Course content

This course focuses on the characterization and assessment of safety for civil engineering structures using probabilistic methods. As such, the course contents include:
– Probability calculus: probability theory, random variables (discrete and continuous), functions of random variables, parametric distributions, Maximum Likelihood estimation, extreme value theory, multivariate probability distributions, dependenceRisk analysis and evaluation: decision-making under uncertainty, individual and societal risk, economic optimization, safety standards
– Reliability analysis: Level I, II and III methods for evaluating reliability, time dependence, reliability of systems
– Design applications: design codes in civil engineering, target reliability levels, characterization of loads, strengths and effects