Confirmed Plenary and Semi-Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers
Prof. George Gazetas
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
“Soil Amplification in the 1985 and 2017 Mexico Earthquakes"
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George Gazetas is Professor of Civil Engineering specializing in Soil Dynamic and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. He is an active researcher and teacher with 35 years experience. He has received several international and national awards.  This year he has been selected to deliver the prestigious Rankine Lecture in 2019.

Prof. Natasha Movchan
University of Liverpool, UK
“Localisation and control of waves in structured solids”
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Professor Natasha Movchan is based at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool.

Her main research interests are in mathematical modelling of dynamic fracture, wave propagation in heterogeneous media, passive and active cloaking, dynamic anisotropy and wave localisation in structured media.

Prof. Jiří Náprstek
Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics CAS, Czech Republic
"Non-holonomic systems in rational and engineering dynamics"
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Jiří Náprstek finished his studies at the Faculty of Civil Engineering - Czech Technical University in 1966 in the discipline of Engineering Mechanics. He has been awarded by PhD. degree in 1972 and the title of DSc. was granted to him in 1996. He has spent his professional life mostly in studies of various aspects of stochastic and nonlinear dynamics, dynamic stability, flow induced vibrations and effects of inertial moving load. He published more than 350 papers in international journals and proceedings of prestigious conferences. For his scientific activity he has been awarded by various international and domestic medals and prices.

Prof. Leonid Vaisberg
Russian Academy of Science, REC “Mekhanobr-tekhnika”,Russia
"Vibrational Technology Research Highlights of the Mekhanobr Science and Research School"
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General interests include energy efficient solutions in extraction and processing of minerals and technogenic materials with special attention to disintegration, vibration displacement, screen separation, and practical industry application of the abovementioned technologies.
L. Vaisberg developed scientific principles for vibration machines modeling and design (crushers, feeders, conveyors, and vibration screens) and also machines with combined power action on material. The principles are being used worldwide by design and engineering companies and machine building enterprises.
Industrial units and equipment developed under the guidance and with the participation of L. Vaisberg are involved in production chains of more than 100 factories.
Authored about 360 publications. These include 6 monographs, 3 textbooks, 80 patents and publications in scientific and technology periodicals.

Semi-plenary Speakers
Prof. Ioannis Anastasopoulos
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
"Design of new and retrofit of existing structures mobilizing nonlinear soil response"
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Prof. Ioannis Anastasopoulos has been Full Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zurich since 2016. He specializes in geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil–structure interaction, combining numerical with experimental methods. He holds a PhD from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), an MSc from Purdue University, and a Civil Engineering Diploma from NTUA. His research interests include the development of innovative seismic hazard mitigation techniques, faulting and its effects on infrastructure, site effects and slope stabilization, railway systems and vehicle–track interaction, seismic response of monuments, offshore geotechnics, and earthquake crisis management systems. He has been involved as a consultant in a variety of projects of significance in Europe, the US and the Middle East. His consulting work ranges from special seismic design of bridges, buildings, retaining walls, metro stations and tunnels, to harbour quay walls, and special design against faulting–induced deformation applying the methods he has developed. He currently serves as Associate Editor of Frontiers in Earthquake Engineering, and has sat on the panel of Géotechnique and of the ICE Geotechnical Engineering Journal. He is the inaugural recipient of the Young Researcher Award of the ISSMGE in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, and winner of the 2012 Shamsher Prakash Research Award.

Prof. Ioannis Antoniadis
National Technical University of Athens, Greece
"KDamper: A new class of Negative Stiffness based Shock and Vibration Absorbers"
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Dr I. A.Antoniadis is a Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering Department/ NTUA and the  Director of the Dynamics and Structures Laboratory. His research interests include dynamic analysis and design of structures and electromechanical systems, smart materials and meta-materials, health monitoring of structures and of large scale cyber-physical systems, monitoring and control of large scale installations and predictive maintenance. He has coordinated or participated as principal researcher in more than 25 international and national research projects, he is the author or co-author of 3 books and academic course notes and of more than 200 reviewed papers in international journals and conferences. He is cooperating for 37 years as a technical project leader/technical consultant with a large number of established Greek and international companies, like Control Data Corporation, GE, Siemens, ABB, ALSTOM, PPC, Aluminium of Greece, Greek Railways, Greek Petroleum, METKA S.Α. etc,

Prof. Cihan Bayındır
İstanbul Technical University, Turkey
“Computational Analysis of the Nonlinear Quantum Harmonic Oscillator”
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Cihan Bayındır received the B.S. degree, with honors rank, in civil engineering from the Boğaziçi University, İstanbul, Turkey, in 2007, the M.S. degree in ocean engineering with a minor in mathematics from the University of Delaware, Newark, in 2009, where he was a research assistant for an underwater acoustics project supported by the Office of Naval Research at the University of Delaware. He received the M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering with minors in mathematics and mechanical engineering and the Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 2011, and in 2013, respectively where his research on remote sensing and synthetic aperture radar signal processing research was funded by the Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently he is an assistant professor at the department of civil engineering of the Işık University where he teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level . His research interests are nonlinear waves and dynamics, random vibrations, synthetic aperture radar and sonar imaging, underwater acoustics, fluid mechanics and numerical mathematics. For a detailed resume including coursework, publications and other contributions please visit:

Prof. Iliya Blekhman
Institute of Problems of Mechanical Engineering of RAS and Mekhanobr-Tekhnika REC, St. Petersburg, Russia
“EEnergy Performance of Vibrational Transportation and Process Machines”

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Professor I.I. Blekhman is a expert in the field of applied mathematics and mechanics of  nonlinear oscillation theory and Vibrational engineering.

Prof. Achintya Choudhury
Bharatiya Skill Development University, Jaipur, India
"Studies on Vibration Analysis of Rolling Bearings with Localized Defects"

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Achintya Choudhury graduated in Mechanical Engineering from NIT Silchar and obtained Masters’ and Doctoral degrees from IIT Kharagpur and IIT Delhi respectively. He has more than 30 years’ teaching experience in different Institutes of repute in India. His primary research interest is in the field of condition monitoring and vibration signature analysis of rolling element bearings and gears.

Prof. Mahmoud Hussein
University of Colorado Boulder, USA
"Dissipation synthesis in metamaterials by localized structural dynamics"
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Mahmoud I. Hussein is an Associate Professor and the Alvah and Harriet Hovlid Professor in the Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, and is a faculty affiliate in the Department of Applied Mathematics, at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the director of the Pre-Engineering Program at the College of Engineering and Applied Science, and the director of the Phononics Laboratory. He received a BS degree from the American University in Cairo and MS degrees from Imperial College, London and the University of Michigan‒Ann Arbor. He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2004, and completed postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge from 2005-2007. Dr. Hussein received a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2011, an NSF CAREER award in 2013, and in 2017 was honored with a Provost’s Faculty Achievement Award for Tenured Faculty at CU Boulder. He is a Fellow of ASME and an associate editor for the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. In addition, he is the founding vice president of the International Phononics Society and has co-established the Phononics 20xx conference series which is widely viewed as the world’s premier event in the emerging field of phononics.

Prof. Sotirios Natsiavas
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
"On the dynamics of mechanical systemssubject to motion constraints"
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Professor S. Natsiavas is Director of the Machine Dynamics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds a Diploma from Aristotle University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Caltech. In the past, he has held positions of Assistant and Associate Professor at Arizona State University and Research Fellow at Caltech. He teaches and conducts research in Linear and Nonlinear Vibrations, Structural Dynamics, Analytical and Multibody Dynamics. He is the author of three textbooks in Dynamics and Vibration as well as of numerous journal and conference papers. He is a Fellow of ASME and has been an Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of several scientific journals, including the ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Journal of Vibration and Control, International Journal of Solids and Structures and the International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics. He has served in several international scientific and technical committees and has organized numerous symposia in engineering conferences.

Prof. Costas Papadimitriou
Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics CAS, Czech Republic
"Bayesian Optimal Experimental Design Framework for Data-Driven Uncertainty Quantification in Dynamical Systems"
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Costas Papadimitriou (PhD Caltech 1990) is Professor of Structural Dynamics at the University of Thessaly (Greece). In the past, he held positions of visiting professor at ETH-Zurich and K.U.Leuven, research associate at Caltech, JPL, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and assistant professor at Texas A&M University. His research interests include Bayesian inference for uncertainty quantification in engineering science; probabilistic structural dynamics; structural identification, finite element model updating, structural health monitoring; and structural reliability. He has published more than 80 referred journal articles, 180 conference proceedings articles, co-edited one book, special journal issues and conference proceedings. He has been associate editor and member of the editorial board of several international scientific journal, including ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics and International Journal of Structural Control and Health Monitoring. He is the recipient of the 2014 EASD Senior Award in Computational Structural Dynamics. He is a member of ASCE and served as chair of the “Dynamics” committee of ASCE-EMI.