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Conference Chairs

  • Joan Ramon Casas

    Technical University of Catalunya UPC - BarcelonaTech, Spain

    Dr. Joan Ramon CASAS (Spain, 1960) got his 6-year program degree in Civil Engineering (1984) and his PhD (1988) in Construction Engineering from Technical University of Catalonia, UPC-BarcelonaTech (Barcelona, Spain). He is Professor of Bridge Engineering and Structural Management in the School of Civil Engineering in Barcelona, UPC-BarcelonaTech (Spain). His areas of expertise are Design, Construction and Management of Bridges, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) with main focus on Fiber Optic Sensors (FOS), robustness and redundancy of Concrete Structures, and advanced non-destructive techniques in bridge evaluation.

    Founder member and Secretary General of IABMAS since 1999. He is member of ACHE, ASCE, IABSE and FIB. Managing Editor for Europe and Associate Editor of the Journal Structure and Infrastructure Engineering, Associate Editor of the Journal of Bridge Engineering (ASCE), Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in the Built Environment-Bridge Section, Associate Editor of the Journal Infrastructures and member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal Structural Concrete. Author or co-author of 26 books and chapters of books, 130 papers in refereed technical journals including 3 prize winning papers and over 300 communications to international scientific meetings.


  • Dan M. Frangopol

    Lehigh University, USA

    Dr. Dan M Frangopol is the inaugural holder of the Fazlur R. Khan Endowed Chair of Structural Engineering and Architecture at Lehigh University. Before joining Lehigh University in 2006, he was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he is now Professor Emeritus. His main research interests are in the development and application of probabilistic concepts and methods to civil and marine engineering. He is recognized as a leader in the field of life-cycle engineering of civil and marine structures under various types of hazards. Dr. Frangopol is the Founding President of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS) and the International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE). He has authored/co-authored 3 books, more than 50 book chapters, and over 420 articles in archival journals including 11 prize winning papers. He is the Founding Editor of Structure and Infrastructure Engineering and of the Book Series Structures and Infrastructures. He is the recipient of several medals, awards, and prizes, from ASCE, IABSE, IASSAR, ISHMII, SAE and other professional organizations, such as the Newmark, Freudenthal, Housner, Lin, Khan, Mufti, and Croes Medals, the Ang, Howard, and Moisseiff Awards, the Munro, Noble, Reese, and Wellington Prizes, the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education (OPAL), and the Civil Engineer of the Year Award. He delivered many plenary and keynote lectures at international conferences and several named lectures and has served as a consultant or advisor to numerous companies. He holds 4 honorary doctorates and 14 honorary professorships from major universities. He is an Elected Member of the US National Academy of Construction, a Foreign Member of the Academy of Europe (London), a Foreign Associate of the Engineering Academy of Japan, a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, an Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy, an Honorary Member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences, and a Distinguished Member of ASCE.


  • Josť Turmo

    Technical University of Catalunya UPC - BarcelonaTech, Spain

    Jose TURMO (Spain, 1974) got his 6-year program degree in Civil Engineer (1998) from University of Cantabria (Santander, Spain) and his PhD (2003) in Construction Engineering from Technical University of Catalonia BarcelonaTech- UPC (Barcelona, Spain). At the moment, he is Professor in the School of Civil Engineering in Barcelona, BarcelonaTech (Spain), where he teaches Construction Engineering and Bridges. His area of expertise is Construction and Maintenance of Concrete Bridges and Structures and Structural System Identification. Topics as different as structural behaviour of externally prestressed concrete bridges, applications of high performance concrete, shear strength of concrete structures, dynamics of cable suspended bridges, structural analysis of bridge construction, structural maintenance or model updating has been addressed by him, as well as improvement of health and safety and environmental issues of bridge construction. He has done several research stays as a postdoc, being appointed as Visiting Faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (2005), Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, San Diego, USA (2006) and Kwang-Hua Visiting Professor (2010) and High End Foreign Expert (2014-2016) at the Department of Bridge Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He has authored around forty SCI papers and one hundred conference papers. He is an international expert of CTI (Quality Assurance Agency for the Schools of Engineering in France). He is member of ACHE, IABSE and IABMAS. He is member of the board of European Civil Engineering Education and Training Association.