Programme UPDATE!

The final programme is now available for download in Symposium Programme

Symposium Venue UPDATE!

The symposium will be held at NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House within the campus of NUS.

Kent Ridge Guild House
9 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore 119241

For detailed directions, please refer to this link:

PDU for Singapore Engineers UPDATE!

We are pleased to inform that all local participants for the 2-day ISRERMs will be eligible for 12 Professional Development Units (PDU).

ISRERM 2018 aims to stimulate discussions on how resilient and cost-effective solutions could be developed to improve the resilience and sustainability of urban systems, so as to counteract against emerging disruptive technologies. The symposium welcomes the related topics listed below.

Important dates

Deadline for special session proposal
30 Jun 2017
Deadline for abstract submission
15 Sep 2017
Notification of abstract acceptance
30 Sep 2017
Deadline for full paper submission
31 Dec 2017
Deadline for registration
27 Apr 2018
Online registration and payment is now open. Please visit the "Registration and accommodation" tab of the website for more details.

Inaugural Alfredo Ang Lecture Speaker

Title of Talk: Probability density evolution theory: background and recent development

Dr. Jie LI
Distinguished Professor,
Tongji University


Jie Li is a Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at Tongji University, specializing in the area of earthquake engineering and stochastic mechanics. He has worked on uncertainty quantification, response analysis, and reliability evaluation of structural systems involving randomness -- integrating both for system parameters and excitations -- for more than 15 years. He has authored six monographs and published over 200 papers in peer reviewed journals. Li holds executive positions in China's major architectural, vibration engineering, and disaster prevention societies and laboratories. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Tongji University (Natural Science Series) and is on the editorial board of over 10 international and Chinese journals, including the International Journal of Nonlinear Mechanics and Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations. He has received a variety of national and provincial-level awards for Advancement in Science and Technology. Jie Li holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Tongji University.

Keynote Speakers

Title of Talk: Compressive sensing and sparse Bayesian learning in structural health monitoring: Applications to large-scale bridges and high-speed rail

Dr. Yi-Qing NI
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Yi-Qing Ni obtained his Bachelor and Master Degrees from Zhejiang University, and PhD Degree from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is a Professor at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He currently serves as the Director of the National Engineering Research Centre on Rail Transit Electrification and Automation (Hong Kong Branch) and the Chief Research Officer of PolyU-CSRD Joint Innovation Centre for Rail Transit Safety Monitoring Technology.

His research areas cover structural health monitoring, structural dynamics and control, smart materials and structures, sensors and actuators, monitoring and control in rail engineering. Professor Ni has published more than 160 SCI-cited journal papers with an H-index of 31 in Web of Science, and over 260 international conference papers. He was selected as a Highly Cited Researcher in the Field of Civil Engineering by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy and Elsevier in 2016. He received the “SHM Person of the Year Award 2017” (selected by the editorial board of “Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal”) during the 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring held in Stanford University on 12-14 September 2017.

Title of Talk: Bayesian Data Mining for a Generic Geotechnical Database

Dr. Jianye CHING
Distinguished Professor
National Taiwan University


Jianye Ching is a Distinguished Professor in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at National Taiwan University. His main research interests are geotechnical reliability analysis & reliability-based design, basic uncertainties in soil properties, random fields & spatial variability, reliability-based geotechnical design codes, and probabilistic site characterization. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications in international journals.

Jianye Ching is a member of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and a member of International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR). He is now Chair of TC304 (risk) in ISSMGE and Chair-elect of GEOSNet. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of GeoEngineering, Managing Editor of Georisk, and Editorial Board Members of Canadian Geotechnical Journal & Structural Safety.

Jianye Ching is the recipient of the Outstanding Research Award (2011, 2014) and the Wu-Da-Yu Award (2009) from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan. Besides, he has received the following awards and recognition: Georisk Best Paper Award (2014), Editor’s Choice Paper from Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2014, 2017), Highly Cited Research from Structural Safety (2016), Outstanding Reviewer from Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2015, 2016), and Outstanding Reviewer from ASCE-ASME Journal of Rick and Uncertainty in Engineering System (2016).

Title of Talk: Driving Resilience through Innovation and Engineering Research

Dr Johnny Wong
Group Director of Building & Research Institute
Housing Development Board of Singapore


As the Group Director of Building & Research Institute (BRI), a research set-up under the Housing & Development Board (HDB) of Singapore, Johnny Wong is responsible for leading HDB’s efforts in spearheading new innovative, cost effective solutions and technologies to create a better living environment and achieve greater sustainability.

Johnny Wong has been involved in many research studies on areas relating to building materials, acoustics, prefabrication technology, urban solutions and systems, construction technology and environmental sustainability. He is also responsible for promoting smart and sustainable development initiatives in HDB buildings and estates. Some of the initiatives which he spearheaded included the development of innovative green roof systems, HDB Smart Town framework, deployment of solar energy systems in public housing and new connection systems for precast application, pre-fabricated pre-finished volumetric construction concept and system, and complex urban systems modelling. Dr Wong is driving the holistic and comprehensive sustainable development framework to guide the development of new towns like Punggol Eco-Town. In driving Singapore's Smart Nation agenda, HDB is championing the Smart Urban Habitat Domain and Dr Wong co-chairs an inter-agency working committee to spearhead the Smart town efforts, which aims to leverage smart technologies to make towns and estates more liveable, efficient, safe and sustainable. Dr Wong is a Board member of the Professional Engineers Board and Singapore Green Building Council. He also represents HDB in the Green Mark Advisory Committee.

With notable contributions to his field of work as a Professional Engineer, Johnny Wong has been conferred several awards including the Henry-Boot Award, Laverick-Webster-Hewitt Award, the Institute of Civil Engineers Award and Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his contributions to the Public Sector. He and his team have been conferred several awards, including the American Environmental Sustainability Honour Award, SEC – Senoko Energy Green Innovation Award, as well as the Energy Globe Award and the Singapore Concrete Institute Excellence Award in 2017.

Plenary Speakers for "Smart Construction"

Title of Talk: Smart Sensing on Tunnel Defects by Artificial Intelligence

Dr. Hongwei Huang
"Yangtze River Scholar" Distinguished Professor
Tongji University


Hongwei Huang is a "Yangtze River Scholar" Distinguished Professor and is presently the Vice President of the Civil Engineering College. Hongwei is a member of International Geotechnical Safety Network (GEOSNet), Geotechnical Risk Management Committee of the ASCE, work group of International Tunnelling Association (ITA), International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM), International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (IAEG), International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMEGE), and President of Engineering Risk and Insurance Research Branch in Chinese Society of Civil Engineering, Special Committee of Risk Management of Tunnel and Underground Works Branch of China Civil Engineering Society.

His research activity focuses on Geotechnical and Tunnel Engineering Risk Assessment, Risk Warning and Risk Control Tunnel and Underground Structure Health Monitoring and Testing. He serves as an Editorial Member of Georisk and 5 other Chinese journals.

Title of Talk: Could the Smart City improve the resilience and sustainability of urban systems?

Dr. Isam Shahrour
Distinguished Professor
University Lille1 - Sciences and Technology (France)


Graduated from the National School of Bridges and Roads (Ponts et Chaussées - Paris), Isam Shahrour is strongly involved in the research, higher education and partnership with the socio-economic sector. He was Vice President “Research and doctoral program” at the University Lille1 (2007 – 2012) and president of the Innovation Agency “Lille Metropole Technopole” for regional economic development via innovation. Currently, he is director of the Regional Research Laboratory “Civil and Geo-Environment Engineering - LGCgE” and head of the international master "Urban Engineering and Habitat." He coordinates a large-scale Smart City demonstrator “SunRise). His research activity concerns Smart and sustainable Cities as well as Geotechnical and geo-environmental Engineering. He conducted an intensive research activity with industrial partnership. His activity resulted in about 100 refereed journal papers and supervised 60 PhD dissertations. He gave about 15 lectures on the smart city concept and implementation, including a TEDx talk.

Title of Talk: On-Site Visualization of measured information for advanced risk management

Dr. Akutagawa Shinichi
Kobe University


Shinichi Akutagawa has pursued his undergraduate program in the Department of Civil Engineering at Kobe University, Japan. After graduating in 1983, he moved to Seattle, USA, for his Master’s degree at the University of Washington working on crack propagation problem for concrete beams. After one year working experience for a consulting company in Japan, he got enrolled for a Ph.D. program at the University of Queensland, Australia. He worked both in Civil and Mining Engineering Departments in the field of inverse or back analysis for underground excavation problem. After returning back to Japan in 1991, he has worked in the field of tunnelling engineering and rock mechanics related projects primarily working on linear and nonlinear back analysis problems. Since 2001, he has been working on non-destructive stress measurements of steel structures using the "Magnetic Sensor". Also, he has been working on developing a new concept of infrastructure monitoring called "On-Site Visualization" to establish safer working and living environment.

Title of Talk: Big Data and AI enabled Slope-Health Monitoring and Diagnosis

Dr. Yu-Hsing Wang


Dr. Yu-Hsing Wang received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology where he received the George F. Sowers Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Ph.D. Students. Currently, he is a Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director of Data-Enabled Scalable Research (DESR) Laboratory, HKUST. The DESR Lab is a physical Makerspace, specialized in the applications of Geotechnical Internet of Things (Geo-IoT), Big Data Analytics, and Deep Learning on sustainable urban development and city resilience. The DESR Lab is also an open platform for geotechnical academics and practitioners to collaborate and share resources. His research interests include innovative wave-based characterizations of geomaterials (using mechanical and electromagnetic waves), applications of 3D printing techniques on innovation of geotechnical testing devices and sensing techniques, developments and applications of Smart Soil Particle sensors (OpenSSP), applications of geotechnical internet of things (GeoIoT), Big Data analytics, and deep learning on geotechnical engineering health monitoring and predictive maintenance. In 2005, he received the ASTM International Hogentogler Award. In 2008 and 2017, he received the School of Engineering Teaching Award, HKUST. In 2013, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University. He has been invited for Keynote and theme lectures in the internal conferences and served as an associated editor and editorial board member in different journals.