Dr Mateusz Bocian


I am a chartered engineer with a background in structural dynamics and currently serve as an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. Before this appointment, I held a four-year fellowship funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) in the Faculty of Civil Engineering at Wrocław University of Science and Technology (2020-2024). I was also a Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Leicester (2015-2020), where I served as the director of the Dynamics, Vibration and Acoustics Laboratory (2019-2020) and founded the Biomechanics and Immersive Technology Laboratory (2018-2020). Prior to that, I worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the University of Sheffield (2014-2015) and the University of Exeter (2014). I was a Guest Lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds (2015-2018) and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol (2014-2022).

In the industrial sector, I served as a Scientific Advisor at the Advanced Structural Dynamics Evaluation Centre (ASDEC; 2015-2018), the UK's first 3D measurement and modal analysis facility using laser Doppler vibrometers, and as a Project Engineer at Full Scale Dynamics (2014-2015), a consultancy specialising in the vibration serviceability of structures. My consultancy work in structural dynamics includes projects on bridges of varying sizes, lightweight floors, and stadiums.

I am a member of the Royal Society International Exchanges Committee (2024-2026).

Research interests

At the centre of my research are humans and the built environment, and their multifaceted interaction. My research interests are encapsulated by the following themes:

  • structural dynamics, in particular vibration serviceability;
  • structural health monitoring;
  • sensors and signal processing;
  • stability and control of human gait and posture;
  • integration of sensory information during the execution of motor tasks;
  • crowd dynamics;
  • virtual and mixed reality.

I have supervised PhD projects at the University of Leeds, University of Leicester, University of Bristol and Wrocław University of Science and Technology.

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  • DSc, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Wrocław University of Science and Technology, Poland
  • PhD, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, UK
  • BEng in Civil Engineering, First Class Honours, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Engineer (CEng) registered with the Engineering Council UK
  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE)
  • Member of the International Association for Bridge Maintenance and Safety (IABMAS)
  • Member of the Polish Group of Seismic and Paraseismic Engineering (PGISiP)

Research groups and institutes

  • Materials and Structures
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