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Auburn University Samuel Ginn College of Engineering

The 6th International Conference on Protective Structures (ICPS6)

Focusing on basic and applied research for the protection of civil infrastructure
May 14 – 17, 2023

Auburn, AL

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Thank you to our Sponsors

Dear Colleagues:
On behalf of the International Association of Protective Structures, Dr. Catie Stephens and I invite you to participate in the 6th International Conference on Protective Structures to be convened at Auburn University on May 14, 2023. This will be the first ICPS in this region of the world and represents a rare opportunity to interact and share with peers and researchers of other countries on this very important subject. Please add ICPS6 to your calendar.

James S. Davidson
Gottlieb Professor of Structural Engineering
Auburn University

Catherine S. Stephens
Director, International Research Office
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center


Mission and Theme

The 6 th International Conference on Protective Structures will be convened at Auburn University. This will be the first ICPS in this region of the world and represents a rare opportunity to interact and share with peers and researchers of other nations on this very important subject. The overall mission of ICPS is to promote protective structures research and facilitate interaction between researchers on an international scale.  It is one component of a three colleague-development and dissemination mechanism: (1) ICPS, (2) International Association of Protective Structures , and (3) International Journal of Protective Structures. The conference will focus on basic and applied research for the protection of civil infrastructure (buildings, bridges, pipelines, dams, etc.) against natural and man-made explosion, impact and other extreme loadings. The conference follows the 1 st ICPS in Manchester England in 2010, and 2 nd ICPS/ISIEMS in Potsdam Germany in 2013, 3 rd ICPS in Newcastle Australia in 2015, 4 th ICPS in Beijing China in 2016 and 5 th ICPS in Poznan Poland in 2018. 


The conference welcomes presentations on a broad range of analytical and experimental research associated with protection of persons and assets against extreme loading such as explosions (deliberate and accidental), tsunamis, extreme wind, vehicle impact, etc.  Example topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Response of structures and structural elements to explosion and impact loads
  • Blast and impact resistant design of structures
  • Techniques for mitigating blast load and penetration effects
  • Strengthening and retrofitting techniques
  • Projectile penetration and perforation mechanics
  • Collateral damage estimation
  • Numerical simulation and modelling
  • Probabilistic and uncertainty modelling
  • Experimental techniques
  • Material behavior at high strain rates
  • Vehicle impact with civil structures
  • Protection of industrial structures
  • Impact induced by tsunamis, extreme wind, and other natural disasters
  • Innovative materials for protection applications
  • Bridge and tunnel protection
  • Post-event evaluation and performance assessment
  • Structural collapse mitigation strategies
  • Safety, reliability and cost-effectiveness of structural design and strengthening







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Auburn University, USA

Aviation School of Borj El Amri, Tunisia

Battelle Memorial Institute, USA

Beijing Institute of Technology, China

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain

Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Construction Research Centre, National Research Council Canada

Curtin University, Australia

Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic

Dalian University of Technology, China

Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, India

Ecole Polytechnique d’Agadir, Morocco

Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut EMI, Germany

French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis, France

George Mason University, USA

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Georgian Technical University, Georgia

Guangzhou University, China

Imperial College London, UK

ICITECH-Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Institute of Construction Materials, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Institute for Structural Engineering, University of Armed Forces, Germany

Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, India

Iowa State University, USA

Kangwon National University, South Korea

Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology, South Korea

Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, South Korea

Korea University, South Korea

Laboratory for Concrete Structures and Structural Engineering, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Lehigh University, USA

Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Lorraine University, France

Materials and Process Mechanics Laboratory (LMMP), National Superior School of Engineers of Tunis (ENSIT), Tunisia

Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

Michigan State University, USA

Muroran Institute of Technology, Japan

Muslim University, India

National Defense Academy, Japan

National University of Singapore

Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

Ocean University of China

Paris-Saclay University, France

Poznan University of Technology, Poland

Purdue University, USA

Purdue Applied Research Institute, USA

RMIT University, Australia

Royal Military Academy, Propellant Explosives and Blast Engineering Department, Belgium

Sami-Shamoon College of Engineering, Israel

Sandia National Laboratories, USA

Sejong University, South Korea

Seoul National University, South Korea

Shamoon College of Engineering, Israel

Southern Illinois University, USA

Southern University and A&M College, USA

Steel Construction Institute (SCI), UK

Technology Innovation Institute, UAE

Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology

Tianjin University, China

Tokai University, Japan

Tomsk State University, Russia

Tongji University, China

Tsulukidze Mining Institute, Georgia

United States Military Academy, USA

University of the Bundeswehr Munich, Germany

University of Connecticut, USA

University of Idaho, USA

University of Manchester, UK

University of Melbourne, Australia

University of Missouri, USA

Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina

University of Nebraska–Lincoln, USA

University of Ottawa, Canada

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

University of Sheffield, UK

University of South Carolina, USA

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

University of Tennessee, USA

University of Texas at Austin, USA

University of Toronto, Canada

University of Waterloo, Canada

University of Wollongong, Australia

Utah State University, USA

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA

Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium

Wuhan University of Technology, China



AG&E Structural Engenuity

Applied Research Associates, USA

Applied Science International LLC, USA

Arup, Australia and USA

Atlas Engineering, Inc., USA


Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc., USA

Blastech Ltd, UK

Browning Solutions, LLC, USA

CAEwiz Consulting AS, Sweden

DNV Spadeadam Research and Testing, UK

ELU Konsult AB, Sweden

Explora Security Ltd., UK

Exponent, Inc., USA

FHECOR North America

FLUOR Mission Solutions, USA

Glasslock, Inc., USA

Gerhart Cole Inc., USA

Karagozian & Case, Australia, USA

Koken Engineering Co., Ltd., Japan

KPFF Protective Design, USA

Jacob GmbH, Germany

The MAJAM Group Pty Ltd., Australia

Norconsult AB, Sweden

nou Systems Inc., USA

Prostruct Consulting Pte Ltd, Singapore

Protection Engineering Consultants, USA

Stone Security Engineering, PC, USA

Taisei Corp., Japan

Taiheiyo Cement Corporation, Japan

Viper Applied Science, Scotland, UK