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SMART Seminar Series

June 13, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Presenter – Gian Paolo Cimellaro


Gian Paolo Cimellaro is currently an Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Torino. He has been recently 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) of the International Society for structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructures.  He has been invited to 8 Keynote lectures and 30 seminars worldwide. He has authored 70 journal papers, 154 conference papers, 12 book chapters and 5 books.  Research interests: community disaster resilience and sustainability to natural disasters.  He has been awarded with a grant of 1.3 M € by the European Research Council for the project “IDEAL RESCUE – ERC-2014-StG. He is Editorial Board member of several ISI-journals.  Selected awards: Fib Achievement Award for Young Engineers (2011); Seed Grant Award from the Siebel Energy Institute of UC Berkeley (2015), Best Presentation Award (2017) at SHMII8, Brisbane.  www.cimellaro.org


Overview of the Research Activities of the Disaster Resilience Lab of the Politecnico Di Torino


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 the 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 school buildings.  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 an applied element model of the bridge has been realized and some considerations about the collapse of the Morandi bridge has been provided.  The possibility to monitor the crack development using embedded fiber optic sensors and other monitor techniques such as digital image correlation 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.


June 13, 2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Building 6 Room 210
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, Australia
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