SPECIAL SESSION #10
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Historical structures constitute a very important component of the cultural heritage worldwide. Generally, heritage masonry structures show robustness against environmental and other causes of deterioration. However after centuries of being built, these structures show signs of ageing, which finally lead to their “structural” failure. A continuous safety assessment of these structures is necessary for revenue earning through their touristic, infrastructural, and educational use.
The overall objective of this Special Session is to exchange ideas and new research trends towards the continuous assessment, conservation and re-functionalization of heritage masonry structures. Topics of interest of the SS are -among the others- (i) high-definition surveying and BIM, (ii) advanced numerical analyses, (iii) load testing and monitoring of structures, and (iv) IoT-based long-term monitoring.
- FULL PROFESSOR in Structural Mechanics, Department ABC Politecnico di Milano (from Nov 2019).
- Author of more than 570 SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS, including about 300 articles in international journals, 18 book chapters,17 editorials, 3 book, >10000 citation, H-INDEX: 53 (Scopus).
- PhD (with honors) in Civil and Industrial Engineering, University of Ferrara Italy.
- Master of Sciences in Civil Engineering (110/110 cum laude) University of Ferrara Italy.
- Visiting professor EPFL, Univ. Newcastle (UK), Yangzhou University (PRC).
- Most Cited Author Diploma, Computers & Structures, Years 2006-2010.
- Telford Premium Award, by the UK Institution of Civil Engineers.
- Nomination ECCOMAS Zienkiewicz Award 2014.
- K.J. Bathe Award 2014.
- Chair Professor year 2019-2020: Yangzhou University, China.
RESEARCH FIELDS and INTERESTS
- Advanced masonry modelling for curved structure
- Seismic and dissipative devices for low rise masonry buildings
- Experimentation on masonry and seismic isolation
- Earthquake engineering
- Adaptive kinematic limit analysis with NURBS and classic FEs
- Genetic algorithms (GA) and meta heuristic approaches
- Sequential quadratic and linear programming
- Homogenisation theory
- Rubber vulcanization