● Theoretical and observational seismology
● Earthquake source rupture process
● Site effects on strong ground motion
● Advanced seismic instrumentation
2003 Ph. D Kyoto University, Japan
1991 Master Institute of Engineering Mechanics(IEM), China Seismological Bureau (CSB)
1988 B.Sc. Peking University, China
2005.06 – present Professor at GUCAS
2003.05 – 2005.05 Postdoctoral Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan
1998 – 2000 Director of Beijing Strong-Motion Observation Center of IEM/CSB
1997 – 2000 Associate Professor at IEM/CSB
1993 – 1997 Research Associate at IEM/CSB
1991 – 1993 Research Fellow at IEM/CSB
Visiting Research Experiences
2010.02, 2005.12 – 2006.01, 1998.09 – 12, 1997.09 – 1997.11
Visiting Scholar at DPRI, Kyoto University, Japan
2009.07 – 09 Visiting Scholar at University of California, Santa Barbara
2003.02 – 03 Visiting Scholar at National Chung Cheng University & Institute of Earth
Sciences, Academia Sinica of Taiwan
1996.08 – 1997.02 Visiting Scholar at U.S. Geological Survey (Menlo Park)
Fellowship, Awards & Honors
2006 Hundred Talent Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
2003 Scientific and technical award of CSB
1999 Beijing Outstanding Young Engineer Award
1997 Reward of Science and Technology Progress of CSB
2003 – 2005 Postdoctoral fellowship award given by the Japan Society for the Promotion of
2000 – 2003 Scholarship awards at Kyoto University given by the Ministry of Education,
Science, Sports and Culture of Japan (MONBUSHO)
2011 – Editor, World Earthquake Engineering (Chinese Journal)
AGU membership, SSA membership, SSJ membership, EERI membership
2008 – 2010 Near-Field Strong Ground-Motion Prediction from Different Fault Models
2007 – 2009 The 3D Strong Ground Motion Simulation on the Ms8.1 Kunlun Earthquake
2006 – 2008 Near Source Strong Ground Motion Simulation (No. 40574023)
● Seismic Hazard Analysis and Assessment
This course is designed for the students who require knowledge, background and a better understanding for the approaches and methodologies behind seismic risk assessment. It provides theoretical fundamentals and practical training in applied seismology, microzonation and seismic hazard assessment, especially for those students who will engage in seismic zoning and hazard assessment.
● Selected Topics of Seismology in Seismic Hazard Analysis and Assessment (Seminar)
A graduate seminar that discusses about the topics of seismology in seismic hazard analysis and assessment, especially focuses on the methodologies of strong-ground motion simulation.
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Zhang, W., T. Iwata, and K. Irikura (2010), Dynamic simulation of the 1999 Chi‐Chi, Taiwan, earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 115, B04305, doi:10.1029/2008JB006201.
Zhang W. B. and Yu X. W., (2010), Strong ground motion simulation of the 1999 ChiChi, Taiwan, earthquake, Journal of Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration, 30(3), 1-11. (Chinese with English abstract).
Zhang Y. B. and Zhang W. B. (2010), Strong ground motion simulation of the 2008 Iwate-Miyagi, Japan, earthquake using empirical Green’s function method, Acta Seismological Sinica, 32(3), 320-331. (Chinese with English abstract)
Ouyang X. Y., Zhang W. B., and Zhang Y. B. (2009), Estimation on site effect from different techniques using aftershocks of Chi-Chi earthquake, Journal of Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 26(3), 373-382. (Chinese with English abstract)
Zhang, W., T. Iwata, and K. Irikura (2006), Dynamic simulation of a dipping fault using a three-dimensional finitedifference method with nonuniform grid spacing, J. Geophys. Res., 111, B05301, doi:10.1029/2005JB003725.
Zhang W., T. Iwata, K. Irikura, A. Pitarka, and H. Sekiguchi (2004), Dynamic rupture process of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, earthquake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, L10605, doi: 10.1029/2004GL019827.
Zhang W., T. Iwata, K. Irikura, H. Sekiguchi, and M. Bouchon (2003), Heterogeneous distribution of the dynamic source parameters of the 1999 Chi-Chi, Taiwan, earthquake, J. Geophys. Res., 108(B5), 2232, doi: 10.1029/2002JB001889.
Matsunami K., W. Zhang, K. Irikura, and L.-L. Xie (2003), Estimation of Seismic Site Response in Tangshan Area, China, Using Deep Underground Records, Bull. Seism. Soc. Am., 93, 1065-1078, 2003.
Dalguer L. A., K. Irikura, W. Zhang, and J. Riera (2002), Distribution of Dynamic and Static Stress Changes during 2000 Tottori (Japan) Earthquake: Brief Interpretation of the Earthquake Sequences; Foreshocks, Mainshock and Aftershocks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29.