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The Eighth International Conference
on Computational Structures Technology
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
12-15 September 2006
in association with
IUSIANI University of Las Palmes de Gran Canaria
and sponsored by
Spanish Society for Numerical Methods in Engineering Spanish Society for Applied Mathematics International Journal of Computers and Structures
Gobierno de Canarias FIRGAS Spanish Ministry for Education and Science
ULPGC Mathematics Department Gran Canaria Convention Bureau
This is the Eighth Conference in the Computational Structures Technology series that commenced in 1991. Previous venues for the conference have included: Athens, Budapest, Edinburgh, Prague, Leuven and Lisbon. The conference is concerned with the application of the latest computational technology to structural mechanics and engineering. Computational Technology encompasses both the latest hardware and software developments as well as algorithmic and theoretical developments.

The conference is concerned with both theoretical, mathematical and scientific developments as well as applications of established technology to new domains. The word Structures is interpreted in its widest sense.

The conference runs concurrently with the Fifth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology. Participants may attend sessions from either conference.

The themes for this conference will include: Structural Analysis and Design - Non-Linear Analysis - Dynamic Analysis - Finite Element Analysis - Boundary Element Analysis - Computer Aided Design - Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization - Structural Re-analysis & Sensitivity Analysis - Geomaterials - Plates and Shells - Structural Modelling - Micro-Mechanics Models - Damage Identification - Material Models - Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics - Computational Stochastic Mechanics - Structural Reliability - Reliability Problems - Software Standards and Quality Control - Adaptivity - Mesh and Grid Generation - Shape and Topology Optimization - Visualization and Graphics - Impact and Contact Simulations - Post and Pre Processing - Smart Structures - Multi and Inter-Disciplinary Optimization - Composite Materials and Structures - Forming Problems - Poromechanics - Fracture and Fatigue - Brittle Materials - Eigensolvers - Education - Coupled Problems - Soil-Structure Interaction - Fluid-Structure Interaction - Simulation - Integration of CST and CFD - Inverse Problems - FEM in Design - Implementation of Computational Procedures - Computer Modelling - Materials Characterisation - Meshfree Methods - Uncertainty - Structural Health Monitoring - Computer simulated demolition - Robust Design - Vibration - Damping - Active Control - Damage Tolerance and Fail Safety.

Analysis, modelling and simulation of a wide range of structural types including: aerospace, civil, mechanical and offshore structures including: membrane structures, lightweight structures, fabric structures, retractable roofs, steel structures, concrete structures, timber structures, aluminium structures, brick structures, blockwork structures, geotechical structures.

Papers concerned with the following aspects of structural engineering computation are particularly relevant to the conference: Parallel Processing - Use of High Performance Computer Architectures - Supercomputing - Domain Decomposition and Partitioning - MIMD Architectures - Distributed Computing and Networking - Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge-Based Systems - Novel Software Tools and Development Environments - Virtual Reality - Algorithms for Vectorization and Parallelisation - Genetic Algorithms - Neural Networks - Object Oriented Methods - Data Mining - Solution Procedures for Large Scale Problems - Hardware and Software developments for HPC - Grid Computing - WWW Applications - Computational Intelligence - Evolutionary Processes - Autonomic computing.

Special Sessions
A number of special sessions will be organised at this Conference. Papers may be submitted directly to the Conference Editor or to any of 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 notice the important dates.
  • Composite and Adaptive Structures: Modelling and Simulation,
    organised by Professor C.M. Mota Soares, Portugal ( and Professor A. Benjeddou, France (
  • Steel and Composite Structures,
    organised by Professor Luis F. Costa Neves, University of Coimbra, Portugal (
  • Numerical Methods for Multi-Physics Coupled Problems,
    organised by Professor F Bay, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France (
  • Tall Buildings,
    organised by Dr John W Bull, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (
  • Traffic Vibrations: Isolation and Propagation,
    organised by Professor D. Le Houédec, Ecole Centrale of Nantes, France (
  • Biomechanical Simulations,
    organised by Professor Anders Eriksson, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden (
  • Robustness of Mechanical Systems against Uncertainties,
    organised by Professor Ioannis Doltsinis, University of Stuttgart, Germany (
  • Probabilistic Approaches to Structural Mechanics,
    organised by Professor Moussa Karama, CMAO, M2SF, ENIT, Tarbes, France ( and Professor Abdelkhalak Elhami, LMR, INSA Rouen, St Etienne du Rouvray, France (
  • Constitutive Modelling,
    organised by Dr M.H.B.M. Shariff, Etisalat College of Engineering, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (
  • Dynamics of Viscoelastically Damped Structures,
    organised by Professor G. Muscolino, DIC, University of Messina, Italy ( and Dr S. Adhikari, University of Bristol, UK (
  • Computational Aspects for Damage, Robustness and Services-Lives of Structures,
    organised by Professor C. Koenke, Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany (, Professor Wilfried B. Kraetzig, Ruhr Universitat Bochum, Germany ( and Dr Y.S. Petryna, Ruhr Universitat Bochum, Germany (
  • Masonry Structures,
    organised by Dr John W Bull, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (
  • Fabric, Cable and Membrane Structures,
    organised by Professor B.H.V. Topping, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary ( and Dr P. Iványi, University of Pécs, Hungary
  • Steel Structures: Modelling, Analysis and Design,
    organised by Professor M. Iványi, University of Pécs, Hungary (
Conference Editorial Board
Conference Co-Chairmen and Proceedings Co-Editors: Professor Barry H.V. Topping (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary), Professor Gustavo Montero (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) and Professor Rafael Montenegro, (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain).

The members of the editorial board for this conference include: Professor H. Adeli, USA; Dr S. Adhikari, UK; Professor E. Alarcon, Spain; Professor M. Amabili, Italy; Professor S.A. Anagnostopoulos, Greece; Professor C.A.C. Antonio, Portugal; Professor T. Aoki, Japan; Professor A.J. Aref, USA; Professor F. Armero, USA; Professor J.R. Arruda, Brazil; Professor H. Askes, UK; Professor N.O. Attoh-Okine, USA; Dr C.E. Augarde, UK; Professor J. Awrejcewicz, Poland; Dr A. Bahreininejad, Iran; Professor B. Balachandran, USA; Professor J.R. Banerjee, UK; Professor C.C. Baniotopoulos, Greece; Professor A. Baratta, Italy; Professor H.J.C. Barbosa, Brazil; Dr C. Bardos, France; Dr E. Barkanov, Latvia; Dr F. Bartolozzi, Italy; Professor K.J. Bathe, USA; Professor F. Bay, France; Professor Z.P. Bazant, USA; Professor A.A. Becker, UK; Professor W. Becker, Germany; Dr G. Beer, Austria; Dr D.W. Begg, UK; Professor A. Benjeddou, France; Dr M. Bischoff, Germany; Professor M.L. Bittencourt, Brazil; Dr J. Blachut, UK; Professor D. Boffi, Italy; Professor P. Boisse, France; Professor M. Bonnet, France; Professor F. Bontempi, Italy; Assoc. Professor B. Boroomand, Iran; Professor P. Bouillard, Belgium; Professor M.A. Bradford, Australia; Professor F.A. Branco, Portugal; Dr B. Brank, Slovenia; Professor D. Briassoulis, Greece; Dr M. Brunig, Germany; Dr J.W. Bull, UK; Professor D. Camotim, Portugal; Professor R. Carneiro de Barros, Portugal; Professor E. Carrera, Italy; Professor M. P. Cartmell, UK; Professor F. Casciati, Italy; Professor J.M.A. Cesar de Sa, Portugal; Professor A.H.C. Chan, UK; Dr S. Chandra, India; Professor C.-N. Chen, Taiwan; Professor W.F. Chen, USA; Professor G.D. Cheng, China; Dr R.C. Cheng, USA; Professor J.L. Chenot, France; Professor G. Chiandussi, Italy; Professor C. Cinquini, Italy; Professor H. B. Coda, Brazil; Professor J.Y. Cognard, France; Professor M. Cuomo, Italy; Professor V.D. da Silva, Portugal; Professor S. De, USA; Professor R. de Borst, Netherlands; Professor G. De Roeck, Belgium; Professor G. de Saxce, France; Professor A. De Stefano, Italy; Professor M. Di Paola, Italy; Professor I. Doltsinis, Germany; Dr J. Duane, USA; Professor L. Dunai, Hungary; Professor N.F.F. Ebecken, Brazil; Professor A Elhami, France; Professor I. Elishakoff, USA; Professor A. Eriksson, Sweden; Dr D. Eyheramendy, France; Professor M. Farshad, Switzerland; Dr J.M. Figueiredo, Portugal; Professor D.M. Frangopol, USA; Professor M.I. Friswell, UK; Professor M. Fuchs, Israel; Professor G. Gambolati, Italy; Professor L. Gastaldi, Italy; Professor L Gaul, Germany; Professor J.-C. Gelin, France; Professor R.I. Gilbert, Australia; Professor D. Givoli, Israel; Professor R. Gori, Italy; Dr P. Gosling, UK; Professor P.L. Gould, USA; Professor R.V. Grandhi, USA; Professor D.E. Grierson, Canada; Professor A.A. Groenwold, South Africa; Dr Z.W. Guan, UK; Professor R.M. Guedes, Portugal; Professor F. C. Hadipriono, USA; Professor I. Hagiwara, Japan; Professor P. Hajela, USA; Professor P. Hamelin, France; Professor D. Hartmann, Germany; Professor M. Hoit, USA; Professor J Holnicki-Szulte, Poland; Professor T.J.R. Hughes, USA; Professor A. Ibrahimbegovic, France; Professor K. Ishii, Japan; Dr I. Iskhakov, Israel; Professor M. Ivanyi, Hungary; Dr P. Ivanyi, Hungary; Dr B.A. Izzuddin, UK; Dr P. Joly, France; Dr E.S. Kameshki, Bahrain; Dr M. Kaminski, Poland; Professor T. Kant, India; Professor J.D. Kaplunov, UK; Professor D.L. Karabalis, Greece; Professor J.T. Katsikadelis, Greece; Professor A. Kaveh, Iran; Dr A.I. Khan, Australia; Professor U. Kirsch, Israel; Professor C. Koenke, Germany; Professor L. Kossovich, Russia; Professor W.B. Kraetzig, Germany; Professor B.H. Kroeplin, Germany; Dr. J. Kruis, Czech Republic; Professor H.G. Kwak, Korea; Dr A.S.K. Kwan, UK; Professor Y.W. Kwon, USA; Professor R. Lackner, Austria; Professor P. Ladeveze, France; Professor K.L. Lawrence, USA; Professor D. Le Houédec, France; Dr J. de Paulo Barros Leite, Brazil; Dr. C.J. Leo, Australia; Professor A.Y.T. Leung, Hong Kong; Professor R. Levy, Israel; Professor R. Lewandowski, Poland; Professor R.W. Lewis, UK; Dr X.K. Li, China; Professor J. Y. Richard Liew, Singapore; Professor K.M. Liew, Hong Kong; Professor A. Liolios, Greece; Dr J. Logo, Hungary; Dr P.B. Lourenco, Portugal; Mr J. Mackerle, Sweden; Professor I.A. MacLeod, UK; Professor C.E. Majorana, Italy; Professor H.A. Mang, Austria; Professor G.D. Manolis, Greece; Professor Dr. K. Marti, Germany; Professor H. Matthies, Germany; Dr Ing K. Maute, USA; Professor I. May, UK; Professor F.M. Mazzolani, Italy; Professor G. McClure, Canada; Dr G. Mejak, Slovenia; Professor C. Meyer, USA; Assistant Professor E.S. Mistakidis, Greece; Professor B. Moeller, Germany; Dr T. Molyneaux, Australia; Professor R. Montenegro Armas, Spain; Professor G. Montero Garcia, Spain; Professor C.A. Mota Soares, Portugal; Professor C.M. Mota Soares, Portugal; Professor J.E. Mottershead, UK; Professor K. Moussa, France; Professor G. Muscolino, Italy; Professor J.-P. Muzeau, France; Dr L.C. Neves, Portugal; Dr L.F. Costa Neves, Portugal; Professor H. Nguyen-Dang, Belgium; Professor R.M. Nieminen, Finland; Professor G.P. Nikishkov, Japan; Dr. D. O'Dwyer, Ireland; Professor R. Ohayon, France; Professor E. Onate, Spain; Professor M. Papadrakakis, Greece; Professor P.Y. Papalambros, USA; Dr B. Patzak, Czech Republic; Professor M.N. Pavlovic, UK; Professor S. Pellegrino, UK; Professor Y Petryna, Germany; Dr. J. Plesek, Czech Republic; Assoc Professor Ch. G. Provatidis, Greece; Dr E. Providas, Greece; Professor C.V. Ramakrishnan, India; Professor F. G. Rammerstorfer, Austria; Professor O. Rand, Israel; Professor M. Raoof, UK; Professor B.D. Reddy, South Africa; Professor J.N. Reddy, USA; Professor Z. Ren, Slovenia; Dr Y. Ribakov, Israel; Dr P.L. Ribeiro, Portugal; Dr. A. Riccio, Italy; Professor H. Rodrigues, Portugal; Professor R. Rolfes, Germany; Professor C.T.F. Ross, UK; Professor G. Rozvany, Hungary; Professor U. Rueppel, Germany; Dr. D. Rypl, Czech Republic; Professor E. Salajegheh, Iran; Professor A. Samartin, Spain; Professor C. Sansour, Australia; Professor L.M. Santos Castro, Portugal; Dr. E.J. Sapountzakis, Greece; Professor K. Schittkowski, Germany; Professor E. Schnack, Germany; Professor G. Schueller, Austria; Professor K. Schweizerhof, Germany; Professor J. Sejnoha, Czech Republic; Dr O. Shai, Israel; Professor S K Sharan, Canada; Dr M.H.B.M. Shariff, United Arab Emirates; Dr J. Sienz, UK; Dr R.C.C. Silva, Brazil; Professor L. M. C. Simoes, Portugal; Professor L. Simoni, Italy; Professor A.V. Singh, Canada; Dr. J. Sladek, Slovakia; Professor S.W. Sloan, Australia; Professor J.E. Souza de Cursi, France; Dr R. Spallino, Germany; Dr K.V. Spiliopoulos, Greece; Professor G.P. Steven, Australia; Professor B. Stok, Slovenia; Professor Y. Sugiyama, Japan; Professor C.A. Syrmakezis, Greece; Dr K. Tai, Singapore; Professor I. Takahashi, Japan; Professor I. Takewaki, Japan; Dr S. Tanaka, Japan; Professor T. Tarnai, Hungary; Dr Ing J. Tessmer, Germany; Professor G. Thierauf, Germany; Professor B.H.V. Topping, UK; Professor V.V. Toropov, England; Dr D. Tran, Australia; Dr. J. Trevelyan, UK; Dr G.J. Turvey, UK; Professor V. Tvergaard, Denmark; Professor S. Valliappan, Australia; Professor F. van Keulen, Netherlands; Professor R.Veldman, USA; Professor P. Venini, Italy; Professor J.R. Vinson, USA; Professor W. Wagner, Germany; Professor M. Walker, South Africa; Professor X. Wang, USA; Dr J.P. Wideberg, Spain; Professor M. Wiercigroch, UK; Professor K.S. Woo, Korea; Dr Q. Xiao, Wales; Dr R.Y. Xiao, UK; Professor M. Xie, Australia; Professor G. Yagawa, Japan; Professor Y.-B. Yang, Taiwan; Dr J.Q. Ye, UK; AND Professor A. Zingoni, South Africa.

Local Organising Commitee from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain: Dr. R. Berriel, Dr. F. Cabrera, Dr. J.M. Escobar, Dr. E. Flórez, Dr. M.D. García, Dr. L. González, Dr. V. Hernández, Dr. J. Rocha, Dr. E. Rodríguez, Dr. A. Suárez, J.M. González-Yuste, and M. Quintana.

Invited Lectures
A list of the invited plenary and special lectures is available from this page.
Conference Proceedings
The conference proceedings (camera ready format) which will be available on the first day of the conference will be published by Civil-Comp Press. A selection of 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.)
Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is The Canary Islands Convention Centre, Avenida Príncipe de Asturias, s/n, 35010 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

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 several hotels in and around Las Palmas. We would recommend any of the hotels on the famous Las Canteras beach so that in the mornings you could take a bus or taxi to the convention centre and in the evening you could gently stroll back to your hotel. At the time of the conference it will be low season in Gran Canaria. Special conference rates have been negotiated with some of these hotels. For hotel descriptions and a information about the special conference rates, please look at this page. You may also book your accommodation directly with your travel agent.