International Conference on Multi-hazard Approaches to Civil Infrastructure Engineering (ICMAE)

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, Chicago IL

June 26-27, 2014

There has been a considerable amount of research on the assessment of the seismic vulnerability of structures, the development of new methods to control the earthquake forces transmitted to the structure (through base isolation or energy dissipation devices), the incorporation of the newly acquired knowledge into design provisions, the assessment of the condition of existing bridges, and the planning of retrofit and repair strategies using both conventional and new materials. There is a need now to put all these developments into proper perspective, to examine critically the many methodologies and techniques available, to recommend the most appropriate ones for each case, and to identify remaining research needs.

Furthermore, while the seismic hazard has received over the past years a significant attention, other hazards (like those water and wind related) have caused a significant damage and have had a significant societal impact. Therefore there is a clear need to make progress in the mitigation of multiple hazards and, when appropriate, to expand the methodologies developed for seismic hazard to other hazards. So, the new research thrust is then the consideration of multiple hazards – while extensive work has been done considering individual hazards, there has been very limited work on a uniform reliability of infrastructure considering multiple hazards.

The overarching goal of the International Conference on Multi-hazard Approaches to Civil Infrastructure Engineering (ICMAE) is to mitigate the impact of natural and man-made hazards on society. The conference will have a strong interdisciplinary character focusing on issues related to reliability analysis, risk determination, risk evaluation and risk management for natural and man-made hazards, and disaster response and recovery.

Specific themes that will be discussed during the conference include:

  • Methodologies for vulnerability assessment of structures. This will include both the general, overall methodologies, and the detailed procedures to estimate the system demands and the structural and component capacities;
  • New techniques to reduce the system demands through passive, active, or hybrid control systems;
  • Instrumentation, monitoring and condition assessment of structures and foundations, to determine the need to strengthen them, a key step in assessing the vulnerability of existing structures;
  • New techniques for repairing structures that have suffered damage during past events or structures that have been found in need of strengthening, using conventional and new materials (fiber reinforced composites for instance);
  • Development of new design provisions that consider multiple hazards; and
  • Interdisciplinary participation of social scientists and scholars in law and the humanities with cultural, political, economic, ethical and legal expertise relevant to the management of natural and man-made hazards.

The conference features a number of presentation from scholars and practitioners from diverse national and professional background.

The conference provides up to twelve (12) Professional Development Hours (PDHs).


Conference Program at a Glance
Detailed Program


The conference registration fee is $350 per person and includes attendance at all program sessions, conference materials, refreshments, and lunches on both days of the conference. Online Registration Form


Reservations at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel can be made directly at the hotel website with the negotiated conference rate of $209 per night. Click here to book online for the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), CEE Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, CEE Societal Risk Management (SRM) Program, and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP).