International scientific committee

The international scientific committee comprises experts on three main core fields in civil engineering:
1. Monitoring and auscultation.
2. Structural and action models.
3. Reliability, risk and decision analyses.

The role of the international scientific committee is to provide advises and guidance as well as suggestions on the content of the scientific programme to make it relevant and up-to-date with respect to the state of the art and the current practices in research and industries.

Monitoring and auscultation

Dr Odile Abraham graduated in 1990 at the École des Travaux Publics de l’État (ENTPE, France), she obtained a M.Sc. in acoustics in 1990 at the École Centrale de Lyon (France) and a PhD at the University of Wales College of Cardiff (UK) in 1993 in structural dynamics. She integrated Ifsttar (ex-LCPC) in 1993 and started to work in applied geophysics and non-destructive testing. She obtained her “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” in 2004. She is a specialist in investigation techniques based on mechanical waves and its major fields of interest are: surface waves, non-contact ultrasonics measurements, propagation in very heterogeneous media. She is a member of the Permanent Scientific Board of the French Confederation of Non-destructive Testing (COFREND). She has contributed to the creation of MUSC laboratory (non contact ultrasonics measurement lab) at Ifsttar. She has co-organized the International Symposium on Non-destructive testing in civil engineering in 2009 (Nantes). Since 2015 she his the Director of the Geophysics and Non Destructive Evaluation laboratory at Ifsttar. She is the coordinator of the European H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015 INFRASTAR project.

Priv. Doz. Dr. rer. nat. Ernst Niederleithinger got his diploma in geophysics 1990 from TU Berlin, Germany. He has got a PhD degree from University of Potsdam and a habilitation degree from RWTH Aachen university. After 11 years in at a geophysical contractor he joined BAM, the Federal Research Institute for Materials Research and Testing. Currently he serves as head of the division for NDT in civil engineering and coordinates BAM’s new competence center for data analytics. His main research interests are ultrasonic imaging and monitoring, especially using geophysical techniques. In addition, he lectures at RWTH Aachen university. Ernst Niederleithinger is a member of various committees working on recommendations for NDT. He is the leader of WP1, "monitoring and auscultation", in the INFRASTAR project.

Dr.-Ing. Marc Thiele has studied civil engineering at the Technical University of Berlin. He worked for 3 years as a plant layout engineer at Siemens Power Generation in the field of conventional power plants. He moved to BAM Division – Buildings and Structures to work as a researcher on the topic of fatigue of concrete. In 2015, he defended his PhD (TU-Berlin) about the damage evolution in concrete under high-cyclic compressive loadings. Since 2016, he is a research associate at BAM Division - Buildings and Structures. There, he is responsible for the topics of structural engineering and also for experimental testing. Furthermore, he is involved in the tasks of BAM within the approval process for offshore wind farms in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in Germany. His research interests are focused on the fatigue behaviour of concrete and steel at material and structural level. Since 2017, he is member of the ECCS - Technical Committee Fatigue and Fracture (TC6).

Pascal Collet has full expertise on Concrete Floating Units as N'Kossa FPU or the Floating dike of Monaco harbour and building experiences. From the head office, Pascal Collet is in charge of civil design on LNG Plants (tanks, buildings and marines facilities as jetties and dikes), High Rise Buildings and Gravity Base Structures on TOTAL Projects around the world (Russia, Nigeria, Angola, Australia, etc.). His specialties are port, harbour, floating concrete units, marine facilities, bridge, building, and concrete structure; liquefied natural gas tanks.

Structural and action models

Eugen Brühwiler is a Professor of structural engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Maintenance and Safety of Structures (MCS) at the EPFL – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, since 1995. He received his civil engineering and doctoral degrees from the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich in 1983 and Lausanne in 1988. His teaching and research activities include modern methods of examination in structural engineering including structural and fatigue safety, monitoring and reliability of bridges and buildings as well as the use of Ultra-High Performance Fibre Reinforced Cement-based Composites (UHPFRC) for the rehabilitation and strengthening of structures. He is the leader of WP2, "structural and action models", in the INFRASTAR project.

Dr. Ing. Franziska Schmidt is a senior research engineer (ENTPE Engineering diploma in 2005, MSc and PhD of INSA - Lyon in 2005 and 2009 respectively), working at Ifsttar on the vulnerability of road infrastructure to natural and man-made actions. She has been involved in several European research projects, for example ITN Marie Curie projects (TEAM, Infrastar), FP7 (TRANSFORMERS), CEDR Projects (Re-gen, FALCON), and national French projects. She also intervenes in expert knowledge studies on the assessment of existing structures to traffic and climatic actions. She is part of OCDE WG "Policies to extend the life of road assets".

Jan Bień is a Professor of Wroclaw University of Technology nominated in 2012 by the President of Republic of Poland, and the Head of the Department of Bridges and Railways. He hold a PhD degree from Wroclaw University of Technology ("Static Analysis of Bridge Superstructures Using the Finite Prism Element Method"). Prof. Jan Bień is a Professional Engineer in design and construction (since 1985), an expert of the Polish Association of Transportation Engineers (since 1998), and a state expert in bridge engineering (since 2002). He has published over 230 publications, including 7 books, as well as over 340 research and technical reports. He is involved in international researches and technical cooperation, and has evaluated over 30 European projects. He is a member of scientific committees in international conferences as well as of professional associations. He participated in design and construction of about 20 bridge structures, and was involved in static and dynamic load tests of over 150 bridge structures.

Reliability, risk and decision analyses

Sebastian Thöns works as an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark and the BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing in Berlin, Germany. He received his civil engineering, structural engineering and doctoral degrees from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, the University of Manchester, UK, and the ETH Zurich in Switzerland, respectively. The research and teaching activities are focussed on decision processes and decision analytics in engineering, also in the contexts of value of information analyses in conjunction with structural health information.

John Dalsgaard Sørensen works as a Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark where he also obtained his academic and doctoral degrees. The research and teaching activities are focussed on structural reliability and risk analysis with a strong background in offshore wind energy and offshore engineering. He is also very active in international, European and Danish standardisation.

Franck Schoefs is a former student of ENS Cachan School and was graduated in 1992. He obtained a M.Sc. in Coastal and Offshore Civil Engineering at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and a PhD in Civil Engineering (Reliability of Offshore structures) in 1996 at Ifremer/Université de Nantes. He joined Université de Nantes in 1998 as assistant professor and was responsible to launch the topic of Structural Reliability Assessment in this University. In 2007, he obtained the Accreditation to supervise research (HDR) and was nominated in 2010 Professor of Université de Nantes.
Since 2010, he is at the Head of the TRUST Group (Monitoring, Reliability and Structural Computation at GeM Laboratory) with 40 people: he initiated a group devoted to Structural Health Monitoring in complex (marine) environment.
He is CEO of the ‘Sea and Littoral Research Institute’ (650 researchers) since 2017, Marine Renewable Energy advisor to President of Université de Nantes since 2014 and member of the board of West Atlantic Marine Energy Community (WEAMEC) since its foundation in 2015. He is Member of the Scientific Committee of the network of French Marine Universities (16 Universities).
He was involved in various European (6) and national research projects (10). He is a reviewer for more than 40 journals and experts for 5 international research agencies. He supervised or co-supervised 30 PhD’s and is author of more than 60 international journal papers.