Keynote Speakers

Kamal H. Khayat
Kamal H. Khayat is the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla, MO where he has been since August 2011. He was Professor of Civil Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke in Canada between 1990 and 2011. He serves as director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies at Missouri S&T and director of the Tier-1 University Transportation Center for Research on Concrete Applications for Sustainable Transportation (RE-CAST). He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2018 ACI Wason Medal for the Most Meritorious paper published by the institute. Dr. Khayat is Fellow of ACI and of RILEM. His research interests include rheology of cement-based materials and the design of advanced cement-based materials in construction, including self-consolidating concrete, high-performance, underwater concrete, fibre-reinforced concrete, ultra-high performance concrete and grouts. Dr. Khayat has conducted pioneer work in the field of rheology and self-consolidating concrete and has authored and co-authored over 425 technical papers.
Geert De Schutter
Geert De Schutter is full professor ‘Concrete Technology’ and ERC Advanced Grant holder at Ghent University, Belgium. He is Master of Science (Ghent University, 1990) and Ph.D. (Ghent University, 1996) in Civil Engineering. He is member of RILEM, ACI and fib, and is laureate of several national and international awards, among which RILEM Robert L’hermite Award 2001 and ACI Anderson Medal in 2014. His research interests include rheology and casting, hydration and microstructure development, and durability of cementitious materials.
Nicolas Roussel
Nicolas Roussel graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1998 and is now leading the research activities dealing with mix design and processing of construction materials at IFSTTAR, FRANCE. He is editor in chief of RILEM technical letters, deputy editor in chief of Materials and Structures and chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of RILEM. He has received in 2007 the Robert L'Hermite medal for his work on rheology of fresh concrete. With a Thompson Reuters H-index of 31, he is the author of more than 80 ISI papers and was ranked among the 150 most cited researchers in civil engineering in the Shanghai's Global Ranking of Academics. His research focuses on innovative processing technologies. It includes mixing and dispersion, centrifugation and granulation, vibration and compaction, spraying and coating and automation in construction.
Robert J. Flatt
Robert J. Flatt is Professor for Physical Chemistry of Building Materials at ETH Zürich since 2010. Before he was Principal Scientist at Sika Technology AG and postdoctoral researcher at the Princeton University. He owns a master in Chemical Engineering and a PhD from EPFL (Switzerland). Prof. Flatt is currently Deputy Director of the Swiss National Competence Centre on Digital Fabrication in Architecture.
His main research topics are the working mechanisms of chemical admixtures, digital fabrication with concrete and the preservation of built cultural heritage. He earned several important awards including the 2016 Swiss Technology Award, two Concrete Innovation Awards (2014, 2017), the RILEM Medal and the Sandmeyer Award from the Swiss Chemical Society for outstanding contribution to industrial and applied chemistry. Robert is also fellow of the American Ceramic Society.
Caijun Shi
Professor Caijun Shi received his PhD from the University of Calgary, Canada. He is currently vice president of Asia Concrete Federation, chair Professor in the College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University. Dr. Shi serves on many ACI and RILEM technical committees. His research interests include characterization and utilization of industrial by-products and waste materials, design and testing of cement and concrete materials, development and evaluation of cement additives and concrete admixtures, solid and hazardous waste management. He has developed several novel technologies and products, and has been granted several patents. He has authored and co-authored more than 310 technical papers and several books. In recognizing his contributions to research in waste management and concrete technology, he was elected as a fellow of International Energy Foundation in 2001, of American Concrete Institute in 2007 and of RILEM in 2016.
Professor Dipl. – Chem. Johann PlankJohann Plank
Professor Dipl. – Chem. Johann Plank is full professor for Construction Chemistry and head of the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at Technische Universität München. He studied chemistry in Regensburg, Germany and in 1980 earned a Ph.D. degree there. He then joined SKW Trostberg as a research group leader, construction polymers and founded SKW’s oilfield chemicals business before he became General Manager of SKW Construction Polymers GmbH in 1997. In 2001, he joined Technische Universität München, Germany, as a full professor for Construction Chemistry. His current research interests include cement and admixture chemistry for concrete, gypsum, mortar and oil well cementing. Prof. Plank has published about 400 scientific papers, holds 40 patents in the field of construction admixtures and has received many awards and honorary professorships from universities in Japan, China, Singapore and Thailand.
Jon E. WallevikJon E. Wallevik
Jon E. Wallevik is currently employed at the Innovation Center Iceland. Before this, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Physics (University of Iceland) and degree in Civil Engineering (Norwegian University of Science and Technology - NTNU). He has received research price from the Norwegian Concrete Association for his research. During the last 2 decades, Wallevik has been involved in computational research in which most of it is related to rheology of the fresh cementitious material. This includes analysis of rheological devices, casting process, segregation and thixotropic behavior. He has been much involved in development of CFD solvers, as well as calculations on supercomputers.


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Important Dates

  • 30 Nov 2018 - Abstract due (extended)
  • 15 Dec 2018 - Abstract acceptance
  • 15 Feb 2019 - Full manuscript due
  • 1 Apr 2019 - Manuscript acceptance
  • 18 Apr 2019 - Final manuscript due
  • 8 - 11 Sept 2019 - RheoCon2 & SCC9



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