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Dr Stergios-Aristoteles MitoulisPhD, DiplEng, MSc, CEng MICE, M.ASCE, M.EAEE, FHEA, Associate Professor, Senior Fellow, Head of Structures, University of Birmingham

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Stergios is the leader of the MetaInfrastructure and bridgeUkraine initiatives. Stergios has a sustained record of grant-winning with more than £5 million of funding which he received by the UKRI and Horizon Europe. He led and won recently a € 1.65 million MSCA-SE-2021, the ReCharged project, leads a part of the € 5 million HORIZON-CL5-2023-D4-01-01 ZEBAI project and leads the Pilots of the a € 2.5 million HORIZON-MISS-2021-CLIMA-02 the RISKADAPT project.
Stergios’ expertise is in climate resilience, sustainability, and digitalisation of critical infrastructures. During his academic career he has supervised more than 20 doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. He has published extensively with a publication record exceeding 200 papers in leading scientific journals and conferences. He is known for his expertise in bridges.

He is a member of the BSI B/525/10 CEN/TC250/HG-Bridges, the BSI Mirror Group of Eurocodes, and UK delegate of the BSI (CEN/TC250/SC8 Work Group 6, Bridges) for the design and retrofit of bridges, the BSI committee B/525/8 and B/538/5, the Workgroup 11 of the EAEE and the IABSE TG1.8. He has editorial and reviewing responsibilities for more than 50 reputed journals. He has served as an evaluator for EU proposals and research grants from the UK (EPSRC), Canada, and others. He delivers seminars at consultancies and also participates in CPD activities as an official lecturer of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the UK. He has an extensive presence in the news of leading news agencies, including the BBC.

Dr Sotirios A. Argyroudis, PhD, DiplEng, BSc, CEng MICE, FHEA

Associate Professor (Reader) at Brunel University London 

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Sotirios holds two degrees, in Civil Engineering (MEng) and Geology (BSc), and a PhD in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. He is the Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the Horizon/UKRI ReCharged project. He co-founded the and co-leads the He has over 20 years of research experience in the field of geotechnical and infrastructure engineering, with focus on the risk and resilience analysis of infrastructure due to geo-hazards (earthquake, flood/scour, landslides, tsunamis). In 2017 he was awarded a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (TRANSRISK project, 2017). He has more than 120 reports and publications in scientific journals, conference proceedings and book chapters and participated in 15+ research projects. He acted as a reviewer for more than 25 scientific journals and for research proposals. He is Vice-Chair of the IABSE Task Group 1.8 on ‘Design requirements for infrastructure resilience’, member of the EAEE Working Group 13 on ‘Seismic assessment, design and resilience of industrial facilities’ and Nominated member (UK) of the ISSMGE (International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering) Technical Committee TC202 on Transportation Geotechnics. He supervised several UG, MSc and PhD research students, and he delivers seminars and participates in CPD activities. He is member of the Editorial Board in Sustainability (Section board for ‘Hazards and Sustainability’). Sotirios is listed at Stanford’s top 2% most highly cited scientists in 2022.

Dr Jelena Ninic, PhD, DiplEng, MSc

Associate Professor at University Birmingham

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Jelena published more than 70 research papers, including over 33 articles in high-impact international journals. She has received several awards including the “Zerna” prize for her outstanding PhD thesis in 2015, and three the best paper awards. JN (co)organised three international conferences (EG-ICE 2017, CTTU 2020 and UKACM 2022). She is associate editor of “Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology” (TUST), a high-impact journal in the field, core member of ISSMGE TC222 for Geotechnical BIM and Digital Twins and UKACM EC member. She led three research projects (SATBIM: MCIF / 702874, N2N: EID ITN/765472, OptiMacs: EID ITN/764650) totalling around €2m. JN has (co-) supervised seven PhDs to completion and is currently involved in the supervision of 8 PhD students in the area of structural and geotechnical engineering.
Her current research focus is on the development and implementation of computational methods and tools to combine advanced numerical methods with novel information technologies to study structural and geotechnical problems.

Dr Nataliya Shakhovska, Sc. Dr., Ph.D., Full Professor

Head of the Department of Artificial Intelligence, Lviv Polytechnic National University 

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Nataliya is the Head of the Department of Artificial Intelligence in Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine. Her current research interests include NLP, Big Data processing, Database and datawarehouse integration, distributed systems, integrated systems and dataspaces. She has published more than 300 scientific papers, 5 monographs, 6 textbooks and is an active member of the editorial board of seven scientific journals in Ukraine and abroad. Technical Leader of several information systems embedded in Lviv Polytechnic and other corporations in Ukraine. She has supervised 9 PhD dissertations.

Dr Marianna Loli, PhD, DiplEng, MSc

Project coordinator Grid-Engineers & Associate at Innovation Center on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure (ICONHIC), former Marie-Curie Research Fellow

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Marianna is the research projects coordinator and senior consultant at Grid-Advisors. Her research couples novel simulation tools with state-of-the-art physical modelling techniques for the assessment of geohazard effects and the effective protection of critical infrastructure. She is the co-author of 13 papers in international refereed journals and over 30 publications in conference proceedings. Marianna has participated in 10+ major European research projects stepping-up her career ladder by undertaking duties as a researcher, senior investigator and recently as a principal investigator. In parallel with her doctoral and post-doctoral research activity, she has been involved as junior and senior engineer in seven consulting projects involving geotechnical and earthquake engineering, vulnerability and seismic risk assessment and resilience-based design of various types of infrastructure. Just recently she was awarded a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (ReBounce project, 2020) aiming to develop an integrated risk and resilience assessment framework for flood-critical bridges and the associated transport networks. She participates in the Innovation Center on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure and is a member of the organizing committee of the International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructure ICONHIC.

Dr Ivan Izonin, Associate Professor of AI, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine, Senior Member IEEE, Member ACM & Member INNS

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Ivan is a senior member of IEEE, a member ACM & a member of INNS. He is an Associate Professor at the Department of Artificial Intelligence of Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine. His main research interests are focused on the high-speed computational intelligence, neural-like structures, non-iterative training algorithms, ensemble models, meta learning and small data analysis. His work focuses on information modelling based on a new ANN design concept – Successive Geometric Transformations Model (SGTM). Neural-like structures based on the SGTM as universal approximators implement the training and self-training principles and are based on algorithmic or hardware performing variants. Ivan received his MSc degree in Computer science at Lviv Polytechnic National University in 2011 and MSc degree in Economic cybernetics at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in 2012. He received a PhD in Artificial Intelligence at Lviv Polytechnic National University in 2016.

Dr Athanasia (Nancy) K. Kazantzi, Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK PhD, DiplEng, MSc

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Athanasia (Nancy) holds a 5-year MEng in Civil Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace (2002), an MSc with distinction in Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield (2004) and a PhD (2008) from the University of Surrey. Following the completion of her doctoral studies, she worked as a graduate design engineer in a renowned engineering consulting firm in UK, joining the special projects and geotechnical groups, where she played an important role in the engineering and management of high-profile projects. Upon her return to Greece, she joined the Institute of Steel Structures (The λ-Lab group) at the National Technical University of Athens and participated in several national and international research projects, among others, in the fields of Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Vulnerability/Risk Assessment and Loss Estimation under Multiple Hazards, funded by a number of prestigious organisations, such as the Applied Technology Council, the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, the EU Research Executive Agency and the Hellenic General Secretariat for Research and Technology. She has several years of experience as a freelance Consultant Engineer and she worked as a Senior Risk Engineer in the research department of a Swiss company. Athanasia has also gained valuable teaching experience by leading a number of undergraduate taught modules as an adjunct lecturer at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Thessaly and the International Hellenic University. She is a Chartered Engineer in Greece since 2003.

Dr Konstantinos (Dinos) Bakalis,Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, UK, PhD, DiplEng, MSc

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Konstantinos (Dinos) is a Postdoctoral Researcher. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2010) and an MSc with merit in Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management from University College London (2011). Following the completion of his MSc studies, he worked as a Discipline Engineer for the oil & gas engineering consultancy DeepSea UK within their Subsea Structures group. In June 2013 he joined the Institute of Steel Structures at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), where he obtained his PhD (2018). He then served as a Research Associate at NTUA jointly with his Postdoctoral research activities at the University of Thessaly. Upon the award of a COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, he joined École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as a Postdoctoral scientist. He has also collaborated with the Chair of Seismic Design and Analysis at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (ETHZ). His research is focused on the seismic risk assessment of steel structures and community critical industrial facilities (e.g., refineries). He is the recipient of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation Postdoctoral Scholarship (2019), the EuoTech Postdoc Fellowship (2020) and the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars and Artists (2020). He has also participated in several national and international research projects, funded by the EU Research Executive Agency, the EU Research Fund for Coal and Steel, the Hellenic General Secretariat for Research and Technology and the Swiss Federal Commission for Scholarships.

Dr Khrystyna MyroniukAssociate Professor, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Ukraine

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Khrystyna is an associate professor in Heat, Gas Supply and Ventilation Department at Lviv Polytechnic National University. She defended her PhD thesis with the title: Increase air distribution efficiency with interaction of opposed non-coaxial air jets at Kyiv National University of construction and architecture in 2010. She works in the field of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC). Her research and teaching interests are connected with providing microclimate parameters and using heating systems in different buildings, energy-saving technologies in residential complexes, providing the microclimate parameters and using combined heating systems in industrial buildings, standards related to energy efficiency in buildings; and introduction of environmentally friendly technologies in the construction industry. Khrystyna is engaged in revising Ukrainian standards and bringing them to European standards. She conducts lectures, training courses and intensive courses concerning European norms to ensure the microclimate parameters in energy-saving buildings, European standards of engineering calculation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in residential houses, resource-saving technologies and the use of secondary and low potential resources of energy in the systems of ensuring the microclimate. She also is the Executive Secretary of the Scientific Journal “Theory and Building Practice”, which is a professional and indexed database, Copernicus.

Nadiia Kopiika, Research Fellow, British Academy/CARA

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Nadiia is a Research Fellow, sponsored by the British Academy/CARA. She holds an MSc in Building and Civil Engineering, Lviv Polytechnic National University. Her PhD research focused on probabilistic methods for the calculation of corroded reinforced concrete beams capacity. Nadiia has expertise in the field of reinforced concrete (RC) structures, their strength and reliability. Her experimental and theoretical investigations include damage of RC structures, methods for their strengthening, retrofitting and possibilities of increasing their service life. The focus of her research is on material properties and probabilistic approaches for assessment of RC structures. Additionally, she studied various non-destructive methods of experimental research, including the method of Digital Image correlation (DIC). Experimental research with the use of DIC method covered various issues of RC structures reliability, including stress and strain distribution and specifics of thermally strengthened rebars. Thus, her research covers advanced areas for DIC application such as beam structures monitoring and assessment of load-bearing capacity of bridge structures. Nadiia’s skills include knowledge of construction and engineering software, surveying equipment, calculation and design techniques, laboratory work, experiment planning and organization, experimental data processing and analysis with the use of specific programs and equipment.

Dr Jinsheng Wang, Postdoctoral Researcher, PhD, MSc, BEng

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Jinsheng holds a PhD from the Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE) in Swansea University (UK) since 2020. His expertised focuses on the structural reliability analysis and uncertainty quantification of civil engineering structures. Jinsheng has more than 10 years of research experience in the field of civil and infrastructure engineering, with focus on uncertainty quantification, reliability and vulnerability assessment of engineering structures when exposed to natural hazards. In 2015 he obtained an MSc degree in Bridge and Tunnel Engineering from the Central South University (China), and he was awarded the first-class scholarship (10%). His master thesis entitled Research on Optimal Design and Mechanical Properties of RPC Slab Track explored the application of Reactive Powder Concrete (RPC) in high-speed railway and set the ground for a novel slab design concept, resulting in two patents and four publications. His specialisation in transport engineering was initiated and strengthened, during his 4-year studies (2008–2012) that led to a diploma in Civil Engineering from Nanchang University (China). Jinsheng has participated in 11 national and European research projects stepping-up his career ladder by undertaking duties as a research assistant, researcher, and recently as a co-principal investigator, involving a wide range of infrastructure assets (e.g., buildings and bridges) exposed to natural and human-induced hazards.

John Adah Agbo Quantity surveyor, BTech, MSc

Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham, UK


John holds an MSc in construction project and cost management from Coventry University, UK. He has professional experience in construction of infrastructures, and in particular costing projects and the facilities management of built assets during its lifecycle. John’s research focuses on the optimisation of climate-resilience and sustainability in critical transport infrastructure.  The main scope of this PhD is to process openly available digital data from e.g., UAV-enabled mapping, GIS, satellite imagery and/or forensic evidence to develop optimised resilience and sustainability solutions for assets, such as bridges or other critical infrastructure.

Francesco Pentassuglia, Structural Engineer, MEng, MSc

Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham, UK


Francesco holds an MSc in Structural Engineering from Surrey University, UK. His MSc dissertation focused on studying the similarities between seismic and robustness design and the influence that seismic design principles and rules could have on the robustness and resilience structures. The project was awarded the RC Vaughan Prize for Best Student Project in Structural Engineering in terms of content and potential impact. He has professional experience on construction and consulting in engineering, in particular focusing on performing structural calculations using FE analysis software on medium to high rise building structures. He also gained on the field experience assessing damage of buildings after fire or flood events and installing equipment on site such as remote control monitoring. Francesco’s research is focused on resilience-based management of transport infrastructure enhanced by digital data and Artifical Intelligence (AI). The main scope of this research is to update advanced FE models based on data obtained from disparate sources e.g. digital twins, point clouds and/or other forensic evidence, obtained for example from inspections, to improve the predictive capacity of models of transport assets and/or networks, such as bridges, roads and/or railways in support of resilience-based decision making.

Ebo Emmanuel Kelechi, Civil Engineer, BEng, MSc

Doctoral Researcher, University of Surrey, UK


Emmanuel holds an MSc in Civil and Structural Engineering from Coventry University, UK and he has experience on construction, consulting in engineering and in particular for the design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure assets. Emmanuel’s research is focused on the risk and resilience assessment of transport hubs and networks, considering their interoperability when exposed to multiple hazards.

Dr Sotiria Stefanidou, PhD, DiplEng, MSc

Senior Researcher, Aristotle University & Institute of Engineering Seismology Earthquake Engineering, Greece, Adjunct Lecturer at International Hellenic University.

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Sotiria is Research Associate at the Institute of Engineering Seismology & Earthquake Engineering and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Civil Engineering Department, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki (AUTh) in the field of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering. She is Adjunct Lecturer at International Hellenic Univ. and Affiliate Scientific Staff at AUTh. She received her PhD with Distinction in 2016 in fragility analysis of bridges (AUTh) and holds two MSc degrees in Earthquake Engineering (2007) and Natural disasters & climate change (2019). She has more than 35 publications in international referred journals, conferences and books and has participated in 10 Research Projects. Sotiria works as Freelancer chartered civil engineer (Greek Institution of Civil Engineers, Greece) since 2006 and is member of the Structural Engineering/Consultancy firm Penelis Consulting Engineers SA since 2012. She has worked as structural engineer in projects in Greece and worldwide for AKTOR SA, TERNA, TERNA Oversees, REDEX, etc. She is an IABSE member, Board Member of Hellenic Society of Earthquake Engineering (ETAM) and  Board Member of Scientific Community of Concrete Research (EPES).

Dr Dimitra V. Achillopoulou, PhD, DiplEng

former Marie-Curie Principal Research Fellow


Dimitra has research experience on shear transfer mechanisms, interfaces of concrete elements, strengthening with composites (FRPs) and damage detection and characterisation with guided waves.  She has worked a total of 10 years in research in the areas of strengthening and monitoring of structures. Dr Achillopoulou has worked as a researcher and PI in three research projects relevant to structural health monitoring with guided waves. In 2019 she was awarded a H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (BriFace project, 2019) on the resilience assessment of bridge retrofitting measures based on interface efficiency indices using novel guided wave-banded monitoring methods.