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Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Kyoung Sun Moon, Yale University, USA

 

Bio: Dr. Kyoungsun Moon is Associate Professor at Yale University School of Architecture. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Moon was an assistant professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received a B.S. in architecture from Seoul National University, an M.Arch. and an M.S.C.E. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with his doctoral dissertation titled “Dynamic Interrelationship between Technology and Architecture in Tall buildings.” Dr. Moon worked as an architect at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago, one of the primer tall building design firms, and the Republic of Korea Navy.  

Dr. Moon’s primary research area is integration between the art and science/technology of architecture, with a focus on tall buildings. His enduring interest lies in viewing architecture from a synthetic perspective that includes rigorous technology research and a deep interest in design. Dr. Moon’s research projects include “Sustainable Structural Design of Tall Buildings” sponsored by the Hines Research Fund for Advanced Sustainability in Architectural Design and “Structural Systems for Complex-Shaped Tall Buildings” supported by Korea Institute of Construction and Transportation Technology Evaluation and Planning.   

Dr. Moon’s research articles on tall buildings have appeared in scholarly journals such as The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, Engineering Structures, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Architectural Science Review and International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development. Dr. Moon has also presented many research papers on tall buildings in relevant international conferences including the 8th CTBUH World Congress in Dubai and CTBUH 2011 World Conference in Seoul. He is the guest editor of the special issue on Tall Buildings of the journal Buildings. 
 
Dr. Moon is a licensed architect in the U.S., and a member of the CTBUH and ASCE Committee on Tall Buildings in which he is the co-chair of the subcommittee on the state of the art technologies for tall buildings. As a teacher, Dr. Moon taught tall building design studios at the School of Architecture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for three years. Since he joined the Yale faculty in 2008, he has taught a tall building design seminar course titled “Structures and Façades for Tall Buildings.”

 

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. C. W. Lim, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Speech title: A New Symplectic Approach for Thermal Buckling of Cylindrical Shells

 

Abstract: In the aftermath of 911, thousands of lives were sacrificed mainly due to the collapsed of two tall buildings resulted from excessive temperature that weakened the building structures.  In this aspect, we intend to study the effects of temperature on the possible collapse of building due to structural buckling.  Specifically, the research here deals with thermal buckling of cylindrical shells in a uniform temperature field based on the Hamiltonian principle in a symplectic space.  In the system, the buckling problem is reduced to an eigenvalue problem which corresponds to the critical temperatures and buckling modes.  Unlike the classical approach where a predetermined trial shape function satisfying the geometric boundary conditions is required at the outset, the symplectic eigenvalue approach is completely rational where solutions satisfying both geometric and natural boundary conditions are solved with complete reasoning.  The results reveal distinct axisymmetric buckling and non-axisymmetric buckling modes under thermal loads.  Besides, the influence for different boundary conditions is discussed.

 

Bio: Dr. Lim obtained a B.Eng. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), a M.Eng. (1992) in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Singapore (NUS) and a PhD (1995) in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. From 1995 to 1997, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland, Australia. He was later appointed as a Research Fellow at Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong from December 1997. In February 2000, he joined Department of Building and Construction, City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor and later promoted as an Associate Professor in February 2003. He is also a Guest Professor of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) since March 2006.

 

Dr. Lim is a fellow of International Biography Association, Cambridge, England since 2000. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Acoustical Society if America (ASA) and Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE. he is also a member of The Hong Kong Institution of Mechanical Engineers (HKIE) and a Registered Professional Engineer (RPE). He has been listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography and Marquis Who's Who in Science and Engineering. Among the awards Dr. Lim has obtained are Best Academic Performance Medal in Mechanical Engineering (Aero) in 1989, University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship (1996-97), University of Hong Kong Research Fellowship (1998-2000).

 

Dr. Lim has published a book on Symplectic Elasticity, more than 130 refereed technical papers and more than 60 international conference papers. His publications have attracted more than 850 independent citations in refereed international journals, numerous technical notes, international conferences papers and research theses since 1993. He is the Associate Editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Advances in Vibration Engineering, and on the editorial board of three other international journals, as well as in the International Advisory Committee of numerous other international conferences. He has attracted more than 20 research grants as Principal Investigator and others as Associate Investigator since 1995. He also acts as a reviewer for books published by John Wiley & Sons, Kluwer Academic Publishers and for technical papers of more than 40 prestigious international journals.

 

Keynote Speaker III

Prof. Xiaohong Zhu, Sichuan University, China

 

Bio: Dr. Xiaohong Zhu is currently a full professor at College of Materials Science and Engineering, Sichuan University, China. Dr. Zhu received his BSc degree in Materials Physics from Sichuan University in 2000 and PhD degree in Condensed Matter Physics from the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. After that, he did 3-year postdoctoral research at CNRS and CEA in France, and then joined Sichuan University as a professor in 2009. From April 2012 to April 2013, he was also a research scholar at the Department of Physics & Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA. He was selected as a New Century Excellent Talent in University of China in 2009 and an Outstanding Young Scientific and Technological Leader of Sichuan Province, China in 2011. Dr. Zhu’s research interests include mainly graphene-based electrode materials and novel solid-state electrolytes for energy storage devices (supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries), piezoelectric ceramics, as well as multifunctional oxide thin films and related electronic devices. Until now, he has authored/co-authored more than 80 SCI-indexed papers and 2 scientific books.

 

Keynote Speaker IV

 

Prof. Richard G. Haverkamp, Massey University, New Zealand

Professor Richard Haverkamp holds a Personal Chair in Nanotechnology at Massey University in New Zealand and teaches in the School of Engineering and Advanced Technology. His research covers nanostructure and mechanical relationships in collagen materials, nanomaterials for electrochemical processes, and materials from mineral resources. He makes extensive use of a variety of synchrotron techniques, most often at the Australian Synchrotron. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and he has held visiting research positions at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway and MIT, Cambridge, USA. He has published about 100 journal papers and received a number of awards including the President’s Medal from the Institute of Professional Engineers NZ, and the Gold Award from the Ministry of Innovation Business and Employment, NZ. He has received research funding from government and industry sources from NZ, US, Norway, Australia, France, Canada, Taiwan and Japan.

 

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Chien-Yuan Chen, National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Speech title: Application of thermal images for determining the vegetation coverage ratio at free-frame shotcrete grid beam protected slope

 

Abstract: In this study, infrared thermography was used to determine the vegetation coverage ratio (VCR) at a free-frame shotcrete grid beam-protected slope. An infrared thermal imager can detect the changes in surface radiation temperature on naked and vegetation-covered slope areas. Regional temperature analysis was performed through thermography, and the average temperature derived from the captured thermal images was used as the index for the vegetation area; the VCR was also evaluated. This method can be used in engineering practice after construction to reduce the errors in subjective visual judgment and can also serve as an effective and scientific evaluation methodology. A long-distance noncontact detection method for VCR evaluation can increase the engineering applicability of the proposed method after construction.

Bio: Chien-Yuan Chen was born on Oct. 27, 1969, in Changhua City, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA, in 2001. He received his M.Sc. in Department of Civil Engineering from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, in 1995. He was an associate research fellow (2001-2006) at Slopeland Disaster Reduction Division, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Sindian District, in New Taipei City, Taiwan. He was an assistant professor and an associate professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University. He is currently as a professor at Department of Civil and Water Resources Engineering, National Chiayi University, Chiayi City, Taiwan. His research is focused on the following: disaster prevention management and system, disaster prevention education, debris flow and landslide hazards prevention and mitigation, Geotechincal engineering, GIS application and numerical modeling. He is a member of Disaster Management Society of Taiwan. He’s recent publications included:

Chien-Yuan Chen*, 2016. Landslide characteristics under extreme rainfall conditions after Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan. Landslide 13:153–164 (SCI:2.87).

Chien-Yuan Chen*, Jun-Ming Chang, 2016. Landslide dam formation susceptibility analysis based on geomorphic features. Landslide 13:1019–1033 (SCI:2.87)

His research grants are sourced from Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan mainly. Those include:

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of debris flow (NSC 94-2211-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Morphometric analysis of debris flows and their source areas using GIS (NSC 95-2221-E-492-002)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Riverbank landslide self-organized criticality and the initiation of landslide dam (NSC99-2625-M-415-003-MY3)

Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan: Batter Pile Behavior Modeling Using Finite Difference Analysis (NSC 102-2221-E-415-008-MY3)

Other grants were sourced from the Ministry of Education in Taiwan (MOE) and local government (Chiayi County in Taiwan).

 


 

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