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    Elisa Poletti

    Elisa Poletti graduated in Civil Engineering by University of Parma, Italy, in 2009 and obtained her doctoral degree in 2013 in University of Minho researching the seismic behavior of traditional timber framed walls.

    Her research domains include seismic performance and retrofitting of timber structures and traditional carpentry joints, numerical analysis of timber structures and constitutive modeling, being author of several publications, in both conferences and in specialized journals, on these topics.

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    Hélder S. Sousa

    Hélder S. Sousa, graduated in Civil Engineer by University of Minho in 2009, made his doctorate thesis in 2013, also in University of Minho, about methodologies for safety evaluation of existing timber elements.

    His research domains include safety assessment of timber structures through non-destructive methods, with special emphasis in visual inspection, and through reliability analysis by probabilistic methods, being author of several publications, in both conferences and in specialized journals, on those topics.

    He also develops research in timber engineering regarding the structural design with innovative wood based materials.

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    João Pereira

    João M. Pereira is from Braga, Portugal. He obtained his degree in Civil Engineering (5-years graduation) in 2008 at the University of Minho, Portugal. Completed his doctorate thesis on “Security Evaluation and Design of Structures Subjected to Blast Loading” in 2014 also at the University of Minho Portugal.

    His research domains include material behavior at high strain rates, structures and structural elements behavior to extreme loading (impact, fire and blast), risk assessment due to terrorist actions and structural safety evaluation due to explosions.

    Other research interest include refractory masonry, new masonry and polymeric materials.

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    Maria Giovanna Masciotta

    Maria Giovanna Masciotta, graduated in Architecture by “G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy) in 2010, obtained her dual-degree PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Chieti-Pescara and the University of Minho in 2015, being therefore awarded the mention of “Doctor Europeaus”.

    Her research domains include NDTs, dynamic testing, spectral-based damage identification, structural health monitoring and preventive conservation of heritage structures, being author of several publications on these topics both in conferences and specialized journals.

    Her current research interests also encompass bio-inspired sensing paradigms for structural health monitoring and advanced structural analysis of masonry constructions.

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    Nuno Mendes

    Nuno Mendes graduated in Civil Engineering (pre-Bologna) by the University of Minho in 2006. In 2012 he obtained is PhD degree in Civil Engineering by the University of Minho, with the thesis entitled “Seismic assessment of ancient masonry buildings: Shaking table tests and numerical analysis”.

    His research interests are mainly related with the inspection, diagnostic, dynamic identification, shaking table tests and advanced numerical analysis of masonry structures. He has mainly been dedicated to the assessment and mitigation of the seismic vulnerability of masonry buildings, including the in-plane and out-of-plane response. He is author of several international journal and conference papers on these topics.

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    Rui A. Silva

    Rui A. Silva obtained his graduation (2006) and master (2008) in Civil Engineering by the University of Minho. In 2013, he concluded his PhD in Civil Engineering on repair of earth constructions with grout injection, attributed by the University of Minho and the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven).

    His research interests are related with the characterisation, modelling, strengthening and repair of earth constructions, namely in the repair with grout injection and strengthening with textile reinforced mortars (TRM). He has also been dedicated to the development of sustainable building materials based on geopolymeric binders and construction and demolition wastes. He is author of several papers on these topics, published in scientific journals and conferences.

    Currently, he is Responsible Investigator of the project SafEarth (“Seismic protection of earthen construction heritage”) and member of the committee RILEM 275-TCE (“Testing and characterisation of earth-based building materials and elements”).

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    Rui Marques

    Rui Marques, graduated in Civil Engineering (2003) and M.Sc. in Structural and Geotechnical Design (2007) by University of Minho, completed his Ph.D. in 2013, also at University of Minho, on new methodologies for seismic design of unreinforced and confined masonry structures.

    His research domain includes vulnerability/safety assessment of masonry structures with emphasis in numerical simulation and procedures for seismic design, especially macro-element modelling and performance-based assessment. He has also worked on development of standards for design of masonry structures, namely in the revision of EN 1996-1-1.

    He also develops research concerning the topics of seismic risk analysis and intervention design of ancient masonry constructions.

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    Tiago M. Ferreira

    Tiago Miguel Ferreira is MSc in Civil Engineering by University of Aveiro (2009), postgraduate in Rehabilitation of Built Heritage by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (2010) and PhD in Civil Engineering by University of Aveiro (2015), having developed thesis on the assessment of the out-of-plane seismic behavior of stone masonry walls.

    His research domains include the seismic vulnerability assessment of old buildings, the evaluation and mitigation of urban risks - earthquake, fire and flood -, and the structural safety assessment of ancient stone masonry buildings. He is author of more than one hundred scientific publications among books, book chapters, and journal and conference papers.

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