Seymour M.J. Spence

Assistant Professor

Office:  2350 Hayward, 2148 GG Brown
Phone:  (734) 764-8419
Fax:  (734) 764-4292
Email:  smjs@umich.edu

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2350 Hayward, 2148 GG Brown
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2125

  • Ph.D., University of Florence, Italy, and TU Braunschweig, Germany, 2009
  • M.S., University of Perugia, Italy, 2005
  • Japan Association for Wind Engineering (JAWE) Award for Publishing, 2013.
  • PhD fellowship, University of Florence, 2006 - 2008.
  • Tuition fellowship, Cornell University, graduate school, 2007.
  • ADISU fellowship, University of Perugia, 2004 - 2005.
  • ADISU fellowship, University of Perugia, 2003 - 2004.
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE).
  • Member, Italian Association of Wind Engineering (ANIV).
  • Member, Center of Research on Structural Aerodynamics and Wind Engineering (CRIACIV) at the University of Florence

My main research interests lie in the areas of system and component reliability and performance-based design (PBD), reliability-based design optimization (RBDO), probabilistic modeling and propagation of uncertainty, wind engineering and experimental wind tunnel testing, topology optimization, aerodynamic shape optimization, data-driven modeling and design strategies. In addition, I would like to expand my research efforts to other relevant areas such as data-informed optimal monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure systems and multi-hazard engineering and optimization of structural systems.

Spence, S.M.J., Kareem, A. (2014). “Performance-Based Design and Optimization of Uncertain Wind-Excited Dynamic Building Systems.” Engineering Structures (in press)

Kwon, D.K., Spence, S.M.J., Kareem, A. (2014). “A Cyberbased Data-Enabled Design Framework for High-Rise Buildings Driven by Synchronously Measured Surface Pressures.” Advances in Engineering Software (in press)

Bobby, S., Spence, S.M.J., Bernardini, E., Kareem, A. (2014). “Performance-Based Topology Optimization for Wind-Excited Tall Buildings: A Framework.” Engineering Structures, 74, 242-255.

Spence, S.M.J., Kareem, A. (2014). “Tall Buildings and Damping: A Concept-Based Data-Driven Model.” Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, 140(5), 04014005.

Wei, D., Spence, S.M.J., Kareem, A., Jemcov, A. (2014). “A Structured Mesh Boundary Motion Approach for Simulating Wind Effects on Bluff Bodies with Changing Boundaries.” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics,126, 118–131.

Spence, S.M.J., Bernardini, E., Guo, Y., Kareem, A., Gioffrè, M. (2014). “Natural Frequency Coalescing and Amplitude Dependent Damping in the Wind-Excited Response of Tall Buildings.” Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 35, 108-117.

Spence, S.M.J., Kareem, A. (2013). “Data-Enabled Design and Optimization (DEDOpt): Tall Steel Building Frameworks.” Computers & Structures, 129(12), 134–147.

Kareem, A., Spence, S.M.J., Bernardini, E., Bobby, S., Wei, D. (2013). “Using Computational Fluid Dynamics to Optimize Tall Building Design.” CTBUH Journal, 3, 38-43.

Bernardini, E., Spence, S.M.J., Kareem, A. (2013). “A Probabilistic Approach for the Full Response Estimation of Tall Buildings with 3D Modes Using the HFFB.” Structural Safety, 44, 91–101.

Bernardini, E., Spence, S.M.J., Gioffrè, M. (2012). “Dynamic Response Estimation of Tall Buildings with 3D Modes: A Probabilistic Approach to the High Frequency Force Balance Method.” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 104-106, 56-64.

Bernardini, E., Spence, S.M.J., Gioffrè, M. (2012). “Effects of the Aerodynamic Uncertainties in HFFB Loading Schemes on the Response of Tall Buildings with Coupled Dynamic Modes.” Engineering Structures, 42, 329-341.

Spence, S.M.J., Gioffrè, M. (2012). “Large Scale Reliability-Based Design Optimization of Wind Excited Tall Buildings.” Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, 28, 206-215. (4th most downloaded Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics paper of 2012)

Spence, S.M.J., Gioffrè, M. (2011). “Efficient Algorithms for the Reliability Optimization of Tall Buildings.” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 99, 691-699.

Spence, S.M.J., Bernardini, E., Gioffrè, M. (2011). “Influence of the Wind Load Correlation on the Estimation of the Generalized Forces for 3D Coupled Tall Buildings.” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 99, 757-766.

Cluni, F., Gusella, V., Spence, S.M.J., Bartoli, G. (2011). “Wind Action on Regular and Irregular Tall Buildings: Higher Order Moment Statistical Analysis by HFFB and SMPSS Measurements.” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 99, 682-690.

Spence, S.M.J., Gioffrè, M., Grigoriu, M. (2008). “Probabilistic Models and Simulation of Irregular Masonry Walls.” Journal of Engineering Mechanics, ASCE, 134(9), 750-762.


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