Dr Stephen Suryasentana

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I joined Strathclyde in 2020 as a Chancellor's Fellow (Lecturer), and was previously a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. My research is focused on developing innovative offshore geotechnics solutions to prepare for the digitalisation age. This includes developing intelligent modelling tools and novel sensor-based solutions to help engineers improve their decision-making in offshore ground modelling, site investigation planning, foundation design optimisation and installation risk management.

For more details (including past publications), please visit my lab website at http://www.autogeolab.com


Currently available PhD studentships

- A fully-funded PhD studentship to investigate the behaviour of suction caisson foundations under pressure cycling. Starting in Oct 2023.



See http://www.autogeolab.com for latest studentship opportunities.


Research Opportunities

I am currently accepting undergraduate/Masters final year project students and PhD applicants who are interested in working in the areas of machine learning in geotechnical engineering, offshore soil-structure interaction and automated ground modelling, amongst others (see list of research interests below). If you are interested in doing research with me, please contact me by email with your background and an outline of your proposed research topic.



Probabilistic soil strata delineation using DPT data and Bayesian changepoint detection
Suryasentana Stephen K, Lawler Myles, Sheil Brian B, Lehane Barry M
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Vol 149 (2023)
A Winkler model for suction caisson foundations in homogeneous and non-homogeneous linear elastic soil
Suryasentana Stephen, Burd Harvey J, Byrne Byron W, Shonberg Avi
Géotechnique Vol 72, pp. 407-423 (2022)
Simplified method for the lateral, rotational, and torsional static stiffness of circular footings on a nonhomogeneous elastic half-space based on a work-equivalent framework
Suryasentana Stephen K, Mayne Paul W
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Vol 148 (2022)
Prediction of pipe-jacking forces using a Bayesian updating approach
Sheil Brian B, Suryasentana Stephen K, Templeman Jack O, Phillips Bryn M, Cheng Wen Chieh, Zhang Limin
Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Vol 148 (2022)
A convex modular modelling (CMM) framework for developing thermodynamically consistent constitutive models
Suryasentana Stephen K, Houlsby Guy T
Computers and Geotechnics (2021)
Automated procedure to derive convex failure envelope formulations for circular surface foundations under six degrees of freedom loading
Suryasentana Stephen K, Burd Harvey J, Byrne Byron W, Shonberg Avi
Computers and Geotechnics Vol 137 (2021)

More publications

Research interests

Probabilistic machine learning:

  • Gaussian Process 
  • Bayesian Changepoint detection
  • Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC)
  • Multi-fidelity data fusion

Offshore soil-structure interaction:

  • Development of simplified design models for offshore foundations
  • Finite element modelling of soil-structure interaction
  • Convex constitutive modelling

Professional activities

4th International Symposium on Machine Learning & Big Data in Geoscience
Internal Examination of PhD student
Oxford University
Visiting researcher

More professional activities


iDrive: Intelligent Drivability Forecasting for Offshore Wind Turbine Monopile Foundations
Suryasentana, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
10-Jan-2021 - 09-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Williams, Benjamin
Suryasentana, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Perry, Marcus (Co-investigator) Williams, Benjamin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Orsted studentship
Suryasentana, Stephen (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025

More projects


Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir

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