"Modeling Resilience Across Scales: The Role of Structural Control & Health Monitoring"

27. Juli 2023, 18:00 Uhr

Guest lecture by Prof. Gian Paolo Cimellaro

Zeit: 27. Juli 2023, 18:00 Uhr
Veranstaltungssprache: englisch
Veranstaltungsort: Institut für Leichtbau Entwerfen und Konstruieren
Pfaffenwaldring 14
70569  Stuttgart
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We are pleased to invite you to the guest lecture by Prof. Gian Paolo Cimellaro from Italy.

Title: "Modeling Resilience Across Scales: The Role of Structural Control & Health Monitoring"

When: Thursday, 27/07/2023 at 6pm

Where: ILEK, Pfaffenwaldring 14.

After the lecture, we invite you to join us for a small get-together. There will be snacks and drinks while you have the opportunity to talk and socialise with all the participants. This will be a wonderful opportunity to share ideas about the topic and make new connections.


The seminar gives an overview of the main research activities developed by the Disaster Resilience research group of the Politecnico di Torino. 

Quantifying resilience is one of the most challenging tasks due to the complexity involved in this multidisciplinary process. In the seminar, a “community resilience” framework is proposed and few applications at different spatial scales are considered.  Evacuation models from large-scale spaces such as malls, museums, while considering the effect of human behavior and its emotions are developed together with the organizational models of the hospital Emergency Department. 

Interdependencies triggered by the debris between the built environment and the transportation network is also analyzed and applied to a virtual city to test different resilience strategies to limit losses and downtime. 

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a methodology that is radically changing the construction sector and, in this seminar, it has been combined with SHM for seismic vulnerability assessment of structures.  The problem of building evacuation due to fire with the use of virtual reality is also analyzed. 

Following the collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Italy in August 2018 and Champaign Tower in 2021 an applied element model of the bridge has been realized and some considerations about the collapse of both type of structures have been provided.  The possibility to monitor the crack development using embedded fiber optic sensors and other monitor techniques such as digital image correlation combined with ML algorithms are also presented.

Finally, the use of new information technologies to improve resilience and disaster management is also investigated showing a new sensor system to be used during emergencies to track victims indoor. 

Short Bio

Gian Paolo Cimellaro is currently Professor at the Politecnico di Torino and director of the “Disaster Resilience simulation Lab” sponsored by the European Research Council.  He has been Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley (2014-2016). He obtained his M.S. (2005) and Ph.D. (2008) from the University at Buffalo (SUNY) in USA.  Graduated cum laude in Civil Engineering, University of Rome La Sapienza, 2001.  He is the Chair of the SHMII Committee on Resilient Structures and Infrastructure (CORSI) and SHMII Council member of the Governing body of the International Society for structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructures and General Secretary of ASSISI, Anti-Seismic Systems International Society. 

He has been invited to 11 Keynote lectures and more than 35 invited seminars worldwide.  He has authored 105 journal refereed papers, 205 international conference proceedings, 17 book chapters and 5 books. Dr. Cimellaro current research interests address community disaster resilience and seismic risk mitigation of civil infrastructures and strategic buildings, monitoring and structural control of building vibrations, probabilistic methods and earthquake engineering.  Gian Paolo Cimellaro has been awarded a grant of 1.3 M € by the European Research Council for the research project "IDEAL RESCUE - ERC-2014-StG (2015-2019). This is the most prestigious prize assigned in Europe to researchers, performing high-risk and high-gain ground-breaking research. In 2011, he has received the Fib Achievement Award for Young Engineers sponsored by fib - the international federation for structural concrete. In 2015, he has received the Seed Grant Award from the Siebel Energy Institute of UC Berkeley.  Best Presentation Award (2017) at the Structural Health monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure Conference 2017 (SHMII-8), Brisbane, Australia.  Further details can be found in www.cimellaro.org 

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