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).