PMC Paper Management System

All abstract/paper submissions will be managed through Notre Dame's Conference Paper Management System. All abstracts must be submitted to a General Topic, Special Session or Mini-Symposia (see tabbed list below). Questions can be directed to

Deadline for Abstracts Extended to January 31.

Important Notice: There exists an incompatibility between Microsoft Word 2003 (used to prepare abstract) and the paper management system when Firefox or Chrome web-browsers are used to upload the abstract (copy-paste from Word); an erroneous message is given about exceeding character limit. Please avoid using Google Chrome/Firefox in combination with Microsoft Word 2003. There exist no problems with Safari or Internet Explorer or with any other word processing software or any other versions of Microsoft Word (even a fully updated version of Microsoft Word 2003 will not create any problems).

  • PMC General Topics
  • PMC Special Sessions
  • PMC Mini-Symposia

Bayesian Identification and Model Updating
Bayesian networks
Life-cycle assessment and design
Stochastic Mechanics/FE
Stochastic Modeling/Simulation
Stochastic Dynamics
Reliability-Based Assessment/Design
Uncertainty Quantification

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Design Optimization Under Uncertainty: Advances in System, Sizing, Shape and Topology Optimization
Organizer: Mazdak Tootkaboni and James K. Guest

Scope: This special session of the EMI/PMC 2012 Conference will bring together researchers to discuss the latest advancements in design optimization algorithms and their application to the design of structures, devices, mechanisms, and materials in the presence of uncertainty. Design optimization, including system, sizing, shape, and topology optimization, is increasingly being applied to complex engineering design problems in solid and fluid mechanics, heat transfer, electro-magnetics, and many other challenging design problems of coupled multi-physics nature. Contributions discussing novel applications, general advancements in optimization methodologies, as well as associated uncertainty quantification algorithms, are invited.
Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamics: Current Status and Future Challenges
Organizers: Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Michael Beer, Pol D. Spanos

Scope: Limitations pertaining to available information and the interpretation of underlying mechanisms, as well as inherent uncertainty and nonlinearity of critical engineering problems have necessitated the study of nonlinear systems with stochastic parameters, input and initial/boundary conditions. In this regard, stochastic dynamics has been the focus of diverse engineering and scientific disciplines for more than a century. Consequently, theoretical research has already led to seminal advancements towards analyzing and predicting the stochastic behavior of complex nonlinear dynamic phenomena. Nevertheless, the development of novel mathematical tools and of potent signal processing techniques, originating from computer science, financial mathematics and statistical physics, offer a unique new tool for addressing complex problems for the first time and even posing new challenging questions. In view of these multi-disciplinary advancements, the stochastic dynamics community has started developing an alternative perspective for reliable and efficient quantification of the uncertain behavior of nonlinear systems.
The objective of this mini-symposium is to discuss current and emerging approaches for modeling and analysis of nonlinear stochastic dynamic systems. Further, it will provide a forum for fruitful exchange of ideas and interaction among diverse technical disciplines such as aerospace, civil, marine, mechanical, electrical, and nuclear engineering. Specific topics related both to fundamental research and to engineering applications of nonlinear stochastic dynamics will be considered. A non-exhaustive list includes stochastic differential calculus, stochastic stability and control theory, Monte Carlo simulation methods, multi-scale/physics modeling and analysis, signal processing techniques, system identification methodologies, reliability assessment applications, and generalized probabilistic and set-theoretical approaches.
Structural Reliability Under Multiple Hazards

Organizer: Swagata Banerjee Basu

Scope: Estimation of structural reliability and risk mitigation techniques for structures and civil infrastructure systems are usually based on their failure probabilities under independent hazard conditions. However, multiple extreme events (natural or manmade) may occur within relatively small time intervals. Also, one extreme event can trigger another. Under such scenarios, individual hazard models are not appropriate for use in reliable risk evaluation of structures. The objective of this special session is to discuss the recent advances in evaluating structural reliability under multihazard scenarios. Such discussion will foster further research on the development or selection of appropriate multihazard disaster mitigation technique(s). A list of topics focusing on this issue includes, but not limited to: multihazard modeling; evaluation of structural vulnerability; reliability and uncertainty analysis; load combination and structural design; multihazard mitigation techniques.

Maintenance and Safety of Aging Infrastructure
Organizers: Dan Frangopol and Yiannis Tsompanakis
Scope: The aim of this special session is to attract state-of-the-art papers that deal with the use of advanced computational and/or experimental techniques in damage and vulnerability assessment as well as maintenance and retrofitting of aging structures and infrastructures (buildings, bridges, lifelines, etc) for minimization of losses and life-cycle-cost. A deteriorating infrastructure leads to increased functioning costs and reduced safety and can lead to a catastrophic failure with devastating environmental, social and economic consequences. In contrast, well-maintained civil infrastructure can substantially increase a country's competitiveness in a global economy and enhance resilience to adverse circumstances such as natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, hurricanes and floods) and manmade disasters (e.g., vehicular collision and explosive blasts due to terrorists' attacks).
Cost-competent maintenance and management of civil infrastructure requires balanced consideration of both the structure performance and the total cost accrued over the entire life-cycle. Another major problem is that the structure performance is usually reduced during its functioning due to environmental and other factors. Thus, current structural condition state is usually assessed by visual inspection or more advanced automatic structural health monitoring techniques. Furthermore, maintenance managers often require a list of prioritized maintenance interventions for civil infrastructure on an annual and/or long-term basis. Various unavoidable uncertainties associated with both randomness (i.e., aleatory uncertainty) and imperfect knowledge (i.e., epistemic uncertainty) play also a crucial role in management and maintenance of engineering systems. Taking into account the aforementioned issues, this Special Session aims to present the recent developments of lifecycle maintenance and management planning for deteriorating civil infrastructure considering simultaneously multiple and often competing criteria in terms of condition, safety and life-cycle cost.
Exploiting Locality in Uncertainty Quantification and Other Iterative Analysis Techniques
Organizers: Steve Wojtkiewicz and Erik Johnson
Scope: This session will focus on the development and application of new computational approaches that exploit the oftentimes local nature of pertinent features of large computational models. Presentations concerning approaches to uncertainty quantification, sensitivity analysis, and optimization problems will be given.
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Renaud Memorial
Organizer: Andres Tovar

Scope: John Eldon (Jack) Renaud (Rochester, NY 1960 – Niles, MI 2011) was internationally recognized as an expert in design methodology and optimization theory. As a professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, Renaud contributed to the study of fundamental mathematical and numerical issues in design optimization, including structural and stochastic optimization. In addition to supervising 14 doctoral dissertations, Renaud wrote and co-authored more than 65 journal articles and held two U.S. patents. This special session in his memory will bring together researchers of all engineering disciplines who were related with his work. The EMI/PMC 2012 conference welcomes contributions in topic areas including and not limited to:
  • Structural and material optimization
    • Topology optimization
    • Topometry, topography, and shape optimization
    • Nonlinear and dynamic structural design
    • High-temperature materials
  • Stochastic optimization
    • Uncertainty modeling and quantification
    • Robust and reliability-based design optimization
    • Multidisciplinary design optimization
    • Variable fidelity optimization
    • Homotopy methods
    • Trust region management
    • Approximate optimization
    • Crashworthiness and blast mitigation
    • Design of composite materials
    • Manufacturing issues
  • Bioengineering
    • Bone human tissue
    • Medical instrumentation

Frequently Asked Questions
When is the abstract submission deadline?
Extended to January 31, 2012
When will I know if my abstract is accepted?
You will receive notification by email on March 1, 2012. However, final acceptance in the conference proceedings is conditional on the registration of at least one author who will present the work at EMI/PMC 2012.
Do I need to create an account?
Users must create an account in this system to submit an abstract. Users will be able to view their submissions, reviews and upload optional papers/final abstracts through this account.
Do I need a separate account for EMI and PMC?
Once a user creates an account for either EMI or PMC, the email and password combination will work for both the EMI and PMC portals.
How do I create an account & submit my first abstract?
I have an account and already submitted my first abstract. How do I submit another abstract?
I forgot my password. What do I do?
Is the abstract submission separate for EMI and PMC?
Yes, abstracts are managed separately for the two conferences. Click here to manage your EMI account. Click here to manage your PMC account.
What information is needed when submitting an abstract?
Authors will be asked to provide:
1. Title of Paper
2. All Authors' Names and Affiliations (including City, State and Country)
3. Email Address of Corresponding Author
4. 3000 character abstract
5. General Topic, Special Session or Mini-Symposium the Abstract should be assigned to
How will I know my abstract was successfully received?
Upon successful submission of an abstract through the online portal, users will receive a confirmation email and a unique abstract number. PLEASE RETAIN THIS NUMBER; IT WILL BE REQUIRED WHEN UPLOADING FINAL ABSTRACTS/PAPERS AND WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE CONFERENCE.
Do I need to write a full paper?
Full papers are optional for all authors, except for students participating in paper competitions. However, if authors would like their work to be eligible for special issues of ASCE journals dedicated to the conference, they must submit a full paper by APRIL 15, 2012.