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The Second International Conference
on Soft Computing Technology in
Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Chania, Crete, Greece
6-9 September 2011
Final Call-for-Papers
Soft computing Technology includes aspects of computer science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, evolutionary based methods and tools. Most frequently, soft computing technology methods are employed on complex and computationally intensive problems that have traditionally proved intractable for conventional analysis methods.

The key areas of soft computing covered by this conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Neural networks
  • Fuzzy systems
  • Genetic algorithms
  • Ant colony optimization
  • Evolutionary methods
  • Simulated annealing
  • Harmony search
  • Cellular automata
  • Swarm intelligence
  • Bayesian networks
  • Chaos theory
  • Data mining
  • Expert systems
  • Support vector machines
  • Hybrid optimization algorithms
  • Predator-prey
  • Response surfaces
  • Polynomial chaos
  • Artificial immune systems and immune computing
  • Robust design
  • Inverse methodologies
  • Self-organizing maps (SOM)
  • Multi agent systems
  • Evolutionary polynomial regression (EPR)

Papers describing recent developments in the above techniques may be submitted to the conference.

Application Areas
Papers describing the application of the above techniques to all branches of civil, structural and environmental engineering may be presented at the conference. The areas of application include, but are not limited to:
  • advances in soft computing technology
  • artificial simulation applications
  • new trends in numerical methods and solution strategies
  • parallel and grid computing technologies
  • structural mechanics and design
  • mesh and grid generation
  • water engineering and hydraulics
  • structural computational mechanics
  • inverse structural engineering
  • multi-scale simulation and failure mechanics
  • stochastic mechanics, robustness and reliability
  • structural and multidisciplinary optimization
  • life-cycle cost analysis and performance-based design
  • structural dynamics and control
  • coupled and interaction problems
  • wave propagation and soil dynamics
  • structural earthquake and geotechnical engineering
  • computational geosciences, geostatistics and geoenvironmental engineering
  • damage analysis and vulnerability assessment
  • health monitoring and maintenance systems
  • repair and retrofit of structures and infrastructures
  • smart structures and materials
  • biomechanical mechanisms and structures
  • risk analysis and decision making
  • project management and operations research engineering

The conference runs concurrently with the The Thirteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing. Participants may attend sessions from either conference.

Young Researcher Best Paper Competition
To encourage young researchers to attend the conference a 1000 Euro Young Researcher Best Paper Prize will be awarded to the best paper presented at the conference. To read the full terms and conditions of this competition, please click here.
Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers may be submitted directly to the Conference Editor or via the special session organisers if you wish to participate in their session. Over the coming months the list of special sessions will gradually grow. Please visit this page regularly to keep up to date. Please also note the important dates.
  • CSC11-S01: Applied Soft Computing in Structural Analysis and Design,
    organised by Prof. D.C. Charmpis, University of Cyprus (charmpis AT and Prof. N.D. Lagaros, National Technical University of Athens, Greece (nlagaros AT
  • CSC11-S02: Soft Computing Methods for Analysis, Optimization and Bayesian Updating of Systems under Uncertainty,
    organised by Prof. A.A. Taflanidis, University of Notre Dame, IN, USA (a.taflanidis AT and Prof. C. Papadimitriou, University of Thessaly, Greece (costasp AT
    More information about this special session.
  • CSC11-S03: Recent Advances in Reliability-Based Structural Optimization,
    organised by Prof. G. Kharmanda, Aleppo University, Syria (mgk AT
  • CSC11-S04: Metaheuristic Optimization of Skeletal Structures,
    organised by Dr. O. Hasancebi, Middle East Technical University, Turkey (oguzhan AT and Dr. L. Lamberti, Politecnico di Bari, Italy (lamberti AT
    More information about this special session.
  • CSC11-S05: Evolutonary Algorithms in Civil and Structural Engineering,
    organised by Dr. P. Iványi, University of Pécs, Hungary (peteri AT and Prof. B.H.V. Topping, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary
  • CSC11-S06: Heuristic and Hybrid Metaheuristic Methods, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing,
    organised by Prof. A. Csebfalvi, University of Pécs, Hungary (csebfalv AT
  • CSC11-S07: Genetic Algorithms Applications in Concrete,
    organised by Dr. Harun Tanyildizi, Firat University, Turkey (htanyildizi AT
  • CSC11-S08: The Impact of Soft Computing Technologies on Building Guidance, Norms and Certification Systems in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering,
    organised by Dr M. Phiri, School of Architecture, The University of Sheffield, UK (m.phiri AT
    More information about this special session.
Proposals for the organisation of a special session on your specialist topic including ten to sixteen papers and an optional special lecture are welcome. Proposals for special sessions may be sent to the conference editors via conf2011 AT
Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Editors are Professor Yiannis Tsompanakis (Technical University of Crete, Greece) and Professor Barry H.V. Topping (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary).

The members of the editorial board for this conference are: Prof. W.D. Annicchiarico, Venezuela; Prof. T. Arciszewski, USA; Dr A. Bahreininejad, Malaysia; Dr J. Bai, Wales; Prof. H.J.C. Barbosa, Brazil; Prof. R.C. Barros, Portugal; Prof. H.B. Basri, Malaysia; Dr M. Beer, Singapore; Prof. F. Biondini, Italy; Prof. Z. Bittnar, Czech Republic; Prof. T. Burczynski, Poland; Prof. S. Chakraborty, India; Prof. Dr S. Chakraverty, India; Prof. W.T. Chan, Singapore; Dr A. Charalampakis, Greece; Prof. D.C. Charmpis, Cyprus; Prof. A. Chateauneuf, France; Prof. S. Christodoulou, Cyprus; Prof. D.K.H. Chua, Singapore; Dr A. Clarke, UK; Prof. A. Csebfalvi, Hungary; Prof. M.C. Deo, India; Prof. M. Domaszewski, France; Prof. E.M. Elkassas, Egypt; Dr M. Fragiadakis, Greece; Prof. D.M. Frangopol, USA; Prof. H. Furuta, Japan; Prof. S. Ganzerli, USA; Prof. J. Ghaboussi, USA; Prof. A.T.C. Goh, Singapore; Prof. W. Graf, Germany; Dr D. Greiner Sanchez, Spain; Prof. A.A. Groenwold, South Africa; Dr D.J. Gunaratnam, Australia; Dr O. Hasancebi, Turkey; Dr S.-F. Hwang, Taiwan; Dr P. Ivanyi, Hungary; Prof. G. Kharmanda, Syrian Arab Republic; Prof. H.S. Kim, Korea; Prof. E. Kita, Japan; Prof. C.G. Koh, Singapore; Dr N.D. Lagaros, Greece; Dr L. Lamberti, Italy; Prof. C.-H. Loh, Taiwan; Prof. G.C. Marano, Italy; Dr Ing K. Maute, USA; Assoc Prof. K.J. McManus, Australia; Prof. G. Meschke, Germany; Prof. I.K. Nikolos, Greece; Dr N.Y. Osman, Australia; Prof. C. Papadimitriou, Greece; Prof. M.P. Papadopoulou, Greece; Dr M. Phiri, UK; Dr V. Plevris, Greece; Dr S. Rajasekaran, India; Prof. M.G. Sakellariou, Greece; Prof. E. Salajegheh, Iran; Prof. M. Sanchez-Silva, Colombia; Prof. G.E. Stavroulakis, Greece; Dr A.A. Taflanidis, USA; Prof. I. Takewaki, Japan; Dr H. Tanyildizi, Turkey; Dr S. Tesfamariam, Canada; Associate Prof. Y. Tsompanakis, Greece; Prof. G. Venter, South Africa; and Dr W-D. Yu, Taiwan.

Conference Proceedings
The conference proceedings which will be available on the first day of the conference will be published by Civil-Comp Press.

A selection of extended reviewed versions of the best papers will be published in special issues of Computers & Structures and Advances in Engineering Software. The procedure for submitting papers for these journal special issues will be available at the conference. (Only papers presented at the conference are eligible for special issue publication.)

Important Dates
Please take note of these important dates when planning your participation to this conference:

Abstract submission5 March 2011
Full paper deadlineas advised by the editor in your abstract acceptance email
Last day for author registrations15 June 2011
Programme is released15 August 2011
The conference6-9 September 2011

Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is Minoa Palace Resort & Spa *****, Platanias, GR-73014 Chania, Crete, Greece. The Minoa Palace Resort & Spa is a luxury five-star beachside hotel, built within 35.000sqm. of maintained gardens. It is situated in the cosmopolitan area of Platanias, 12km west of the picturesque town of Chania and only 30min drive from Chania International Airport (Taxi fare 25-30 Euros). Buses are available to Chania town centre (approximately every 20 minutes in the day time at a cost of 3-4 Euros).

The hotel offers wireless internet access free of charge to all conference participants in the conference area. Wired internet access is available free of charge in the guest bedrooms.

All presentations, lunches and coffees will be at this location. For information on how to get to the venue, click here.

Accommodation is available at Minoa Palace Resort & Spa. Bookings should be made directly with the hotel. Special conference rates have been negotiated with the hotel if you use the special rate booking form available from this page. September is high season in Crete. Many hotels are fully booked during this period, it is therefore vital that you book your hotel room as soon as possible in 2011.
Please check with your travel agent or the Greek embassy in your country whether you require a visa to enter Greece. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the visa in good time.