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Opening Speaker

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Alper İlki

Istanbul Technical University

Alper İlki is professor of structural engineering at Istanbul Technical University. The main theme of his academic studies is the seismic behavior of reinforced concrete and masonry structures, as well as seismic design, assessment and retrofitting. He has supervised 18 completed PhD theses and more than 65 MSc theses. Other than acting as a reviewer or guest editor for more than 50 international reputable scientific journals, he acts as associate editor or editorial board member of ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction and Bulletin of New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering among few others. He also co-edited three international books published by Springer titled Seismic Risk Assessment and Retrofitting, Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Structures, and Advances in Assessment and Modeling of Earthquake Loss.

Invited Speakers

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Riadh Al-Mahaidi

Swinburne University of Technology

Riadh Al-Mahaidi is Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of the Smart Structures Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past 20 years, he focused his research and practice on the lifetime integrity of bridges, particularly in structural strength assessment and retrofitting using advanced composite materials. He received a BSc (Hon 1) degree in civil engineering from the University of Baghdad and MSc and PhD degrees in structural engineering from Cornell University in the United States. To date, he published over 250 journal and 270 conference papers. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, American Society of Civil Engineers, Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), American Concrete Institute, International Institute for FRP in Construction, and the Bridge Engineering Institute.

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Halil Sezen

Ohio State University, USA

Halil Sezen is a professor of structural engineering in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley in 2002. Currently, he is the president of Structural Engineers Association of Ohio. He is a fellow of American Concrete Institute (ACI) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has been a member of several technical committees including ACI 369 Seismic Repair and Rehabilitation (since 2000); and ASCE 41 Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit of Existing Buildings.

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Erdem Canbay

Middle East Technical University

Erdem Canbay is professor of structural engineering at Middle East Technical University. He received his bachelor's degree from Istanbul Technical University in 1992, his master's degree from Middle East Technical University in 1995, and his PhD from the same university in 2001. After completing a two-year post-doctoral program at Purdue University, he started working as a research assistant at Middle East Technical University in 2003, where he currently serves as the head of the Department of Civil Engineering. His research interests include Prefabrication, Structural Engineering, Performance of Structures, Earthquake Engineering, Reinforced Concrete Structures, Repair and Strengthening of Structures, Masonry Structures, and Engineering and Technology.

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Idris Bedirhanoglu

Dicle University

Dr. Idris Bedirhanoglu, who holds Bachelor and MSc degrees of Civil Engineering, got his PhD from Istanbul Technical University with a co-advisor from Purdue University where he did a part of his PhD. He has been a Professor of Structural Engineering at Dicle University since March 2023. He worked as a Research Scientist at Engineering Faculty of New York University Abu Dhabi in 2018-2019. He is the author/co-author of more than 40 journal (SCI or SCIE) or international conference papers and a co-author of four book chapters. He is on the Editorial Board of M. of J. of World Architecture and Engineering News (2014-2016), and a reviewer of more than 20 journals (SCI or SCIE). He is skilled in structural analysis, particularly in evaluation of existing structures and retrofitting. As well, he has provided consultancy to more than 100 industrial projects. He has served as member of the Technical Delegation to Evaluate Objections to Risky Building Detections (Ministry of Environment and Urbanization, General Directorates for Environment and Urbanization), vice chair of Civil Engineering Department at Dicle University (2018-2019) and chair of the structural engineering laboratory (2010-2018). His main research interests include seismic design and evaluation of RC and historical structures, retrofitting of buildings with FRP composites or textile fibers, recycling concrete, nondestructive testing, fuzzy logic and finite element analysis.


Marco Di Ludovico

University of Naples Federico II

Marco Di Ludovico is Associate Professor at Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II. He is author of more than 250 scientific papers published on journals or proceedings of national and international conferences. His research activities focus on theoretical and experimental work in the field of: strengthening of PC girders, RC and masonry structures with composite materials (FRP, FRC, FRCM, CRM, and FRM); post-earthquake damage and performance loss, fragility curves, expected losses, reparability of existing structures; structural health monitoring; innovative technologies for restoration and protection of Cultural Heritage.

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Assoc. Prof. Ciro Del Vecchio

University of Sannio

Ciro Del Vecchio is Associate Professor at the University of Sannio in Benevento. His research interests include seismic risk assessment of existing structures, vulnerability analysis of school buildings, seismic retrofit using innovative materials and systems, analysis of post-earthquake data, and advanced numerical modeling. He has published extensively on these topics and has contributed to the development of guidelines for seismic risk classification of buildings in Italy.

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Theodoros Rousakis

Democritus University of Thrace

Theodoros is Associate Professor in Reinforced Concrete and Seismic Design of Structures Laboratory, Engineering Structures Division, Civil Engineering Department, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece. Theodoros has conducted research on experimental and analytical investigation as well as design recommendations for the repair and strengthening of concrete elements with composite materials. His work also involves plasticity modeling and 3D finite element dynamic analysis of FRP strengthened reinforced concrete elements. Further, he has contributed on validation of revised pre-seismic RVS control tools of structures,  through post-seismic investigation of vulnerability parameters of damaged structures after Athens 1999 EQ, Lefkas 2003 EQ etc.

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Sadık Can Girgin

Dokuz Eylul University

Sadık Can Girgin is Associate Professor at Dokuz Eylül University, Department of Civil Engineering in Izmir, Turkey. His research interests include experimental structural mechanics, analytical modeling of reinforced concrete structures, performance-based design, and repair and strengthening of structures. He received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Dokuz Eylül University in 2004 and his Master's degree in the field of dynamic analysis of non-structural systems in 2008. He then completed his Ph.D. studies in the area of improvement of Moment Resisting Precast Concrete Composite Beam-Column Connections in 2014. He conducted his post-doctoral studies at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in the USA in 2016. He has published several journal and conference papers on his research, and he is a member of the American Concrete Institute and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Caglar Goksu Akkaya

Caglar Goksu is Associate Professor at Istanbul Technical University. She has particular expertise in seismic performance of reinforced concrete (RC) structures when subjected to extreme conditions (high temperatures/aggressive environments/earthquake/flood). This is complemented by expertise in seismic retrofitting solutions using innovative materials, sustainable design of RC members (including the use of waste materials), and structural monitoring of RC structures under ambient and forced vibrations. She has broad expertise on developing fragility functions, which are critical in terms of disaster management. Her current research project is funded by EU Horizon Programme, whose aim is promoting disaster preparedness and resilience by co-developing stakeholder support tools for managing the systemic risk of compounding disasters. She is the co-editor of an international book published by Springer, titled “Advances in Assessment and Modeling of Earthquake Loss”.

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Ufuk Yazgan

Ufuk Yazgan is an Associate Professor at the Disaster Management Institute at Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Yazgan is working in the field of earthquake engineering with a particular focus on uncertainty quantification, probabilistic methods and risk-based decision making. He has led and participated in several research projects and advised academic and professional studies in these fields. He earned his Bachelor and Masers degrees from Middle East Technical University and his PhD degree from ETH Zurich where he was awarded the ETH Zurich Medal.

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Lucas Hogan

Lucas Hogan is a lecturer at the University of Auckland and the Director of the Structures Testing Laboratory (STL). He is responsible for the operation and strategic growth of the STL and manages its full time staff, research and commercial projects. His own research focuses on the seismic behavior of concrete structures including the effects of corrosion on seismic capacity and the behavior of low-rise precast concrete buildings. He also is an expert in field testing large scale structures. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland and his Bachelor of Science from California Polytechnic State University.

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