ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems
Part A: Civil Engineering
Part B: Mechanical Engineering


Committee on Probability and Statistics in the Physical Sciences


[ Keynote Speakers ]


Michael Beer

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Michael Beer is Professor and Head of the Institute for Risk and Reliability, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany, since 2015. He is also part time Professor at the University of Liverpool and at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He obtained a doctoral degree from Technische Universität Dresden and pursued post-doctoral research at Rice University. From 2007 to 2011 Dr. Beer worked as an Assistant Professor at National University of Singapore. In 2011 he joined the University of Liverpool as Chair in Uncertainty in Engineering and Founding Director of the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty and established a large Doctoral Training Center on Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty. Dr. Beer’s research is focused on uncertainty quantification in engineering with emphasis on imprecise probabilities. Dr. Beer is Editor in Chief (joint) of the Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering, Associate Editor of the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Reliability and Safety, and Member of thirteen Editorial Boards including Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, Computers & Structures, Structural Safety, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, and International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification. He has won several awards including the CADLM PRIZE 2007 – Intelligent Optimal Design and a Certificate for Highly Cited Research in Structural Safety. His publications include a book, several monographs and a large number of journal and conference papers. He is a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, Chair of the C(PS)2 of the Bernoulli Society and Member of ASCE (EMI), ASME, IACM, ESRA, EASD, and GACM.



Mario Di Paola
University of Palermo, Italy

Professor Mario Di Paola graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy, in 1970. In the same year, he started teaching Dynamics of Structures as Assistant Professor at the University of Palermo. In 1986, he was promoted to Full Professor of Mechanics of Solids. Over his long career, he has thought Mechanics of Solids, Dynamics of Structures, Structural Safety, and Structural Mechanics at the University of Palermo. His research interests cover a wide range of topics, including stochastic dynamics, earthquake engineering, wind engineering, viscoelasticity with particular focus on fractional viscoelasticity and nonlocal mechanics. Professor Di Paola has (co-)authored over 150 ISI journal papers and many conference proceeding papers and presentations. Moreover, he has been invited as keynote speaker at several prestigious national and international conferences. He is currently part of the Editorial Board and reviewer for several high-impact international journals. He has been supervisor of many Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. theses in his research field. In 2018, he has been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor of Mechanics of Solids.



David Moens
KU Leuven, Belgium

David Moens obtained his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at KU Leuven in 1996. After research stays at ESTEC (NL) and Universität Stuttgart (D), he obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2002, also at KU Leuven. In 2003, he was awarded a post-doctoral position of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). As of 2008, he is professor at campus De Nayer in Belgium, since 2014 as professor within the KU Leuven department of Mechanical Engineering, where he currently is principal instructor of several bachelor, master’s and advanced master courses at the faculties of Engineering and Engineering Technology. He is head of the Reliable and Robust Design research group, supervising about 10 PhD students and several projects on uncertainty quantification (UQ), mainly focusing on UQ in numerical finite element models and model validation. He (co-)authored over 50 journal papers in peer-reviewed international journals and over 150 scientific papers in international conferences. He is general conference chair of the international conference on Uncertainties in Structural Dynamics (USD), Leuven, and is also active member in several international scientific organisations and commissions (AIAA NDA-TC (US), editorial board of Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing, executive committee of the Belgian National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (BNCTAM)).