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Department of Engineering

Dr Haris Alexakis


Haris Alexakis

Research Associate in Infrastructure Monitoring and Modelling

Academic Division: Civil Engineering

Research group: Structures

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32887



Research interests

Ageing Infrastructure

Smart Bridges

Advanced Sensing (fibre optics, acoustic emission sensors)

Structural Analysis of Masonry/Historic structures

Signal Processing and Data Analytics

Structural Dynamics

Research projects

Main ongoing projects:

Grant Author and Project Leader: “Concrete bridges damage localisation and characterisation with Acoustic Emission Sensors”. Funded by Highways England. Fund: £219,862.00. Partners: CSIC, Highways England, KIER, MISTRAS

Lead Researcher: “Data-centric Bridge Assessment: The Marsh Lane Bridge”. Co-funded by The Alan Turing Institute and Cambridge CSIC. Fund: £121,900.00. PI: Prof. Matthew DeJong


Haris is a Research Associate in Infrastructure Monitoring and Modelling at the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC). His research focuses on Smart and Resilient Infrastructure by combining multi-sensing information, structural analysis and advanced statistical modelling. He has developed a remote, self-sustaining, structural health monitoring (SHM) system with acoustic emission sensors, fibre optic strain and temperature sensors and high-sensitivity accelerometers for detecting deterioration in ageing railway bridges. Before his appointment at the University of 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 State Analysis and Earthquake Resistance of Masonry Structures. He worked for more than a decade as consultant structural engineer, leading the restoration and seismic reinforcement of several historic structures.