Dr. A. Cicirello

Dr. A. Cicirello



My research interests are centred on the investigation and assessment of the dynamic performance of structures and important functional components when subjected to manufacturing variability and uncertainty.

I work on:

  • fundamental understanding of the behaviour of structures for extracting important physics-based features;
  • digital twins development for (i) the design of structures that are relatively insensitive to manufacturing variability and uncertainty, (ii) assessing the safe remaining life of structures in environmental and operating conditions;
  • effective structural health monitoring strategies and non-destructive testing.

These research challenges are strongly connected and I tackle them with an integrated approach which combines and enhances each of four core aspects:

  • advanced linear and non-linear physics-based models;
  • laboratory experiments and testing campaigns;
  • uncertainty quantification (both forward and inverse);
  • machine learning, signal processing and monitoring strategies. 


Dr Alice Cicirello is an Associate Professor in the Mechanics and Physics of Structure (MPS) section. 

Her passion for dynamics and uncertainty started during her BEng and MSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Messina. She then completed a PhD (Mechanics, Materials and Design Division at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge) on the vibro-acoustic analysis of built-up structures with uncertainties, focusing mainly on automotive and aerospace applications. This was followed by a position as Research Associate in Drilling and Structural Dynamics (University of Cambridge). She then spent couple of years working as a Research Scientist in the Oil & Gas industry (Schlumberger), where she performed large scale dynamic testing and worked on projects focused on the application of Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing techniques. Before joining TU Delft, she was a Departmental Lecturer at the Engineering Science Department (Solid Mechanics & Materials Engineering Group) of the University of Oxford. Concurrently to this positions, she was also a Career Development Fellow in Engineering Science at Balliol College. 

Alice is the founder and Principal Investigator of the Data, Vibration and Uncertainty Research Group. She has held visiting positions at several research institutions and organized and chairing technical sessions at international conference, technical workshops and online seminar series. 

Alice is currently:

  • Visiting Fellow at the Engineering Science Department at the University of Oxford (2020-present)

  • Honorary Lecturer at the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty, Department of Civil Engineering and Industrial Design, University of Liverpool (2017- present)

  • Member of the organising committee of the 10th International Conference on Modern Practise in Stress and Vibration Analysis (MPSVA 2022).

  • Member of the International Technical Committee of the 8th International Symposium on Reliability Engineering and Risk Management (ISRERM).

Alice was awarded the Bronze for Excellence in Teaching for the academic year 2018/19 at the Oxford Engineering Science Department.


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