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The Third International Conference
on Soft Computing Technology in
Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
3-6 September 2013
Robust, Performance-Based And Reliability-Based Structural Optimization Under Uncertainty
organised by Dr A.T. Beck
University of São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil
Dr A.A. Taflanidis
University of Notre Dame, USA
Prof. H.A. Jensen
University Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile
Prof M. Beer
University of Liverpool, UK
Session Aims and Scope
Structural design should be robust with respect to uncertainties inherently present in resistance of structural materials, environmental and man-imposed loads, boundary conditions, physical, mathematical and numerical models, and to other types of intrinsic and epistemic uncertainties. Structural performance and reliability should be only marginally affected by future fluctuations or changes in problem parameters. Proper decision making in presence of uncertainties is fundamental to avoid severe or fatal consequences and/or costly posteriori changes to design. These observations have led to the recent development of different approaches to structural optimization: robust, fuzzy, performance-based, reliability-based and risk-based optimizations. All these approaches require the proper integration of uncertainty-propagation and optimization algorithms, something that creates serious computational challenges in many applications. Soft-computing has emerged in this context as one important tool for efficiently facilitating this integration. This mini-symposium aims at bringing together researchers, academics and practicing engineers concerned with the various forms of structural optimization in presence of uncertainties, focusing on applications related to soft-computing. Contributions addressing theoretical and computational developments, numerical algorithms as well as practical applications, in the following topics, are invited:
  • Robust structural optimization;
  • Performance-based optimization;
  • Reliability-based structural optimization: stationary and dynamic problems;
  • Risk management and optimization;
  • Modeling of extreme or rare events;
  • Decision-making in presence of uncertainties;
  • Modeling of uncertainty with probability theory, Bayesian theory, imprecise probabilities including evidence theory, interval models, fuzzy set theory, information gap theory, etc.
  • Structural health monitoring, system identification, and damage detection.
For specific questions regarding the scope of this session please contact the organiser:
  • Dr A.T. Beck
    Department of Structural Engineering, São Carlos School of Engineering
    University of São Paulo, São Carlos, Brazil
    (atbeck AT
  • Dr A.A. Taflanidis
    Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame, USA
    (Alexandros.A.Taflanidis.1 AT
  • Prof. H.A. Jensen
    Deptartment of Civil Engineering
    University Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile
    (hector.jensen AT
  • Prof M. Beer
    School of Engineering, Institute for Risk & Uncertainty
    University of Liverpool, UK
    (mbeer AT

Please note that papers that are found to fall outside the scope of this session may be considered for other sessions.

Abstract Submission
To submit abstracts for this special session, please follow the normal abstract submission procedure but please select "CSC2013-S02" when asked "Is this paper part of a special session?"
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