Speakers

Dr. Alper Ilki

"Seismic behavior of damaged and repaired reinforced concrete members"


Dr. Alper İlki is a professor of structural engineering at Istanbul Technical University. His research interests include the structural behavior of reinforced concrete and masonry structures, particularly the historical ones. Other main fields of his research interests are large scale structural testing and structural/seismic retrofitting, particularly through innovative techniques and materials. He has worked in the restoration of a large number of historical structures in a wide range from bridges to towers, from mosques to churches, including the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia in Lefkosa, Edirne Selimiye Mosque, and Sivas Divrigi Ulu Cami and Hospital, among many others. He is the associate editor or editorial board member of ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering and Bulletin of New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering. He co-edited three international books published by Springer titled Seismic Risk Assessment and Retrofitting, Seismic Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Structures, and Advances in Assessment and Modeling of Earthquake Loss. Dr. Ilki is an elected member of the IIFC Council, head of Turkish Delegation to fib, chairman of board of directors of Turkish Earthquake Foundation and a member of board of Turkish Catastrophe Pool. He chaired/co-chaired the organization committees of Smart Monitoring, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Civil Structures International Conference Series (SMAR conferences) in 2013 (Istanbul), 2015 (Antalya), 2017 (Zurich), 2019 (Potsdam) and 2022 (Shanghai), and the 10th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering, CICE 2020/2021, the official conference of IIFC, among many others.

Dr. Meltem Vatan

“Risk mitigation of cultural heritage values in earthquake prone areas”


Meltem Vatan was born in Bulgaria, 1978 and immigrated to Turkey in 1989. She has graduated from Yıldız Technical University Department of Architecture in 2002 and received her Master degree in 2005 and PhD degree in 2010 in the same institution. She started to work on conservation of historical buildings at Galatasaray University restoration project (1999 – 2001). By 2002 she moved to the academy at Yıldız Technical University at the Department of Structures and worked there until 2011. She still works as a lecturer (Assoc. Prof.) at Bahçeşehir University.

In 2010, she completed Risk Management training in Cultural Heritage Structures in Japan Ritsumeiken University within the scope of UNESCO Chair Program. She was a member of the consultancy team of BC1 Railway Bosporus Tube Crossing, Tunnels and Stations project (Marmaray Project) where she worked on the Safety evaluation of historic buildings within the potential influence zone of the Yedikule/Yenikapı Tunnel construction location.

She is an expert member of ICOMOS Turkey and ICOMOS structure (ISCARSAH) and risk (ICORP) Scientific Committees and a founding member and president of ISCARSAH Turkey. She was a member of the team who has developed “Earthquake Risk Management Guide for Historical Buildings” in Turkey published in 2019 by Istanbul Governorship - Istanbul Project Coordination Unit.

She has given seminars, organized workshops and participated in project teams in national and international level on earthquake risk, structural behavior and damage assessment as an invited lecturer. She has many international and national publications in this field

Dr. Antonio Aguado

“Case studies on Dams: diagnosis, damages and learnings

Antonio Aguado, University Professor since November 1987 (https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=7005541270), retires at the peak of its production and with all the official recognitions, having of the highest levels of recognition in teaching five-year periods, research and transfer six-year periods. He is awarded the Jaume Vicens Vives 2008 award for his career and its innovative aspects, counting on the warmth and recognition of the students he has taught.

In the research field, he has a similar career, being the author of many articles in scientific journals and technical books. He has been director of more than 55 doctoral theses; of which more than 50% have resulted in successful careers within the university environment, which highlights the role of Professor Aguado as a trainer. As a result of all these activities, it has received various awards and recognitions from scientific and professional associations, both national and international (ACI, ACE, ACHE, ALCONPAT, CANMET, CICCP, RILEM, SPANCOLD).

Within the search for balance in his activity, he has had a relevant work in the field of knowledge transfer to the private and industrial sector, being a paradigm in the university sector his strategy of combining applied research with transfer in the same direction technological. Its activity in technology transfer agreements, developed through the UPC, as well as its participation in the Industrial Doctorate programs of both AGAUR and MINECO, is noteworthy, being a pioneer in this sense in the introduction of these programs. In 2013, he was a co-founder partner of Smart Engineering, a technology-based company and spin-off of the UPC.



Dr. Paulo Miranda

Influence of seismic action on Brazilian reinforced concrete buildings


Dr. Paulo Miranda is professor of Civil Engineering at IFCE - Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology, Brazil. Brazilian Civil Engineer, Ph.D in Structures from FEUP - Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto - Portugal. Founder and technical director of PF Structural Engineering and Consulting. Structural designer having developed designs in Brazil and Europe. Concrete technologist and structural researcher performing material tests in addition to structural reinforcement designs. Member of Brazilian and international associations and institutes: IBRACON, ABECE, INAEP, ALCONPAT INTERNACIONAL, ACI, GPBE and ABPE (Brazilian group of IABSE). Dr. Miranda is Member of international scientific committees of Structural Engineering conferences. Member of research groups: Alternative materials studies group at IFCE - Federal Institute of Ceará and CONSTRUCT-LESE research group at FEUP - Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, acting as an external researcher. Reviewer of scientific journals in Structural Engineering. Member of the Safety Study Commission in Earthquake Resistant Structures of ABNT with a view to revising NBR 15421:2006, Brazilian seismic code. Author of the book: Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability in the Brazilian Building Reality.

Dr. Fernanda Lobo

Trends in sustainability: from the sewer to energy

Adjunct Professor at the Federal University of Ceará in the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering. Coordinator of the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering - Renewable Energies. He holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, USA (2018), a sandwich degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (2011) and Universidade do Minho (Portugal) and a sandwich degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Amazonas (2013). ) and University of Utah (USA). Conducts research mainly in the areas of renewable energy, production of green hydrogen, bioelectrochemical technologies and microbial fuel cells (Microbial Fuel Cells-MFCs), sewage treatment, relationship between electrical parameters and the activity of electro-active bacteria (electroactive bacteria), recycling of energy and nutrients in sewage treatment.


Dr. Mylene Vieira

Durability of the fibre reinforced concrete


Mylene Melo is adjunct professor of the Civil Engineering at Federal University of Ceará, Campus Russas and Researcher at the Research Group on Rehabilitation and Durability of Buildings - GPREB). Brazilian Civil Engineer, Ph.D. in Construction and Civil Engineering (2018) at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (SPAIN), master's degree in Civil Engineering – Structures and Civil Construction at Federal University of Ceará (2014), Specialization in Design of Buildings Facilities (2008) at University of Fortaleza, and Degree in Civil Engineering at University of Fortaleza (1990). Since 2021, he has been a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee of the Journal of Urban Technology and Sustainability. Has research in areas of special concrete, structural reinforcement, fibre reinforced concrete, corrosion and buildings facilities design. She has large professional experience in the field of civil construction: building construction, building maintenance and building facilities design and execution.


Dr. Ana Mafalda Matos

"Next generation of "concrete" stands for sustainable and circular construction

Ana Mafalda Matos is a Civil Engineer, MSc in Materials and PhD in Structures, Post Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering of University of Porto. She is an Integrated Member of The Institute of R&D in Structures and Construction in the Group of Structural Concrete (LABEST). Her main research (and enthusiastic) fields are: Technological advanced Cement-based composites (SCC, HPC, UHPC, digital concrete, eco-friendly concrete); 3D printing for construction; Performance-based design and optimisation (DOE); Waste recycling/valorisation; Supplementary cementitious materials. Ana Mafalda’s work and training are strongly interdisciplinary, she participated in several R&D projects and consulting activities, counting more than 12 years of experience in cement-based materials, a class of materials essential for a sustainable future of built environment and digitalisation of the Construction Industry. Doctor Ana Mafalda is a RILEM TC Member of committees: PFC – Performance requirements and testing of fresh printable cement-based materials and DCS – Data-driven concrete science. She is the author of more than 50 technical and scientific publications and supervises PhD and MSc students in Civil Engineering and Industrial design.

Dr. Gláucia Maria Dalfré

“Fiber-reinforced polymers in civil construction:design of strengthening systems and non-metallic bars according to ACI standards”


She is Adjunct Professor 4 at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), in Brazil, and a visiting professor at the University of Birmingham (2022), in the UK. She is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and vice-coordinator of the Graduate Program in Civil Engineering. She holds an M.Sc. in Structural Engineering from the University of São Paulo (SET/EESC/USP, in Brazil) and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minho (Uminho, in Portugal). Her research topics are strengthening reinforced concrete elements with FRP materials, FRP bars, TRC/TRM composites, and durability tests. She has authored or co-authored 87 papers in Journals and Conference Proceedings and recently published the book “Fiber-reinforced polymers in civil construction: design of strengthening systems and non-metallic bars according to ACI standards”, in Portuguese. She is a member of the Brazilian committees IBRACON/ABECE CT 303 - Use of unconventional materials on structures of concrete, fibers, and fiber reinforced concrete, working in Task Group 2 (strengthening of existing concrete structures with unconventional materials) and in Task Group 2 (Concrete structures reinforced with non-conventional materials). She is also the chairwoman of the Scientific Committee of Concreto & Construções journal.