Decision making; Bayesian data analysis; Expected utility theory; Heuristic; Mechanical Equivalent; Structural Health Monitoring; SHM Value of Information; Elicitation process.
Andrea Verzobio achieved his master’s degree in civil engineering with full marks and honors at the University of Trento, Italy, in 2016. The dissertation was about the estimation of Bayesian parameters about a damage plasticity model for diverse types of intact rock, regarding the Brenner BasisTunnel (BBT). He was an assistant researcher at the same university from November 2016 to March 2017. Currently, he is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. The supervisors are Prof. Daniele Zonta (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Prof. John Quigley (Department of Management Science). His research activities include decision making, Bayesian data analysis, expected utility theory, heuristic, mechanical equivalent, Structural Health Monitoring, SHM Value of Information and elicitation process. He is writing papers for the main conferences in his field of interest, including IWSHM, EWSHM, SHMII, ICOSSAR, SPIE, ICASP and IABMAS
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Carbon capture and storage (CCS); Modelling; Industrial organization theory; Micro-economics; Policy frameworks; Environmental Policy; Carbon capture and utilization (CCU).
Giorgio Cabrera is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom. He firstly achieved his undergraduate studies and masters’ degree at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Respectively, he obtained a 2:1 score in his bachelor’s degree studying Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences, and then achieved a first with distinction in Applied Mathematical Science for his masters’ degree.
Giorgio’s PhD research interest is modelling the economic feasibility of carbon capture and storage (CCS) at a firm level. The specific methodology that he uses is an industrial organization approach, a field in economics. CCS is a mitigation strategy that achieves large carbon dioxide emissions in both the power and industrial sector. However, its current deployment state is nowhere near its full potential and required contribution to the global phenomenon of global warming. Therefore, Giorgio is also interested in finding policy solutions to inform the relevant stakeholders of the ongoing problems with CCS. His main PhD supervisors are Prof. John Quigley (Department of Management Science), Dr. Alex Dickson and Dr. David Comerford (both in the Department of Economics).
Currently, Giorgio is also on an exchange program funded by the Global Engagement (GE). GE is a Strathclyde Staff funding support to develop and enhance strategic, sustainable, and mutually beneficial collaborations with leading academic institutions and organizations outside of the United Kingdom. Thus, at the moment Giorgio is an international visiting PhD student at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He will be at University of Waterloo (UW) for six months working not only to develop a deeper understanding of his current works, but also pursue further research works on the topic of carbon capture and utilization (CCU). CCU is a process that reutilizes carbon dioxide emission that helps the conversion of useful products – e.g. bio-fuels, chemicals, plastics and many more. His co-supervisors working with him at UW are Prof. Eric Croiset, Prof. Peter Douglas (both in the Department of Chemical Engineering) and Associate Prof. Alain Nimubona (Department of Economics).
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