Prof. dr. ir. Robby Caspeele

Prof. Dr. ir. Robby Caspeele

Name: Robby Caspeele
Title: Prof. dr. ir.
Function: Professor
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Robby Caspeele (Master of Science in Civil Engineering 2006, PhD in Civil Engineering 2010) is professor in the field of Structural Reliability at Ghent University (Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Department of Structural Engineering).

His research is situated in the following domains:
:: Structural risk analysis and risk management of building processes
:: Probability and statistical methods
:: Production control and conformity control
:: Structural analysis of concrete and steel structures
:: Diagnosis and structural assessment of existing structures
:: Numerical simulation techniques



  • PhD in Civil Engineering, Ghent University, 2010 (Thesis: " Probabilistic evaluation of conformity control and the use of Bayesian updating techniques in the framework of safety analyses of concrete structures").
  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Grade: Summa cum laude / Highest Distinction), Ghent University, 2006


  • 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


    • Professor (100% hoofddocent), Department of Structural Engineering, 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

      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/WG6 ‘Robustness’
      • Member of CEN TC250/WG2 ‘Existing Structures’
      • Member of CEN TC250/SC10 ‘EN1990’
      • Member of CEN TC104/SC1/TG 10 ‘conformity evaluation’
      • Convenor of the Belgian mirror committee NBN E250/E25001 ‘Structural Eurocodes’ and ‘Actions on Structures’
      • Management committee member of COST Action TU1402 ‘Quantifying the value of structural health monitoring


      Current teaching activities

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


      A publication list (2006-now) can be found at