Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Beer

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Beer
Callinstraße 34
30167 Hannover
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Beer
Callinstraße 34
30167 Hannover


  • Employment History

    since 2015
    Professor (full, tenured) and Head, Institute for Risk and Reliability, Leibniz Universität Hannover

    since 2011
    Professor (full, tenured) of Uncertainty in Engineering,
    University of Liverpool, School of Engineering & Institute for Risk and Uncertainty (since 2015 part time)

    since 2015
    Guest 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 – 2015
    Founding 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 – 2015
    Founding Director of the Institute for Risk & Uncertainty, University of Liverpool

    2007 – 2011
    Assistant 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 – 2004
    Visiting 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 – 2003
    Research Assistant, Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Statics and Dynamics of Structures

  • Education

    Doctoral degree (Dr.-Ing.), Technische Universität Dresden

    Masters degree (Dipl.-Ing.), Technische Universität Dresden

    Technical Translator Russian - German for Civil Engineering, Technische Universität Dresden

  • Honours and Awards

    Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Safety & Reliability Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers 2020, best paper award (together with Hindolo George-Williams, Geng Feng, Frank P.A. Coolen, Edoardo Patelli)

    Certificate for Highly Cited Research in Structural Safety, Editors of Structural Safety and Elsevier Publishers (together with Yi Zhang, Ser Tong Quek, Kok Kwang Phoon)

    Certificate 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)

    CADLM PRIZE 2007 – Intelligent Optimal Design (2007), CADLM France, best paper award (together with Dr. Martin Liebscher, DYNAmore GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany)

    Feodor-Lynen Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation

    Kurt 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

  • Professional Memberships and Activities

    Chair (2018-2020): Committee on Probability and Statistics in the Physical Sciences C(PS)2 under the auspices of the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability (member 2015–2018)

    Board of Directors (2020-2028): International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management  

    Executive Board Member (since 2018): International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (ISRERM) 

    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)

    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)

  • Keynote, Plenary and Special Invited Lectures


    Keynote Lecture at the 17th International Probabilistic Workshop 2019, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, September 11-13
    Title: Uncertainty Quantification under Vague Conditions

    Keynote Lecture at the 9th International Conference on Quality, Reliability, Risk, Maintenance, and Safety Engineering 2019, Zhangjiajie, China, August 6–9 
    Title: Efficient Systems Analysis Addressing Complexity and Uncertainties  

    Keynote Lecture at ASCE Engineering Mechanics Institute International Conference 2018,
    Shanghai, China, November 2–4, 2018
    Title: Analyzing Complex Systems Under Epistemic Uncertainties

    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

    Special 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

    Keynote 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

    Plenary 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

    Keynote 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

    Keynote 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

    Keynote 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 ?

    Keynote Lecture at ICMR 2015: 3rd International Conference on Materials and Reliability, Jeju, Korea, November 23–25
    Title: Selected Developments in Uncertainty Quantification

    Plenary Lecture at ESREL 2014: XXIV. European Safety and Reliability Conference, Wroclaw, Poland, September 14–18
    Title: Conceptual Directions in Uncertainty Quantification

    Special 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

    Thematic 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

    Keynote 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

    Opening 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

    Plenary 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

    Keynote Lecture at the International Workshop on Risk, Reliability and Uncertainty, Liverpool, UK, March 17–18
    Title: Robust Design via Explorative Data Analysis

    Invited 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

    Award 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

  • Editorships

    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

    Computers and Structures

    International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification

    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

    Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing

    Periodica Polytechnica Civil Engineering

    Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics

    Structural Safety

    Transactions of the VSB - Technical University of Ostrava Construction Series