Program / Speakers

  • Meet the Masters
  • Keynote Lecture
  • Invited Lectures
  • Conference Style
  • Blind Prediction Contest
  • Social Program
  • Social Program
Meet the Masters


In "Meet the Masters"organized by IAEE (International Association for Earthquake Engineering), we invite great names of earthquake engineering to WCEE. The four masters listed below are invited to 17WCEE. For each master, a special session related to the master’s expertise is organized during WCEE, in which the master offers a keynote lecture. To make the session run most smoothly, a person who has been close to the master is asked to serve as a moderator.

The Masters at the 17WCEE are:
*Prof. James Jirsa (USA)
*Prof. Tsuneo Katayama (Japan)
*Prof. Luis Esteva (Mexico)
*Prof. Theo Tassios (Greece)

To encourage young researchers/practitioners and students particularly from developing countries and regions to participate to 17WCEE and the Masters series, IAEE contributes to the Grant-in-Aid program organized by 17WCEE.
Note: The Greet the Master event scheduled during the 17WCEE has been canceled.

Keynote Lectures

*The speakers and the lecture materials may change without prior notice.

Kojiro Irikura
  • Professor Kojiro Irikura
  • Professor
    Aichi Institute of Technology, Japan
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Presentation title: "Progress of Strong Motion Prediction"

Kojiro Irikura is Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University, Japan. He became professor of Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University in 1988. He has been a visiting professor at University of Southern California in 1984-1986. Politecnica de Milano in 1989 and a Visiting Scientist of Centro Nacional de Prevencion de Disastrous, Mexico. He served as Director of Disaster Prevention Research Institute of Kyoto University in 2001-2003. He also served as Vice President of Kyoto University in 2003-2004. In 2003 he became Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University. He continues an active research program as an Adjunct Professor at Aichi Institute of Technology. He is strong motion seismologist. His primary research interest is understanding the earthquake source process and the generation of strong ground motion. He developed an empirical Green’s function method to simulate source model and ground motions. He has developed a recipe of predicting strong ground motions with Hiroe Miyake, Earthquake Research Institute of University of Tokyo.

Satoshi Fujita
  • Professor Satoshi Fujita
  • Professor
    Tokyo Denki University, Japan
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Presentation title: "Research and Development of Systems for Seismic Damage Mitigation for Life Environment and Industrial Facilities in Japan"

Prof. Satoshi Fujita, a JSME (Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) Fellow, had ten years of management experience as a director, a dean of school of engineering and a vice-president of Tokyo Denki University. He has been engaged in engineering research and development of seismic isolation systems and vibration control systems for buildings or key industrial facilities for over 35 years at Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo and Tokyo Denki University. In recent ten years, he has been not only a vice chairman of Seismic Design Subcommittee, Nuclear Standards Committee of the Japan Electric Association, but also a committee member of the Panel on Infrastructure Development of Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure and transport (MLIT), and a chair of the Special Committee on Analysis and Evaluation of Lifts, Escalators and Amusement Facilities Accidents and Failures held in MILIT. In addition, he has been a chair of the ISO TC178 Japanese committee.

Niels B. Holm-Nielsen
  • Mr. Niels B. Holm-Nielsen
  • Practice Manager
    Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)
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Presentation title: "The Need to Act Now – Investments and actions to enhance resilience globally"

Niels Holm-Nielsen is the Head of the Secretariat for GFDRR. This facility is a multi-donor partnership that funds technical assistance and advisory services to improve climate and disaster risk management at country, city and community levels.
He has over 10 years of experience as Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist at the World Bank Group. For the past five years, he has been the World Bank’s Global Technical Lead for Resilience and DRM, a role which focuses on supporting task teams and managers across the World Bank to achieve highest possible technical quality of the services the World Bank offers its clients related to DRM. He has led and co-led the creation and implementation of a series of global technical assistance and knowledge service partnerships, including on risk reduction for education facilities as well as the World Bank Cities Resilience Program.
Previously, Niels was Lead DRM Specialist for the Africa Region and Latin America and Caribbean region, where he led teams of DRM specialists building a growing and innovative line of business in support of DRM in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean with national and subnational clients that spans the use of virtually all the World Bank’s financial instruments as well as client financed, donor financed, and Bank-financed technical assistance and convening services, for issues like urban resilience, coastal resilience, risk financing, hydromet, emergency preparedness, and disaster recovery.
He joined the World Bank in 2006 as Junior Professional Officer in Middle East and North Africa Region.
Before joining the World Bank he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank for five years where he helped create the corporate policy on disaster risk management and establish DRM as a development practice. He holds a M.Sc. in Political Science from the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

Robert J. Budnitz
  • Dr. Robert J. Budnitz
  • Staff Scientist (retired)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, USA
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Presentation title: "Methodology for Seismic Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) for Nuclear Facilities: Current Status and Future Developments."

Dr. Robert J. Budnitz has been involved with nuclear-reactor safety for many years, with a special emphasis on the seismic safety of nuclear installations. His particular expertise is in analyzing how nuclear safety systems behave in large earthquakes to assure overall facility safety, and developing advanced probabilistic methods for that analysis. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He recently retired from the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. From 2002 to 2007 he was at UC’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and before that he ran a one-person consulting practice in Berkeley California for over two decades. In 1978-1980, he was a senior officer on the staff of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, serving as Deputy Director and then Director of the NRC Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. He earned a Ph.D. in experimental physics from Harvard in 1968.

Amod Mani Dixit
  • Dr. Amod Mani Dixit
  • General Secretary
    National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), Nepal
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Presentation title: "Opportunities and Challenges for Making Asia Disaster Resilient: an Outlook from a Developing Country"

Dr. Dixit’s 48 years of professional experience includes stints with the government and private consulting firms, as visiting professor with Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities and with the Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He served as a member of Scientific Committee and Governing Board of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation (GEM), and currently chairs the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN). He founded the National Society for Earthquake technology Nepal (NSET) and serves currently as the General Secretary. He is affiliated with the Digital Belt and Road (DBAR) Program, and the Integrated Research in Disaster Risk (IRDR)
Dr. Dixit has received numerous national and international awards and has published over 100 scientific research papers.

George Gazetas
  • Professor George Gazetas
  • Professor
    National Technical University of Athens, Greece
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Presentation title: "Towards a New Paradigm in Seismic Soil-Foundation–Structure Interaction"

George Gazetas has been Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (Greece) for 30 years, following an academic career in the US, where he taught at SUNY-Buffalo, Rensselaer (RPI), and Case Western Reserve University. His main research interests have focused on Soil Dynamics and Soil-Structure Interaction. Much of his research has been inspired by observations after destructive earthquakes. An active writer and teacher, he has been a consultant on a variety of (mainly dynamic) geotechnical problems. He is recipient of many awards, including the James Croes Medal, the Alfred Noble Prize, and the Walter Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He has given several prestigious lectures sponsored by international geotechnical societies, including the 2009 "Coulomb", the 2013 "Ishihara", and the 2019 "Maugeri" Lectures. In 2015 he received the "Excellence in University Teaching" award from the Institute of Science and Technology of Greece, and in March 2019 he delivered the 59th Rankine Lecture in London.

Tracy Kijewski-Correa
  • Professor Tracy Kijewski-Correa
  • Professor
    The University of Notre Dame, USA
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Presentation title: Harnessing the Power of Data to Reduce Earthquake Risk: Challenges and Opportunities

Tracy Kijewski-Correa is Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor, jointly appointed in College of Engineering and Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. Her research is dedicated to enhancing the resilience and sustainability of communities in response to the challenges posed by increased urbanization and hazard vulnerability. As the co-founder of the Integration Lab (i-Lab) and Engineering2 Empower (E2E), she has worked most notably in Haiti on issues of long-term recovery following the 2010 earthquake. Her transdisciplinary scholarship closes the gap between research and practice by conceiving holistic responses to identified infrastructure vulnerabilities and supporting science-informed decision making by diverse stakeholders. She currently serves as the inaugural director of the Structural Extreme Event Reconnaissance (StEER) network, which organizes networks of engineers to assess damage after hazard events globally and then use this knowledge to drive recovery and future resilient construction policy and practices.

Invited Lectures

*The speakers and the lecture materials may change without prior notice.

Xilin LU
  • Professor Xilin LU
  • Professor
    Research Institute of Structural Engineering and Disaster Reduction, College of Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China
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Presentation title: "Seismic Design and Response Control of Tall Buildings"

Dr. Xilin Lu is a distinguished professor at the Department of Disaster Mitigation for Structures in Civil Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China.He received his PhD. degree in Structural Engineering at Tongji University in 1984, and worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Alberta in 1990, and as a research associate at the University of Hong Kong in 1992. His main researchareas aredynamic testing, seismicanalysis and design, and vibration controlof tall buildings. He is a recipient of Nathan M. Newmark Medal by ASCE in 2017.He was elected as a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2019. He is currently the vice president of International Associationfor Experimental Structural Engineering, and theChief Editors oftwo prestigious SCI-indexed International Journals: "The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings", and "Journal of Asian Architecture and Building Engineering".

Gregory G. Deierlein
  • Professor Gregory G. Deierlein
  • John A Blume Professor of Engineering,
    Stanford University, USA
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Presentation title: "Promoting Multi-Disciplinary Collaboration and Earthquake Resilience Through High-Resolution Performance-Based Simulations"

Greg Deierlein is the John A. Blume Professor and Director of the Blume Earthquake Engineering Center at Stanford University. He currently co-directs the SimCenter of the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) and from 2000 to 2007 was the Deputy Director of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER). Deierlein specializes in the design and behavior of structures, nonlinear structural analysis, computational damage mechanics, and performance-based earthquake engineering. He is a registered professional engineer (NY) and is active in development of building code standards and policies to promote seismic resilience. He is a former board member of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineering, and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Jun-ichi Hoshikuma
  • Dr. Jun-ichi Hoshikuma
  • Center for Advanced Engineering Structural Assessment and Research, Public Works Research Institute, Japan
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Presentation title: "Seismic Design, Retrofit and Repair of Road Bridges in Japan"

Dr. Hoshikuma is the Research Coordinator for Road Structure, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management(NILIM), Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan. He is currently responsible for strategy of utilization of advanced techniques to the periodical inspection for bridge, tunnel and soil structure. He was the head of Kumamoto Recovery Division from 2017 to 2019 and the head of Bridge Division in 2016 in NILIM, and he involved the revision of bridge design codes and the field projects of bridge repair damaged by the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. Before joining NILIM, he worked with the Public Works Research Institute where he researched on the seismic design and retrofit of bridges, the ductility estimation of the flexural reinforced concrete columns, the seismic performance of the rubber bearing and the tsunami effect on the bridge performance based on damage experiences due to past earthquake.

Muneo Hori
  • Professor Muneo Hori
  • Director General
    Center for Mathematical Science and Advanced Technology, JAMSTEC, Japan
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Presentation title: "Challenges of Computational Earthquake Engineering - from Fault Failure to Social Responses"

Muneo Hori is Director General at Research Institute for Value-Added-Information Generation, Japan Agency for Marine Science and Technology. He is a project professor at i-Construction System Study, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, as well as a senior visiting researcher, Research Center of Computational Science, RIKEN. He is serving as a program director of Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, related to natural disaster mitigation.
His research filed includes computational earthquake engineering, the achievement of which is the development of high-performance-computing finite element method and integrated simulation of earthquake hazard and disaster. He has written more than 200 peer reviewed articles and more than 10 books; noted is Introduction to Computational Earthquake Engineering that goes to the third edition. He has received several awards for his works, including Kobayashi Medal, Japan Society of Civil Engineers (2013), Finalist of ACM Gordon Bell Prizes (2014, 2015, 2018), and Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2020).
Hori received his Ph.D. (1987) from University of California, San Diego. He was appointed to a professor, Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo the University of Tokyo (2001-2019). He was a department Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University and a visiting professor, University of California, Davis.

Wei-Sen Li
  • Dr. Wei-Sen Li
  • Secretary General
    National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction, Taiwan
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Presentation title: "Rising challenges of coping with both structure dynamics to behavior dynamics through innovative approaches."

Dr. Li holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the National Central University, where he specializes in structure dynamics, seismic design, and earthquake engineering. Currently, he leads international collaboration and conducts research on large-scale urban disasters and disaster risk management in the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR). As having been a disaster manager in case of typhoons or earthquakes, he applied his engineering knowledge and backgrounds for facilitating emergency operation at the Central Emergency Operation Center, formulating policies of seismic risk reduction and designing disaster management system in Taiwan.
Dr. Li have very active involvements in international collaborations including three terms of Co-chair APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG), a member of Scientific Committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and a member of Board of Directors of the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI). His responsibilities include building capacity in the region through engaging public-private partnership to better mitigate and respond to emergencies and natural disasters in the Asia Pacific.

Mustafa Erdik
  • Professor Mustafa Erdik
  • Professor
    Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Bogazici University, Turkey
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Presentation title: "From Earthquake Risk to Earthquake Insurance"

Mustafa Erdik is a Professor Emeritus of Earthquake Engineering at Bogazici University, Istanbul, and currently serves as the President of the Turkish Earthquake Foundation and the Board Member of Türk-Reinsurance. He has received his MSc and Ph.D. degrees from Rice University, USA. He has been working with UN organizations and several international foundations around the world on earthquake engineering problems and has authored and co-authored 5 books and about 300 scientific publications.
He is the recipient of the United Nation's Sasakawa Disaster Prevention Award; NATO’s Science for Peace Summit Prize; Bruce Bolt Medal given by Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, USA; Prof. Nicholas Ambraseys Distinguished Lecture Award given by the European Association for Earthquake Engineering and; Science Award by Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.
His current research and professional involvement encompass earthquake hazard and risk assessment and earthquake insurance modeling.

Misko Cubrinovski
  • Professor Misko Cubrinovski
  • Professor
    University of Canterbury, New Zealand
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Presentation title: "Identification and Mitigation of Seismic Hazards from Inherited Vulnerabilities"

Misko Cubrinovski is a Professor of Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He holds a BSc degree in Civil Engineering, MSc degree in Earthquake Engineering, and a PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering (from the University of Tokyo).

His research interests and expertise are in geotechnical earthquake engineering and in particular problems associated with liquefaction, seismic response of earth structures and soil-structure interaction. Cubrinovski has authored or co-authored over 350 technical publications, and has worked as a geotechnical specialist and advisor on over 50 significant engineering projects. He had a leadership role in the research efforts supporting recovery following the 2010-2011 Christchurch earthquakes. His honours include the 2019 Ralph B. Peck Medal (ASCE), 2018 Geomechanics Lecture Award (NZGS), 2016 Norman Medal (ASCE), 2014 Outstanding Paper Award (ASCE), 2014 Outstanding Paper Award (EERI), and Ivan Skinner Award (EQC and NZSEE). He is a Faculty Member of the Rose School, Pavia, Italy, and Fellow of the University of Tokyo.

Satoshi Yamada
  • Professor Satoshi Yamada
  • Professor
    The University of Tokyo, Japan
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Presentation title: "Evaluation of Earthquake Resistance of Steel Moment Resisting Frame Based on the Realistic Behavior of Steel Members"

Dr. Satoshi Yamada is a professor in the University of Tokyo. He graduated from dept. of architecture, the University of Tokyo in 1988. He received Dr. Eng. degree with the thesis of "Deteriorating Behavior of Steel Members Governed by Local Buckling and Ultimate Earthquake Resistance of Multi Story Moment Frame" from the Univ. of Tokyo in 1994.
His main research interests are seismic analysis of steel buildings and experimental studies of steel materials, members and connections. In the related fields, he published more than 150 of journal papers. He received AIJ Prize 2014 in the research paper revision and AIJ Young Researcher Award 1994 from Architectural Institute of Japan.
He has been an active member of AIJ, Japanese Society of Steel Construction (JSSC), Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering (JAEE) and Japan Society of Seismic Isolation (JSSI).

Greg G. Deierlein
  • Professor Fabrizio Paolacci
  • Professor of Structural Engineering,
    Roma Tre University, Italy
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Presentation title: "Problems and Perspectives in Seismic Risk Analysis of Major-Hazard Industrial Facilities"

Graduated in Civil Engineering in 1992 at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1997, He is currently Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering at University Roma Tre – Department of Engineering. His main scientific interests are focused mainly on seismic risk and resilience of civil and industrial structures and mitigations strategies, particularly focused on chemical plants is seismic prone areas. He gained a long standing experience in the management of research projects about experimental assessment of the seismic response of structures.
He has been Visiting Scholar in 1999 at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of California at Berkeley. From 2008 to 2013, he assumed the role of scientific coordinator of the Laboratory of Testing Materials and Structures of the Department of Structures of the University Roma Tre. Currently he is the chair of the Seismic Engineering Technical Committee of the PVP division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering. He is also Chair of the working group of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering on seismic risk and resilience of industrial facilities. Recently has been awarded for the prestigious Chinese National High-end Foreign Experts Recruitment Plan. He is finally author of more than 100 publications on International peer-reviewed Journals and conferences.

Conference Style

There have been some changes to the Presentation Style as follows.

  1. Oral presenters who cannot attend the conference on-site can also make their presentation in real time by on-line.
  2. For Poster Presentations, 17WCEE will not conduct an SOP (Short Oral Presentation) on-site, but instead, we are planning to hold SOP on-line (Flash Talk) in few minutes for each presentation. Additional information will be given

Presentation materials to submit

Oral presentation/ COS presentation

  1. Presentation slides (PDF format) *Required
  2. Presentation video (MP4 format) *Required

Poster presentation

  1. Presentation Material (PDF format) *Required
  2. Presentation video (MP4 format) *Optional

For more details, please refer our Presentation Material Guideline.

Basic Policy 1: 17WCEE will comprise both an in-person conference and a virtual (on-line) conference taking advantage of both merits for larger participation even under the COVID-19 situation.
Basic Policy 2: The presentation style will be provided below. Even the in-person conference will be held at the venue for 6 days from Sept. 27 to Oct. 2, 2021, the on-line conference period will be extended to one week before and one month after the conference, from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, 2021, as an "Extended conference period (ECP)". To aim that participants are able to access the conference nevertheless the time lag, the presentation materials submitted in advance will be opened for registered participants and the on-line bulletin board (OLBB) discussion will be available anytime during the ECP. Also, for those who were not able to join the discussion in real time, the discussion at Oral and Organized Sessions will be recorded and available after the conference.

Extended conference period (ECP): from Sept. 20 to Nov. 2, 2021
On-line Bulletin Board (OLBB): Available during the "Extended conference period" to registered participants for Q&A and further discussions of sessions. Please actively participate in the discussions using this bulletin board.

* For more detailed presentation style, please check below.

Overview of Presentation Style

*1 able to speak even on-line
Required to submit Presentation style
1) All sessions will be recorded and viewed afterwards
2) OLBB will be available for all sessions
General Presentation
Oral All sessions to be live streamed, be recorded and be opened for on-demand viewing after conference
Hybrid Session yes yes Both on-site oral presentations at the venue as well as on-line oral presentations through Zoom are available.
Fully Virtual Session yes yes Speakers will only be able to make presentations through Zoom, even they will come to the venue.
Poster On-line speakers
(Remote Speakers)
yes Optional ・On-demand presentation materials
・Welcome to give SOP on-line (Flash Talks) on request basis *Details to be announced later
Organized Session
COS On-site speakers yes yes Presentation at venue with live streaming
Session to be recorded and opened for on-demand viewing
On-line speakers
(remote speakers)
yes yes On-demand presentation video
On-site organizer Session abstract (Organizer)
/1-page papers (Speakers)
Optional Hybrid session. The session will be conducted through Zoom Meeting with participants on-site as well as on-line.
Fully virtual session. The session can be held from 1 week before the conference and the organizer will set up the Zoom Meeting.
On-line organizer
(remote organizer)

1) Oral Presenters
All presenters of Oral and COS speakers, regardless of whether they are on-site or on-line speakers, are required to submit their presentation slides and videos, and to upload them to the viewing system available to all 17WCEE participants during ECP along with the OLBB.

For more details
  • Oral presentation session will be held as a hybrid session (mixture of in-person oral presentations and on-line oral presentations) or a fully virtual session (on-line oral presentations). Q&A will be available for all the presentations through the OLBB and by live during the sessions. We regret that because of the regulation for COVID-19 prevention, hybrid session will be limited to those sessions which 17WCEE has allocated to hybrid session.
  • All presenters of the oral presentations and COS presenters shall submit 1) presentation slides (PDF) and 2) presentation video (12 minutes, MP4) before beginning of the ECP.
  • The above presentation materials will be made available on-line during the ECP. (Data will be viewed only by the registered participants.) The OLBB will also be available only during the ECP.
  • Oral presenters who are allocated to hybrid session will be able to make on-site oral presentations at the venue as well as on-line oral presentations through Zoom.
  • Oral presenters who are allocated to fully virtual session will only be able to make presentations through Zoom, even they will come to the venue.
  • COS will be conducted by session organizers so please contact the organizer how they will proceed the session.
  • Live streaming videos of the sessions will be uploaded as on-demand videos after the conference during the ECP.
  • If on-line presenters were not able to make presentation in real time, their video presentation material will be played during the session on behalf of their presentation.
★What is the benefit of the above policy to participants?
  • All on-line participants will be able to join the discussion in real time.
  • On-line participants who missed to participate in the session in real time can participate by accessing the presentation data and on-demand videos of other presenters after uploading during the ECP.
  • Those with questions and comments can post them in advance on the OLBB just after the presentation material is uploaded.
  • Presenters are suggested to constantly check their OLBB and to quickly respond to questions and comments.
  • Presenters will be able to respond to any questions and comments in their presentations that were raised in advance.
★Important Notice:
  • Since the conference will be held in a hybrid format, live events will be scheduled based on the Japanese local time. Please check the time of sessions.

2) Poster Presentations/ Short Oral Presentations
All presenters are required to submit their presentation materials (videos are optional). Different from the original poster presentation style, poster presentations will be conducted only on-line, but the presenters and the 17WCEE participants can have discussions through the OLBB during the ECP. In addition, all the poster presenters are welcome to give SOP on-line (Flash Talks) on request basis but the detail will be announced once the detail is fixed.

For more details
  • Poster presentation will be an on-demand presentation with a Q&A on the OLBB.
  • All presenters of the poster presentation shall submit presentation material (PDF). It is also possible (optional) to submit additional presentation video (max. 6 minutes, MP4).
  • The above material will be made available on-line to registered participants during the ECP. An OLBB for Q&A will also be available only during the ECP.
  • All the Poster presenters are welcome to give SOP on-line (Flash Talks) on request basis.
★What is the benefit of the above policy to participants?
  • ThoseThose with questions and comments can post them in advance on the OLBB just after the presentation material is uploaded.
  • Presenters are suggested to constantly check their OLBB and to quickly respond to questions and comments.
★Important Notice:
  • Since posters won’t be physically posted at the venue, the on-site participants will also need to check for the presentation content online.

3) SOS Presentations (MS, ITS, SS)
Aiming to encourage more active discussion for the specific themes, special organized sessions (SOS) will be held in the following two ways. If the session organizer can attend on-site at the venue, the session will be conducted through Zoom Meeting with participants on-site as well as on-line. If the session organizer attends on-line, the session can be held from 1 week before the conference and the organizer will set up the Zoom Meeting so that all participants can join the session on-line. Both sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the viewing system, and open to all the 17WCEE participants during the ECP. OLBB is also available for further discussion.

For more details
  • SOS will be held in two formats, either fully on-line or in a hybrid format.
  • All SOS presentations and discussions during the session will be recorded and will be viewed via on-demand video by all registered participants after the session during the ECP.
  • OLBB is also available for all registered participants.
For Cases of Fully virtual SOS

Fully virtual SOS shall be held virtually by session organizers who will not be able to come to the venue.
Fully virtual SOS will be carried out within the reserved time slot during or one week before the conference. Duration will either 60min or 120min.
"Zoom Meeting" system*¹ will enable on-line participants to interactively join the session.
*¹ The Zoom Meeting links will be provided from the 17WCEE Secretariat.

For Cases of Hybrid SOS

Hybrid SOS shall be implemented by session organizers who will be able to come to the venue to allow mixing of on-site presenters and participants, and on-line presenters and participants.
Hybrid SOS will be carried out within the reserved time slot during the conference. Duration will either 60min or 120min.
“Zoom Meeting” system*¹ will enable on-site as well as on-line participants to interactively join the session.
*¹ The Zoom Meeting links will be provided from the 17WCEE Secretariat.

★What is the benefit of the above policy to participants?
  • Since on-site as well as on-line participants can participate in real time discussion, more interactive discussions can be made.
★Important Notice:
  • Both fully virtual and hybrid SOSs will be carried out within the reserved time slot in Japan Standard Time (JST), when may not be convenient to some countries due to time difference. To avoid this, on-demand video streaming will be available for all registered participants after the sessions.
  • Please understand that because of the limited space of venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, presentation formats might not necessarily match all organizers’ requests.

4) Keynote lectures/ Invited lectures
Lectures will be delivered either via video messages or live lectures at the venue based on the speakers’ requests. In either case, all the 17WCEE participants will have real-time and on-demand access to the lectures.

Blind Prediction Contest

17WCEE Tsunami Blind Prediction Contest Awards – Winners Announced (12/18/2020)
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Tsunami Blind Prediction Contest, where 14 individuals and teams applied. The winners are as follows and you can find the detailed information at URL:
- Best Performance Award: Takayuki Hashimoto, Maki Chiwata, and Yukinobu Oda, Team Taisei Corporation, Taisei Corporation, Japan
- Outstanding Technical Achievement Award: Tatsuto Kimura, individual participant, Tokyo Electric Power Services Co., Ltd., Japan
- Excellent Young Challenger Award:Benedetto Di Paolo*, Javier L. Lara, Gabriel Barajas, María Maza, Alessandro Romano, and Iñigo Aniel Quiroga, Team IHCantabria, Instituto de Hidráulica Ambiental de la Universidad de Cantabria, Spain
* We gave the Excellent Young Challenger Award to the team whose representative is eligible to the Young Challenging category.
Congratulations to all the winners!

It is our pleasure to announce the blind prediction contest on tsunami inundation and impact, as a special event of 17WCEE.
This is the first blind prediction contest that have been held in WCEE.
The contest is open to both individuals and teams from the practicing engineering community and the academic and research community (including students).

The hydraulic experiment was conducted by Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI, Japan) with supports of Chuo University, and the data will not have been published until 17WCEE.
In the experiment, a tsunami wave passes a seaside area on which several buildings and tanks are installed, and tsunami wave pressures acting on buildings and tanks, water depths, and velocities are measured.
Contestants are requested to predict tsunami inundations and pressures.
The organizer will quantify accuracies of submittal predictions, and determine a winner.

We hope that scientific or engineering teams or individuals who are eager to develop their experiences and skills on evaluations of tsunami impacts, attend the blind prediction contest and this opportunity will contribute to their future technology developments.

This is the challenge to the humankind of all over the world!!

For more details, please visit official website.

Future Direction

Supported by the Kajima Foundation and the Obayashi Foundation


Special Discussion Session: Future Direction of Earthquake Engineering

  • This special session aims to trigger a community-wide debate about our future:
    • What is new in Earthquake Engineering?
    • In what interest should we invest our international effort?
    • What are the challenges for the next generation?
  • Speakers consisting of young researchers, senior keynote speakers, and distinguished coordinators will facilitate constructive discussions to derive resolutions.
  • The 120-minute sessions will take place during the four days of the 17WCEE period and each session will deal with a different theme.
  • The coordinators will report the resolutions at the closing ceremony of 17WCEE.
  • In coordination with the Masters’ Series, four legendary figures will be invited to mentor the sessions.
  • The WCEE organizing committee and IAEE are joining forces to prepare and manage this memorable event.

Special Discussion Sessions in 17WCEE program

  • One session (120 minutes) per day for a total of 4 sessions each with a different theme
    • 17WCEE steering committee (hereafter, WCEE) will host 2 sessions (2 themes) and IAEE will host 2 sessions (2 themes).
  • All participants of 17WCEE will be welcomed to attend the sessions.
Social Program

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner has been canceled due to the pandemic of COVID-19.

For those participants who already have paid for Gala Dinner will be offered 100% refund minus transaction fee. Though the refund will be made within two months after the conference, the Organizing Secretariat will be sending out email around beginning of July to ask for your bank account to make the refund. Please kindly check your emails closely during this period.