(in alphabetical order)

Mr. Matthias Buderath
Aeronautical Engineer, Future Combat Air System [FCAS].

Title of presentation:
Improving Mission Capability Planning and Preparation through Health Monitoring and Management (including Structural Health Management)

Matthias Buderath


Matthias is Aeronautical Engineer with more than 35 years of experience in:
– structural design,
– system engineering,
– system development,
– product- and service support engineering and
– technology strategy and technology development

In his professional life he worked for the following Airbus Divisions:
– Airbus Helicopter ➞ Flight Management
– Airbus Space System ➞ Fracture Control Plan of EU Hermes
– Airbus Defences & Space

  • System Engineer Eurofighter Fatigue and Damage Tolerance
  • Head of Structural- and System Integrity Program Tornado A/C
  • Chief Engineer Support-, Maintainability- and Service Engineering
  • Airbus Defence and Space Technology Strateg

Main experience and competences are in the field of aircraft and space vehicle system integrity management, health monitoring and management including structural health
monitoring and data driven services. Today he is responsible for the Airbus Defence and Space Research and Technology Strategy and Technology Domain Management for Smart Platform and Smart Service and Technology Coordination for the Future Combat Air System [FCAS].
He actively supports national and international research activities, is member of national and international Working Groups related to Data Driven Diagnostic and Prognostic, Integrated Vehicle Health Management and Structural Health Management He has published more the 80 papers addressing Health Management and new Maintenance
Strategies and Maintenance Optimization.

Dr. Eleni Chatzi
Associate Professor, ETH Zürich, Zürich

Title of presentation:
A hybrid modeling approach to learning, monitoring and virtualizing dynamical systems

Eleni Chatzi


Eleni Chatzi  is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of Structural Mechanics and Monitoring at the Institute of Structural Engineering of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering of ETH Zürich. Her research interests include the fields of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and structural dynamics, nonlinear system identification, and intelligent life-cycle assessment for engineered systems. She is an author of over 280 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and further serves as an editor for international journals in the domains of Dynamics and SHM, including the Journal of Sound and Vibration and Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. She led the recently completed ERC Starting Grant WINDMIL on the topic of  “Smart Monitoring, Inspection and Life-Cycle Assessment of Wind Turbines”. Her work in the domain of self-aware infrastructure was recognized with the 2020 Walter L. Huber Research prize, awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Dr. Alfredo Cigada
Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Title of presentation:
Metrology meets Structural Health Monitoring: a long journey through sensors, measurement systems and structures


Alfredo Cigada is professor of Mechanical and Thermal Measurements at Politecnico di Milano; he leads a group specialized in experimental researches, whenever measurements systems are complex and data quality is of major importance. His research mainly focuses on SHM, with activities developed for wind engineering first, then devoted to trains and infrastructures, and more recently turning towards new industrial measurement systems for pervasive and dense sensing; areas of interest are MEMS- systems, fiber optic sensing, the use of vision for measurements and the associated new data driven approaches.

He has been PI for a series of projects, like the monitoring of the Meazza Stadium in Milano or the Duomo di Milano monitoring during the restoration of the main spire.

Dr. Elizabeth Cross
Professor, University of Sheffield, UK

Title of presentation:
Physics-informed machine learning for SHM



Lizzy Cross is a Professor in the Dynamics Research Group at the University of Sheffield. Before starting her lectureship in 2012, she completed a Bachelors in Mathematics (1st class), and Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

She currently holds an EPRSC Innovation Fellowship on the development of grey-box models for assessing the health of structures in operation (grey-box models combine physics-based models with machine learning technology). Lizzy is a co-director of the Laboratory for Verification and Validation, a state-of-the-art dynamic testing facility ( ).

Dr. Francesco Lanza di Scalea
Professor, University of California, San Diego, USA

Title of presentation:
Various applications of ultrasonic waves for material and structural testing



Prior to joining UC San Diego in 1999, Lanza di Scalea received a Laurea Degree “Summa Cum Laude” in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Palermo in Italy in 1993, a Master of Science Degree as a Fulbright Scholar in Engineering Mechanics from Michigan State University in 1996, and a Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Palermo in 1997. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for NDE of the Johns Hopkins University during 1998-1999. He is currently a Full Professor of Structural Engineering and the Director of the NDE & Structural Health Monitoring Laboratory at UC San Diego. Among his professional achievements, Prof. Lanza di Scalea was awarded the UC San Diego Hellman Faculty Fellow Award (2 times), the American Society for Nondestructive Testing Research Fellowship Award (3 times), the ASNT Faculty Grant Award, the Fulbright Scholarship, the “Structural Health Monitoring Person of the Year” Award, the “Best Teacher Award” from the Department of Structural Engineering, and various Best Paper Awards at scholarly conferences. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), and of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM). He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the following peer-reviewed journals: Experimental Mechanics, International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring, Journal of Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, Research in Nondestructive Evaluation, and ASME Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems. He also serves on the Railway Maintenance Committee (AR060) of the US National Transportation Research Board and on the Technical Advisory Committee of the National University Rail (NURail) Center of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In the past, he has served as an Expert on the Panel on Rail Safety Technologies for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) for presentation to the US Congressional Committee on Rail Transportation.

Dr. Yi-Qing Ni
Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

Title of presentation:
Sensing technology meets scientific machine learning: Applications from metro to maglev



Dr. Yi-Qing Ni is Yim, Mak, Kwok & Chung Professor in Smart Structures, Chair Professor of Smart Structures and Rail Transit at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He is the Director of the National Engineering Research Centre on Rail Transit Electrification and Automation (Hong Kong Branch). His research areas cover structural health monitoring, smart materials and structures, Bayesian inference and scientific machine learning, high-speed rail and maglev safety. He has published more than 250 SCI journal papers and over 330 conference papers. He received the 2017 “SHM Person of the Year Award” at the 11th International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring. He is a Co-Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Infrastructure Intelligence and Resilience (Publisher: Elsevier) and Intelligent Transportation Infrastructure (Publisher: Oxford University Press), and serves as an associate editor or editorial board member for ten journals, including Engineering Structures, Structural Control and Health Monitoring, Smart Structures and Systems, Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring, Journal of Vibration and Control, Structural Monitoring and Maintenance.

Mr. Danilo Pau
Technical Director, IEEE & ST Fellow – System Research and Applications, STMicroelectronics S.r.l., Italy


Title of presentation:
On device machine learning computing for constrained monitoring



One year before graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1992, Danilo PAU joined STMicroelectronics, where he worked on HDMAC and MPEG2 video memory reduction, video coding, embedded graphics, and computer vision. Today, his work focuses on developing resource constrained solutions for deep learning tools and applications.

Since 2019 Danilo is an IEEE Fellow, served as Industry Ambassador coordinator for IEEE Region 8 South Europe, was vice-chairman of the “Intelligent Cyber-Physical Systems” Task Force within IEEE CIS, is a Member of the Machine Learning, Deep Learning and AI in the CE (MDA) Technical Stream Committee IEEE Consumer Electronics Society (CESoc). Currently is IEEE R8 AfI member in charge of internship initiative and AE of IEEE TNNLS. He wrote and achieved on behalf of ST, the IEEE Milestone on Multiple Silicon Technologies on a chip, 1985 which was granted in 2021.

With over 81 patents, 120 publications, 113 MPEG authored documents and more than 47 invited talks/seminars at various worldwide Universities and Conferences, Danilo’s favorite activity remains mentoring undergraduate students, MSc engineers and PhD students from various universities in Italy, US, France, and India.

Dr. Marco Protti
VP of Advanced Research of Leonardo Aircraft Division and Sustainability Coordinator


Title of presentation:
Structural Health Monitoring – perspective for the future generation of aircraft



Marco Protti is VP of Advanced Research of Leonardo Aircraft Division and he is Sustainability Coordinator.
He has the responsibility to oversee the Innovation process including roadmapping, research projects portfolio definition and management as well as the industrial exploitation of the developed technologies.
He also coordinate the organisation of the management of the national and International research collaboration network.
He is member of the Governing Board of the Clean Aviation JU, Chairman of ACARE Italy, Chairman of the ASD R&T Commission, member of the General Assembly of ACARE, of the European Materials Modelling Council – Industrial Advisory Board (EMMC-IAB), of the Technical Committee of the Italian Aerospace Technology Cluster.
He acted as deputy Chairman of the Clean Sky 2 JU and he has been member of the SESAR JU Administrative Board.
His previous responsibilities includes research project technical coordination across different technological areas, as well as management of the Operational Analysis Unit and Product Scenarios Unit.

Dr. Cliff Lissended
Professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State, United States


Title of presentation:
Ultrasonic Guided Waves for Enhanced Acoustic Emission Analysis



Cliff Lissenden is a professor of engineering science and mechanics at Penn State. He joined the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics in 1995 and gained a joint appointment in Acoustics in 2011. He is an ASME Fellow and was founder and director of the Ben Franklin Center of Excellence in Structural Health Monitoring. His current research is mainly for nondestructive characterization of materials using ultrasonic guided waves and is broadly applicable to metals, composites, concrete, rock, and bone. Characterization systems use piezoelectric, magnetostrictive, electromagnetic, and laser-based transduction of ultrasonic waves for nondestructive testing, inspection, and monitoring, often in harsh environments. The basic physics employed are that the wave speeds depend on the elastic properties, that acoustic impedance mismatches cause wave scattering, and that material nonlinearity distorts the waveform. Applications include robotic nondestructive inspection of stress corrosion cracking, structural integrity analysis of bonded joints in composites, detection of incipient damage with nonlinear ultrasonics, process monitoring of additive manufacturing with laser ultrasonics, cloaking critical infrastructure from earthquakes, and characterization of bone healing.

Dr. Hoon Sohn
Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology),South Korea 


Title of presentation:
Online monitoring and process control during metal additive manufacturing



Hoon Sohn received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Seoul National University, Seoul Korea and Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA, all in Civil Engineering.

He is now Professor at KAIST. His research interests include structural health monitoring, nondestructive testing, data analytics, and 3D printing.

He published over 190 refereed journal articles, over 380 conference proceedings, and 11 book & book chapters. He is holding 27 domestic and 13 international patents, and 13 technology transfers over 1.3 million US dollars.

He is currently SPIE Fellow, Member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea (NAEK), and Member of Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST).

Dr. Holger Speckmann
Managing Director / Geschäftsführer Testia GmbH, Germany


Title of presentation:
An Interpretation of SHM 4.0



Holger is an engineer and senior expert in the field of NDT and SHM, who worked for Airbus from 1989 till 2014 in the field of structures & materials.

He has 10 years’ experience in the field of In-Service NDT and worked 20 years in the field of NDT in production and SHM. In this function he led national and international research projects and groups and owns several patents in that field.

Since Jan’2014 he is heading the Testia GmbH as Managing Director in Germany.

He is the Co-Founder of the SHM-AISC (Structural Health Monitoring – Aerospace Industry Steering Committee) and CAWG (Commercial Aviation Working Group) which includes worldwide OEM and partner (Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, Bombardier, FAA, EASA, US-Air Force, NASA, etc.).

He is member of the German SHM society inside the DGzfP and the British SHM group inside the BINDT.

Dr. Johannes Vrana
Vrana GmbH, Rimsting, Germany

Title of presentation:
Welcome to the World of NDE 4.0



Entrepreneur, physicist, consultant, author, speaker, and trainer with 15+ years experience in NDE and 20+ in data science. His work ranges from applied ultrasonic testing to quantum optics, from quality assurance to science, and from large-scale industries to start-ups. Some of the highlights of his work: Ph.D. on Thermography, former Chairman of the Siemens NDE Council, implementation of ultrasonic computed tomography into serial production, and author of the book “The World of NDE 4.0: Let the Journey Begin”.

Dr. Vrana is leading multiple groups in national and international societies, mainly regarding NDE 4.0, digital transformation, and automated testing. He is well-published, editor of the Journal of NDE, editor-in-chief of the Handbook NDE 4.0, and received multiple awards.

His company “Vrana GmbH” specializes in NDE and digital transformation consulting and solutions, R&D, training, and software development. Vrana GmbH offers holistic cyber-physical solutions including NDE and Sensor IIoT integration, digital twin design, and value creation from data.