Invited Session Key Speakers

Professor Hoon Sohn
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea

Professor Hoon Sohn received his B.S. (1992) and M.S. (1994) degrees from Seoul National University, Seoul Korea and Ph.D. (1999) from Stanford University, California, USA, all in Civil Engineering. He worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) from 1999 to 2004 as a Director-funded Postdoctoral Fellow/Technical Staff Member. He was an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University for 2004-2006.

He is now Professor at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), and the Director of ICT Bridge Research Center sponsored by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Korea (about 25 Million USD project over 5 years).

Over last twenty years, his research interest has been in the areas of structural health monitoring, nondestructive testing, sensing technologies and data analytics. He has published over 170 refereed journal articles, over 350 conference proceedings, and 10 book & book chapters. His developed technologies are licensed and commercialized by private companies, resulting in over 830,000 USD licensing agreements. He is a co-chair of SPIE Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Material Systems and Nondestructive Evaluation (2018-2019), and he was selected to SPIE Fellow in 2018. 

He was also the recipient of SHM Person-of-Year Award at 2011 International workshop on SHM, 2008 Young Scientists Award (150,000 USD cash award) and 2017 Young Engineers Award (50,000 USD cash award), 2017 KAIST Best Research Award, and 2018 Kyung-Am Award (200,000 USD cash award) all in South Korea. His work has been funded by the Boeing Company, Samsung Electronics, Samsung Display, US Air Force Research Laboratory, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (US AFOSR), US National Science Foundation, National Research Foundation of Korea, Korea Agency for Defense Development, Hyundai & KIA Motors, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Bombardier, POSCO, Daewoo Construction, and Foongsan FNS

Professor David Zheng Fan
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Prof Zheng Fan obtained his PhD degree at Imperial College London, specialized in ultrasonic Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE). He is currently an assistant professor in the school of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, leading a research team to develop novel techniques for metal and composite inspection, structural health monitoring and material characterization, by integrating physics and modeling techniques with the development of rapidly exploitable technologies. He has very strong linkage to industry globally, including Rolls-Royce, Shell, Lloyds Register, EDF, Sembcorp, etc. As one of the leaders in the research of SHM/NDE in Singapore, Prof Fan has secured more than 7 million Singapore dollars research funding as Principle Investigator since he joined NTU.

Prof Fan’s research activity covers from in-depth investigation of fundamental theories to applied science for real-world problems. The outcome of the research has been published a few prestigious journals such as Nature Communications, Applied Physics Letters, Proceeds of Royal Society A, Composite Science and Technology, Smart Materials and Structures, etc. In recognition of his outstanding contribution in SHM, he was awarded the Achenbach metal in 2018. He serves as an Associate Editor to “Ultrasonics” – one of the top-tier journal published by Elsevier in this field.