Organized and hosted by ME Department, the 7th Asia-Pacific Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (APWSHM-2018) was very successfully held in Harbour Grand Kowloon, Hong Kong, 12-15 November 2018! Prof. Zhongqing Su, from ME Department, had the honour to serve as the General Chair to APWSHM-2018.

Along with its two sister series of workshops (the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM) and the European Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (EWSHM)), APWSHM-2018 was the seventh version in the series of this biennial event, having reviewed the latest research developments and real-world applications of SHM techniques. It has created a platform for networking scholars and colleagues in the area of SHM research, bridging academic endeavours and industrial needs, and inspiring new research and collaborative ideas. APWSHM-2018 has extended the success that has been well maintained by previous workshops in Yokohama (2006), Melbourne (2008 & 2012), Tokyo (2010), Shenzhen (2014) and Hobart (2016).

Approximately 260 participants from more than 30 countries and regions around the world participated in APWSHM-2018, delivering ~200 oral presentations in 42 structured sessions including 7 special sessions with specific emphases varying from conventional topics such as guided-wave-based damage detection and optical fibres, through appealing industrial application paradigms, to emerging artificial-intelligence-assisted SHM and nanocomposites-inspired sensors. This has made APWSHM-2018 one of the events in this series history, with the largest volume of submissions and the most attendees. This, to some extent, reflects the prosperity, intensive research and development of SHM today.

In particular, seven internationally renowned scholars, globally distributed, were invited to deliver plenary talks, and they are Prof. Massimo Ruzzene (Georgia Institute of Technology, the USA), Prof. Qiu-Sheng Li (The City University of Hong Kong, HKSAR), Prof. Hyung-Jo Jung (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea), Prof. Chun-Hui Wang (University of New South Wales, Australia), Prof. Hideaki Murayama (The University of Tokyo, Japan), Prof. Michael Lowe (Imperial College London, the UK), and Prof. Shan-tung Tu (East China University of Science & Technology, China).

Among the ~200 abstracts that were accepted after a rigorous peer-review process, 133 were extended to full-length papers and included in the APWSHM-2018 Proceedings published by (ISBN: 978-3-00-060359-4).

To honour high-quality, original research work submitted to the workshop, APWSHM-2018 proudly set up two awards: Best Paper Award (sponsored by Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal) and Best Student Presentation Award (sponsored by SAGE). Two ad-hoc Panels were formed, respectively led by APWSHM-2018 co-chairs Prof. Shenfang Yuan (Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China) and Prof. Hoon Sohn (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea), to select a paper having the highest quality and innovation, and up to two students making the best oral presentation among all student participants. With a rigorous selection procedure, the paper titled “Hole-edge damage monitoring of bolted composite joints with a flexible eddy current sensing film” (by Liu et al, Xiamen University, China) won the Best Paper Award, and Mr. S. Wakabayashi (Okayama University, Japan) and Mr. Dhuttia, T.H. (Brunel University London, the UK) received the Best Student Presentation Award.

It is also worthy of mentioning that APWSHM-2018 was highlighted with elaborately designed social activities reflecting the unique culture of Hong Kong. These activities included Cocktail Reception Night, Dinner Cruise and Gala Dinner and some others in which participants mingled together and had a lot of fun.

The Organizing Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Frank Zou [AAE] and Prof. Zhongqing Su [ME], consisted of 15 students and research staff from ME and AAE who had fully committed themselves to preparation of this event. It was the aspirations, hard work, and devoted efforts from this group of diligent students and research staff that have made APWSHM-2018 another successful event in this workshop series.

The next APWSHM will be chaired by Prof. Wing Kong Chiu (Monash University, Australia) in Cairns in December 2019.