The team - PhD students
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    Alban Kita

    Alban Kita, graduated in Master’s degree of Civil Engineering in the University of Perugia in 2016, is currently conducting his Ph.D in the University of Florence, with an affiliated office in Perugia, Italy. A collaboration cotutelle agreement was signed with the University of Minho, Portugal.

    His research domains include innovative Structural Health Monitoring solutions within the framework of vibration-based long-term SHM methods for earthquake-induced damage identification in heritage masonry buildings, being author of several publications, in both conferences and in specialized journals. His areas of interest concern structural assessment of historical masonry constructions, earthquake engineering, structural dynamics and numerical/FE modelling, seismic vulnerability of structures.

    His principal research topic regards the seismic damage localization task in heritage masonry structures based on numerical Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA) analysis and using data recorded during the earthquake.

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    Alberto Barontini

    Alberto Barontini, graduated in Civil Engineering by University of Florence, in 2015, is currently conducting his PhD programme on bio-inspired Structural Health Monitoring systems at University of Minho, in collaboration with University of Coimbra.

    His research domains include the study of bio-inspired optimization and learning algorithms applied to damage identification (detection, localization and quantification) and safety assessment.

    His research interests also include in-situ non-destructive testing, advanced structural analysis, dynamics of structures and earthquake engineering.

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    Ali Dalalbashi Esfahani

    Ali Dalalbashi Esfahani, graduated in Civil Engineer by the ‎Yazd University in 2008. His master thesis titled was ‎‎“‎Investigation into the Behavior of FRP-Retrofitted RC ‎Exterior Beam-Column Joints Subjected to Cyclic Loads”.

    His research domains include Retrofitting and ‎Strengthening ‎Concrete Structures, Numerical ‎and ‎FE ‎Modeling, Structural Behavior, Composite ‎Structures, ‎Masonry ‎structures, and TRM Strengthening system. ‎Furthermore, He is a professional civil engineer and ‎has a great experience in ‎designing of Industrial Structures, Stadium, Subway Station, and Retrofited exiciting concrte and masonry structures.‎

    He is a PhD student at the University of Minho ‎and ‎researches on Bond characterization of TRM ‎Systems before ‎and after Degradation. ‎He, ‎also, ‎develops research in Strengthening Masonry ‎Structures, ‎Durability, TRM ‎Systems, Bond ‎Response, ‎Long- term Materials Behavior, Analytical and ‎Numerical Modeling of Degradation Materials.‎

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    Alice Di Primio

    Alice Di Primio, graduated in Civil Engineer at UdA University of Chieti/Pescara Italy in 2016, is carrying out her doctorate thesis at the same University through a collaboration with University of Minho, on monitoring of historical structures subjected to dynamic loads.

    Her research domain includes the safety assessment of masonry structures, with particular attention to vaulted systems, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of rehabilitation and strengthening systems using environmental vibration tests. She published papers to conferences and she is producing papers for specialized journals on the above topics.

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    Andreia Martins

    Andreia Martins, graduated in Civil Engineer by University of Minho in 2013.

    Her research domains include the study of seismic behavior of masonry veneer walls.

    She also developed research in developing solutions of seismic reinforcement of masonry walls, being author of some publications, on those topics.

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    Antonio Romanazzi

    Antonio Romanazzi, graduated in Architecture and Civil Engineer by University of Pisa in 2016, is currently conducting his PhD on TRM-based compatible strengthening technique for rammed earth heritage.

    His research domains include raw earth building techniques, characterization of earthen material and structures, restoration, compatible strengthening techniques, numerical and analytical analyses, experimental analysis, static and dynamic tests and seismic analysis.

    He is also focused on sustainability in civil engineering.

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    Bora Pulatsu

    Bora Pulatsu obtained his B.S. degree from Middle East Technical University in Civil Engineering Department and his master’s degree from Erasmus Mundus – Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions (SAHC) Program. He pursues his doctoral study in University of Nebraska-Lincoln as a PhD Candidate.

    His major fields of research include computational modeling of masonry structures using discrete element and mixed discrete-continuum methods. He currently investigates the complex behavior of masonry arch bridges under various types of soil backfill characteristics and loading conditions to address the soil-structure interaction problem.

    He also conducts research on the dynamic behavior of ancient columns and temple structures to provide a better understanding of blocky constructions under various types of excitations.

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    Carlos Barroso

    Carlos Eduardo Barroso, graduated in architecture by University of Porto in 2007, and made his master in 2012, in University of Minho, about sustainable construction and rehabilitation. At the moment he is doing is doctorate on vernacular Portuguese construction, at University of Minho.

    His research domains include vernacular stone masonry construction techniques, buildings’ morphological and typological studies, experimental analyses of vernacular materials and intervention and rehabilitation methodologies. He is also author of several publications, in both conferences and in specialized journals, on those topics.

    He also develops research in architecture and sustainable rehabilitation.

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    Catarina V. Silva

    Catarina Silva is Portuguese and was born in Braga. In 2009, she obtained her master degree in Architecture (5-years graduation) at University of Minho, Portugal.

    In September 2011, she started a Phd program on Civil Engineering at the same University, on the subject An integrated design considering moisture induced effects.

    Currently, she is interested about cross laminated timber construction, in special regarding to multi-storey buildings. She is interested in structural and architectural design considering the different parameters related with tall buildings. Further, she dedicates special attention to problems related with moisture variations in timber and its collateral effects on buildings structure and timber screwed connections.

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    Cristiana Bonifácio

    Cristiana Bonifácio graduated in Civil Engineer by Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto in 2012 and since then, has been developing research in the railway infrastructure field, particularly related with maintenance. Currently, Cristiana is developing her doctorate thesis in School of engineering of University of Minho related with the asset management in applied to the railway infrastructure, in particular the track, including monitoring, diagnostic and maintenance decision.

    Her research includes the monitoring of the railway infrastructure using several monitoring systems, the condition diagnostics based on methodologies of data processing, degradation and predictive models of the track, and also the maintenance decision.

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    Danielli C. B. Cintra

    Danielli C. B. Cintra, graduated in Civil Engineering by the School of Engineering of Piracicaba in 1999, completed her master’s degree in 2013 at the Federal University of Espírito Santo and is elaborating her doctorate thesis at Pontifícal Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, about a methodology for monitoring vaults and domes of masonry. She teaches Structural Systems in undergraduate courses.

    Her research domains include safety assessment of masonry structures through non-destructive methods, being the author of several publications on those topics and concrete structures.

    She also develops research related to the behaviour of splices of longitudinal reinforcement of concrete columns.

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    Fabio Solarino

    Fabio Solarino, graduated in Civil Engineering by University of Pisa on 2017 with his master thesis titled "Interaction between timber and steel in high rise timber framed buildings", is currently conducting his Ph.D. programme on retrofitting solutions on masonry to timber connections in historical constructions at University of Minho, in collaboration with University of Pisa.

    His research domains include masonry historical buildings, timber buildings, seismic engineering, numerical and analytical analysis, kinematic and rocking analysis. Structural dynamics and numerical/FE modelling are other interesting topics of the research.

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    Filipe Matos

    Filipe Matos, graduated in Civil Engineering by Polytechnic of Viana do Castelo in 2016, where his master's thesis aimed at the nonlinear analysis of reinforced concrete columns according to the methodologies of Eurocode 2. At the moment he is doing his PhD in University of Minho, about seismic analysis of CLT structures applying current regulation approaches.

    His research domains include safety assessment of timber structures through destructive and non-destructive methods, numerical analysis and seismic analysis, with particular importance to Cross laminated timber structures.

    He has also developed works on rehabilitation and evaluation of existing structures.

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    Giacomo Zonno

    Giacomo Zonno, graduated in Building Engineering-Architecture by Politecnico di Bari (Italy) in 2013. He received in 2015 the Erasmus Mundus Advanced Master's in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, from the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Padova in Italy. He is currently conducting his PhD programme on automatic Structural Health Monitoring systems of adobe Andean churches at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.

    His research domains include the development of advanced tools for the automatic dynamic identification and learning algorithms applied to damage identification (detection, localization and quantification) and safety assessment.

    He also develops research in adobe engineering regarding the influences of the environmental and anthropomorphic factors in the conservation and preservation of historical adobe buildings.

    His research interests also include in-situ non-destructive testing, advanced structural analysis, dynamics of structures and earthquake engineering.

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    Giorgos Karanilokoudis

    Giorgos Karanikoloudis, graduated from the Civil Engineering Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2005. He received in 2014 the Erasmus Mundus Advanced Master's in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, from the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Minho in Portugal.

    His research domains include structural assessment of monuments, with focus on numerical modelling. He has conducted structural analyses and in situ dynamic and diagnostic testing in the Cathedral of Canterbury (UK), in historic buildings in Peru, within the SR project and in the Cathedral of Cabeceiras de Basto (Portugal). He has taken part in the MTAP archaeological project of Princeton University (US), by conducting onsite architectural drawings (Strimi, Greece).

    Currently he is conducting his PhD on the effect of soil settlements and vibrations in cultural heritage buildings, induced by underground civil works, within the Infrarisk PhD program, in the university of Minho in Portugal.

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    Gonçalo Correia Lopes

    Gonçalo Correia Lopes obtained his Master degree in Civil Engineering by the University of Aveiro in 2015, having conducted his Master thesis in the domain of metallic structures. He was a research fellow of a European project related with modular façade systems for new and existing constructions.

    Currently, he is a PhD Student of the doctoral program Infrarisk, at the University of Aveiro, under the topic “Mitigating earthquake vulnerability of mixed URM-RC buildings at the urban scale”.

    His research domain covers masonry structures, mixed reinforced concrete –unreinforced masonry structures, rehabilitation and seismic retrofitting techniques, numerical and analytical analysis, dynamics of structures and numerical modelling. In addition, he has interest on topics related with BIM and seismic vulnerability and risk reduction.

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    Isis R. Pérez

    Isis R. Pérez, Civil Engineer from the Autonomous University of Yucatán 2003, is conducting doctoral studies at the University of Minho, about connections of historic masonry.

    The domain of her doctoral research encompasses masonry constructions, especially in southern Mexico, their dimensions, geometric relationships, systems and constructive processes; as well as their performance before different actions and diverse types of connections. Main emphasis on strengthening connections.

    She also developed research about vernacular housing of the Yucatan peninsula, its constructive typology, its behavior and methods of reinforcement.

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    Jae Kang

    Jae Kang completed Bachelor and Master’s in Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2017, and Advanced Master’s at the University of Minho and University of Padova in 2018, specializing in structural analysis of monuments and historical construction. He is now participating in ATHOR (Advanced Thermomechanical multiscale mOdeling of Refractory linings), a Horizon 2020 project, as a PhD student.

    His research focuses on developing computational strategies for refractory masonry structures subjected to high temperatures. The computational analyses takes multi-physics (thermal, chemical and mechanical) and multi-scale approaches based on finite element method, considering failure modes of refractory masonry. The computational strategies involve homogenization and optimization of micro- and macro-models of refractory masonry.

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    Jamiu Adetayo Dauda

    Jamiu Adetayo Dauda received a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria. Jamiu has 5 years of experience in structural design and construction management before proceeding to study MSc in structural engineering with Management from Nottingham Trent University, UK.

    Jamiu received one of the Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship for PhD in 2016 and he is presently a doctoral research student within the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, UK.

    Jamiu’s present research proposed an investigation into the possibility of retrofitting unreinforced masonry (URM) wall using timber-panel. This project is part of the wider scope ‘‘Retrofit of Historical Structures’’.

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    João N. Fernandes

    João Nuno Fernandes obtained his Master degree of Civil Engineering, field of Structures by the University of Porto in 2014. His Master thesis involved the thermo-mechanical analysis of a gravity dam.

    Currently, he is at University of Minho as a member of a research team under the SustIMS project of management of infrastructures and bridges on highways.

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    Jorge G. Fernandes

    Jorge G. Fernandes, Architect by Minho University in 2014, started his PhD in 2015, also at the University of Minho, about the design process and the construction of elastic timber gridshells.

    The research field covers the study of digital projection methods, modeling, parameterization and geometrical optimization, with particular focus on shell forms. In addition, investigates the structural potential and the formal adaptations of the timber gridshells.

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    Leonardo G. Rodrigues

    Leonardo G. Rodrigues, graduated in Civil Engineer by Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in 2011, studied in his master thesis the application of active mass dumpers in civil engineering structures.

    Currently he attends the civil engineering PhD program at University of Minho. His research focuses on the robustness assessment of timber structures in seismic areas. The work plan proposed is also inserted on the PhD Programme InfraRisk, founded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

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    Leslie E. Alejo Guerra

    Leslie E. Alejo Guerra, graduated in Arquitecture by Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo in 2009, obtained her Master Degree in 2014, also in Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, about seismic behaviour of historic religious buildings.

    Her research focused on the buildings of the historical center of Morelia, Michoacán, México, since this is a seismic zone of the country. The behaviour of the buildings was compared by analysis pushover, using the concept of macroelements in order to obtain capacity curves as well as fragility curves.

    She has colaborated in research and publication of papers in national and international congresses.

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    Luís C. Silva

    Luís C. Silva has a Master degree in Civil Engineering by the University of Minho since 2013, with the dissertation: ‘Analysis of Christchurch Catholic Basilica, New Zealand’.

    After one year of professional experience, as a structural engineer, he decided to start the Doctoral Program in Civil Engineering at the University of Minho.

    His areas of interest integrates the advanced analysis of historical masonry constructions, seismic engineering, dynamic analysis and homogenization of masonry walls, uncertainties analysis and seismic vulnerability of structures.

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    Luís Miguel Silva

    Luís Miguel F. Silva, Master in Civil Engineering by University of Minho in 2013, is to perform his PhD, also at University of Minho, studying innovative systems for masonry infill walls in reinforced concrete buildings to resist to seismic action.

    His research aims to study experimentally and numerically, new systems of masonry infill walls, which combine simplicity with low cost, and propose recommendations and calculation procedures for the design of such walls.

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    Maria José C. Morais

    Maria José C. Morais got her Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the New University of Lisbon in 2005 and her Master’s degree in Construction and Rehabilitation Engineering in 2012, with a Project entitled "Masonry Arch Bridges - Case of Study".

    She was involved in the "StoneArchRail project", during which she dealt with different topics, such as numerical analysis based on Discrete Element Modelling, non-destructive tests and inspection of stone arch bridges. Author of several publications. She also has experience in supervision of public works and evaluation of urban property.

    Currently, she is a PhD fellow within the HeritageCARE Project at the University of Minho. Her research work focuses on the development of a Multi-level system for preventive conservation and management of built heritage in the South-West European space.

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    Maria Pia Ciocci

    Maria Pia Ciocci earned her one-cycle Master Degree in Architectural and Structural Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. In 2014-2015, she pursued the advanced master degree in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC) for which she was awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship by the European Union. Afterwards, she was involved in the Seismic Retrofitting Project (SRP), initiative of the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

    Currently, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Minho studying the effect of timber floor diaphragms on the seismic behaviour and analysis of existing masonry buildings.

    Her research domains include advanced structural analysis, earthquake engineering, non-destructive testing and strengthening techniques, with a focus on historical masonry and timber structures.

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    Maxime Verbist

    Maxime P.A. Verbist, graduated in Architectural Civil Engineering, specialized in the Management of Heritage Restoration, by the “Faculté Polytechnique de Mons” from the University of Mons (Belgium) in 2016. His master thesis, performed at the University of Minho under the ERASMUS Traineeship program, dealt with the design of Single Step Joint and their reinforcement with Self-Tapping Screws. So far, he is doing PhD at the Civil Engineering Department from the University of Minho in collaboration with LNEC.

    His current research domains include Timber Civil Engineering, more focused on the design of traditional timber carpentry connections. Analytical, experimental and numerical works must lead to reliable design models of sound and damaged joints. Besides, he is the author of one Journal paper and several conference publications.

    Within the Research Project “Invisible Woods”, he has experiences in the health assessment on existing timber trusses from historic buildings in Portugal, through non-destructive tests.

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    Meera Ramesh

    Meera Ramesh graduated in civil engineering from Birla Institute of Technology (India) in 2015. In 2016, she graduated from the Advanced Masters course in Structural Analysis of Historic Constructions, obtaining her degree from University of Minho and Czech Technical University.

    As a doctoral student in University of Minho, her topic of research involves the assessment of mortars used in masonry, including a micro scale characterization of the material and the evaluation of performance within masonry elements in real scale, focusing also on long term behavior. The main objective is to quantitatively establish the benefits that can be harvested by adding hydrated lime to cement-based mortars to be used in masonry.

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    Pratik Gajjar

    Pratik Gajjar graduated in Civil Engineering from Dharmsinh Desai University (India) in 2013. In 2015, he graduated from the Masters degree in Structural Engineering Design from CEPT university (India).

    He had worked on several structural designing projects of industrial structures in India. In 2018, he graduated from the Advanced Masters course in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions from University of Minho and Czech Technical University.

    Currently, he is doing his PhD studies in the University of Minho, on the topic of Validation of thermomechanical models of refractory masonry in industrial full-scale with the objectives of experimental and numerical investigation of refractory masonry in industrial environment.

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    Rafael L. G. de Oliveira

    Rafael L. G. de Oliveira, graduated in Civil Engineer by Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) in 2014, made his masters in 2017, also in Federal University of Minas Gerais, about the theoretical behaviour of cold-formed sections with holes.

    His research domain includes the experimental thermomechanical characterization of refractory masonry.

    His research domains also include numerical simulations of cold-formed steel profiles using the finite element method, being author of some publications, in both conferences and in specialized journals, on those topics.

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    Rafael Ramirez

    Rafael Ramirez Alvarez de Lara graduated in Architecture from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Seville (University of Seville) in 2014. In 2015-2016, he pursued the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (SAHC), obtaining his degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Minho.

    Currently, he is conducting his PhD studies in the University of Minho, with focus on the long-term behaviour of bond in FRP-masonry systems. The research programme involves experimental investigations about real exposure and durability of GFRP-strengthened brick masonry.

    His domain of scientific activity includes architecture and structural analysis, non-destructive testing and strengthening techniques, with a special focus in conservation and restoration of historical constructions.

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    Rui Maio

    Rui, graduated in Civil Engineering by the University of Aveiro in 2013, and has addressed the topic of his M.Sc. thesis to the study of the seismic vulnerability assessment of building aggregates. In 2014, he started his career as a researcher by participating in the project "URBSIS - Assessing Vulnerability and Managing Earthquake Risk at Urban Scale (FCT PTDCECM-URB2564 2014). In 2015, Rui was the Portuguese representative at the UNESCO Young Experts Forum 2015. In 2016, soon after initiating his Ph.D. under the doctoral programme InfraRisk- (Analysis and Mitigation of Risks in Infrastructures), he was selected for a 5-month traineeship for the European Commission, at the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA) Unit of the Joint Research Centre, in Ispra (Italy), where he studied the seismic fragility assessment of the European building stock. At the moment, he is finishing his Ph.D thesis that will address the topic "Earthquake Risk Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage Assets”.

    His research interests revolves around the seismic vulnerability assessment of traditional buildings, including not only, the use and development of methodologies suitable for the large-scale assessments (e.g. historical centres), but also the use of simplified numerical models based on the macroelement approach. In addition to the structural and seismic component, his research project aims at integrating other not less important components, such as the economical and patrimonial, for example.

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    Sadegh Lajevardi

    Sadegh Lajevardi, graduated in Civil engineering by university of Amirkabir in 2014, made his master thesis with subject of Reliability centered maintenance of railway track component with the help of structural health monitoring.

    His research domains include Reliability centered maintenance of structures through none destructive test, with the help of damage detection method in structural health monitoring. Image processing and neural network applied in his papers and national patent.

    He also experienced in railway structure inspection included railway track, railway bridge and railway stations.

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    Sanam Moghimi

    Sanam Moghimi, is a PhD researcher at National Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering department, LNEC, Lisbon and a PhD student in UMinho, Guimarães from 2015.

    She received her Master of Science in Natural Disaster Management from Tehran University, 2012, Iran while graduated in Civil Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, 2005, Iran.

    Her PhD research in seismic risk mitigation strategies respecting cost-effectiveness analysis, and her previous researches on her Master thesis about the optimal selection of earthquake’s recovery strategies considering interdependencies of infrastructures using dynamic Leontief Input-Output Model, results in publications, both conferences and journals, on related topics.

    Her research interests also include Project management, Disaster recovery planning and Damage assessment.

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    Telma Ribeiro

    Telma Ribeiro graduated in 2008 with the Master degree in stone conservation in the Department of Conservation and Restoration of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology - Nova University of Lisbon. In 2009 she started working for a national private company of monuments conservation, developing several works as a conservator.

    Since March 2016, she is a PhD student in Conservation Science, and her project is being developed with a partnership between Conservation and Restoration Department (Nova University of Lisbon) and Civil Engineering Department (University of Minho). The aim of her research is to draw the attention for the importance of earth heritage preservation and to contribute for the advancement of scientific knowledge in this field.

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