To address the fundamental issues of the Workshop, we invited both senior researchers who have a broad view of the field and some of the most promising young researchers who will lead the activities in the decades to come. The workshop comprises presentation and discussion sessions. We will first examine the state of knowledge in light of the lessons learned from recent major earthquakes. Then we will solicit the views form Japan, Asia, Europe and America on the new directions for performance-based seismic engineering. In these path-forward sessions, the group coordinator and six or seven speakers from each region will present their vision of where seismic engineering needs to be to enable our profession to better steward the build environment and make our society more resilient to natural disasters, and what needs to be done to get there. Then, we intend to foster small-group discussion on: design of new structures, evaluation and improvement of existing structures and infrastructure, implementation in engineering practice to immediately affect the resilience of our communities, and new research to develop and adopt new civil/structural technologies and modeling tools. Different approaches in the world and their eventual synergetic effects on future development will be examined and discussed, as well as ideas how to coordinate efforts among the world-leading engineering communities. Finally, we intend to merge the conclusions into a common set of workshop resolutions.
The written contributions for the workshop, together with the conclusions and resolutions, will be published in a book printed by Springer. We hope that this book will become again an important reference publication in the field of PBSE.