Centre for Infrastructure Systems Engineering

Our infrastructure systems engineering covers activities across a wide range of spatial and temporal scales aimed at sustainable infrastructure delivery and management.


    Our research encompasses the behaviour of complex structural systems under cyclic, dynamic and extreme loads, the life-cycle characterisation and modelling of damage processes, and the performance management of individual assets and large infrastructure networks. We investigate the enormous potential of digital technologies, including sensing and machine learning algorithms, telecommunication engineering and data science on smart infrastructure and its social, environmental and economic impact on society. Advanced physical testing plays a key part in our research, with tests possible on a wide spectrum of specimens, from single fibres to full-scale bridge sub-assemblies in loading frames ranging from 1N to 1MN.

    Our staff and research students bring together core competencies in materials, mechanics and structural engineering, with expertise in statistical methods, informatics and decision theory. We have established collaborations with a variety of industry partners, enabling us to analyse real data from critical infrastructure assets and to influence the development of industry guidelines on design, inspection and maintenance.

    Research areas

    • Asset integrity management of transport and water infrastructure networks
    • Infrastructure monitoring and data analytics
    • Innovative construction materials
    • Hybrid and composite construction systems
    • Modelling and testing of structures under static/dynamic/fatigue loading
    • Risk and resilience of infrastructure assets and networks
    • Robustness and progressive collapse of structural systems
    • Spatial structures: form development and optimisation
    • Urban systems growth modelling and nature-based solutions.


    Academic staff

    Dan Bompa profile image

    Dr Dan Bompa

    Senior Lecturer | Structures and Materials Lab Lead

    Yidu Bu profile image

    Dr Yidu Bu

    Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Professor Marios Chryssanthopoulos

    Professor of Structural Systems

    Marco Francesco Funari profile image

    Dr Marco Funari

    Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Alex Hagen-Zanker profile image

    Dr Alex Hagen-Zanker

    Associate Professor in Infrastructure Systems

    Donya Hajializadeh profile image

    Dr Donya Hajializadeh

    Senior Lecturer in Bridge/Structural Engineering

    Boulent Imam profile image

    Dr Boulent Imam

    Associate Professor (Reader) in Civil Engineering

    Mike Mulheron profile image

    Dr Michael Mulheron

    Reader in Construction Materials, Director of Learning and Teaching for Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Gerry Parke profile image

    Professor Gerard Parke

    Emeritus Professor of Structural Engineering

    Juan Sagaseta profile image

    Dr Juan Sagaseta

    Reader in Structural Robustness

    Research staff

    Jingyan Yu profile image

    Dr Jingyan Yu

    Research Fellow

    Postgraduate research students

    Dr Samuel Nkereuwem

    Optimising structural elements containing hybrid fibre-reinforced concrete

    Chia Sadik profile image

    Chia Sadik

    Postgraduate research student

    Pablo Jose Vallhonrat Blanco profile image

    Pablo Vallhonrat Blanco

    Robustness of bridge structures under extreme hydraulic actions

    Chenmeng Zhang profile image

    Chenmeng Zhang

    Performance of one-part multi-binder alkali-activated materials and components