Prof. dr. ir. Robby Caspeele


Name: Robby Caspeele
Title: Prof. dr. ir.
Function: Professor
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Mrs. Marijke Reunes (T + 32 264 55 35), Mrs. Christel Malfait (T + 32 9 264 55 36)



Robby Caspeele is professor in Structural Reliability at Ghent University (UGent) since 2013 and one of the technical directors of the Magnel-Vandepitte Laboratory for Structural Engineering and Building Materials of Ghent University. He is furthermore head of the “Structural Reliability” research group which consists of around 10 Ph.D. and postdoc researchers. For more information about research topics, you can visit the webpage Concrete Structures.

Robby Caspeele received his M. Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering from Ghent University in 2006. From 2006 to 2010 he was a Research Assistant of the FWO Research Foundation of Flanders. In 2010 he obtained his Ph. D. degree in Civil Engineering at Ghent University. From 2010 until 2013 he was a postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University. Currently, he is Associate Professor in the field of Structural Reliability at the Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials (UGent, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture). His main areas of expertise relate to full-probabilistic and semi-probabilistic structural reliability analysis and risk management of structures, structural robustness, analysis of concrete and steel structures, assessment of existing structures, production and conformity control, numerical simulation techniques and large-scale testing.

Research activities


  • Structural reliability analysis and risk management of building processes
  • Structural robustness
  • Structural analysis of concrete and steel structures
  • Diagnosis and assessment of existing concrete structures
  • Probabilistic and statistical methods
  • Production control and conformity control
  • Numerical simulation techniques
  • Large-scale testing



Scientific career

  • Professor (100% hoofddocent), Department of Structural Engineering and Building Materials, Ghent University, since October 2013
  • Postdoctoral research assistent, Magnel Laboratory for Concrete Research, Ghent University, October 2010 – September 2013
  • Research Assistant of the FWO Research Foundation of Flanders, October 2006-September 2010


  • UGent Minerva Award for Education edition 2016 “in recognition of the extraordinary quality and flexibility with which he performs his extensive teaching duties – in addition to his many research and service activities. His students praise his boundless enthusiasm, excellent guidance, and lucid lectures”
  • Laureate SECO Award Gustave Magnel period 2010-2014 for PhD thesis, Technisch Controlebureau voor het Bouwwezen (SECO)
  • fib Outstanding Young Engineer Contribution Award for the paper ‘Influence of prior information on the assessment of concrete strength from a limited number of samples’, joint IABSE-fib conference on ‘Codes in Structural Engineering: Developments and Needs for International Practice’, 3-5 May 2010, Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • VLIZ Award Marine Sciences for the master dissertation ‘Generation of irregular long and short crested waves in a numerical model for water wave propagation: implementation, validation and application’, 2006

Committees and working groups


  • Member of the Joint Committee for Structural Safety (JCSS)
  • Deputy chair of fib Commission 3 ‘Existing Concrete Structures’; Member of Task Group 3.1: ‘Reliability and safety evaluation’
  • Member of CEN/TC250 ‘Structural Eurocodes’
  • Member of CEN TC250/WG6 ‘Robustness’
  • Member of CEN TC250/WG2 ‘Existing Structures’
  • Member of CEN TC250/SC10 ‘EN1990’
  • Member of CEN TC104/SC1/TG 10 ‘conformity evaluation’


  • Chair of the Belgian mirror committee NBN E250/E25001 ‘Structural Eurocodes’ and ‘Actions on Structures’

Editorial tasks

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Structural Concrete since 2018
  • Editor of proceedings of 2 international conferences (among which IALCCE2018) as well as several special editions of peer-reviewed journals.

Current teaching activities

  •     Risk Analysis of Construction Processes
  •     Risk Management
  •     Structural Analysis I
  •     Structural Stability
  •     Non-linear and Plastic Methods of Structural Analysis