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Carmine Galasso | PhD
  • Professor (Full) of Catastrophe Risk Engineering, Postgraduate Team Leader & Affiliate/Study Abroad Tutor @ UCL

  • Associate Professor of Structural Engineering @ IUSS Pavia

​​University College London (UCL) | Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering | Chadwick Building GM14 | Gower St | WC1E 6BT London | UK

Scuola Universitaria Superiore (IUSS) Pavia | Centro di Formazione e Ricerca per la Mitigazione del Rischio Sismico (ROSE) | Palazzo del Broletto | Piazza della Vittoria 15 | 27100 Pavia | Italy

Email: c.galasso@ucl.ac.uk | carmine.galasso@iusspavia.it

Welcome to the website for Carmine Galasso's research group!

 

I am a Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering in the University College London (UCL)'s Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering (CEGE), UK, and a part-time Associate Professor of Structural Engineering at the Scuola Universitaria Superiore (IUSS) Pavia, Italy, in the Centro di Formazione e Ricerca per la Mitigazione del Rischio Sismico (ROSE). Before joining UCL, I worked as a Catastrophe Risk Modeler at Applied Insurance Research (AIR) Worldwide, San Francisco, USA, and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Performance-based Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, at the University of California, Irvine, USA. I earned my PhD in Earthquake Risk at the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy, in January 2011.

My research focuses on developing and applying probabilistic and statistical methods and tools for catastrophe risk modeling and disaster risk reduction. I investigate risks to building portfolios and infrastructure exposed to multiple natural hazards, including earthquakes, strong wind, and flooding, with particular emphasis on community infrastructure (schools, hospitals, heritage assets) in developing countries.

I co-lead the DE|RISC Lab: Disaster Engineering  for  ResIlient SoCieties Laboratory at UCL with Dr Gemma Cremen and Dr Roberto Gentile, working at the intersection of civil engineering and other disciplines to facilitate multi-hazard risk- and resilience-informed decision-making for a better tomorrow’s world. Our ultimate goal is to provide society with a sustainable, safer, and more resilient built environment.

​​Our research is funded by the UK Research and Innovation and its Research Councils, the European Commission, the British Council, the Chinese International Centre for Collaborative Research on Disaster Risk Reduction (ICCR-DRR), the China Scholarship Council (CSC), the (Mexican) Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT), the World Bank and its  Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Motorola Solution Foundation, and the Willis Research Network, among others.

 

​We strive to create a lab that welcomes, supports, values, and includes people of diverse backgrounds, experiences & perspectives!

DE|RISC Lab Vision
DE|RISC Lab Vision

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DE|RISC Lab Research topics

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David Wilkie, CERRA Student Award, Seoul, South Korea, May 2019
David Wilkie, CERRA Student Award, Seoul, South Korea, May 2019

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WHAT'S NEW
  • November 18, 2022: Many congratulations to Andrea Franchini for being awarded the SiF2022 Student Grant to attend the 12th International Conference on Structures in Fire (SiF 2022) at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong, on November 30 – December 2, 2022, and present our work on 'A Maximum Allowable Consequence Approach to Fire Safety Design of Bridges' (by A. Franchini, C. Galasso, and J. Torero). On November 16, 2022, Andrea also received the prize for the Best PhD student presentation at the UCL Dept of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering Research Festival 2022 for his work on the fire-safety design of bridges. Well done, Andrea!
     

  • November 5, 2022: Our research lab co-directors (Gemma Cremen, Carmine Galasso, and Roberto Gentile) and several members (Leandro Iannacone, Fabrizio Nocera, Chenbo Wang and Karim Aljawhari) attended the Tomorrow’s Cities global meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, on October 31 – November 4, 2022. During the event, we discussed the latest progress and how the project’s innovative approach to multi-hazard risk-based pro-poor urban planning and design can be taken up in new cities. We also visited the traditional Newari village of Khokana and the Bhaktapur site. Our lab is leading several work packages and research activities within the project as well as contributing to its overall management.
     

  • November 1, 2022: Abbie Liel (University of Colorado Boulder, USA) and Seth Guikema (University of Michigan, USA) are visiting our research lab this month as part of their sabbatical in Europe. Abbie will stay with us until Christmas and will give a number of talks on her work at UCL, University of Bristol, ARUP London, IUSS Pavia, and Università degli Studi G.D'Annunzio Chieti Pescara.
     

  • October 10, 2022: Carmine Galasso attended and gave two presentations at the kickoff meeting of the 'Multi-hazard and Resilient-informed system for Enhanced Local and Regional Disaster risk management' (MEDiate) project in Oslo, Norway. MEDiate is a €5M Horizon Europe project funded by the European Commission and involving 18 interdisciplinary partner institutions from seven countries. The project will develop a decision-support system for disaster risk management by considering multiple interacting natural hazards and cascading impacts using a novel resilient-informed, service-oriented and people-centred approach that accounts for forecasted modifications in hazard, vulnerability and exposure. Carmine Galasso and Gemma Cremen will co-lead MEDiate WP3 ‘Integrating dynamic multi-hazard vulnerability and resilience into formal people-centred and forward-looking risk assessments', supported by Catalina González Dueñas.
     

  • September 17, 2022: Many congratulations to Salvatore Iacoletti for receiving the Student Best Paper Award from the International Association for Structural Safety and Reliability (IASSAR) for the paper 'Validating the medium-term performance of epidemic-type aftershock sequence models for application to seismic hazard assessments' (by S. Iacoletti, G. Cremen, C. Galasso), presented at the 13th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR 2021-22), Shanghai, China, on September 13-17, 2022. Salvatore received an award certificate and a cash prize during an online ceremonial event at the conference. Well done, Salvatore!
     

  • September 17, 2022: Several members of the research group attended and presented their research 1) online at the 13th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability (ICOSSAR 2021-22), hosted by Tongji University, Shanghai, China, on September 13-17, 2022; 2) in person at the XIX Convegno Nazionale Associazione Nazionale Italiana di Ingegneria Sismica (ANIDIS) – L'Ingegneria Sismica in Italia, Torino, Italy, September 11-15, 2022.  Details associated with those presentations are available on the Research Outputs > Conference Proceedings/Abstracts page.
     

  • July 15, 2022: Carmine Galasso, Serena Cattari and Silvia de Angeli (Universitá degli Studi di Genova, Italy), and Xavier Romão (Universidade do Porto, Portugal), are organizing the Mini-symposium ‘Multi-hazard risk management of the built environment: recent advances and open challenges’ at the 9th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (COMPDYN 2023), to be held on June 14-16 2023, in Athens, Greece. Contributions are welcome by November 25, 2022!
     

  • July 14, 2022: Carmine Galasso and Gemma Cremen gave an invited talk on ‘Earthquake Early Warning in Europe' at the ‘Seismic Moment: From rupture to recovery’ international symposium in Aveiro, Portugal.
     

  • July 1, 2022: Several members of the research group attended and presented their research at the 12th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (12NCEE), hosted by the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on June 27-July 1, 2022. Details associated with those presentations are available on the Research Outputs > Conference Proceedings/Abstracts page.
     

  • July 1, 2022: An international team of researchers launched a new journal, Seismica, supporting free global access to cutting-edge seismological and earthquake science and engineering research. Carmine Galasso is Seismica’s Executive Editor for Operations and part of the journal’s management committee. He has led a task force aiming to develop the new journal’s editorial policies to publish rigorous peer-reviewed research that impacts the global community through accessible, transparent, respectful, credible, and progressive policies.
     

  • June 25, 2022: Many congratulations to Andrea Franchini for being awarded a Student Research Grant by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) for the project ‘A Novel Risk-Based Fire Design Method for Sustainable Structures.’ This project is focused on developing an extension to the Maximum Allowable Damage approach to fire safety performance assessment using machine learning techniques and on implementing the approach into safe and sustainable structural optimization of bridge structures. Well done, Andrea!

RESEARCH AREAS

Catastrophe Risk Modeling for Natural Hazards

Performance-based Multi-Hazard Engineering

Earthquake-induced Ground-motion Modeling

Uncertainty Modeling and Structural Reliability

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