Dr. Joseph S.H. CHEUNG

Associate Professor (Structural Engineering)
Dr. Joseph S.H. CHEUNG

BEng (First Class Honours), The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
MPhil, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
PhD, California Institute of Technology, USA




Office: HW 5-23
Phone: +852 3917 5699
Fax: +852 2559 5337
E-mail: jhcheung@hku.hk


Teaching Activities
  • ENGG1300 Fundamental Mechanics
  • ENGG1320 Engineers in The Modern World


Research Interests
  • Catastrophe risk, reliability and resilience of structural and infrastructural systems subjected to natural disasters (earthquake, tsunami, flood and typhoon)
  • Structural dynamics, Earthquake engineering, Offshore engineering and Performance based engineering
  • Computational stochastic dynamics
  • Extreme and rare event simulation
  • Structural and infrastructure health monitoring and advanced sensor technologies
  • System identification, uncertainty quantification, Bayesian updating
  • Stochastic optimization for decision making, design and control under risk and uncertainty with reliability and resilience based objectives or constraints
  • Coupled multiscale and multiphysics modelling and computation
  • Fluid-structure and soil-structure interaction
  • Transition and turbulence modelling in computational fluid dynamics
  • Deep excavation and support system
  • Climate change impact studies
  • Chemical kinetics and combustion modelling
  • Cyber-physical system, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT and digital twin
  • Complexity theory and complex system
  • Computational engineering and sciences


Representative Research / Consultancy Projects
  • Future Resilient Systems FRS II, cyber-physical systems, digital twin-enabled energy system resilience (Sponsor: National Research Foundation, Singapore)
  • Structural performance of HDB buildings (Sponsor: Housing & Development Board, Singapore)
  • Future Resilient Systems FRS, complex socio-technical infrastructure systems, efficient physical infrastructure modelling (Sponsor: National Research Foundation, Singapore)
  • Assessment of urban flood resilience under present and future scenarios (Sponsor: Ministry of Education, Singapore)
  • Structural health monitoring and vibration analysis of the 88-storey Petronas Twin Towers (Sponsor: Setsco Services Pte Ltd)
  • Bayesian earthquake source validation for ground motion simulation (Sponsor: Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, the University of Texas at Austin)


10 Selected Representative Publications
  • Liu, W.S. and Cheung, S.H. (2020). "Decoupled reliability-based geotechnical design of deep excavations considering the spatial variability of soil properties." Applied Mathematical Modelling, 85, 46-59.
  • Liu, W.S., Cheung, S.H. and Cao, W.J. (2019). "An efficient surrogate-aided importance sampling framework for reliability analysis." Advances in Engineering Software, 135, 102687.
  • Bansal, S. and Cheung, S.H. (2018). "A Subset Simulation based approach with modified conditional sampling and estimator for seismic loss analysis." Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 177: 94-107.
  • Cheung, S.H. and Bansal, S. (2017). "A new Gibbs sampling based algorithm for Bayesian model updating with incomplete complex modal data." Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 92: 156-172.
  • Liu, W.S. and Cheung, S.H. (2017). "Reliability based design optimization with approximate failure probability function in partitioned design space." Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 167: 602-611.
  • Bansal, S. and Cheung, S.H. (2017). "On the evaluation of multiple failure probability curves in reliability analysis with multiple performance functions." Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 167: 583-594.
  • Cheung, S.H., Miki, K., Prudencio, E. and Simmons, C. (2016). "Uncertainty quantification and robust predictive system analysis for high temperature kinetics of HCN/O-2/Ar mixture." Chemical Physics, 475: 136-152.
  • Cheung, S.H., Oliver, T.A., Prudencio, E.E., Prudhomme, S. and Moser, R.D. (2011). "Bayesian Uncertainty Analysis with Applications to Turbulence Modeling." Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 96(9): 1137-1149.
  • Cheung, S.H. and Beck, J.L. (2010). "Calculation of posterior probabilities for Bayesian model class assessment and averaging from posterior samples based on dynamic system data." Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 25(5): 304-321.
  • Cheung, S.H. and Beck, J.L. (2009). "Bayesian model updating using Hybrid Monte Carlo simulation with application to structural dynamic models with many uncertain parameters." Journal of Engineering Mechanics-ASCE, 135(4): 243-255.


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