• Keynote

Kenichi Soga

University of California, Berkeley

About Kenichi Soga

Kenichi Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Chair and a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the director of UC Berkeley’s center for smart infrastructure. He is also a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He obtained his BEng and MEng from Kyoto University in Japan and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His current research activities are infrastructure sensing, performance-based design and maintenance of infrastructure, energy geotechnics, and geomechanics. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is the chair of ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division’s Emerging Technologies Committee.

Distributed fiber optic sensing to realize smart infrastructure

Recent advances in sensor systems offer intriguing possibilities to radically alter the condition assessment methods of our infrastructure systems. Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing (DFOS) is one of the promising tools for structure health monitoring. Rich data obtained from such systems can act as a catalyst for new design, construction, operation and maintenance processes. The quantification of system resilience is a challenge for both stakeholders and service providers in the civil engineering industry. However, describing the contributions in a way that brings the provider and consumer together is critical to the widespread adoption of emerging technologies developed for improving infrastructure resilience. This talk introduces the recent advances in DFOS technologies for infrastructure sensing, identifies several barriers to adoption, and proposes a methodology that systematically explores how DFOS can contribute to systems resilience.

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