Keynote Speakers

Professor Emmanuel de Langre, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, Francepix

Professor Emmanuel de Langre is Professor of Mechanics and Chair of the Department of Mechanics, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris, France. He is member of LadhyX (laboratory), a Mechanics and Living System initiative, and Chief Editor of the Journal of Fluids and Structures. Professor de Langre received his Ph.D. in Fracture Mechanics from the Ecole Polytechnique. His research interests are in broad field of fluid-structure interaction (FSI) and include: bio-mechanics, energy harvesting based on FSI, vortex-induced vibrations, wind effects – aeroelasticity. In particular he studies the mechanical effects in living systems, specifically in the interactions of fluids and solids.


Professor Xu, the Hong Kong Polytechnic Universityxu

Professor Xu is the Dean of Faculty of Construction and Environment, the Chair Professor of Structural Engineering, and the Director of the Research Center for Urban Hazards Mitigation at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, and is a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Engineering Mechanics Institute, and the Institution of Structural Engineers. Professor Xu’s research interests include: wind loading and wind effects on tall buildings and long span bridges, health monitoring and damage detection of civil structures, seismic loading and seismic effects on buildings and structures, structural vibration control and smart structures.

Professor Michael Amitay, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Picture3Professor Michael Amitay is a professor and the James L. Decker ’45 Endowed Chair in Aerospace Engineering Director at the Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) in the Department of Mechanical Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his D.Sc. from Techinon, Israel Institute of Technology. Prof. Amitay’s research interests are in developing active flow control technologies with applications in macro- and micro-scale aeronautical/mechanical systems. He applies multiple active flow control techniques on various manned and unmanned Aerial Vehicles, wind turbines, and more.