Dynamics, Vibration and Uncertainty Lab

Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group

The Dynamics, Vibration and Uncertainty (DVU) Lab in the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford was estalished in September 2017 and is led by Dr Alice Cicirello. Our research interests are centred on the investigation of the dynamic performance of structures and important functional components when subjected to manufacturing variability and uncertainty. We are tackling these problems using an integrated approach based on the development of advanced physics-based models, experiments, signal processing, uncertainty quantification and machine learning techniques, and their combination. 

Our lab is part of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering Group.

Our research aims to:

  • Design engineering structures that:
    • are relatively insensitive to manufacturing variability and uncertainty
    • can reliably withstand operating dynamic loading
  • Assess the performance of structures by:
    • non-destructive testing
    • combining data-driven techniques with physics-based models

Cross-disciplanary interests:

We have a particular interest in the development of advanced models, uncertainty quantification, signal processing and experimental techniques that can be applied to a broad range of industries, including aerospace, defence, automotive and oil & gas.

Moreover, we enjoy working in cross-disciplinary environments investigating broader applications. One recent example is the collaboration with the Oxford University Zoology Department on the investigation of the vibration generation mechanism in planthoppers (read the paper here).


Work with us

We are always looking for brilliant new additions to the lab!

Some of the scholarships available:

Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr Cicirello. However, PhD applications must be submitted through the university website.

Oxford Clarendon fund for anyone

Rhodes Scholarships for various nationalities

Schlumberger foundation Faculty for the Future   for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) from developing and emerging countries

Fullbright Oxford-Clarendon Scholarship  for US citizens

John Monash Scholarship for Australian citizens

Mexican Government (CONACyT) for Mexican citizens

Further info about scholarships @ Oxford can be found here 

Some funding opportunities for Fellowships and Research visits:

Research Fellowships funded by Oxford Colleges for anyone

Newton international Fellowships for anyone

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowships in Science or Engineering for anyone


Positions currently available: