Keynote Speakers

Marco Casini
Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Prof. Marco Casini is a leading academic in the Green and Smart Building sector with over 20 years experience in Building Sciences.
He is an environmental engineer, PhD in Environmental Engineering and Research Fellow in Architecture Technology at Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Urban Planning, Design and Architecture Technology. Since 2002 he has been Professor of Architecture Technology and of Environmental Certification of Buildings at the Faculty of Architecture of Sapienza University where he also teaches in several Master's, PhD and Graduate schools on subjects pertaining to Energy and Environmental Sustainability for Buildings. Dr. Casini's research activities cover a wide spectrum of topics within sustainable architectural design and energy efficiency of buildings, focusing on advanced materials and nanotechnologies for smart building envelopes as well as integrated renewable energy systems. He worked as scientific coordinator on major projects including the development of "Italian regional system for the certification of environmental sustainability of buildings - Protocollo ITACA Lazio" (2014) and the preparation of the "Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Rome" within the European Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (2012). Dr. Casini's professional activity has included scientific and technical consultancy on technological, environmental and energy aspects related to the design and construction of complex building structures worldwide, as well as training on Green Building and Smart Cities strategies and policy making for Italian public authorities (Prime Minister's Cabinet, Ministry of Internal affairs, Regione Lazio).


Fabio Tosti
University of West London, UK

Prof. Dr. Fabio Tosti (IEEE M’17–SM’19) received the M.Sc. and Eng. degrees (cum laude) in Infrastructure and Transportation Engineering from Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, in 2010, and the Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering with European Doctorate Label (excellent rating) from Roma Tre University, in 2014. A registered Chartered Engineer, he is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the School of Computing and Engineering, University of West London (UWL), London, U.K., and the Director of “The Faringdon Research Centre for Non-Destructive Testing and Remote Sensing” at UWL. His research interests include the development of new algorithms, methodologies, and models for geoscience applications and the non-destructive and satellite remote sensing assessment, repair, and maintenance of civil and green infrastructure. He has authored/co-authored over 220 research publication records in international journals, conferences, and books and delivered numerous keynote and invited lectures. Prof. Tosti was a recipient of the ECSs Award by the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in 2017 and several Best Paper Awards at International Conferences, including the 2023 International Conference on Geographic Information and Remote Sensing Technology (GIRST 2023), the 2021 IEEE Asia–Pacific Conference on Geoscience, Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology (AGERS2021) and the IEEE 2020 43rd International Conference on Telecommunications and Signal Processing (TSP2020). He was the General Co-Chair of the 3rd and 2nd International Workshop on Signal Processing Techniques for Ground Penetrating Radar Applications in 2022 and 2020 (TSP—IEEE Conf. Record 49548), respectively, and he served as the main organiser, scientific committee member and chair of technical sessions in 50+ international conferences and workshops. He served as the managing guest editor for various journals. He is the Editor-in-Chief of NDT (MDPI), and an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering (IJPE), Remote Sensing (MDPI), Frontiers in Remote Sensing, Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI), and the Journal of Railway Engineering.


Haluk Akgün
Middle East Technical University (METU) Istanbul, Turkey

Professor Akgün received his Bachelor’s degree from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Geological Engineering in 1981 and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona, Department of Geological Engineering in 1986 and 1990, respectively. Professor Akgün is a faculty member at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Department of Geological Engineering, Ankara, Turkey since 1995 and Associate Editors of The Journal of Solid Waste Technology & Management and Environmental Geosciences journal. He was employed as a Senior Design Associate at Environtech Consultants, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida, during 1990-1992 and, as a Senior Geotechnical/Geo-environmental Engineer at Geotech, Inc., Maple Shade, New Jersey during 1993-1995 before becoming a faculty member at METU. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with specializations in engineering geology and geotechnical engineering. Professor Akgün has authored a total of 2 international book chapters, 2 international encyclopedia chapters, 60 international journal papers and 74 international conference papers.


Pietro Meriggi
Roma Tre University, Italy

Pietro Meriggi is an Assistant Professor (RTD/A researcher) in structural Engineering (SSD ICAR09, Tecnica delle Costruzioni – Building Technology) at the Department of Civil, Computer Science and Aeronautical Technologies Engineering of Roma Tre University. He is a member of the Structures Research Group and lecturer for the MSc Course of Sustainable Structural Design and Retrofitting.

Born in 1992, he got his BSc in 2014, his MSc in 2017, and his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2021 at Roma Tre University. During the PhD he was a Visiting PhD Student at Laboratoire des Matériaux Composites pour la Construction (LMC2) – Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France (November 2019), and at IFSTTAR – Université Gustave Eiffel – Laboratoire Navier, Champs sur Marne (Paris), France (January – March 2020). Before getting his current position, he was a postdoctoral research assistant at Roma Tre University (2021-
Pietro's scientific field of interest is the analysis, monitoring and preservation of existing and historical buildings, with a particular focus in the conservation of cultural heritage. Laboratory and field testing of both traditional and innovative materials and of full-scale masonry structural members, analytical and numerical (discrete element modelling – DEM) analysis of the static and seismic behaviour of masonry constructions, development and design of composite systems for structural strengthening (FRCM, CRM), non-destructive surveying and monitoring of existing structures with innovative digital systems (digital photogrammetry and image/video processing techniques), are the main activities carried out by Pietro in his research work.
On these topics, Pietro was/is involved in research projects and consulting activities, and is author of 33 scientific publications including papers in International Journals, Conference proceedings, a guideline and a contribution to a volume on his PhD Thesis, which was awarded as best doctoral thesis of the three-year period 2018-2020 in "Innovation in Concrete Structures and Cementitious Materials (4th edition)" by Federbeton - ACI Italy Chapter.
He was/is reviewer of International Scientific Journals and research projects, invited speaker at the ACI Italy Chapter - Innovation in Concrete Structures and Cementitious Materials 2020 and at the Research Seminar Programme “Concrete and Earthquake Engineering Group” 2021 (University of Sheffield, UK). He is Invited Young Teacher at the International Summer School on Historic Masonry Structures (since 2021). He has been co-supervisor of about 20 MSc Theses at Roma Tre Univerisity and of 2 M1 Theses of ENS Paris-Saclay’s Students.
Pietro has recently been involved in International Technical Committees, including the RILEM TC 250-CSM “Composites for sustainable strengthening of masonry” and the ACI 549 0L – RILEM TC 250 CSM Liaison Subcommittee “Design and Construction of Externally Bonded Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (FRCM) Systems for Repair and Strengthening Masonry Structures”.
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