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International Conference on Advances and New Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research

The International Conference on Advances and New Challenges in Earthquake Engineering Research, sponsored by ANCER, will be held August 15-20, 2002. The Conference will consist of two consecutive back-to-back meetings in Harbin and Hong Kong, China. The Harbin component of the meeting, hosted by the Institute of Engineering Mechanics of China Seismological Bureau (IEM, CSB) on August 15-17, will focus on new phenomena of earthquake engineering and innovative solution approaches. The Hong Kong meeting component, hosted by Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HK Poly U) on August 19-20, will emphasize problems in areas of moderate seismicity and intelligent infrastructure engineering. Any research in the development and application of advanced technologies will be the common underpinning of both meetings.

Authors are invited to submit 200-300 word abstracts to the organizing committee (see complete submittal information below) where they prefer to present the paper. However, the final decision as to where a paper is presented will be left to the International Advisory Committee. Authors are strongly encouraged to participate in both conferences. The official language of the conference for both oral and written presentations is English.

Abstracts are due March 31, 2002, and the full-length paper is due at the beginning of the conference. Two separate proceedings and session reports will be published after the conference. Extended abstracts and available full-length papers will be distributed at the conference.

Harbin Conference
The three-day international conference in Harbin will focus on advances and new challenges in earthquake engineering, emphasizing experiences and lessons learned from recent destructive earthquakes, and trends in earthquake engineering. Special features include: the first annual meeting of the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER) , and a tribute to the 90th anniversary of the birth of the late Professor Liu Huixian, founder of Chinese earthquake engineering and a well-known expert throughout the world.

The Harbin conference welcomes papers on the following main themes:

Sponsors include the China Seismological Bureau (CSB), Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER), The Ministry of Science and Technology of China (MOST, China), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSF, China), and The Ministry of Construction of China (MOC, China). The organizing committee members are Xiaozhai Qi, chairman; Xing Jin and Jianfa Huang, vice-chairmen; Jie Cui, Zhiqiu Wang and Ming Zhao, secretary general; and Junqi Lin, Xun Guo, Xuelan Zhang and Xingmin Hou, members.

Abstracts for the Harbin conference should be submitted to: Professor Xiaozhai Qi, Director, Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Seismological Bureau, 9 Xufu Road, Harbin 150080, China, phone: (86) (451) 665-2625; fax: (86) (451) 666-4755; e-mail: qxz@iem.net.cn or qxz@public.hr.hl.cn.


Hong Kong Conference
The two-day conference in Hong Kong will follow the Harbin conference and focus on advances in and issues on earthquake engineering with special emphasis on problems in regions of moderate seismicity. Emphasis will be given to the application of emerging technologies and new design philosophies and methodologies to address recent challenges in earthquake engineering and hazard mitigation, and to examine new opportunities on the basis of Asia-Pacific regional and global cooperation.

The Hong Kong Conference welcomes papers on the following main themes:

Sponsors include the Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER), Hong Kong Institute of Engineers (HKIE), and the Works Bureau, Hong Kong SAR Government (WB). The organizing committee members are J.M. Ko, chairman; Y.L. Xu, vice-chairman; E.S.S. Lam, secretary general; and K.T. Chau, Y.L. Wong, Y.Q. Ni, H.J. Pam, C.C. Chang and Q.S. Li, members.

Abstracts for the Hong Kong event should be submitted to Professor Jan-Ming Ko, Faculty of Construction and Land Use, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, phone: (852) 2766 5037; fax: (852) 2362 2574; e-mail: cejmko@polyu.edu.hk.

Registration Information
The registration fee is $200 (US) for the Harbin Conference, and includes a banquet, three lunches, coffee breaks, and proceedings of the Harbin Conference. The fee is $150 (US) for the Hong Kong Conference, which includes a banquet, two lunches, coffee breaks, and proceedings of the Hong Kong Conference.

Additional information on the conference can be found on MCEER's web site at http://mceer.buffalo.edu.

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