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Academic staff | Postgraduate researchers

Academic staff list

NameResearch expertise

James Brownjohn

Professor of Structural Dynamics

  • vibration serviceability
  • structural health monitoring (SHM)
  • system identification
  • human biomechanics
  • wind engineering
  • measuring and evaluating the performance of structures at full scale
  • ambient vibration testing and operational modal analysis using minimal portable equipment

Alex Pavic

Professor of Vibration Engineering

  • vibration serviceability
  • human comfort when using structures and buildings
  • slender civil engineering structures such as long-span floors, footbridges and grandstands
  • human-induced dynamic forces applied on human musculo-skeletal systems

Stana Zivanovic

Associate Professor

  • human motion analysis
  • human response to vibration and other perturbations in built environment
  • human-structure and human-human interaction and synchronisation
  • vibration serviceability assessment
  • dynamics of lightweight (e.g. fibre-reinforced polymer and aluminium) structures and human-structure systems

Ki Young Koo


  • structural health monitoring (SHM)
  • civionics: wireless sensors for field measurements of civil infrastructures
  • machine learning for structural health monitoring
  • structural degradation detection and quantification
  • finite element model updating
  • system identification


Postgraduate researchers in VES

ResearcherResearch area

Naser Taleshi

Exploring the balance and control methods used by people standing or walking on moving surfaces.

Nimmy Abraham

Pedestrian-structure dynamic interaction on wobbly bridges.

Hojune Ann


Working on the Smart Construction Technology project to bring computer vision technology to detect fire risks on construction sites in South Korea and enable a national-wide surveillance system to reduce these

Interested in a PhD with VES? 

Our PhD students have access to the UK’s most advanced facilities and training in vibration testing, analysis and control

You will be supported by supervisors at the forefront of their field, work on industry-led projects and network with global engineering consultancy companies.

We are always keen to hear from candidates with a PhD project idea related to one of our areas of expertise.

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