The IABSE Early Career Prize 2021 is presented to Ye Xia, Assoc.Prof., Dr., P.E., Tongji University, China, ‘in recognition of his contribution to bridge health monitoring through research and practical work, in particular in moving forward the interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-disciplinary development.’
Ye Xia is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Bridge Engineering, Tongji University. He received his B.Eng. and M.Sc. in Bridge Engineering from Tongji University in 2004 and 2007, and got his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from University of California, Irvine in 2011. He worked as Post-Doctoral Associate at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey from 2011 to 2013. He has been involved in interdisciplinary researches within the wide scope of structural health monitoring. By introducing new technologies such as image recognition and big data analysis, he has achieved innovative solutions with significant impact in economy, stability, robustness.
Dr. Xia's academic record is viewed as well above the average of his peers. He has authored two books and published more than 70 academic papers (including journal and conference papers), more than 30 endorsed patents and software copyrights to his credit; he has been awarded the Special Prize for Science & Technology Development Award of China Highway Society in 2020, and First Prize for Science & Technology Development Award of Hunan Province in 2020; his work has been financially supported by the National Key R&D Program of China, the Natural Science Foundation of China, the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, etc.
Besides his research activities he has also been involved in introducing new technologies and extending its application in the assessment and maintenance of bridges. His research accomplishment has had obvious impact, and is being popularized in many real bridge projects. The traffic video aided BWIM system proposed by him has been equipped in partial highways of Shanghai and Hubei province. He has also developed Ship-Bridge anti-collision monitoring system that has been equipped in Donghai Bridge and a few others in plan. Due to his interdisciplinary expertise in research and practice, he has been deep involved in the system design, structural evaluation, and data analysis for structural health monitoring projects including Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Donghai Bridge, Shanghai Yangtze River Bridge and others. He is also a Professional Engineer (P.E., California) since 2013.
Within IABSE, he has been the Secretary of the Chinese Group of IABSE, since 2017, member of the Bulletin Editorial Board Member from 2017, member of the Young Engineer Program Board and the e-Learning Board since 2015, and has served as the Secretary for the following events: the IABSE Guangzhou Conference, 2016; the IABSE Young Engineers Colloquium in East Asia, 2018; the IABSE Online Conference, 2020; and the IABSE Congress Nanjing, 2022. He also served as a Scientific Committee Member for many IABSE conferences, since 2014.
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