Dr. Chuanbin Zhu

Haus A 70, Raum 205
14473 Potsdam

Wissenschaftliche Interessen:

Basin Effects

1)      Zhu, C.*, F. J. Chávez-García, D. Thambiratnam, C. Gallage (2018). Quantifying the edge-induced seismic aggravation in shallow basins relative to the 1D SH modeling. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 115, 402-412. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2018.08.025

2)      Zhu, C.*, D. Thambiratnam, C. Gallage (2018). Statistical analysis of the additional amplification in deep basins relative to the 1D approach. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 104, 296-306. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2017.09.003

3)      Zhu, C.*, D. Thambiratnam (2016). Interaction of geometry and mechanical property of trapezoidal sedimentary basins with incident SH wavesBulletin of Earthquake Engineering 14, 2977-3002. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10518-016-9938-z

4)      Pilz, M., F. Cotton, C. Zhu (2021). Assessing two- and three-dimensional site response from single-station earthquake records. Geophysical Journal International https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggab454

Site Characterization/Classification

1)      Zhu, C.*, F. Cotton, M. Pilz (2019). Detecting Site Resonant Frequency Using HVSR: Fourier versus Response Spectrum and the First versus the Highest Peak Frequency. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 110, 427–440 https://doi.org/10.1785/0120190186

2)      Zhu, C.*, M. Pilz, F. Cotton (2019). Which is a better proxy, site period or depth to bedrock, in modelling linear site response in addition to the average shear-wave velocity? Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 18, 797–820. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10518-019-00738-6

3)      Zhu, C.*, F. Cotton, M. Pilz (2019). Testing the Depths to 1.0 and 2.5 km/s Velocity Isosurfaces in a Velocity Model for Japan and Implications for Ground Motion Modelling. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 109, 2710–2721. https://doi.org/10.1785/0120190016

4)      Ji, K., Y. Ren, R. Wen, C. Zhu, Y. Liu (2021). HVSR-based site classification approach using general regression neural network (GRNN): case study for China strong motion stations. Journal of Earthquake Engineering, https://doi.org/10.1080/13632469.2021.1991520

Site Response Prediction and Uncertainty/Variability Quantification

1)      Zhu, C.*, M. Pilz, F. Cotton (2020). Evaluation of a Novel Application of Earthquake HVSR in Site-Specific Amplification Estimation. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 139, 106301. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2020.106301

2)      Zhu, C.*, F. Cotton, H. Kawase, A. Händel, M. Pilz, K. Nakano (2021). How Well Can We Predict Earthquake Site Response So Far? Site-Specific Approaches. Earthquake Spectra, https://doi.org/10.1177/87552930211060859

3)      Zhu, C.*, F. Cotton, D.-Y. Kwak, K. Ji, H. Kawase, M. Pilz (2021). Within-Site Variability in Earthquake Site Response. Geophysical Journal International https://doi.org/10.1093/gji/ggab481

4)      Zhu, C.* (2021). Discussion to “Epistemic Uncertainty in Site Response as Derived from One-Dimensional Ground Response Analyses by Jonathan P. Stewart and Kioumars Afshari”. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering 147 https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002614

Machine Learning in Seismic Hazard Assessment

1)      Zhu, C.*, F. Cotton, H. Kawase (2021). How Well Can We Predict Earthquake Site Response So Far? Machine Learning vs. Physics-Based Modeling. Preprint.  https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.34933.91365

2)      Zhu, C.*, G. Weatherill, F. Cotton, M. Pilz, D. Y. Kwak, H. Kawase (2021). An Open-Source Site Database of Strong-Motion Stations in Japan: K-NET and KiK-net (v1.0.0). Earthquake Spectra, 37, 2126-2149. https://doi.org/10.1177/8755293020988028


  • 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

Werdegang / Ausbildung:

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


Involved Projects:

  • METIS (EU Horizon 2020)
  • Dense arrays for seismic site effect estimation (DFG)
  • Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research Infrastructure Alliance for Europe (SERA) (EU Horizon 2020)

Wissenschaftliche Gremien:

  • Session convener at the 38th General Assembly of the European Seismological Commission;
  • Leading convener of a Special Interest Group at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Seismological Society of America
  • Co-convener of two sessions at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Seismological Society of America ;
  • Guest Editor of Shock and Vibration for the special issue “Mechanism and Prevention of Dynamic Disasters in Geotechnical Engineering”;
  • Leading Session Convener of the 2021 Annual Meeting of Seismological Society of America;
  • Guest Editor of Shock and Vibration for the special issue “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Geodynamics”;
  • Session Moderator of the 2020 Annual Meeting of Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America;
  • 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 Ph.D. 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

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