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Dear Colleagues: On behalf of the International Association of Protective Structures, Dr. Catie Stephens and Prof. James S. Davidson invite you to participate in the 6th International Conference on Protective Structures to be convened at Auburn University on May 10, 2020. This will be the first ICPS in this region of the world and represents a rare opportunity to interact and share with peers and researchers of other nations on this very important subject. Please see details below and add ICPS6 to your calendar. We will provide additional information as the agenda develops.
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Dear IAPS members and ICPS5 participants: Thank you very much for attending the conference and your activity in the field of protective structure engineering. In this email, we would like to summarize the ICPS5 and present to you some numbers and facts: 1) Number of ICPS5 participants = 138, 2) Given presentations = 111 (+8 cancelled), 3) Invited Keynotes = 6
Last week we successfully finished a Two-day Short Course titled Blast Effect Analysis and Design. This workshop was organised together with Karagozian & Case Inc., USA and Poznan University of Technology, POL. Participants from 5 countries met and trained with the background of the blast-resistant design and analysis.
It all started at the beginning of 2009. In early 2009 the idea of a new International Journal of Protective Structures was brought up by Professor Hong Hao as the journal founder and editor, and an editorial board was built up. In April 2009, Professor Hong Hao suggested planning acquaintance meeting of the new editorial board. Professor David Yankelevsky, proposed that the meeting will take place at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa ISRAEL. He also suggested extending this event into an International Workshop on Structures Response to Impact and Blast (IWSRIB). The event was scheduled to take place on November 2009, and include presentations of all editorial board members and many more prominent participants. The idea was to gather the professional community in the field of protective structures to present papers on advances in research and discuss topics of common interest. It was also suggested that this workshop will also aim at establishing three complementary long term activities: 1) Launch the International Journal of Protective Structures (IJPS), 2) Establish an International Association of Protective Structures (IAPS) that will enhance collaborations and share of information, 3) Establish a series of periodical workshops and conferences on Protective Structures. These three complementary venues of the journal, the international association and the series of conferences were presented at the opening of IWSRIB as part of the goals of the workshop. It was hoped that these complementary activities will enhance cooperation and professional activity. With this concept, the workshop was organized at Technion and co-chaired by Prof. David Yankelevsky and Prof. Hong Hao. Later, on July 2009, a first leaflet presenting the journal (IJPS) and its editorial board, and inviting contributed papers and subscriptions, was released. IWSRIB was the most successful 3 days series of presentations and discussions. The above goals were presented at the opening address and were elaborated in more detail at its closure. During the workshop the new journal (IJPS) was presented, the idea of an International Association of Protective Structures was presented, and the intention of following periodical conferences and workshops was declared. During Sept.-Oct. 2009 first papers were submitted to the journal and following a review process, the Volume 1-Issue 1 of the International Journal of Protective structures appeared in March 2010. In the preface to this issue, the scope and aim of the journal were presented as well as its affiliation to the International Association of Protective Structures (IAPS): "The journal is the flagship publication of the International Association of Protective Structures". Following the success of IWSRIB, it was decided to plan the 2nd, and it was merged with the planned 3rd ADSEI conference into “The Joint ADSEI-IWSRIB Conference” to be held in September-October 2010 in Manchester UK with Professor Qingming Li as Chairman. This temporary name was later turned into the “The 1st International Conference on Protective Structures (ICPS1)”. Following IWSRIB, during 2010, the bylaws of IAPS were written. It was suggested that the founding team will lead IAPS with Professor Norbert Gebbeken as the first President, and both Prof. Hong Hao and Professor David Yankelevsky as Vice Presidents. IAPS board was later nominated. The formal presentation o IAPS organization and bylaws were presented during the first ICPS, and the leading team was approved. Following ICPS1, IAPS logo was prepared and its website was created. Nowadays, there are established the national IAPS chapters in ISRAEL and AUSTRALIA.
Prof. James Davidson (Auburn University, USA), Prof. Qin Fang (Army Engineering University, China), Prof. Norbert Gebbeken (University of the Bundeswehr, Germany), Prof. Hong Hao (Curtin University, Australia) | PRESIDENT, Prof. Qingming Li (University of Manchester, UK), Prof. Zhong-Xian Li (Tianjin University, China), Prof. Jeffrey Packer (University of Toronto, Canada), Dr. Eng. Piotr W. Sielicki (Poznan University of Techonology, Poland) | Vice PRESIDENT, Prof. Yoshimi Sonoda (Kyushu University, Japan), Prof. Mark Stewart (University of Newcastle, Australia) | Vice PRESIDENT, Prof. David Yankelevsky (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
IAPS Board 2014-2018
Mr. John Crawford (Karagozian & Case, USA), Prof. James Davidson (Auburn University, USA), Prof. Qin Fang (PLA University of Technology, China), Prof. Norbert Gebbeken (University of the Bundeswehr, Germany) | PRESIDENT, Prof. Hong Hao (Curtin University, Australia) | Vice PRESIDENT, Prof. Zhongxian Li (Tianjin Chengjian University, China), Prof. Nobutaka Ishikawa (National Defence Academy, Japan), Prof. Jeffrey Packer (University of Toronto, Canada), Prof. Mark Stewart (University of Newcastle, Australia), Prof. David Yankelevsky (TECHNION Haifa, Israel) | Vice PRESIDENT