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CST2008
The Ninth International Conference
on Computational Structures Technology
Athens, Greece
2-5 September 2008
registration in progress
Introduction
This is the Ninth Conference in the Computational Structures Technology series that commenced in 1991. Previous venues for the conference have included: Budapest, Edinburgh, Prague, Leuven, Lisbon and Gran Canaria. 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 Sixth International Conference on Engineering Computational Technology. Participants may attend sessions from either conference.

Themes
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 - Structural Health Monitoring - Verification and Validatiion - Multi-scale Modelling - eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM) - Smart Materials and Structures - Functional Graded Materials - Computational Biomechanics - Structures under extreme loading (e.g. blast and fire).

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.

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 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.
  • Modeling and Simulation of Composite and Adaptive Structures,
    organised by Prof. C.M. Mota Soares, IDMEC/IST, Portugal (cmmsoares AT alfa.ist.utl.pt)
  • Multi-Scale Numerical Modeling of Engineering Structures,
    organised by Dr J.Q. Ye, University of Leeds, UK (j.ye AT leeds.ac.uk) and Dr Y. Sheng, University of Leeds, UK (Y.Sheng AT leeds.ac.uk)
  • Heurisic Methods in Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization,
    organised by Dr O.M. Querin, University of Leeds, UK (ozz AT mech-eng.leeds.ac.uk)
  • Numerical design of protective structures,
    organised by Prof. N. Gebbeken, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany (norbert.gebbeken AT unibw-muenchen.de)
  • Modelling of the composite beams,
    organised by Prof. J. Murin, Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia (justin.murin AT stuba.sk)
  • Mechanics of Composites, Functionally Graded and Piezoelectric Materials,
    organised by Prof. T. Kant, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India (tkant AT civil.iitb.ac.in)
  • Spectral and Wave Element Methods for Structural Response Prediction and Damage Detection,
    organised by Prof. J.R. Arruda, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP, Brazil, (arruda AT fem.unicamp.br)
  • Evolutionary and Non-Deterministic Methods in Structural Optimization,
    organised by Prof. M. Domaszewski, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, France (domaszewski AT utbm.fr)
  • Stochastic optimization methods in structural analysis and optimal design,
    organised by Prof. K. Marti, UniBw Muenchen, Germany (kurt.marti AT unibw.de) and Prof. G.I. Schuëller, Leopold-Franzens University, Innsbruck, Austria (mechanik AT uibk.ac.at)
  • Soft Computing and Structural Engineering,
    organised by Asst. Prof. Y. Tsompanakis, Technical University of Crete, Greece (jt AT science.tuc.gr) and Dr N. Lagaros, Nat. Technical University of Athens, Greece (nlagaros AT central.ntua.gr). More information on this special session.
  • CAD/CAM/CAE/CSCW/C-Control,
    organised by Prof. I. Hagiwara, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (hagiwara AT mech.titech.ac.jp)
  • Differential Quadrature, Generalized Methods and Related Discrete Element Analysis Methods,
    organised by Prof. Chang-New Chen, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (cchen AT mail.ncku.edu.tw)
  • Application of finite element methods for the analysis and design of steel and concrete structures,
    organised by Assoc. Prof. E.S. Mistakidis, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece (emistaki AT uth.gr)
  • Multiscale characterization and modeling of materials,
    organised by Prof. R. Lackner, Technical University of Munich, Germany (Roman.Lackner AT tuwien.ac.at)
  • Optimization of process and material parameters in material processing,
    organised by Prof. J.C. Gelin, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, France (jean-claude.gelin AT univ-fcomte.fr)
  • Structural Analysis and Optimization in Acoustics and Vibrations,
    organised by Prof. M. Matos Neves, IDMEC-IST, Lisbon, Portugal (maneves AT dem.ist.utl.pt)
  • Probabilistic Approaches and optimisation to Structural Mechanics,
    organised by Prof. A. Elhami, LMR, INSA Rouen, St Etienne du Rouvray, France (abdelkhalak.elhami AT insa-rouen.fr) and Prof. M. Karama, CMAO, M2SF, ENIT, Tarbes, France (moussa AT enit.fr)
  • Numerical modelling of foundations,
    organised by Dr J.W. Bull, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (john.bull AT ncl.ac.uk)
  • Damage Identification,
    organised by Prof. C.A. Papadopoulos, University of Patras, Greece (chris.papadopoulos AT upatras.gr)
  • Computational Tools for Earthquake and Structural Dynamics,
    organised by Prof. S.H. Lo, University of Hong Kong (hreclsh AT hkucc.hku.hk)
  • Nonlinear Dynamics,
    organised by Prof. M. Amabili, Universita di Parma, Italy (marco AT me.unipr.it)
Conference Editorial Board
The Conference Editors are Professor Barry H.V. Topping (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK and University of Pécs, Hungary) and Professor Manolis Papadrakakis (National Technical University of Athens, Greece).

The members of the editorial board for this conference include: Prof. H. Adeli, USA; Prof. S. Adhikari, UK; Prof. J.F. Aguilar Madeira, Portugal; Prof. M. Amabili, Italy; Prof. T. Aoki, Japan; Dr R. Ardito, Italy; Prof. A.J. Aref, USA; Prof. F. Armero, USA; Prof. J.R. Arruda, Brazil; Dr A.F. Ashour, UK; Prof. H. Askes, UK; Prof. N.O. Attoh-Okine, USA; Dr C.E. Augarde, UK; Prof. J. Awrejcewicz, Poland; Dr A. Bahreininejad, Iran; Prof. C.C. Baniotopoulos, Greece; Prof. A. Baratta, Italy; Prof. H.J.C. Barbosa, Brazil; Assoc. Prof. E. Barkanov, Latvia; Prof. R.C. Barros, Portugal; Prof. K.J. Bathe, USA; Prof. Z.P. Bazant, USA; Prof. A.A. Becker, UK; Prof. T Belytschko, USA; Prof. A. Benjeddou, France; Prof. N. Bicanic, UK; Prof. M.L. Bittencourt, Brazil; Prof. Z. Bittnar, Czech Republic; Dr J. Blachut, UK; Prof. D. Boffi, Italy; Prof. P. Boisse, France; Prof. M. Bonnet, France; Prof. F. Bontempi, Italy; Assoc. Prof. B. Boroomand, Iran; Prof. Ph. Bouillard, Belgium; Prof. M.A. Bradford, Australia; Dr M. Brunig, Germany; Dr. J.W. Bull, UK; Dr. C. Butenweg, Germany; Prof. F. Buyle-Bodin, France; Prof. D. Camotim, Portugal; Prof. E. Carrera, Italy; Prof. F. Casciati, Italy; Prof. G. Cederbaum, Israel; Prof. J.M.A. Cesar de Sa, Portugal; Prof. A.H.C. Chan, UK; Dr S. Chandra, India; Prof. C.-N. Chen, Taiwan; Prof. W.F. Chen, USA; Prof. G.D. Cheng, China; Prof. R.C. Cheng, USA; Prof. G. Chiandussi, Italy; Prof. C. Cinquini, Italy; Prof. H.B. Coda, Brazil; Prof. J.Y. Cognard, France; Prof. G.J. Creus, Brazil; Prof. M. Cuomo, Italy; Prof. V.D. da Silva, Portugal; Prof. S. De, USA; Prof. R. de Borst, Netherlands; Prof. J.A.T. de Freitas, Portugal; Prof. G. De Roeck, Belgium; Prof. G. de Saxce, France; Dr Z. Dimitrovová, Portugal Prof. I. Doltsinis, Germany; Prof. M. Domaszewski, France; Dr J. Dominguez, Spain; Prof. J. Duane, USA; Prof. L. Dunai, Hungary; Prof. J. Eberhardsteiner, Austria; Prof. A. El-Hami, France; Prof. A. Eriksson, Sweden; Dr D. Eyheramendy, France; Dr P. Fanning, Ireland; Prof. C.A. Felippa, USA; Prof. M. Fivel, France; Prof. D.M. Frangopol, USA; Prof. M.I. Friswell, UK; Prof. G. Gambolati, Italy; Prof. L. Gastaldi, Italy; Prof. V. Gattulli, Italy; Prof. Dr-Ing. N. Gebbeken, Germany; Prof. J.-C. Gelin, France; Prof. R.G. Ghanem, USA; Prof. R.I. Gilbert, Australia; Prof. D. Givoli, Israel; Prof. P. Gosling, UK; Prof. R.V. Grandhi, USA; Prof. D.E. Grierson, Canada; Prof. A.A. Groenwold, South Africa; Dr. Z.W. Guan, UK; Prof. R.M. Guedes, Portugal; Prof. I. Hagiwara, Japan; Prof. P. Hajela, USA; Prof. P. Hamelin, France; Prof. H.-J. Hardtke, Germany; Prof. R. Harte, Germany; Prof. G.R. Heppler, USA; Prof. G. Hofstetter, Austria; Prof. O.S. Hopperstad, Norway; Prof. T.J.R. Hughes, USA; Dr L. Iannucci, UK; Prof. A. Ibrahimbegovic, France; Prof. N. Inoue, Japan; Dr I. Iskhakov, Israel; Prof. A. Ivankovic, Ireland; Dr P. Ivanyi, Hungary; Prof. B.A. Izzuddin, UK; Prof. M. Jirasek, Czech Republic; Prof. M. Kaliske, Germany; Dr E.S. Kameshki, Bahrain; Dr M. Kaminski, Poland; Prof. T. Kant, India; Prof. J.D. Kaplunov, UK; Prof. D.L. Karabalis, Greece; Prof. M. Karama, France; Prof. J.T. Katsikadelis, Greece; Prof. A. Kaveh, Iran; Dr D. Kennedy, UK; Dr A.I. Khan, Australia; Prof. P.H. Kirkegaard, Denmark; Prof. U. Kirsch, Israel; Prof. M. Kleiber, Poland; Prof. L.Yu. Kossovich, Russia; Prof. M.D. Kotsovos, Greece; Prof. W.B. Kraetzig, Germany; Dr. J. Kruis, Czech Republic; Prof. H.G. Kwak, Korea; Dr A.S.K. Kwan, UK; Prof. Y.W. Kwon, USA; Prof. R. Lackner, Germany; Prof. P. Ladeveze, France; Dr N. Lagaros, Greece; Prof. K.L. Lawrence, USA; Prof. D. Le Houédec, France; Dr C.K. Lee, Singapore; Dr. C.J. Leo, Australia; Prof. A.Y.T. Leung, Hong Kong; Prof. R. Levy, Israel; Prof. R. Lewandowski, Poland; Prof. R.W. Lewis, UK; Prof. J. Y. Richard Liew, Singapore; Prof. K.M. Liew, Hong Kong; Prof. A. Liolios, Greece; Prof. S.H. Lo, Hong Kong; Prof. J. Logo, Hungary; Dr P.B. Lourenco, Portugal; Prof. J. Lu, USA; Prof. R. Mahnken, Germany; Prof. C.E. Majorana, Italy; Prof. H.A. Mang, Austria; Prof. Dr. K. Marti, Germany; Prof. M. Matos Neves, Portugal; Prof. K. Maute, USA; Prof. I.M. May, UK; Prof. F.M. Mazzolani, Italy; Dr C.T. Mc Carthy, Ireland; Prof. T.J. McCarthy, Australia; Prof. G. McClure, Canada; Dr G. Mejak, Slovenia; Prof. C. Meyer, USA; Dr G. Milani, Italy; Assoc. Prof. E.S. Mistakidis, Greece; Prof. A. Miyamoto, Japan; Prof. F. J. Montans, Spain; Prof. C.A. Mota Soares, Portugal; Prof. C. M. Mota Soares, Portugal; Prof. J. Murin, Slovakia; Prof. G. Muscolino, Italy; Prof. J.-P. Muzeau, France; Prof. C Navarro, Spain; Dr L.A.C. Neves, Portugal; Prof. L.F. Costa Neves, Portugal; Prof. G.P. Nikishkov, Japan; Prof. R. Ohayon, France; Prof. E. Onate, Spain; Prof. C.A. Papadopoulos, Greece; Prof. M. Papadrakakis, Greece; Prof. P.Y. Papalambros, USA; Dr B. Patzak, Czech Republic; Prof. M.N. Pavlovic, UK; Dr C. Pearce, UK; Prof. S. Pellegrino, UK; Prof. J. Petrolito, Australia; Prof. Y Petryna, Germany; Dr. J. Plesek, Czech Republic; Prof. M. Potier-Ferry, France; Assoc Prof. Ch. G. Provatidis, Greece; Prof. C.P. Providakis, Greece; Dr O.M. Querin, England; Prof. C.V. Ramakrishnan, India; Prof. F.G. Rammerstorfer, Austria; Prof. O. Rand, Israel; Prof. E. Rank, Germany; Prof. M. Raoof, UK; Prof. B.D. Reddy, South Africa; Dr Y. Ribakov, Israel; Dr P. Ribeiro, Portugal; Dr. A. Riccio, Italy; Prof. H. Rodrigues, Portugal; Prof. Dr. -Ing. habil R. Rolfes, Germany; Prof. C.T.F. Ross, UK; Prof. G. Rozvany, Hungary; Dr. D. Rypl, Czech Republic; Prof. E. Sacco, Italy; Prof. M. Saje, Slovenia; Prof. E. Salajegheh, Iran; Prof. L.M. Santos Castro, Portugal; Assoc. Prof. E.J. Sapountzakis, Greece; Prof. E. Schnack, Germany; Prof. B. Schrefler, Italy; Prof. G.I. Schuëller, Austria; Prof. K. Schweizerhof, Germany; Dr O. Shai, Israel; Prof. S.K. Sharan, Canada; Dr M.H.B.M. Shariff, UAE; Dr Y. Sheng, UK; Dr R.C. Silva, Brazil; Prof. L. Simoni, Italy; Prof. S.W. Sloan, Australia; Prof. J.D. Sorensen, Denmark; Prof. J.E. Souza de Cursi, France; Prof. E. Spacone, Italy; Dr R. Spallino, Germany; Prof. E. Stein, Germany; Prof. B. Stok, Slovenia; Prof. Y. Sugiyama, Japan; Dr C.C. Swan, USA; Prof. B.A. Szabo, USA; Prof. K.Y. Sze, Hong Kong; Dr K. Tai, Singapore; Prof. I. Takahashi, Japan; Prof. I. Takewaki, Japan; Prof. S. Tanaka, Japan; Prof. T. Tarnai, Hungary; Prof. J.W. Tedesco, USA; Dr A. Tessler, USA; Prof. G. Thierauf, Germany; Prof. R. Tinawi, Canada; Prof. B.H.V. Topping, UK; Prof. V.V. Toropov, UK; Dr. J. Trevelyan, UK; Prof. G Tsamasphyros, Greece; Asst. Prof. Y. Tsompanakis, Greece; Dr G.J. Turvey, UK; Prof. V. Tvergaard, Denmark; Prof. R.Veldman, USA; Prof. P. Venini, Italy; Prof. W. Wagner, Germany; Prof. X. Wang, USA; Prof. N.-E. Wiberg, Sweden; Prof. M. Wiercigroch, UK; Prof. K.S. Woo, Korea; Prof. W. Wunderlich, Germany; Dr J.R. Xiao, USA; Dr Q. Xiao, UK; Dr R.Y. Xiao, UK; Prof. Y.M. Xie, Australia; Prof. Y.-B. Yang, Taiwan; Dr J.Q. Ye, UK; and Prof. A. Zingoni, South Africa.

Invited Lectures
The opening keynote lecture will be given by Professor T.J.R. Hughes, University of Austin, Texas, USA. A list of further invited special lectures will be announced later.
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 will be made of the best papers presented at the conference, as chosen by the Conference Editors and members of the Editorial Board. The authors of these papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for publication in special issues of Computers & Structures and Advances in Engineering Software.

Conference Venue
The venue for the conference is the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, 89-93 Syngrou Avenue, Athens, 11745 Greece.

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

Accommodation
Accommodation is available at Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, Athens. 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. Athens is a very busy capital city. It is vital that you book your hotel room as soon as possible in 2008. You may also book your accommodation directly with your travel agent, in the conference hotel or any other hotel in Athens.