Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis
Geotechnical Engineering Division
Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, Foundations and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.
Research Unit: Soil Dynamics Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering SDGEE (ISO 9002)

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
P.O.Box 424
GR-54124 Thessaloniki GREECE
T :  +30.2310.995693 / 995728
F :  +30.2310.995619
e :  pitilakis@civil.auth.gr

Short CV (English, updated)

Short CV (Greek, updated)


        Diploma in Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
        Docteur Ing nieur, Ecole Centrale Paris, France.
        Reader, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.


  • Chairman of the 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Thessaloniki, 18-21.06.2018
  • Director of the Laboratory of Soil Mechanics, Foundations and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering of the Civil Engineering Department of AUTH
  • Ex-Chairman and now Vice Chairman of the Technical Committee Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering and Associated Problems (TC203) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • Ex-President and now Vice President of the Greek Society of Earthquake Engineering (GSEE)
  • Vice President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE)
  • Co-chairman of the 2nd International Conference on Performance Based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (2PBD), Taormina (2012)
  • Chairman of the 4th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Thessaloniki 25-28.06.2007
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors, Institute of Earthquake Engineering & Engineering Seismology (ITSAK) (2003 - 2006)
  • Coordinator of SYNER-G project
  • Coordinator of EUROSEISTEST, Greece
  • Head, Civil Engineering Department, 1997-2001
  • Director, Geotechnical Engineering Division, Dept. of Civil Engineering, AUTH, 1991-1993


  • Chevalier dans l ordre des Palmes Academiques (French Republic)

    Research fields of interest

  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Theoretical and experimental study of the static and dynamic soil properties
  • Engineering Seismology
  • Numerical and stochastic methods in geotechnical engineering
  • Development of new technology and innovative methods regarding the assessment of the dynamic soil properties
  • Microzoning studies and seismic vulnerability assessment
  • Lifeline Earthquake Engineering
  • Protection of monuments and historical structures against natural hazards
  • Dynamic Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction
  • Environmental Geotechnical Engineering
  • Seismic design of technical projects

    Educational and research activities

  • 30 years of teaching experience in: Geotechnical Engineering, Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.
  • Supervisor of more than 25 Ph.D. Dissertations, of which 18 completed (as of 2011)

    Supervisor of Completed Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Aimilios Comodromos, 1991, Contribution to the analysis of excavations with the finite element method
  • Anastasios Anastasiadis, 1994, Dynamic characteristics of typical Greek soils
  • Dimitris Raptakis, 1995, Contribution to the determination of the geometry and the dynamic characteristics of soil formations and their seismic response
  • Giorgos Mavridis, 1995, Contribution to the seismic analysis and seismic design of underground pipelines
  • S. Tolis, 1997, Assessment of the seismic reliability of lifeline networks
  • Konstantia Makra, 2000, Contribution to the evaluation of site response for complex soil structure (Euroseistest valley) using experimental and theoretical approaches
  • Anastasios Sextos, 2001, Effect of spatial variability, site effects and soil-structure interaction in the inelastic dynamic analysis of R/C bridges
  • Paschalis Apostolidis, 2001, Determination of the soil structure using microtremors. Application to the estimation of the dynamic properties and the geometry of the soil formations in the city of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Polikseni Kallioglou, 2003, Study of dynamic properties of soils using the resonant-column apparatus
  • Maria Alexoudi, 2005, Contribution to seismic assessment of lifelines in urban areas: development of holistic methodology for seismic risk assessment
  • Emmanuil Kirtas, 2007, Numerical investigation of structural seismic behavior enhancement applying interventions to the subsiol conditions
  • Maria Manakou, 2007, Contribution to the determination of a three dimensional model for studying seismic response: application to the Mygdonian basin
  • Emmanuil Rovithis, 2007, Dynamic analysis of coupled soil-pile-superstructure systems
  • Sayed M. Hemeda, 2008, Contribution to an integrated methodology for the pathology assessment and protection of underground monuments in seismic regions: application on some greek-roman monuments in Alexandria, Egypt
  • Vasiliki Terzi, 2009, Experimental and theoretical investigation of fundamental issues on dynamic soil-foundation-superstructure interaction
  • Olga-Joan Ktenidou, 2010, Experimental and theoretical study of seismic ground motion in the city of Aegion, Greece, focusing on local site and topographic effects
  • Sotiris Argyroudis, 2010, Contribution to the seismic vulnerability and risk assessment of transportation networks in urban environment
  • Kostas Senetakis, 2011, Dynamic properties of granular soils and mixtures of typical sands and gravels with recycled synthetic materials
  • Kalliopi Kakderi, 2011, Seismic vulnerability assessment and seismic risk management of complex transportation networks. Application to port facilities.
  • Stavroula Fotopoulou, 2012, Seismic vulnerability of reinforced concrete buildings in sliding slopes.
  • Konstantinos Trevlopoulos, 2014, Study of the effect of ground improvement on dynamic soil-foundation-structure interaction
  • Anna Karatzetzou, 2015, Seismic demand of reinforced concrete and masonry structures accounting for soil-foundation-structure interaction in the light of performance based design
  • Grigorios Tsinidis, 2015, On the seismic behaviour and design of tunnels
  • Achilleas Pistolas, 2015, Experimental and numerical investigation of the implementation of recycled materials mixtures in the foundation of structures for the improvement of seismic behavior
  • Sotiria Karapetrou, 2015, Seismic vulnerability of reinforced concrete buildings considering aging and soil-structure interaction effects
  • Evi Riga, 2015, New elastic spectra, site amplification factors and aggravation factors for complex subsurface geology, towards the improvement of Eurocode 8
  • Angelos Tsinaris, 2018, Experimental and numerical investigation of improving the seismic response of retaining structures with backfill of mixtures of lightweight materials
  • Dimitra Manou, 2018, The role of site effects in the assessment of strong ground motion and microzonation studies. Application to the city of Duzce

    Co-Supervisor of Completed Ph.D. Dissertations

  • Binghui Song, 2017, Study on the Dynamic Properties of Lanzhou Loess and Associated Site Response Analysis, University of Lanzhou, CHINA
  • Huang Zhong-Kai, 2020, Seismic fragility and resilience analysis of shield tunnels in soft soils, Tongji University, CHINA