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Civil & Environmental Engineering Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure

The Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure is committed to transforming traditional structural engineering through cross-disciplinary research, recognising and transposing the recent radical innovations in material science, communication and sensor technology.

We use techniques from chemistry, computer science, electronic engineering, physics, biochemistry and management science to solve societal problems surrounding the safety and resilience of structures that support energy generation, waste storage, transport and urban infrastructure.

We combine fundamental research with industrial engagement, working across sectors such as construction, transportation, oil and gas, heritage buildings, renewables and nuclear, in collaboration with UK and EU government agencies and national laboratories. Our research outputs include industrial patents and a spin-out company.

Our expertise includes:

  • intelligent infrastructure & artificial intelligence
  • sensors & automation
  • sustainable construction materials
  • safety, resilience & economic assessment
  • computational modelling

Head of Centre

The Head of the Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure is:

Key staff

Key areas of research

Intelligent infrastructure systems

  • probabilistic decision support systems
  • machine learning methods for structural health monitoring
  • time-series analysis for predictive maintenance
  • whole-life asset management
  • transport modelling and active travel
  • urban form and societal influence on travel behaviour
  • future cities development
  • seismic assessment and resilience
  • creative structural design and teaching

Smart structures

  • fibre-optic & MEMs sensors for civil monitoring
  • wireless & optical interrogation systems
  • smart cement & photonic crystal skin sensors
  • robotic & automated maintenance
  • design of sensor installation campaigns

Advanced materials

  • low-carbon cements
  • chemo-mechanics & concrete deterioration pathways
  • waste material usage
  • nanotechnology & bacterial mediation
  • fire resistance of steel
  • smart inflatable structures
  • water transport in composite building materials