prof. Li has been concentrated his work in the performance-based seismic analysis and design of the long-span bridges,mitigation technology for bridges and the seismic performance of the irregular girder bridges. As far he has published over 100 papers in the field of bridge seismic. In addition, he was the main compiler of several important seismic design codes for bridges in China such as the “code for seismic design of urban bridges”, the “guidelines for seismic design of highway bridges” and the “code for seismic design of highway projects”. Since recent years, Prof. Li has obtained several important prizes, including one Science and Technology Progress Awards by the State council of PRC (2009) and one prize of Science and Technology Awards by Shanghai Government (2008).

Reference: ILEE’s website.


Carlos Ventura

Dr. Ventura is currently the Director of the Earthquake Engineering Research Facility (EERF) at UBC and has more than 30 years of experience as a structural engineer. Dr. Ventura's areas of research are in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. He has been conducting research on the dynamic behaviour and analysis of structural systems subjected to extreme dynamic loads, including severe ground shaking for more than twenty years. His research work includes experimental studies in the field and in the laboratory of structural systems and components. Research developments have included development and implementation of performance-based design methods for seismic retrofit of low rise school buildings, novel techniques for regional estimation of damage to structures during earthquakes, detailed studies on nonlinear dynamic analysis of structures and methods to evaluate the dynamic characteristics of large Civil Engineering structures. His current research is focused on the development of performance-based guidelines for seismic retrofit of schools, on methods to evaluate the interaction between critical infrastructure vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards, and on structural health monitoring of building, bridges and dams.

Dr. Ventura has written over 400 technical papers and reports related to the seismic behaviour of structures. He also has received numerous awards for his research accomplishments, including the Lieutenant Governor's Award of Excellence (2013), the Innovation Award of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (2010) and the APEGBC Meritorious Achievement Award (2006). He is a member of several national and international professional societies and advisory committees. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and Fellow of Engineers Canada. He is also a member of several building and bridge code committees. In addition to his academic activities, Dr. Ventura is a recognized international consultant on structural vibrations and safety of large Civil Engineering structures.

Reference: The University of British Columbia’s website.




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