NEWS ARCHIVE
  • June 23, 2022: Happy International Women in Engineering Day 2022 (#inwed2022)! In celebration of #inwed2022, Carmine Galasso was asked by Nature Communications Engineering to write a short tribute to a female engineering researcher who has inspired him along his academic research path. Inspiration came from intellectual creativity, insight, and passion for their research field, as well as mentorship and support during an early career stage.
     

  • June 1, 2022: The Willis Towers Watson (WTW) Research Network has published its annual report with key updates across several climate, wind, flood, earthquake, people, and technology projects feeding a better understanding of risk. An 'Integrated end-to-end approach to time-dependent earthquake risk assessment' by Salvatore Iacoletti, Gemma Cremen, and Carmine Galasso is featured in this year's WTW Research Network review (page 46).
     

  • May 28, 2022: Carmine Galasso, Gemma Cremen, and Tayo Opabola attended the 7th session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022) in Bali, Indonesia, organized and convened by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and co-chaired by the Government of Indonesia on May 23-28, 2022. The Tomorrow's Cities project was part of the action throughout GP2022, participating in events and discussions and hosting an official side event and an interactive online platform. Watch here our new video about the project!
     

  • May 27, 2022: Several members of the research group attended the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2022 (EGU22) in Vienna, Austria & Online, on May 23–27, 2022, contributing to it with the presentations across multiple sessions. Details associated with those presentations are available on the Research Outputs > Conference Proceedings/Abstracts page.
     

  • May 24, 2022: Carmine Galasso and Gemma Cremen presented a poster on ‘Towards next-generation impact-based earthquake early warning’ co-authored with Elisa Zuccolo and Francesca Bozzoni (Eucentre, Italy) at The Third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-III) in Bali, Indonesia, organized by the International Network for Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN-MHEWS) on May 23-24, 2022.
     

  • April 1, 2022: Many congratulations to Eyitayo (Tayo) Opabola for being awarded a very competitive and prestigious £200k Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Postdoctoral Fellowship 2022 from the European Commission to work on ‘Multi-hazard Vulnerability Assessment of Structures for Resilience Enhancement’ at UCL.
     

  • March 31, 2022: Many congratulations to Nicole Paul and Chenbo Wang for being awarded two highly competitive UCL Overseas Research Scholarships for their PhD studies at UCL!
     

  • March 20, 2022: Carmine Galasso, Aldo Zollo (Universitá degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy), John Clinton (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), and Alberto Michelini (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, INGV, Italy) are organizing the session 'S09 - From earthquake early warning to rapid response: integrating state-of-the-art from real-time seismology and earthquake engineering' at the Third European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (3ECEES) to be held on September 4-9, 2022, in Bucharest, Romania. Contributions are welcome by March 30, 2022!
     

  • March 10, 2022: The paper 'Investigating the potential effectiveness of earthquake early warning across Europe' by Gemma Cremen, Carmine Galasso, and Elisa Zuccolo (Centro Europeo di Formazione e Ricerca in Ingegneria Sismica, EUCENTRE, Italy), has been featured on the Editors' Highlights page of Nature Communications, Section 'Earth Science'. The Editors' Highlights pages aim to showcase the 50 best papers recently published in an area. The UCL press release on the paper can be found here.
     

  • March 4, 2022: Carmine Galasso participated as a panelist at the webinar' Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction in the East African Rift: Challenges, Methods, and Policies' at the University of Bristol, UK.
     

  • March 1, 2022: The seventh session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2022) is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) from May 23 to 28, 2022, in Bali, Indonesia, hosted by the Government of Indonesia. Our applications for a GP2022 Innovation Platform booth and a GP2022 side event were both successful! The Tomorrow's Cities Decision Support Environment will be showcased in an online booth. We will also host a panel on "Breaking the systemic risk impasse with urban multi-hazard risk policy transitions" with a number of stakeholders aiming at a global conversation with a global audience on strengthening disaster risk governance to address systemic risk in Tomorrow's Cities. Stay tuned for more updates, and see you online and in Bali in May 2022!
     

  • 24-25 March, 2022: Carmine Galasso participated as a member of the External Scientific Advisory Committee at the RISCOday'2022 organized by the Research Centre for Risks and Sustainability in Construction (RISCO) at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.
     

  • February 4 2022: Carmine Galasso gave an online invited talk on 'Modelling and Quantifying Tomorrow's Risks from Natural Hazards' at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Seminar Series Winter 2022.
     

  • December 10, 2021: Congratulations to Biao Song for passing his final PhD viva today. Biao's PhD dissertation is titled 'Advancing Performance-Based Design and Assessment of Exposed Column Base Plates and Welded Column Splices in Steel Moment Resisting Frames' in collaboration with Prof Amit Kanvinde at the University of California, Davis, USA. The examiners were Dr Christian Málaga-Chuquitaype from Imperial College and Dr Raffaele De Risi from the University of Bristol. Well done, and all the very best Biao!
     

  • December 8, 2021: Carmine Galasso joined the Management Committee of Seismica as the Executive Editor - Operations. Seismica is a new community-led diamond open-access journal to rupture through the barriers to free and open publishing of research. Learn more about the Seismica initiative here.
     

  • November 23, 2021: Carmine Galasso gave an online invited talk on 'Modelling and Quantifying Tomorrow's Risks from Natural Hazards' at ARUP.
     

  • November 15, 2021: Our research group hosted a joint UCL - Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) workshop on 'Climate-proofing Infrastructure: Preparing for Climate Emergencies' in London. Carmine Galasso chaired the workshop, and Gemma Cremen gave a talk on 'Climate change adaptation through multi-hazard risk-sensitive urbanization'. The workshop resulted in a formal partnership agreement between UCL and CEEW to promote future joint research and learning activities.
     

  • November 8 2021: Carmine Galasso, Gemma Cremen, Roberto Gentile, and John McCloskey (University of Edinburgh) attended the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, to represent UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), introduce the £19.6M UKRI-Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Urban Disaster Risk Hub, the 'Tomorrow's Cities' project, and launch a short video on the project.
     

  • October 13, 2021: Carmine Galasso gave an online invited talk on 'Modelling and Quantifying Tomorrow's Risks from Natural Hazards' at the 17th International Conference on Quality in Research (QiR), 2021 International Symposium on Infrastructure, Transportation and Environmental (IS - ITE), organized by the Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, October 13-15, 2021.
     

  • October 1, 2021: Many congratulations to Gemma Cremen and Roberto Gentile for accepting permanent faculty positions at UCL as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Risk and Resilience Engineering in the UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, and as a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Catastrophe Risk Modeling in the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), respectively.
     

  • September 8, 2021: Carmine Galasso has joined the External Advisory Board for the Research Centre for Risks and Sustainability in Construction (RISCO) at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. RISCO was approved and financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology for three years.
     

  • July 6, 2021: Carmine Galasso has been promoted to (Full) Professor of Catastrophe Risk Engineering at UCL, with effect from October 1, 2021. The list of UCL senior academic, research, and teaching fellow promotions is available here – congratulations to all who have been promoted this year!
     

  • June 15, 2021: Carmine Galasso gave an invited talk on 'A Multi-Level Framework for Region-Specific Engineering Validation of Simulated Ground Motions' at the 2021 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) International Pacific Rim Forum on 'Regional Scale Simulations of Earthquake Ground Motions and Infrastructure Response for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering'. The forum was held online on June 16-17, 2021.
     

  • May 21, 2021: Carmine Galasso gave an online keynote talk on 'New Technologies and Digital Tools for Assessing Multi-Hazard Risk of Community Assets' at the 2021 Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) International Convention' Structural Engineering: Getting Smarter to New and Future Challenges', Manila, Philippines, May 20-22, 2021.
     

  • May 14, 2021: Carmine Galasso has joined the PhD International Board for the PhD Programme in Security, Risk and Vulnerability at the University of Genova, Italy.
     

  • March 16, 2021: Carmine Galasso has joined the Council on Energy, Environment, and Water (CEEW) and its High-Level Advisory Group (HLAG) to support the first high-resolution Climate Risk Atlas (CRA) for India through regional downscaling. The CEEW HLAG will support the CRA and help mainstream climate risk assessment into policies, actions, and instructive modules for stakeholders.
     

  • January 7, 2021: Carmine Galasso has joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Earthquake Engineering.
     

  • December 10, 2020: Congratulations to Omar Velazquez for passing his final PhD viva today. Omar's PhD dissertation is titled 'Investigating the cross-disciplinary components of Earthquake Early Warning Systems'. The examiners were Prof Keith Jones from Anglia Ruskin University and Dr Katerina Stavrianaki from UCL's Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR). Omar has now joined Kaplan International College in London as an Engineering and Mathematics Tutor. Well done, and all the very best, Omar!
     

  • December 3, 2020: Many congratulations to Gemma Cremen, for being awarded, as the PI, a UCL-Tohoku University Strategic Partner Funds grant for the project 'Developing next-generation earthquake and tsunami early warning systems for the enhancement of disaster resilience in urban societies'. Looking forward to the activities of the project in collaboration with the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University and to synergies with our TURNkey project! Well done, Gemma!
     

  • December 1, 2020: Carmine Galasso gave a short talk in the session 'Efficient risk data sharing: A dedicated disaster risk data library' as part of the (virtual) Understanding Risk Global Forum 2020. The Understanding Risk Global Forum is a biennial conference organized by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank. Carmine introduced the £20M GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub, the 'Tomorrow's Cities' project, presenting the vision for the Tomorrow's Cities decision support environment (DSE) to disaster risk reduction in planned urban transformation or expansion.
     

  • November 27, 2020: Congratulations to Chen Huang for passing her final PhD viva today. Chen's PhD dissertation is titled 'Advancing ground-motion modeling methodologies for improved seismic hazard assessment'. The examiners were Dr John Douglas from Strathclyde University and Dr Flavia De Luca from the University of Bristol. Chen will soon join the Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR, https://www.norsar.no) as a researcher. Well done, and all the very best Chen!
     

  • August 1, 2020: Carmine Galasso has been appointed as the Lead of the Risk Research College within the £19.6 million GCRF Urban Disaster Risk Hub, the 'Tomorrow's Cities' project. The Hub is developing new directions in understanding, quantifying, modeling, and communicating disaster risk, a central thread around which much of the Hub's activities will revolve over the next five years. On August 13, Carmine Galasso will give a webinar on 'Risk-based Urban Design and Planning in Tomorrow's Cities' to promote the activities of the Risk Research College, introducing its vision, mission, and members.
     

  • June 1, 2020: Gemma Cremen, Carmine Galasso, and Pierre Gehl (BRGM, France) are organizing the mini-symposium 'MS35 Advancing Statistical Tools for Time-Dependent Seismic Risk and Resilience Assessment: Perspectives and Challenges' at the 13th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR2021) to be held on June 21-25, 2021 at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Abstracts are welcome by June 30, 2020!
     

  • February 20, 2020: Carmine Galasso has joined the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction as an Editor and that of Frontiers in Earth Science/Geohazards and Georisks as an Associate Editor.
     

  • January 17, 2020: Biao Song and Carmine Galasso are collaborating with Prof Amit Kanvinde and his research group at the University of California, Davis, to investigate improved design strategies and structural reliability of exposed column base plate connections subjected to flexure and axial compression. This is part of a much wider project investigating exposed column base plate connections in steel moment-resisting frames involving various US partners and UCL. Some preliminary results of our study have been presented at the recent 2020 Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) Annual Meeting in Berkeley, CA. You can find our presentation here.
     

  • November 30 2019: Congratulations to David Wilkie for being selected as one of the 10 finalists of the 2019 Allianz Climate Risk Research Award. A summary of David's PhD work, investigating offshore wind farm risk/resilience, has been included in the 2019 Allianz Research Award Compendium. Well done David!
     

  • September 20, 2019: Several members of the research group have given presentations on their research at the XVIII Convegno Nazionale Associazione Nazionale Italiana di Ingegneria Sismica (ANIDIS) – L'Ingegneria Sismica in Italia, Ascoli Piceno, Italy, September 15-19, 2019; and the Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED) 2019 Conference: Earthquake Risk and Engineering Towards a Resilient World, Greenwich, UK, September 9-10, 2019. Details associated with those presentations are available on the Research Outputs > Conference Proceedings/Abstracts page.
     

  • September 6, 2019: Congratulations to Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management MSc students Alexandros Tsantoulis and Matthias Fuentes for having received the 2019 EPICentre Best Poster Award (1st and 2nd place, respectively) for their final MSc Research Projects. Alexandros worked on 'A Framework for Seismic Resilience Assessment of RC Building Portfolios', supervised by Dr Carmine Galasso and Dr Fabio Freddi; Matthias worked on 'Impact of Directivity-Induced Pulse-Like Ground Motions on Building-portfolio Seismic Loss', supervised by Dr Carmine Galasso and Dr Roberto Gentile. Students were evaluated on different criteria (visual appeal, contents, presentation, and Q&A) by a panel composed by Dr Alexandra Tsioulou (Willis Tower Watson, UK), Mr Paolo Perugini (ARUP, UK), and Dr Karim Tarbali (Politecnico di Milano, Italy).
     

  • September 6, 2019: Congratulations to David Wilkie for passing his final PhD viva today. David's PhD dissertation is titled 'Advancing probabilistic risk assessment of offshore wind turbines on monopiles'. The examiners were Dr Susana Lopez-Querol, UCL, and Dr Raffaele De Risi, University of Bristol. David will now stay in our team as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow through a very prestigious EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship.
     

  • September 1, 2019: The website for Carmine Galasso's research group is now live. Welcome!
     

  • June 30, 2019: Several members of the research group gave presentations on their research at the 7th International Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (COMPDYN2019), Crete, Greece, June 24-26, 2019; at the 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure (ICONHIC2019), Chania, Greece, June 23-26, 2019; and at the 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP13), Seoul, South Korea, May 26-30, 2019. Manuscripts associated with those presentations are available on the Research Outputs > Conference Proceedings/Abstracts page.
     

  • May 30, 2019: Many congratulations to David Wilkie for having received the 2019 CERRA Student Recognition Award by the International Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (CERRA) for the paper 'Fatigue Reliability of Offshore Wind Turbines using Gaussian Processes' (by D. Wilkie and C. Galasso), presented at the 13th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP13), Seoul, South Korea, May 26-30, 2019. David received an award certificate and a cash prize during a ceremonial event at the conference. The manuscript and video clip of the presentation associated with this award are available on the Research Outputs > Conference Proceedings/Abstracts page. Well done David!