The Seventh International Conference on Computational Stochastic Mechanics (CSM7) was held on the island of Santorini, Greece on June 15-18, 2014. This conference was the sequel to the Sixth International Conference on Computational Stochastic Mechanics (CSM6) which was held on the island of Rhodes (Rodos), Greece on June 13-16, 2010. The aim of this series of conferences is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas on the status of computational methods as they apply to stochastic mechanics and related engineering and applied science fields, and for identifying needs for further research.

This volume comprises the papers presented in the conference, as well as a few papers that were initially accepted for presentation but whose authors were unable, under extenuating circumstances, to attend the conference. The papers are listed in alphabetical order based on the last name of the first author. Themes addressed include: Characterization of Materials with Random Properties; Earthquake Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Monte Carlo Simulation Techniques; Linear and Nonlinear Stochastic Dynamics; Ocean Engineering; Offshore Engineering; Random Processes and Fields: Theory, Analysis and Simulation; Reliability Analysis; Reliability-Based Optimal Design; Risk Optimization; Stochastic Differential Equations; Structural Health Monitoring, Identification and Control; and Wind Engineering.

The Conference also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the birthdays of Professor Ross Corotis of the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA; and of Professor Mircea Grigoriu of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. Their work has contributed in a fundamental and multi-faceted way to the development of the field of Computational Stochastic Mechanics.

The partial support of the organization of the conference from the Chang Jiang Scholars Program at Tongji University, China is gratefully acknowledged.

On behalf of the Scientific Committee, thanks are extended to all contributing authors. Special thanks are due to Professor A. Pirrotta of the University of Palermo, for the synthesis and stewardship of the conference site; and to Jun Xu (Mr.) and Yezeng Cheng (Mr.) for their devoted assistance.

It is hoped that this volume will add to the dissemination of established and of developing techniques for uncertainty quantification in the analysis and design of diverse engineering and applied science systems.

G. Deodatis
Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family
Professor of Civil Engineering
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

P. D. Spanos
Chang Jiang Scholar, Tongji University
and Ryon Chair in Engineering
Rice University
Houston, TX 77005