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)

Ghent University, Department of Civil Engineering, Belgium

Talk Title: Excess Pore Water Pressure in front of a TBM, Knowledge Led to Disaster Prevention

Kai-Ming BI
Associate Professor
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Talk Title: Using Inerters to Control the Seismic Response of Adjacent Bridge Structures

Mingfu GUAN
Assistant Professor
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Talk Title: Building Flood Resilience under Climate Change

Zhigang LAI
Sun Yat-Sen University, Southern Marine Science and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai), China

Talk Title: The SYSU Marine Environment Forecast System for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area

University of Leeds, UK

Talk Title: Improve the Inspection and Assessment of Historic Masonry Structures Using Machine Learning and High-Fidelity Models

Huabin SHI
Assistant Professor
University of Macau, Macau

Talk Title: Changes of the Storm Surge Flooding Hazard Risk in Macao under Sea Level Rise

Alessandro STOCCHINO
Associated Professor
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Talk Title: Small Island Developing States under threat by rising seas even in a 1.5 °C warming world

Harbin Institute of Technology (Shenzhen), China

Talk Title: Establishing Performance-oriented Digital Twin Models for Civil Infrastructure

Tao XU
Associate Professor
Southeast University, China

Talk Title: A biomass-enhanced Bentonite Slurry for Shield Tunnelling in the Highly Permeable Soil

Hongmei ZHANG
Zhejiang University, China

Talk Title: Testing, Simulation Evaluation, and Performance Optimization of Self-Centering Structures for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation