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International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC)

Churchill College, Cambridge: 8 - 10 July 2019

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Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers


Dr Yozo Fujino was Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo from 1990 to 2014 and now Distinguished Professor of Institute of Advanced Sciences, Yokohama National University. His area of expertise comprises dynamics, control and monitoring of bridges and structures, earthquake- and wind-effects on structures. He is also interested in cable-supported long span bridges. He was appointed to be a policy adviser in the Council of Science and Technology, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan in 2014 and is in charge of a 5-year (2014-2019) large research project (approx. 150 M$US) “Infrastructure maintenance, renovation and management”.


Keith Bowers

Dr Keith Bowers is Head of Profession for the Civil Engineering and Built Environment disciplines in Transport for London’s Engineering Directorate. He has technical accountability and authority for these disciplines and the associated assets across many of London’s transport networks. He leads a team of Civil and Structural Engineers, Architects, Building Surveyors, Project Engineers, Construction Engineering specialists and Inspectors of Works who work across highway, metro, heavy rail, light rail, tram and river systems.

Prior to his current role Dr Bowers was employed by TfL as London Underground’s Head of Tunnels. He was involved in the successful delivery of LU’s large and complex capital programme of urban railway tunnelling projects as well as other schemes including the Elizabeth Line, Crossrail 2 and Silvertown Tunnel. He has promoted technological development and more efficient construction through active risk management and the controlled adoption of a range of new technologies. Outside London he has supported work on the Washington DC Metro and is a member of the Cambridge University Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC) steering group.

Before joining TfL Dr Bowers held posts in government and industry. These included as Principal Tunnel Engineer on Section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now High Speed 1), as Tunnel Design Manager for the King’s Cross Underground Station upgrade and as a team leader working on highway and rail infrastructure at the Transport Research Laboratory. He has undertaken consultancy work, including as an expert witness, and has particular interests in tunnelling and technologies for monitoring underground works.


Jerome Lynch

Dr Jerome Lynch is the Donald Malloure Department Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan; he is also Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 2016, Dr Lynch was appointed the Director of the University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory, a research institute that works closely with city stakeholders to prototype solutions to urban challenges using smart city technologies.  Prior to the University of Michigan, Dr Lynch completed his graduate studies at Stanford University where he received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2002, M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1998, and M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2003. Dr Lynch also received his B.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Cooper Union in New York City.  His current research interests are in the areas of wireless cyber-physical systems, cyberinfrastructure tools for management of sensor datasets, computer vision methods for assessing societal resiliency, and advance sensors for damage detection and structural health monitoring.  Dr Lynch has been awarded the 2005 ONR Young Investigator Award, 2009 NSF CAREER Award, 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2012 ASCE EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award and 2014 ASCE Huber Award.

Enhancing Urban Resiliency through Smart City Technologies: Experiences in Prototyping Solutions with Cities

The increasing number of sensing and information technologies being integrated with our built environment is a core attribute of smart cities. Fundamentally, smart city solutions are cyber-physical systems (CPS) with monitoring and control features that aim to enhance the performance and resiliency of our urban systems. These technologies provide an ever-expanding set of solutions that can be used to address many of the grand challenges we now face globally including climate change and rapid urbanization. At the same time, smart city solutions have a number of challenges including unproven cost-benefit ratios, unequal access to benefits, and privacy concerns. To advance smart city solutions, the University of Michigan Urban Collaboratory works closely with partner cities to define stakeholder challenges and to form multidisciplinary research teams that explore and prototype novel smart city solutions. This presentation will highlight the presenter’s experiences in advancing smart city solutions in a number of partner cities. First, a CPS framework for the asset management of bridges managed by the Michigan Department of Transportation will be introduced. Computer vision for traffic tracking is combined with bridge monitoring systems to quantitatively assess structural health. Second, self-sufficient sensor nodes that communicate data to the cloud using cellular and LoRa networks are introduced. The presentation highlights how communities can collect their own urban sensing data using these powerful platforms. Finally, the presentation concludes with recent work exploring the use of camera technologies to measure the use and benefits of public spaces within cities. This effort works closely with park managers to assess the usage patterns of park patrons to informed decision making centered on how to optimally allocate resources in the upkeep of parks.

ICSIC 2019


The 2019 International Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction (ICSIC) will bring together world-leading academics and practitioners from the fields of infrastructure planning, asset management and sensing. The unique combination of fields and disciplines focusing on the power of smarter information will provide opportunities to confront persistent barriers and develop novel, proactive solutions.


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ICSIC 2019 is organised by the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction

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