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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Beer

Telefon:+49 511 762 5986
Fax:+49 511 762 4756
Anschrift:Callinstraße 34, 30167 Hannover
Raum: 110 (3407)
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Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen:

  • Fakultät für Bauingenieurwesen und Geodäsie



  • Doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.), 2001, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Masters degree (Dipl.-Ing.), 1995, Technische Universität Dresden
  • Technical Translator Russian - German for Civil Engineering, 1993, Technische Universität Dresden

Employment History

since 2015Professor (full, tenured) and Head, Institute for Risk and Reliability, Leibniz Universität Hannover
since 2011Professor (full, tenured) of Uncertainty in Engineering,
University of Liverpool, School of Engineering & Institute for Risk and Uncertainty (since 2015 part time)
since 2015Guest Professor (part time), Tongji University, College of Civil Engineering, Dept. of Structural Engineering & Shanghai Institute for Disaster Prevention and Relief & International Joint Research Center for Engineering Reliability and Stochastic Mechanics (host: Prof. Jie Li & Prof. Jianbing Chen)
2014 – 2015Founding Director of the EPSRC and ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments, University of Liverpool
2012 – 2015Founding Director of the Institute for Risk & Uncertainty, University of Liverpool
2007 – 2011Assistant Professor, National University of Singapore, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Centre for Hazards Research & Centre for Offshore Research and Engineering
2004 – 2007

Project Leader, Research and Teaching Associate, Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Statics and Dynamics of Structures
2003 – 2004Visiting Scholar (Feodor Lynen Fellowship granted by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation), Rice University, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (host: Prof. Pol D. Spanos)
1995 – 2003Research Assistant, Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Statics and Dynamics of Structures

Honours and Awards

2016Certificate for Highly Cited Research in Structural Safety, Editors of Structural Safety and Elsevier Publishers
2014Certificate of Appreciation for “Extraordinary Efforts Towards Organizing The Second International Conference on Risk and Uncertainty (ICVRAM-ISUMA)”, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Council on Disaster Risk Management (CDRM)
2007CADLM PRIZE 2007 – Intelligent Optimal Design (2007), CADLM France, best paper award (together with Dr. Martin Liebscher, DYNAmore GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany)
2003Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
2002Kurt Beyer Award for outstanding doctoral thesis, Technische Universität Dresden and HOCHTIEF Construction AG (Germany)

Wilhelm Gotthelf Lohrmann Medal for excellent study achievement (highest possible grade point average across all subjects – 1.0), Technische Universität Dresden

Keynote, Plenary and Special Invited Lectures


Keynote Lecture at ASCE-ICVRAM-ISUMA 2018: Third International Conference on Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and Management and Seventh International Symposium on Uncertainty Modeling and Analysis, Florianopolis, Brazil, April 8–11
Title: Reliability Assessment with Limited and Vague Information

2017Special Invited Lecture at the Transport Safety Forum, Intelligent Transportation Systems Research Center, Professor Xinping Yan, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China, May 11
Title: Reliability Assessment of Complex Systems in Uncertain Environments
2017Keynote Lecture at the Final Workshop of the Research Training Group 1462 "Model Quality Assessment", Faculty of Civil Engineering, Professor Frank Werner, Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Germany, April 26-28
Title: Efficient Reliability Analysis of Systems in Uncertain Environments
2016Plenary Lecture at EUROMECH: Conference on Multi-Uncertainty and Multi-Scale Methods and Related Applications, Porto, Portugal, September 14–16
Title: Coherent Models for Aleatory and Epistemic Uncertainties
2016Keynote Lecture at ISRERM2016: 5th International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, August 17–20
Title: Reliability Assessment of Systems with Limited Information
2016Keynote Lecture at REC2016: 7th International Workshop on Reliable Engineering Computing, Bochum, Germany, June 15–17
Title: Dealing with Vague and Limited Information in Uncertainty Quantification
2016Keynote Lecture at APSSRA 2016: 6th Asian-Pacific Symposium on Structural Reliability and its Applications, Shanghai, China, May 28–30
Title: Do We Have Compatible Concepts of Epistemic Uncertainty ?
2015Keynote Lecture at ICMR 2015: 3rd International Conference on Materials and Reliability, Jeju, Korea, November 23–25
Title: Selected Developments in Uncertainty Quantification
2014Plenary Lecture at ESREL 2014: XXIV. European Safety and Reliability Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, September 14–18
Title: Conceptual Directions in Uncertainty Quantification
2014Special Review Lecture at CST 2014: Twelfth International Conference on Computational Structures Technology, Naples, Italy, September 2–5
Title: Conceptual comparison of Bayesian approaches and imprecise probabilities
2013Thematic Plenary Lecture at APCOM & ISCM 2013: 5th Asia-Pacific Congress for Computational Mechanics & 4th International Symposium on Computational Mechanics, Singapore, December 11–14
Title: Uncertainty quantification: selected approaches
2013Keynote Lecture at IEEE SSCI CIES: IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence, Symposium on Computational Intelligence for Engineering Solutions, Singapore, April 16–19
Title: Computational Intelligence in Structural Analysis and Design
2012Opening Keynote Lecture at REC2012: 5th International Conference on Reliable Engineering Computing, Brno, Czech Republic, June 13–15
Title: Generalized models for uncertainty and imprecision in engineering

Keynote Lecture at the International Workshop on Actuarial & Financial Mathematics: Theory & Applications, Liverpool, UK, June 7
Title: Coping with uncertainty and vague environments: mathematical models and engineering applications
2011Plenary Lecture at ASME IMECE 2011: ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Track 20 Applied Stochastic Optimization, Uncertainty and Probability, Denver, CO, USA, November 11–17
Title: Imprecise Probabilities in Engineering Systems and Structures
2011Keynote Lecture at the International Workshop on Risk, Reliability and Uncertainty, Liverpool, UK, March 17–18
Title: Robust Design via Explorative Data Analysis
2009Invited Special Lecture at CSC2009: First International Conference on Soft Computing Technology in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, September 1–4
Title: Non-traditional Prospects in the Simultaneous Treatment of Uncertainty and Imprecision
2007Award Lecture at the Workshop on Advanced Design Optimization of Materials, Structures and Mechanical Systems, Xi’an, China, December 17–20 presentation of the paper awarded with the CADLM INTELLIGENT OPTIMAL DESIGN PRIZE
Title: Designing Robust Structures – A Nonlinear Simulation Based Approach

Professional Activities

Professional Societies

  • Feodor Lynen Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (since 2003)
  • European Safety and Reliability Association (Member since 2014)
  • International Association for Structural Safety And Reliability (Member since 2005)
  • Civil Engineering Risk and Reliability Association (Member since 2011)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (Member since 2004), Charter Member of the ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute (since 2008), Member of the Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD) and IRD Risk And Resilience Measurements Committee (since 2015)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Member since 2009), Member of the ASME Research Committee on Risk Technology (since 2013)
  • International Association for Computational Mechanics (Member since 2002)
  • German Association of Computing in Civil Engineering (Member since 2016)
  • German Association for Computational Mechanics (Member since 2002)
  • Committee on Probability and Statistics in the Physical Sciences C(PS)2 under the auspices of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability (chair 2018–2020, member 2015–2017)
  • European Association of Structural Dynamics, Technical Committee (Invited Member since 2009), Subcommittees Theoretical, computational and experimental research and Updating and identification with experiments and inverse problems
  • Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Society of Singapore (Secretary 2010–2011, Committee Member 2007–2010)

Editorial Appointments

Editor in Chief:Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering (Springer)
together with Ioannis Kougioumtzoglou, Edoardo Patelli, Ivan Siu Kui Au
Associate Editor:

ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems
Part A: Civil Engineering
Part B: Mechanical Engineering

International Journal of Reliability and Safety

Editorial Boards:Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics
Structural Safety
Computers and Structures
Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing
International Journal of Computational Methods
International Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Hazard Mitigation
International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering
International Journal of Engineering Under Uncertainty: Hazards Assessment and Mitigation
Transactions of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava Construction Series
Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering