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Jelena Ninic

Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering



Dr Jelena Ninić is an Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering at the Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics (CSEI) since December 2018. Before obtaining her academic position she was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow on the "SATBIM" project at the same department. Dr Ninić obtained her Dipl.-Ing. degree in structural engineering at the Faculty for Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 2008. Afterwards, she worked at the same faculty as a teaching assistant at the Chair for Geotechnical Engineering. From 2010, she was as a research associate at the Institute for Structural Mechanics at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany, where she obtained her PhD degree with 'distinction' in 2015. In 2012, she was a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.

Jelena is an Associate Editor at the Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (TUST) since January 2021.

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

Expertise Summary

Dr Ninić's research focuses is on the development and application of numerical methods for the analysis of complex construction processes involving soil-structure interactions and time-dependent effects. She combines advanced numerical methods with novel ICT to study structural and geotechnical problems. The methods she develps include Finite Element (FE) formulations on the element and constitutive level, artificial neural networks, optimisation algorithms, algorithms for sensitivity analysis and methods to handle massive computations and analyse the resulting data. In the SATBIM project, Dr Ninić works on the integration of the design and analysis process by developing a unified platform combining Building Information Modelling (BIM) and numerical simulations.

Teaching Summary

Fundamentals of Materials (H22FOM UK)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Design Project (H23GDP UK)

Jelena is also running the I1 & I2 - *Introduction to BIM* and *Further BIM* workshops for Second year Civil Engineering students

Research Summary

SATBIM (H2020-MSCA-IF 702874) - Simulations for multi-level Analysis of interactions in Tunnelling based on the Building Information Modelling technology

NO2NOISE - A European Industrial Doctorate Network underMarie Sklodowska Curie Grant 765472

OptiMACS (H2020-MSCA-ITN 764650) - European industrial doctorate for efficient multidisciplinary design Optimisation of Multifunctional Aerospace Composite Structures

Transforming bridge inspections through digital technologies - Funded by EPSRC DTP Highways England and WSP limited

Recent Publications

Future Research

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Multi-phase multi-physics numerical modelling, meta models, optimisation algorithms, sensitivity analysis, massive and parallel computations, BIM and parametric modelling, integration of numerical analysis in BIM software.

Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics

The University of Nottingham
The Faculty of Engineering,
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 84 68933