Dr Mateusz Bocian

Lecturer in Structural Engineering

School/Department: Engineering School of



I am the Director of the Biomechanics & Immerisce Technology Laboraory and the Director of Dynamics Vibration & Acoustics Laboratory.


My research interests and activities revolve around the following themes:

  • structural dynamics in particular human-structure interaction vibration serviceability and structural health monitoring;
  • crowd dynamics;
  • locomotor biomechanics in particular stability and control of human gait and posture;
  • cognitive psychology in particular integration of sensory information during the execution of motor tasks;
  • immersive technology;
  • complexity science;
  • sensors instrumentation and signal processing.


(0) Kalybek, M., Bocian, M., Nikitas, N., Performance of optical structural vibration monitoring systems in experimental modal analysis, Sensors, 2021 (21), 1239.

Soczawa-Stronczyk, A.A., Bocian, M., Gait coordination in overground walking with a virtual reality avatar, Royal Society Open Science, 2020 (7), 200622. doi:10.1098/rsos.200622

Soczawa-Stronczyk, A.A., Bocian, M., Wdowicka, H., Malin, J., Topological assessment of gait synchronisation in overground walking groups, Human Movement Science, 2019 (66), p. 541-553. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2019.06.007

Brownjohn, J.M.W., Chen, J., Bocian, M., Racic, V., Shahabpoor, E., Using inertial measurement units to identify medio-lateral ground reaction forces due to walking and swaying, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2018 (426), p. 90-110. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2018.04.019

Bocian, M., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Racic, V., Hester, D., Quattrone, A., Gilbert, L., Beasley, R., Time-dependent spectral analysis of interactions within groups of walking pedestrians and vertical structural motion using wavelets, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2018 (105), p. 502-523. doi:10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.12.020

Hester, D., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Bocian, M., Xu, Y., Quattrone, A., Using inertial measurements units originally developed for biomechanics for modal testing of civil engineering structures, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2018 (104), p. 776-798. doi:10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.11.035

Bocian, M., Burn, J.F., Macdonald, J.H.G., Brownjohn, J.M.W., From phase drift to synchronisation - pedestrian stepping behaviour on laterally oscillating structures and consequences for dynamic stability, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2017 (392), p. 382-399. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2016.12.022

Bocian, M., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Racic, V., Hester, D., Quattrone, A., Monnickendam, R., A framework for experimental determination of localised vertical pedestrian forces on full-scale structures using wireless attitude and heading reference systems, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2016 (376), p. 217-243. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2016.05.010

Bocian, M., Macdonald, J.H.G., Burn, J.F., Redmill, D., Experimental identification of the behaviour of and lateral forces from freely-walking pedestrians on laterally oscillating structures in a virtual reality environment, Engineering Structures, 2015 (105), p. 62-76. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.09.043

Bocian, M., Macdonald, J.H.G., Burn, J.F., Biomechanically inspired modelling of pedestrian-induced vertical self-excited forces, Journal of Bridge Engineering, 2013 (18/12), p. 1336-1346. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000490.

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