Dr Stella Pytharouli

Senior Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering


Personal statement

Dr Pytharouli has a Masters in Civil Engineering and a PhD on Dam deformations from Patras University, Greece. With more than 20 years of experience in the monitoring and analysis of structural and ground deformations, her research in the past few years has been directed towards two main inter-related themes: (1) the characterisation of the subsurface and (2) early warning systems for slope instability. Both themes have applications in engineering projects, resulting in close collaborations with the Industry sector. Her research focus has been on the potential of microseismics, i.e. the monitoring (using microseismic arrays) and analysis (based on advanced signal processing techniques) of either weak seismic events (-3 < Magnitude < 3), or just seismic noise, to be used within the remit of the above two research themes, in combination with state-of-the-art surveying technologies. Recently she has joined forces with colleagues specialising in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The integration of microseismic monitoring with advanced geodetic monitoring (terrestrial and aerial) and automatic detection and classification algorithms is a highly promising technological solution, which she is currently testing on landslide sites across the UK. Dr Pytharouli's research group consists currently of four PhD students and a post-doctoral researcher, with another three of her PhD students having successfully completed their studies since 2014. She has been the Director of Post-graduate research in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Strathclyde since November 2020. Dr Pytharouli teaches the undergraduate Level 2 module of Land Surveying and Mapping and delivers a 1-day course on land surveying principles as part of the post-graduate module Survey, Preliminary studies and Investigations in Architectural Heritage within the Department of Architecture at Strathclyde. Dr Pytharouli is accepting new PhD students, get in touch if interested in joining her group.

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Domain knowledge informed multitask learning for landslide induced seismic classification
Li Jiangfeng, Ye Minxiang, Stankovic Lina, Stankovic Vladimir, Pytharouli Stella
IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters Vol 20, pp. 1-5 (2023)
Near surface full waveform inversion via deep learning for subsurface imaging
Parasyris A, Stankovic L, Pytharouli S, Stankovic V
Expanding Underground - Knowledge and Passion to Make a Positive Impact on the World : Proceedings of the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2023 (WTC 2023), 12-18 May 2023, Athens, Greece World Tunnel Congress 2023, pp. 2829-2836 (2023)
Semi-supervised seismic event detection using Siamese Networks
Murray David, Stankovic Lina, Pytharouli Stella, Stankovic Vladimir
EGU General Assembly 2023 (2023)
Microseismic event classification with time, frequency and wavelet domain convolutional neural networks
Jiang Jiaxin, Stankovic Vladimir, Stankovic Lina, Parastatidis Emmanouil, Pytharouli Stella
IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing Vol 61, pp. 1-14 (2023)
Predicting the frequency of seismic events for subsurface engineering projects using background microseismicity data
Dafnioti Eleni, Chatzopoulos Georgios, Pytharouli Stella, Vallianatos Filippos, Lunn Rebecca
EGU General Assembly 2023 (2023)
Graph-based feature weight optimisation and classification of continuous seismic sensor array recordings
Li J, Stankovic L, Stankovic Vladimir, Pytharouli S, Yang C, Shi Q
Sensors Vol 23 (2022)

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Professional Activities

The Rest and Be Thankful: Monitoring and Assessment of one of the most problematic debris flows in Scotland.
EURO-Conference on Rock Physics & Geomechanics
Accurate automatic Phase picking for continuous, noisy microseismic recordings without prefiltering
AGU Fall Meeting 2019
Ryan Pollyea
Internal examiner for PhD viva

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Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2022 | Mutahi, Nicholas Silvester
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Mutahi, Nicholas Silvester (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
Quantifying temporal and spatial causalities between climate change and slope failures (New Horizons)
Stankovic, Lina (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Stankovic, Vladimir (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2024
Galleries to Calories (G2C)
Pytharouli, Stella (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Deeming, Katherine
Shipton, Zoe (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Roberts, Jen (Co-investigator) Deeming, Katherine (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2025
Near real-time AI-based spatio-temporal analysis of large seismic data sets for illuminating slope instabilities (SPORAL) RSE Saltire International Collaboration Awards
Stankovic, Lina (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Stankovic, Vladimir (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
RWM ICase contribution. Analysis of microseismic data to inform the siting, construction and operation of a geological disposal facility in the UK | Ho, Z. Tim Wing
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Pytharouli, Stella (Co-investigator) Ho, Z. Tim Wing (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026

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Dr Stella Pytharouli
Senior Lecturer
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Email: stella.pytharouli@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3168