The 2nd International Conference on UHPC Materials and Structures
November 7-10, 2018, Fuzhou, China


Keynote Speakers



Keynote speaker: Prof. Caijun Shi

Affiliation: College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, China

Biographical Sketch:

Professor Caijun Shi received his B.Eng and M.Eng from Southeast University, Nanjing, China and Ph.D from the University of Calgary, Canada. He is currently vice president of Asia Concrete Federation,  Chair Professor in the College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Sustainable Cement-based Materials, Co-editor of Journal of Ceramics in Modern Technologies, Associate editor of Journal of Chinese Ceramic Society, editorial board member of Cement and Concrete Research,Cement and Concrete Composites, Construction and Building Materials, Journal of Structural Integrity and Maintenance,Materiales de Construccion, Journal of Building Materials,Materials Review, Journal of Chongqing Jiaotong University, and former associate editor of Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. Dr. Shi serves on many ACI and RILEM technical committees.

His research interests include characterization and utilization of industrial by-products and waste materials, design and testing of cement and concrete materials, development and evaluation of cement additives and concrete admixtures, and solid and hazardous waste management. He has developed several novel technologies and products, and has been granted four US patents and more than 15 Chinese patents. One of his inventions - self-sealing/self-healing barrier has been used as a municipal landfill liner in the world's largest landfill site in South Korea. He has authored/coauthored more than 310 technical papers, seven English books, three Chinese books and edited/co-edited eight international conference proceedings. Dr. Shi has been invited to give presentations on a variety of topics all over the world. In recognizing his contributions to researches in waste management and concrete technology, he was elected as a fellow of International Energy Foundation in 2001, a fellow of American Concrete Institute in 2007, and a Fellow of RILEM in 2016.





Keynote speaker: Prof. Bao-chun Chen

Affiliation: College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, China

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Chen received a B.Sc. in 1982 and a M.Sc. in 1986, from Fuzhou University, China, and received his Ph.D. in Kyushu University, Japan, in 2003. He had served as the dean of the college of civil engineering, Fuzhou University from 2004 to 2015.

He is currently serve as the leader of the Scientific and Technological Innovation Team in Universities and Colleges in Fujian province, the secretariat of the Permanent Scientific Committee of International Conference on Arch Bridges, the leader of ACF China Chapter, and the vice-chairman of the China Steel Construction Association for Steel-Concrete Composite Structures.

Prof. Chen has published 4 books, 1 book chapter (Chapter 8: Arch Bridges in “Bridge Engineering Handbook”), 6 conference proceedings, 2 standards, and over 200 journal and conference papers in the areas of concrete filled steel tubular arch bridges, jointless bridges, ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC), and composite structure.

On UHPC, he has received a key project from China National Natural Science Foundations, leads a team researching on the material and structure as well as engineering application, designs and researches on the first UHPC highway bridge and pedestrian bridge in China.




Keynote speaker: Dr. Byung-Suk Kim

Affiliation: Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT)

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Byung-Suk Kim is a Senior Research Fellow having the Core Role as a Chairman of North Korea-related Project Team and a Formerly Vice President in Korea Institute of Civil Engineering & Building Technology (KICT). He has been a Central Construction Deliberation Committee Member in Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT) since 2015. He has been a Vice President in Korean Institute of Bridge and Structural Engineers since 2014. He had served as a Chairman in Specification & Standards Subdivision, Korea Society of Civil Engineers in 2012-2014. In particular, Dr. Kim has considerably contributed to UHPC-related researches as a Head Researcher in (i) the “Bridge 200” project for development of long-life deck systems for bridges in 2002-2006; (ii) the research project of “SUPER Bridge 200”, which dealt with the application of UHPC to a cable stayed bridge in 2007-2012; and (iii) the big research project of “SUPER Structure 2020” dealing with the application of UHPC and HPC developed by KICT called as SUPER Concrete, to civil and building structures including bridges, wind turbine towers, pontoon structures and so on since 2013, which is funded by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korea. Dr. Kim holds BS, MS and PhD degrees from Seoul National University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Korea and is a Member of the Korea Society of Civil Engineers and the Korea Concrete Institute.




Keynote speaker: Prof. Eugen Brühwiler

Affiliation: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

Biographical Sketch:

Eugen Brühwiler is a Professor of structural engineering and Director of the Laboratory of Maintenance and Safety of existing Structures at the EPFL – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, since 1995. His teaching and research activities include modern methods of examination in structural engineering including structural and fatigue safety, monitoring and reliability of bridges and buildings as well as the use of Ultra-High Performance Fiber Reinforced Cementitious Composites (UHPFRC) for the rehabilitation and strengthening of structures.




Keynote speaker: Prof. Zhi Fang

Affiliation: College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, China

Biographical Sketch:

Prof. Zhi Fang, is a professor of bridge and structural engineering in college of civil engineering of Hunan University at Changsha, Hunan. He obtained his Ph.D also in the university in 1990. His research interests include the design principles for the engineering structures based on advanced materials such as FRP and UHPC. He was the chief engineer for the design and construction support of the first precast UHPC road bridge in China and the largest tonnage (4800kN) high performance ground anchor in the world with CFRP bolt and UHPC grout in Aizhai suspension bridge of Hunan.




Keynote speaker: Dr. François Toutlemonde

Affiliation: Materials & Structures Department, IFSTTAR, France

Biographical Sketch:

As a researcher with the French Public Works Research Institute for 28 years in charge of applied research programs dedicated to structural applications of new types of concrete, I have been involved in R&D associated to UHPFRC since 1995, including supervision of 7 PhD Theses, partnerships with industry and in national R&D consortia on UHPFRC.

I have been a member of TCs for UHPFRC Recommendations / Standards since 1999 including AFGC, ACI TC 239, fib, and French Standards committees to elaborate NF P 18-470, NF P 18-710 and NF P 18-451 standards.

I have been chair of the Scientific committees of UHPFRC 2009, 2013 and 2017 (international symposiums organized in France).

Together with Jacques Resplendino I have been granted the Prize “Trophée Freyssinet” in 2018 for our contribution to the development of UHPFRC.




Keynote speaker: Prof. Kamal H. Khayat

Affiliation: Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Biographical Sketch:

Kamal H. Khayat is the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, MO where he has been since August 2011. He was Professor of Civil Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec between 1990 and 2011. Dr. Khayat is also guest professor at the College of Civil Engineering at Hunan University and the China Building Materials Academy. He serves as director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies at Missouri S&T and director of the Tier-1 University Transportation Center for Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 ACI Wason Medal for the Most Meritorious paper published by ACI, the ACI Foundation Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award in 2017, the ACI Arthur R. Anderson Medal in 2015, the G.H. Tattersall Award in 2014, and the ACI/CANMET Award in 2006. He is Fellow of ACI and RILEM.

His research interests include rheology of cement-based materials and the design of advanced cement-based materials in construction, including self-consolidating concrete, high-performance, underwater concrete, fiber-reinforced concrete, ultra high performance concrete, and grouts. Dr. Khayat has conducted pioneer work in the field of rheology and self-consolidating concrete and has authored and co-authored over 425 technical papers. 

Khayat earned a BS in civil engineering in 1982, MEng in construction engineering and management in 1984, MS in structural engineering in 1985, and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1989 from the University of California, Berkeley.




Keynote speaker: Dr. Liberato Ferrara

Affiliation: Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Biographical Sketch:

Liberato Ferrara is associate professor of Structural Analysis and Design and holds the Italian National qualification to full professor. He has been Fulbright visiting scholar at the Center for Advanced Cement Based Materials, Northwestern University, IL, USA and is visiting professor at Beijing Jiaotong University and Chongqing University (PRC).

He is currently coordinator of H2020 4 years project  ReSHEALience (H2020 GA 760824): Rethinking coastal defence and green energy service infrastructures through enhanced durability high-performance fiber reinforced cement based materials, gathering 14 partners from 8 different counties. He has also been responsible of the PoliMi research group in two EU-FP7 projects and has coordinated bilateral scientific cooperation projects between Italy and South Korea, India (IITMadras), Israel (BGU) and Germany (TUD). He is involved in technology transfer, through collaborations with industrial partners and has served as consultant for public bodies and private engineering and construction companies.

He is chair of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) TC 544-Fiber Reinforced Concrete and co-chair of fib (Federation Internationale du beton) Task Group 4.3-Design with highly flowable concretes and member of several ACI and RILEM TC on advanced cement based materials properties and applications.

He has served in international scientific conference committees, as editorial consultant for Springer and reviewer for international journals and for different research foundations worldwide. Author of about 50 peer-reviewed journal papers, 3 book chapters and more than 200 conference papers and co-editor of 1 book on sustainable cement based materials (Springer, June 2017), he has given seminar talks in about 40 universities worldwide and has served in more than 10 PhD defence committees in Italy and abroad.




Keynote speaker: Dr. Nemkumar (Nemy) Banthia

Affiliation: The University of British Columbia, Canada

Biographical Sketch:

Nemkumar (Nemy) Banthia obtained his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1987. He was inducted as a Distinguished University Scholar at UBC in 2003 and was appointed as a Senior Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Sustainability in 2006.

One of the most cited in the field of concrete materials and structures, for the past twenty-five years Dr. Banthia has worked tirelessly to understand the performance of concrete structures under various conditions of loading and environment, developed numerous advanced ultra-high performance concrete materials with fiber reinforcement, devised innovative methods of laboratory and field testing and developed novel sensors for structural health monitoring. Dr. Banthia holds 5 patents, has published over 400 refereed papers and edited 20 volumes. He serves on Editorial Boards of eight international journals and is the Editor-in-Chief of the J. of Cement and Concrete Composites—a journal with the highest Impact Factor in the field. His awards include Wason Medal of American Concrete Institute, Solutions Through Research Award of the BC Innovation Council, Wolfson Merit Award of the Royal Society of the UK, Killam Research Prize from the Killam Foundation, Horst Leipholz Medal of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Mufti Medal of Excellence of the International Society for Health Monitoring of Infrastructure (ISHMII) and the Leadership in Science and Technology Award of the Drishti Foundation.  He is the fellow of the American Concrete Institute, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Indian Concrete Institute, Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada.

Recently, Dr. Banthia was invited by Prime Minister of Canada to lead the Canada-India Research Center of Excellence (IC-IMPACTS) as its Scientific Director and CEO. Supported by both Indian and Canadian Governments, the $60 million Center is involved in applied research with India in Water, Infrastructure and Public Health and is dedicated to bringing advanced technologies to communities in Canada and India. Its long-lasting impact has already been felt through its numerous demonstrations projects in Indian and Canadian communities. Dr. Banthia’s work in India was recently awarded the Global CSR Medal of Leadership and Excellence, and the Darpanmedia award for Extraordinary Contributions to Research and Development.



Keynote speaker: Prof. Surendra P. Shah

Affiliation: Northwestern University, USA

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Surendra Shah is a Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil Engineering at Northwestern University (emeritus). He was the founding director of the pioneering National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials. His current research interests include fracture, fiber reinforced composites, non-destructive evaluation, transport properties, processing, rheology, nanotechnology and use of solid waste materials. He has co-authored three books, Fiber Reinforced Cement Based Composites (McGraw-Hill, 1992), High Performance Concrete and Applications (Edward Arnold, 1994), and Fracture Mechanics of Concrete (Wiley, 1995), and published more than 500 journal articles. He is past editor-in-chief of RILEM's journal- “Materials and Structures”.

Dr. Shah is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Indian Academy of Engineering. He is the only civil engineer who is a member of these three academies. In addition, he was taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and served as a visiting professor at MIT, University of Sidney, Denmark Technical University, University of Singapore, Darmstadt Technical University and LCPC Paris. He has been an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and L'Aquilla University in Italy, guest professor at Denmark Technical University and Delft University of Technology and honorary academician at Dalian Maritime University.

He has received many awards including the Swedish Concrete Award, ACI Anderson Award, RILEM Gold Medal, ASTM Thompson Award, ASCE Charles Pankow Award, and Engineering News Record News Maker Award, etc. He was named one the Most Influential People in the industry by Concrete Construction Magazine. He spent time as an honorary professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay through a Fulbright grant, and at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a visiting member of the Institute of Advanced Studies. He was awarded honorary memberships in the American Concrete Institute and RILEM, a construction association based in France.




Keynote speaker: Mr. V.H.(Vic) Perry

Affiliation: V.iConsult Inc., Canada

Biographical Sketch:

V.H.(Vic) Perry, FEC, FCSCE, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering with Distinction in 1978 and his Master of Applied Science in Structural Engineering in 1984 from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Mr. Perry also completed Executive Management Programs and Graduate Studies at the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and Duke University. Over the past 30 years Mr. Perry has gained experience in Industry, Business, Consulting Engineering and Trade Association Affairs through various positions in George Brandy’s & Associates, the Portland Cement Association, Vaughan Engineering and Lafarge throughout Canada, the USA and Europe. Mr. Perry is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Canada and the Engineering Institute of Canada. Mr. Perry is a Past-President of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, has been a member of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Advanced Material Council, is currently a voting member of ACI Committee 239 – UHPC, Chair of ACI 239C – Structural Design of UHPC, a voting member of ASTM C01 and C04, Chair of ASTM Task Group on UHPC, Member of Canadian Standards Association(CSA) S6 Annex on FRC/UHPC for Bridges, Chair of CSA A23.1 Annex U Materials & Methods on UHPC, a member of the University of Calgary’s Civil Engineering Industry Advisory Board and Past-President of APEGA’s Education Foundation Board. From 1997 to 2014, Mr. Perry was involved in the development of Ductal®/UHPC, initially as Director Marketing – Ductal® for the Lafarge Group located in Paris France, then 12 years as Vice-President & General Manager Ductal® Lafarge North America, located in Calgary, AB, Canada. Since 2014 as President, of V.iConsult Inc., a consulting company assisting clients with Business Development.



Keynote speaker: Dr. Yen Lei VOO

Affiliation: V.iConsult Inc.

Biographical Sketch:

Yen Lei VOO, the managing director and founder of Dura Technology Sdn. Bhd. In 1997, he was offered a place in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia where he gained his Bachelor in Engineering (Civil) with First Class Honors in 2000. Upon graduating, he was being immediately offered a full scholarship by the same university for his noteworthy achievements to complete his PhD. in Civil Engineering. He then stayed on in UNSW for another three years to complete his PhD. This is when he was introduced to Ultra-High-Performance Fiber Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC), a cutting-edge concrete formula that embraces the quality of both concrete and steel, which make it so durable, flexible and sustainable.

He founded Dura Technology Sdn. Bhd. based on his interest and knowledge in UHPFRC and his passion to create a more sustainable and environment friendly development. He saw the shortcomings of the existing bridge construction systems and is convinced UHPFRC can fill in the gaps. Dura Technology Sdn. Bhd. was built and operates under his supervision since 2006. Dr Voo reformulated UHPFRC according to the local context and needs and branding it for commercialization. During this 16-year course, he often travels to educate related industries and governmental sectors about UHPFRC. He has also patented his UHPFRC and had come out with bridge designs ideally for UHPFRC and to encounter specific construction glitch. To-date Dura Company has supplied or constructed 100 over UHPFRC bridges in Malaysia. To-date, Dura Company has also transferred the technology to China, India and Canada.

Voo Y. L. is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Being an avid believer in academic, he believes a good and strong foundation in education will bring the people and a nation to a greater level of achievements. With four Malaysia Book of Records in hand, he is aiming for more marvels to be erected in the ground of Malaysia. Recently he also granted the 2016 PCI Design Award Winner: Best International Transportation Structure on Construction of the 100m Single Span Batu 6 UHPFRC Bridge from the USA Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institution; and the 2017 Best Project Award- Infrastructure Projects (Small Category) from the Malaysia Construction Industry Excellent Award 2017.