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Georgia Thermou

Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

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Biography

Dr Thermou is an Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering at the University of Nottingham, UK, which she joined in September 2018. Prior to joining Nottingham, she was a Marie Curie Individual Fellow at the Civil and Structural Engineering Department of the University of Sheffield for two years (2016-2018). From 2009 to 2018 she worked at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki as a Lecturer and Assistant Professor.

Dr Thermou received her 5-year Diploma in Structural Engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering of Demokritus University of Thrace, Greece, in July, 1999. A year later she received from the same Department an MSc degree in "New Materials and Techniques on the Design of Reinforced Concrete". She subsequently continued her post-graduate studies at Imperial College, London, UK, where she attended the MSc program "Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics". She successfully completed the program and obtained an MSc Degree from the University of London and a Diploma of Membership of Imperial College (DIC) in November 2001. The same year she moved back to Greece and in June 2002, she enrolled in the Department of Civil Engineering of Demokritus University of Thrace, to pursue PhD studies. She received her PhD degree in June 2007.

Expertise Summary

She has over 20 years of research experience (analytical and experimental) in structural engineering with applications of my work in assessment and retrofitting of existing structures, and development of eco-friendly retrofitting solutions. My current research aims to address future's challenges in Civil and Structural Engineering by the implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and computer vision in assessment and retrofitting of existing structures and the decarbonization of construction with the development of novel structural designs and materials for sustainable and resilient structures.

Georgia has published 27 refereed journal papers, 2 discussions, 5 chapters in special volumes and books, and 44 refereed conference papers (additionally 2 journal papers and 14 conference papers in Hellenic peer-reviewed journals and conferences, respectively) leading to 600 citations, h-index: 16 according to Scopus and 927 citations, h-index: 17 according to Google scholar.

She is an active member of the fib Task Group 5.1 "FRP reinforcement for concrete structures" and Rilem 290-IMC, MCC. She is also a member of the ACI committees 374 and 549. She is a member of the Hellenic Society of Earthquake Engineering and Board Member of the Hellenic Concrete Society. She acts as a Reviewer for all major journals in the field of Structural Engineering. She is a former member of the Technical Committee 67 of the Hellenic Body for Standardisation (ELOT) in the Working Groups of "Eurocode 2" and "Fiber reinforced polymer structures".

She is a Chartered Civil Engineer of the Technical Chamber of Greece since November 1999. She has more than 8 years of consultancy experience working in the Public Works Sector (site supervision and financial monitoring of projects with total budget €14M) and as a freelance Civil Engineer.

Dr Thermou is a member of the Centre for Structural Engineering & Informatics Research Group.

Teaching Summary

CIVE4100 Bridge Engineering (20 credits) - Spring Semester - MSc in Structural Engineering/MSc Civil Engineering

CIVE3064 Structural Concrete Design (20 credits) - Autumn Semester

Recent Publications

Current PhD projects (Main Supervisor):

  • H. Al-Jawhar "Developing a sustainable construction decision model (SCDMM) using the Building Information Modelling (BIM) environment" (Primary Supervisor)
  • M. Alsharif, "Damage information modelling and retrofitting solutions for substandard RC bridges" (Primary Supervisor)
  • Liu X. "Shear Performance of Reinforced Concrete (RC) Beams Strengthened with innovative mortar-based composites" (Primary Supervisor)
  • M. Esaker, "Investigation of the performance of Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) subjected to high-velocity impact load" (Primary Supervisor)
  • K. Makashev, "Experimental investigation on the TRM to masonry bond strength under static and cyclic load" (Primary Supervisor - completed)

PhD opportunities

PhD projects are available in the following research areas:

  • Damage information modelling for assessing and retrofitting substandard RC bridges/buildings
  • Deep learning-based semantic segmentation for identification of structural damage
  • 3D printed (metal/polymer/composite) honeycomb/auxetic structures for acting as internal reinforcement in structural concrete elements
  • Performance based assessment and retrofit of RC structures
  • Sustainable and resilient buildings and infrastructure
  • Low carbon concrete and construction materials
  • Innovative concrete
  • Novel materials in retrofitting applications
  • Sustainable construction with recycled materials

If you are interested, please get in contact via email with a CV and cover letter. Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) a first-class or good 2:1 UK honours degree, or a distinction or high merit at MSc level in Structural Engineering, or a related discipline. International applicants need to confirm funding or the intention of applying for a scholarship upon contacting me.

Postdoc opportunities

Currently none available.

Potential postdoctoral researchers without current funding can apply for an Anne McLaren or Nottingham Research Fellowship. Other externally funded fellowship schemes can be found here.

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas:

  • Damage information modelling for assessing and retrofitting substandard RC bridges/buildings
  • Deep learning-based semantic segmentation for identification of structural damage
  • 3D printed (metal/polymer/composite) honeycomb/auxetic structures for acting as internal reinforcement in structural concrete elements
  • Performance based assessment and retrofit of RC structures
  • Sustainable and resilient buildings and infrastructure
  • Low carbon concrete and construction materials
  • Innovative concrete
  • Novel materials in retrofitting applications
  • Sustainable construction with recycled materials

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