Sunday, 7 January 2018

APESS 2017 Smart Structures Technology Summer School - Yokohama, Japan - An Overview

Happy 2018 to all,

So with the new year here, it begins the final leg of the PhD and the TRUSS ITN project as whole, so it's about time to rejuvenate this blog by catching up on some technical aspects of my project and on some of the activities and dissemination that has been carried out over the past 12 months or so. Firstly, I'll begin with some training and dissemination by covering my time at the Asian-Pacific-Euro Summer School on Smart Structures Technology (APESS 2017) held in Yokohama National University from July 17th to August 4th. 

The summer school was attended by 60 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers from 3 Continents and entailed over 2 weeks of lectures from over 30 international speakers from both academia and industry, followed by field tests on real bridge structures and experimental group work using state-of-the-art sensing technology. The 3 week course also included cultural events, technical site visits, technology demonstrations from local engineering companies in the Yokohama area and attendance to a smart structures technology conference (ANCRiSST) held in Tokyo National University.

APESS 2017 was the tenth edition of the summer school since its inception and was only the second time it was open to European applicants. Of the 60 attendees, only 6 were European, 4 of which were TRUSS ITN ESRs: Myself (ESR10), Antonio Barrias (ESR11), Matteo Vagnoli (ESR9) & Farhad Huseynov (ESR7). 

APESS 2017 Group Photo
The 3 weeks of lectures and projects are designed to fill any gaps in standard engineering education which are necessary for the advancement of the fields of; Advanced structural engineering and dynamics; Structural control theory and application; Smart structures technology, Sensing and materials; Structural health monitoring and assessment.

The final week of the summer school provided an opportunity for the students to apply the knowledge attained during the previous two weeks of lectures through a group competition that entailed the modal assessment of a real in-service bridge using wireless accelerometers, in addition to conducting laboratory experiments using Fiber Grated Bragg sensors on a beam. A final group-style presentation format was used to describe selected methodologies employed by each team and to present the results obtained. Each group was judged on the accuracy of results, but also on the level of innovation, originality and understanding of the methodologies employed. When it was all over, somehow, I managed to find myself (white t-shirt) in the winning group and received an award from Prof. Yozo Fujino, Chairman of APESS (center) and APESS coordinators Dr. Dionysius Siringoringo and Dr. Mayuko Nishio on the far right and left, respectively. 

APESS 2017 Winning Group

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