17th July – 4th August, 2017 at Yokohama National University
Join an intensive three-week program of coursework, lectures, laboratory exercises, and exciting non-academic activities in the vibrant city of Yokohama.
In this summer school, students will attend the lectures given by world experts in Civil Engineering, Structural Dynamics and Control, and Smart Structures Technology, and will participate in exciting laboratory projects where they will learn about fundamental and practical use of sensing principles and technologies for monitoring infrastructure.
The program is open to students currently enrolled in a civil engineering or related graduate programs and post-doctoral researchers.
Mission: Smart Structure Technologies and the Role of APESS
Advanced sensor technology improves the accuracy of measurements and provide more opportunity for more detail structural evaluation. Their application in the modern world is increasingly widespread. Structures instrumented with sensors can communicate their current condition to a data acquisition system in the form of accelerations, displacements, strains, etc., depending on the sensor type. This information can be used in real-time to control and evaluate structure performance during severe earthquake or wind loads or assess the health of a structure after such events. In the long term, sensors can be used to evaluate structure degradation and to plan maintenance or retrofit works. Instrumentation of full scale structures is a daunting task involving a push for improved technology and understanding in areas of structural dynamics, control systems, circuit technology, wireless technology, and informatics, to name a few. In summary, smart structure technologies offer new opportunities and challenges to the way civil infrastructure systems are monitored, controlled, and maintained.
Conventional civil engineering curriculum only exposes students to the range of the contributing disciplines to smart structures technology in a limited fashion. The APESS program aims at bridging the gap that divides these disciplines through a student oriented international summer program. Graduate students and young researchers each from Japan, China, Korea, the USA and European Countries will get together for three weeks of focused activities related to smart structures technology. The curriculum will be oriented to address any gaps in education which are necessary for the advancement of the field.
The international approach is to recognize both the achievements of the participating nations in smart structures technology as well as a common desire to pioneer a structured educational framework. Through this program, participants will be exposed to leaders in the field, both domestic and international. Contacts with these faculty as well as fellow participants is intended to inspire students to continue to pursue international collaborative research.
The 2017 APESS will be the tenth edition of the summer school, with the first edition held in 2008 in KAIST South Korea and the last edition held in Cambridge University UK in 2016. Other previous hosts of the APESS include the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) US, Univ. of Tokyo Japan, Tongji University China, Indian Institute of Science India, and the National Taiwan Univ. – NCREE Taiwan.
Summer school program consists of lectures given by world experts in the following subjects :
・Structural Dynamics and Control
・Smart Structures Technology and Materials
・Wind Engineering and Earthquake Engineering
・Sensing Technologies and Application
・Structural Health Monitoring
・Applications of Novel Technologies in Control and Monitoring of Infrastructures.
The students will participate in exciting laboratory projects, where they will learn about fundamental and practical use of sensing principles and technologies for monitoring infrastructure.
Application and Contact
The registration fee will be 50,000 yen (approximately 500 USD) and includes attendance to the 13th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology (ANCRiSST2017), which will take place at the University of Tokyo on 22 - 23 July 2017. The registration fee does not include accommodation during the stay in Japan.
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The Host: Yokohama National University (YNU)
・Founded in 1949, one of public universities in Japan
・ Five graduate schools (Engineering, Environment and Information Science, Urban Innovation, Education, and International Social Science)
・ Four undergraduate colleges (Engineering Science, Education and Human Science, Economics, and Business Administration)
・ Over 600 faculty members, 7,400 undergraduate students, 2,400 graduate (460 of them are international students).
For further information, please visit website (http://www.ynu.ac.jp/english/index.html)
How to reach Yokohama National University
Accommodation during three-weeks stay at Yokohama is prepared for all participants. Three residences with easy access to campus, as well as the Yokohama city center, are provided to ensure a convenient stay. The cost will be in the range of 2,800-7,800 yen per night, depending on the type of rooms. The cost of accommodation is not included in the registration fee. For detail information about accommodation please refer to
Yokohama is a vibrant port city located 30 minutes by train to the south of Tokyo. It is the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture and Japan's second largest city, with a population of over three million. Towards the end of the Edo Period (1603-1867), during which Japan maintained a policy of self-isolation, Yokohama's port was one of the first to be opened to foreign trade in 1859. Consequently, Yokohama quickly grew from a small fishing village into one of Japan's major cities. Until today, Yokohama remains popular among expats, has one of the world's largest Chinatown in Japan, and preserves some former Western residences in the Yamate district.
The Yokohama city can be accessed from major cities in Japan and from international flights to Tokyo.
For further information about city access, please refer to http://www.yokohamajapan.com/transportation/getting-to-yokohama/