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Stana Zivanovic

I graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, where I also worked for three years as a Lecturer. I came to the UK in 2002 and completed my PhD thesis with the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield in the field of vibration serviceability of civil engineering structures. The PhD thesis, entitled Probability-Based Estimation of Vibration for Pedestrian Structures due to Walking, presents a step change from traditional deterministic towards a probabilistic approach to vibration serviceability assessment of civil structures exposed to human-induced loading.

After completing my PhD studies, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Sheffield. I also took part in modal and in-service vibration testing of tens of large-scale structures, such as footbridges, floors and stadia both in the UK and abroad.

In June 2009, I joined the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick. Given that my research was new to the School, I founded the Humans and Structures Laboratory that is concerned with integrated experimental characterisation and numerical modelling of human-structure systems. This includes understanding human actions and structural performance, human-structure interaction and human wellbeing. To further research in this area, and with help of EPSRC First Grant award, I developed a unique laboratory facility that includes a full-scale footbridge equipped with motion capture system and state-of-the-art modal testing equipment. Over recent years I also developed interest in design of sustainable and dynamically resilient structures.

What is exciting about working at the School of Engineering at Warwick is having freedom and support to shape my own research agenda and to interact with experts in a range of different research areas. Equally, I enjoy teaching UG students and supervising PhD students, and seeing them develop on both personal and professional levels.