Keynote Speakers



Prof. Zongjin LI
Macau University of Science and Technology, China

Dr Zongjin LI is Chair professor at Macau University of Science and Technology. He received his B.E. from Zhejiang University in 1982 and obtained both his M.S. and PhD from Northwestern University, Chicago, in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He is a fellow of American Concrete Institute, Chair of China Group of RILEM and Founding President of ACI China Chapter. As the chief scientist, he has led a China Key National Basic Research Project (973), ‘Basic study on environmentally friendly contemporary concrete’ that promoted the concrete research in China to a world-class level. He also founded the Gordon Research Conference, ‘‘Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure Development’ in 2014.

He is pioneer in noncontact resistivity/impedance measurement for cement-based materials and lead the research activities in this area for about 20 years. He also developed cement-based piezoelectric and opened a new direction for civil engineering. The methodology he developed to utilizing the in-situ polymerization of monomer during cement hydration process has shown a strong effect in enhancing flexural strength of cement-based composite. He has published 5 technical books, in which ‘Advanced Concrete Technology’ published by John Wiley has been collected by many national libraries and major university libraries and used by many universities as text or reference books for civil engineering. He has also published more than 400 technical papers with a Google Scholar citation of 24958 and H-index of 86. He has also been awarded eight US and twenty Chinese patents. Three of his patents have been developed into commercial products.

He received the Arthur R. Anderson Medal from American Concrete Institute in 2017 and Distinguished Visiting Fellowship Award from British Royal Academy of Engineering in 2014.


Speech title"Integrated design from materials to structures in civil engineering"


Abstract: Design is a goal-oriented planning activity for creating products, processes, and systems with desired functions through specifications. It is a decision-making exploration and its outcome may vary greatly depending on the designer's knowledge and philosophy. Integrated design is one type of design philosophy that takes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach. In civil engineering, structural design is such an activity for creating buildings and infrastructures. Recently, structural design in many countries has emphasized a performance-based philosophy that considers the safety, durability, serviceability, and sustainability of a structure simultaneously. Currently, integrated design in civil engineering has become more popular, useful and important. Integrated design from materials to structures (IDMS) combine the materials and structural engineering in the design stage and fully utilizes the favorable properties of materials by selecting the most suitable structural forms. This lecture will explore real-world examples of IDMS, including the realization of IDMS in timber seismic-resistant structures, masonry arch structures, long-span steel bridges, prefabricated/on-site extruded light-weight steel structures, fiber-reinforced cementitious composites structures, and fiber-reinforced polymer bridge decks. Additionally, advanced material design methods such as bioinspired design and structure construction technology of additive manufacturing are briefly reviewed and discussed, to demonstrate how IDMS can combine materials and structures. A unified strength-durability design theory is also introduced, which is a human-centric, interdisciplinary, and holistic approach to the description and development of any civil infrastructures and includes all processes that are directly involved in the life cycle of the infrastructure.



Prof. Lisa Y. Wang
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA

Dr. Lisa Wang is a professor of Structural and Earthquake Engineering, Civil Engineering Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). She received her Ph.D. in Structural Earthquake Engineering from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her M.S. was in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and B.S. degree in Civil and Architectural Engineering. Prior to joining Cal Poly Pomona, her professional experience included Structural Engineering Consulting Services, seismic analysis and design of bridges, liquid storage tanks, and building structures.

During her tenure at Cal Poly Pomona, Prof. Wang was successful in securing a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, as the PI of the awarded project “Acquisition of Seismic Simulating System for Integrated Research and Education in Structural Engineering”, through Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) of NSF. She was also a Co-PI on a DoD grant (Department of Defense, Army Research Office) titled “Laser Scanning for Engineering Modeling, Visualization, and Animation.”

Prof. Wang’s research interests include: 1) Seismic response of special moment frame buildings under near and far field ground motions; 2) Liquid-Structure Interaction; and 3) Nonlinear seismic response of high-rise buildings and large-span bridges.

Prof. Wang also actively participated in the ASCE/SEI technical committees throughout the years. She served on ASCE/SEI Seismic Effects Committee, Emerging Analysis Methods in Earthquake Engineering Subcommittee, as well as the ASCE/SEI Optimal Structural Design Committee.


Speech title "Earthquake Resistant Buildings: Seismic Safety and Compliance "


My talk will be addressing the following aspects of earthquake risk reduction in buildings and aged infrastructure

Overview of recent Turkey earthquake in terms of fatalities, economic loss, seismic design code compliance, as well as the construction quality.
Identifying and strengthening seismic deficient structures
Earthquake protection of buildings and bridges effectively through application of base isolation and supplemental damping systems
Near-source ground motion and its effects on flexible buildings
Prevention of earthquake induced liquefaction and landslide
Incorporation of soil-structure interaction into seismic analysis to accurately capture the dynamics of underlying soil and the whole building system
Nonlinear analysis in modern earthquake engineering practice: Accurate assessment of nonlinear seismic response with 3-D nonlinear pushover analysis, or nonlinear response history analysis, as recommended in a new appendix of ACI 318-19 Concrete Building Code on Seismic Design Verification using Nonlinear Response History Analysis."