Urban Public Safety and Disaster Prevention Track

With climate change, the frequency and intensity of natural hazards such as tropical cyclones, extreme precipitation and geological disasters keep increasing. Urbanization brings about more exposure to these natural hazards, leading to rising risk. Besides the threats from natural hazards, infrastructure safety becomes an emerging problem with the aging of existing structures and new construction in high-density urban region and harsh environments due to expansion of human activity. To cope with the above challenges in protecting urban public safety, advances in both basic hazard mechanics and multi-disciplinary research have been achieved in recent years. New “smart” technologies such as IoT, big data and artificial intelligence gradually play an important role to shape new strategies for disaster mitigation. Therefore, this track aims at promoting the discussions on the latest developments in the fundamental mechanics, new technologies, and promising practices in fields of structural health monitoring, geotechnical engineering safety, and ocean disaster mitigation with the objective of building a safer living environment in future smart city.

Invited Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Xueyu GENG
Reader, The University of Warwick
Talk Title: Susceptibility Analysis and Economic Vulnerability of Buildings to Glacier-related Debris Flows

Zhiguo HE
Professor, Zhejiang University
Talk Title: Fast and Maneuverable Soft Robots Driven by Underwater Combustion

Shunqi PAN
Professor, Cardiff University
Talk Title: The Impact of the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise on the UK coasts

Dalei PENG
Associate Professor, State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection, Chengdu University of Technology
Talk Title: Successful Implementations of a Real-time and Intelligent Early Warning System for Loess Landslides on the Heifangtai Terrace

Chunhua QIU
Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University
Talk Title: Case Study of Oceanic Response to Tropical Cyclone

Qiuhong TANG
Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Talk Title: Adaptive Reservoir Management under Climate Change in the Lancang-Mekong River Basin

Dongxiao WANG 
Professor, Sun Yat-Sen University
Talk Title: Marine Observation Strategy for the Tropical Coastal Cites’ SDG 14

Wangji YAN 
Associate Professor, University of Macau
Talk Title: Accounting for Multiple Uncertainties in the Digital Twinning of Structural Dynamical Systems Based on Fast Bayesian Learning and Metamodeling

Lecturer, University of Liverpool
Talk Title: Two-phase Modelling of Sediment Transport by Incompressible SPH

Songye ZHU
Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Talk Title: SMA-based Seismic-Resistant Structures: From Smart Materials to Resilient Structures