Dr. Agathoklis Giaralis is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering, leading the Smart Sustainable Structures and Energy Infrastructure (S3I) Research Group.
He holds a MEng in Structural Engineering (2003) and a MSc in Earthquake Resistant Design of Structures (2004) from the Department of Civil Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He received his PhD from Rice University, Houston, TX, USA (2008), funded by a Fulbright Exchange Scholarship. Prior to joining Khalifa University, Dr. Giaralis has taught in the Department of Civil Engineering at City, University of London, UK (2009-2013), where he was promoted from a Lecturer in Structural Engineering to a Reader (Associate Professor) in Structural Dynamics. He further served as a Lecturer at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University and as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Rice University (2008-2009).
Dr. Giaralis’ research interests are in the areas of optimal structural vibrations control, structural health monitoring & damage detection, signal processing, and nonlinear stochastic dynamics, with applications on sustainability-driven optimal design and operation of structures and infrastructure under adverse and uncertain environments in wind, earthquake, and ocean engineering. Notable achievements of Dr Giaralis’ research, funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) councils and industry, include: optimization-driven structural design protocols for weight-minimal low embodied carbon buildings using adaptive inerter-based vibration absorbers for resilience to wind and earthquake hazards under changing climate and performance requirements; Inerter-based motion control of offshore wind turbines for CAPEX reduction and renewable energy production maximization; Dynamic energy harvesting and compressive data acquisition & transmission supporting energy-autonomous wireless sensor networks for sustainable monitoring of civil engineering structures and infrastructure; Digital twinning and machine learning approaches for wind flow assessment and control around tall buildings supporting wind pedestrian and occupant comfort in congested urban environments.
Dr. Giaralis has co-authored more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conference proceedings as well as a book on earthquake resistant design of structures for practicing engineers. He is a chartered civil engineer (CEng), member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy in UK (FHEA), and Industry Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) in UK (2022-2023).
WONDER: Weight-Optimal buildiNg Design with Energy harvesting dampeRs
Collaborators: Prof. A. Kappos (Khalifa University); Prof. F. Petrini (Sapienza, University of Rome); Prof. S. Adhikari (University of Glasgow)
WINSLAND: Machine learning-based optimal design for wind human comfort in urban environments through wind-building-landscape interaction
Collaborators: Dr. Z. Wang (City, University of London); Dr. A. Margnelli (AKT-II, London); Dr. S. Daniels (AKT-II, London)
OPTWIND: Optimized fixed offshore wind turbine structures for weigh-minimization using dynamic vibration absorbers
Collaborators: J.C. Gilloteaux (INNOSEA- ABL Group, Nantes); Dr. T. Camp (OWC- ABL Group, London)
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