I will like to express my sincere welcome to all the participants to the First ZHITU Symposium in Civil Engineering among 5 universities namely, Zhejiang University in China, Hong Kong Polytechnic University in China, University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in the USA, University of Tokyo in Japan, and Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology in Korea. ZHITU is ‘智途’ in Chinese, which means ‘A Smart Path for the Future’.
The purpose of the Symposium is to promote international collaborations in education, research, and exchange programs among the 5 universities in the areas of civil engineering The world is facing a new era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution characterized by the artificial intelligence (AI) technologies integrating current information technologies (IT) with emerging technologies such as big data, cloud computing, and Internet-of-Things. Civil engineering profession has to lead the technological developments and innovations related to the challenges in the new era in order to provide safe-resilient-sustainable civil infrastructure to the public.
At this time, this Symposium focuses on four topical areas in civil engineering such as: 1) Structures, 2) Construction Materials, 3) Geotech, and 4) Disaster Mitigation. The technical program consists of 5 keynote lectures, 19 invited speeches, and 26 general presentations, followed by a panel discussion session for the future cooperation among 5 ZHITU universities. It has been supported by College of Civil Engineering and Architecture at Zhejiang University. The supports are sincerely acknowledged.
Hangzhou is a city with long history and many beautiful places. We organize a cultural tour to the West Lake on 14 July. I hope you enjoy the beautiful city of Hangzhou during the symposium period.
As the Chairman of this Symposium, I will like to express my special thanks to the 5 symposium coordinators, Prof. B.F. Spencer from UIUC, Prof. Yong Xia from HK PolyU, Prof. Tomoyori Nagayama from U. of Tokyo, and Prof. Myoungsoo Shin from UNIST, and Prof. Yuanfeng Duan at ZJU for their hard works to make this symposium successful. Lastly but not least, I wish to acknowledge the great efforts put in by Prof. Chung Bang Yun, Prof. Yuanfeng Duan, and the local organizing committee members of this Symposium, to make this symposium very successful.
12 July April, 2018
Prof. Yaozhi Luo, Chairman
Dean of College of Civil Engineering and Architecture
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China