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The workshop co-chairs acknowledge and thank the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture and the National Science Foundation (NSF), both of which have supported the workshop through the U.S.-Japan Cooperative Research in Urban Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Program. In particular, the U.S. co-chairs thank Drs. C. Astill and C. Liu of NSF for their encouragement and support. The co-chairs also acknowledge both the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) for its support with the conference organization and facilities as well as the publication of the proceedings, and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for its support of the workshop organization and travel of the U.S. participants. The co-chairs thank George Lee and Andrea Dargush, Director and Assistant Director of MCEER, respectively, for their assistance. The co-chairs also thank James Roberts, Director of Caltrans, Engineering Service Center, for his support and encouragement. Special thanks are extended to Siang-Huat Goh for his assistance in editing and organizing the proceedings.


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