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Yaning Qiao

I am an Associate Professor at China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT) and leader of the Institute of Engineering Management (IEM) at the School of Mechanics and Civil Engineering, CUMT. I received my Ph.D. degree from Nottingham Transportation Engineering Center (NTEC), the University of Nottingham in 2015. I serve as the secretary of Task Group 4: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of RILEM Technical Committee 264-RAP (Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement). We organized one of the earliest international LCA webinars on asphalt recycling.

I have nearly 10 years’ research and practical experience in resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure. My research mainly investigates impacts of climate change on pavement systems, flooded pavement assessment, risk-based decision-making, agent-based evacuation modeling, life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA), and LCA. I’m the primary developer for a risk-based post-flooding roadway operation decision-making simulation tool (“the Decision Tree Tool”) for the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). I also work with Pavement Management Systems (PMS) data, including U.S. Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) PMS, British PMS from Highways England (HAPMS), and Swedish PMS.

I visited the University of Twente for a week in November 2019. I found that the relevant research in the area of civil infrastructure and transportation resilience at the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering is urgent and timely. The outcomes of my visit include drafts of several papers related to impacts of climate change on pavement life cycle costs and LCA for RAP with Dr. João Oliveira dos Santos. I fully believe that the outcomes of my visit will strengthen my collaboration with the University of Twente and pave the way for long-term strategic collaboration.

Our economy, society, and transportation are facing various challenges in this new century, such as climate change, more interdependency among systems, and social, economic and environmental challenges. During my visit, I learned that the 4TU Centre for Resilience Engineering invests great efforts to advance knowledge to solve these challenges and other relevant issues. I believe the gained knowledge and experiences will not only be important for the Netherlands to cope with these future challenges but will also be meaningful for enhancing resilience internationally.