• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Aston University; c.alexakis@aston.ac.uk

    Visiting Academic Fellow, University of Cambridge; ca510@cam.ac.uk

    'Haris' is the short version of my ID forename 'Charalampos'

    PhD Supervision

    PhD Supevision Statement: I am conducting research on Smart/Digital Infrastructure for Sustainable Civil Engineering Systems. This is an area that combines civil engineering with data science, systems engineering, ICT, electronics and photonics. I welcome phd applications from students with background or aspirations in any of these areas, with interest to develop further their digital abilities and benefit from cross-disciplinary research with ASTUTE and AIPT at Aston University, CSIC at Cambridge University, UC Berkeley, UK infrastructure owners, engineering firms and ICT companies.

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    Biography

    Haris is lecturer in Civil Engineering at Aston University, UK and academic visitor at Cambridge University, UK. His research currently focuses on smart and resilient infrastructure by combining multi-sensing information, structural analysis and statistical modelling. As research associate at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, he developed an autonomous structural health monitoring system with acoustic emission sensors, fibre optic strain and temperature sensors, and high-sensitivity accelerometers for detecting deterioration in ageing bridges. Before his appointment at Aston and Cambridge, he was adjunct assistant professor at the University of Central Florida, USA. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil and Structural Engineering, a master’s degree in Seismic Design of Structures and awarded a PhD in Limit Analysis and Earthquake Resistance of Masonry Structures from the University of Patras, Greece. He worked for a decade as consultant structural engineer, leading the restoration and seismic reinforcement of several historic structures.

    Research Interests

    Ageing Infrastructure

    Smart Bridges

    Structural Health Monitoring (fibre optics, acoustic emission sensors)

    Structural Analysis of Masonry/Historic structures

    Signal Processing and Data Analytics

    Structural Dynamics

    Employment

    Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Aston University, UK (2020 - present)

    Academic Visitor, University of Cambridge, UK (2020 - present)

    Research Associate in Infrastructure Monitoring and Modelling, University of Cambridge, UK (2017-20)

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, USA (2017)

    Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Central Florida, USA and University of Patras, Greece (2014-16)

    Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (2022); Aston University, UK

    Doctorate (2013); Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece. Thesis title: "Limit State Analysis and Earthquake Resistance of Masonry Arches." Advisor: Professor Nicos Makris

    MSc in Seismic Design of Structures (2007); Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece. Dissertation title: "Seismic Isolation of Bridges." Advisor: Professor Michael N. Fardis

    BSc & MEng in Civil Engineering (2005); Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, Greece.

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    Main ongoing research projects:

    Grant author and project leader - "Concrete bridges damage localisation and characterisation with Acoustic Emission Sensors." Partners: Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction and Highways England. Funded by Highways England. Budget: £220k

    PI - "Condition assessment of ageing bridges with ultrasonic patches and other complementary sensing technologies". Royal Society International Exchanges. Partners: Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Budget: £12k

    Leading researcher - "Data-centric Bridge Assessment - The Marsh Lane Bridge." PI: Prof. Matthew DeJong, University of California, Berkeley. Co-funded by The Alan Turing Institute and Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. Budget: £122k

    Teaching Activity

    EC4MCI - Monitoring and Management of Civil Infrastructure

    EC2SAN - Structural Analysis and Numerical Modelling

    EC31OC - Final Year Project

    EC31CP - Independent Civil Engineering Project

    EC1SRS - Study and Research Skills (joint programme with Northeast Forestry University, China)

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

    External positions

    Visiting Academic Fellow, University of Cambridge

    1 Jun 2020 → …

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