Early Career Lecture

Alba Sofi

University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Italy

Title: Random vibrations in the presence of interval uncertainties

Alba Sofi is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures at the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In 2017, she got the National Scientific Qualification as a Full Professor of Mechanics of Solids and Structures.

She received her PhD degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Palermo (Italy), in 2002. Then, pursued research as a Post-Doctoral Fellow (2002-2004) at the University of Messina and as a Research Assistant (2004) at the University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria (Italy). In 2004, she was appointed as a Visiting Scholar at Rice University (USA). Prof. Sofi held Visiting Fellow positions at Oxford University (2016-2019) and at the University of New South Wales in Australia (Aug-Nov 2017). She was a Visiting Professor at Guangzhou University (2018) and Xidian University (2019, 2021) in China.

Prof. Sofi serves as an Associate Editor of the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems. She is a member of several Editorial Boards including the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, Advances in Engineering Software, and the Journal of Infrastructure Preservation and Resilience.

Prof. Sofi received the Editor’s Award for the Best Paper published in 2020 in the ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering.

She co-chaired the 9th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing (REC 2021) and has served on the scientific committees of many international conferences. She is a member both of the American Society of Civil Engineers (M.ASCE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (M.ASME), and of the Committee on Probability and Statistics in the Physical Sciences of the Bernoulli Society.

Prof. Sofi’s primary research interests focus on: stochastic dynamics; probabilistic and non-probabilistic approaches for uncertainty quantification with specific expertise in interval analysis; computational mechanics; bridge-vehicle dynamic interaction; cable dynamics; and non-local elasticity theory. She has published over 100 technical papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has been involved in several research projects supported by the Italian Ministry of University and Research.

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