Dr. Chuanbin Zhu

Dr. Chuanbin Zhu
Helmholtzstraße 6/7
Building H 6, Room 207
14467 Potsdam
+49 331 288-28758

Research Interests:

  • Complex site effects (e.g., 2D or 3D effects);
  • Site characterization;
  • Site response estimation (e.g.,1D Ground response analysis and proxy-based parametric prediction models)
  • Uncertainty/variability of ground motions/site response;
  • Site-specific seismic hazard analysis;
  • Statistical learning and machine learning
  • Signal processing;


  • 2018.10-present: Research Fellow, Senior Research Fellow, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Germany
Short-term Visits
  • 2020.02-2020.02: DPRI Short-term Visiting Scholar, Kyoto University, Japan, hosted by Prof. Hiroshi Kawase
  • 2018.04-2018.06: ERI Short-term Visiting Scholar, University of Tokyo, Japan, hosted by Prof. Takashi Furumura
  • 2017.05-2017.08: DAAD Visiting Ph.D. Student, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, hosted by Prof. Joachim Ritter
  • 2016.02-2016.05: Visiting Ph.D. Student, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, hosted by Prof. Kyriazis Pitilakis


 2014.08-2018.07: Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia

 2011.08-2014.06: M.Eng, Civil Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), China


Previously Involved Projects:

  • Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe (SERA) (Funded by EU Horizon 2020, PI: Fabrice Cotton)

Research Boards and Committees:

  • Co-convener of two sessions at the Seismological Society of America (SSA) 2022 Annual Meeting;
  • Guest Editor of Shock and Vibration for the special issue “Mechanism and Prevention of Dynamic Disasters in Geotechnical Engineering”;
  • Leading Session Convener of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) 2021 Annual Meeting
  • Guest Editor of Shock and Vibration for the special issue “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Geodynamics”
  • Session Moderator of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America (ES-SSA) 2020 Annual Meeting
  • Reviewer for Geophysical Journal International, Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Earthquake Spectra, Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering, Journal of Earthquake Engineering, etc.


  • Outstanding PhD. Thesis Award (Top 5% QUT), 2019
  • Seismological Society of America (SSA) Global Travel Grant (SSA), 2018
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UKPSF), 2018
  • ERI at the University of Tokyo Short-term Fellowship, 2017
  • High Achiever HDR Student (QUT), 2017
  • German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Research Grant, 2017
  •  “Good to Great” Incentive (QUT), 2016
  • International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (ICEGE) Scholarship, 2015
  • HDR Student Operating Incentive (QUT), 2015