ASCE Honors Buyukozturk

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May 17, 2018

ASCE has honored Oral Buyukozturk, Ph.D., M.ASCE, with the 2018 George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal for his pioneering and transformative developments in video-based structural sensing and identification, interferometry-based data analytics, and high-efficiency generic wireless networks, and their integration with groundbreaking engineering mechanics research and practice for enhancing civil infrastructural resilience and sustainability.

Buyukozturk has made significant contributions in many research fields related to structural monitoring, control, and engineering mechanics. In recent years, he has made visionary groundbreaking contributions in two integrated thrust areas:

  1. Quantifying and enhancing infrastructure resilience through innovative sensing technologies and deep learning data analytics, in the context of structural health monitoring (SHM) and intelligent structures and materials
  2. Multiscale modeling, analysis, and design for durable and energy-efficient construction materials and structures using a bottom-up approach, starting with molecular mechanics

He has led a team across multiple disciplines to tackle the SHM bottleneck and enable accelerated deployment of novel, cost-effective, and practical SHM methods in real-world structures.

He developed an interferometry-based big data analytics for temporal monitoring of engineering structures such as buildings. While continuous monitoring of civil structures throughout their whole service life can lead to intelligent asset management to ensure their safety and resilience, challenges arise when applying conventional modal approaches for structural condition assessment with temporal big data. Buyukozturk developed a deconvolution data interferometry approach that can effectively process the big vibration data recorded under operational conditions, extract wave propagation information, identify key structural characteristics to track damage features, and infer time-variant environmental effect.

Recently, Buyukozturk developed a novel wireless SHM platform that allows users to specify and submit their structural control and monitoring tasks on-the-fly through the web browser. His team has successfully demonstrated this wireless sensor platform on large-scale structures.

The George W. Housner Structural Control and Monitoring Medal recognizes outstanding research contributions to the broad field of structural control and health monitoring.

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