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ALERT Special Lecture 2016

Prof. Takashi Matsushima is Professor at the Division of Engineering Mechanics and Systems at the University of Tsukuba. He received the Doctor of Engineering in 1997 from the University of Tokyo. He is chair or vice-chair of several committees of the Japanese Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE), the Japanese Geotechnical Society (JGS) and a member of the granular mechanics committee of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), ASCE.
The main research fields of Prof. Matsushima are Granular Physics, Geotechnical and earthquake engineering and earth and planetary science.
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ALERT Special Lecture 2015

Prof Hans Bernd Mühlhaus, University of Queensland, Australia has the Chair of Computational Earth Systems Mechanics at ESSCC and is the Director of Research for ESSCC. He received Dr. Ing. in 1980 and Higher Doctorate (Habilitation) in Geomechanics in 1987 from Universitat Karlsruhe. Prof Mühlhaus is internationally renowned for his contributions to the theory and application of generalised continua. Such theories provide a unified framework for the analytical and computational modelling of heterogeneous natural and engineered materials on all scales.
The main current focus of Professor Mühlhaus and his team is the application of continuum concepts (generalised or other) as well as molecular dynamics-style discrete techniques to the simulation of complex systems in general including natural and industrial processes such as plate tectonics, the non-linear systems aspects of ore body genesis, non-linear dynamical simulation of mining robots, involving millions of discrete particles, in-situ leaching technologies and the nonlinear dynamics of the Australian plate.
Over the last 5 years, Professor Mühlhaus has worked on nuclear power plants, tunnel stability, granular flow, block caving to non-mechanical mining methods such as in-situ leaching. During this time he also published 24 Journal papers and 32 refereed book chapters and conference volumes.
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ALERT Special Lecture 2014

Prof Itai Einav obtained the PhD in Civil Engineering in 2002 from the Technion ­ Israel Institute of Technology. He then moved to University of Western Australia where he received an APD Research Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. In 2005 he joined the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, where he became Full Professor and the Director of Sydney Centre in Geomechanics and Mining Materials in 2012. Einav also holds an Honorary Professorship from University College London since 2012. He received many international awards including in 2008 the Shamsher Prakash Research Award and in 2014 the George Stephenson Medal from the ICE, UK. Einav is an Editor of Granular Matter, a member of the Editorial Board of Géotechnique, has been a member of the inaugural Editorial Board of Géotechnique Letters, and is a chair-nominated member of the Technical Committees TC105 Geomechanics of ISSMGE.
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ALERT Special Lecture 2013

Ronaldo Borja works in theoretical and computational solid mechanics, geomechanics, and geosciences. At Stanford University, he teaches an undergraduate course in geotechnical engineering, a graduate course in mechanics and the finite element method, and two doctoral level courses in computational plasticity and computational poromechanics. His research includes the development of multi-scale discontinuity framework for crack and fracture propagation utilizing the strong discontinuity and extended finite element methods; solution techniques for multi-physical processes such as coupled solid deformation-fluid diffusion in saturated and unsaturated porous media; stabilized finite element methods for solid/fluid interaction and nonlinear contact mechanics; and nanometer-scale characterization of the inelastic deformation and fracture properties of shales. Ronaldo Borja is the author of a textbook entitled Plasticity Modeling and Computation published by Springer. He serves as co-editor of two leading journals in his field, the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics and Acta Geotechnica, and as co-editor of a book series, the Springer Series in Geomechanics and Geoengineering.
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ALERT Special Lecture 2012

J. Carlos Santamarina is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, where he holds the Goizueta Foundation Faculty Chair. Dr. Santamarina graduated from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (Ingeniero Civil), and completed graduate studies at the University of Maryland (MSc) and Purdue University (PhD). He taught at NYU-Polytechnic University and at the University of Waterloo (Canada). Two books and more than 200 publications authored by Dr. Santamarina summarize salient concepts and research results. His former doctoral students are faculty members, researchers or practicing engineers at leading universities and organizations worldwide. Dr. Santamarina is a frequent keynote speaker at international events; a member of both Argentinean National Academies (Sciences and Engineering); and a member of the standing Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering at the USA National Academies. He is a recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the ASTM Hogentogler Award.
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ALERT Special Lecture 2011

Prof. Tomasz A. Hueckel obtained his PhD degree in Applied Mechanics from the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. Also he obtained a D.Sc. from the University in Grenoble, France, 1985.
Since 1987 he is professor at Duke University. He spent various periods of time as a visiting professor at Ecole Polytechnique, Paris-Palaiseau, Ecole Nationale Polytechnique de Grenoble, University of Liege, Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, University of Athens, Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL), University of Minnesota, University of Montpellier-2. In 2008 he received the John Booker Medal from IACMAG for distinguished contributions to geomechanics “for pioneering work in the area of Environmental Geomechanics, in particular for his seminal papers on thermo-plasticity of geomaterials and on chemo-mechanical coupling”.
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ALERT Special Lecture 2010

Dr. A.P.S. Selvadurai obtained his PhD degree in Theoretical Mechanics from the University of Nottingham for research in the area of “Non-linear Elasticity”. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1975 as Assistant Professor, became Professor in 1981 and Head of the Department from 1982 to 1991. In 1993, he was invited by McGill University to become Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics, a position he held till 1997. He is currently William Scott Professor and James McGill Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics.
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ALERT Special Lecture 2009

Dr. Lacasse obtained her Ph.D. in 1976. She was Lecturer at Ecole Polytechnique of Montréal (1973-1975), and at MIT (1975-1982). She was also Head of the Geotechnical Laboratory at MIT.
Dr. Lacasse became a permanent employee of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) in 1980, where she combined her position at NGI with visiting lectureship at MIT. She became NGI’s Managing Director in 1991 after 10 years as a Senior Engineer for NGI. She holds a number of positions on the Board of private companies and research organisations in Norway and abroad.

ALERT Special Lecture 2008

Dr. Cundall performed his doctoral work at Imperial College, London, where he originated the Distinct Element Method for modeling jointed rock and granular material. In addition to being an independent consultant for several years, he worked for Dames and Moore for five years, was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota for seven years, and is now Principal at Itasca Consulting Group in Minneapolis and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota. Find the lecture video here

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