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Research interests

Erfan Shahabpoor is a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Human-Structure Dynamics at the University of Bath.

Erfan graduated with a first class BA degree in Civil Engineering from the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) in 2006. After spending two years in industry, Erfan joined the University of Sheffield to do his MSc in Structural Dynamics and Control and secured a prestigious Faculty Scholarship for his PhD research on Dynamic Interaction of Human and Vibrating Structures. He was appointed as lecturer in BIHE in 2009, the role he serves ever since. In 2014, Erfan joined the INSIGNEO Institute of the University of Sheffield as a post-doctoral research associate to work on developing wearable technologies for monitoring human movement in real-life environment.

Erfan Joined the Department as lecturer in 2017.


 Erfan's current research interests follow two main themes:

The first theme involves vibration measurement of real-world structures, modelling human-induced structural vibrations, human-structure dynamic interaction, and investigating human perception and acceptability of structural vibration. Working together with an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, physiologists, building physicists and structural engineers, this work will provide the next generation of motion and vibration serviceability criteria and assessment methods.

The second theme focuses on 1) developing wearable technologies for monitoring human movement, and collecting and analysing high-dimensional big data for health monitoring and early diagnosis of movement diseases, and 2) developing context-aware assistive technologies for aging population.

The external funds that supported Erfan’s research up to this point are:

  • British Council Newton Fund for Britain-China Research Collaboration on Employing Information and Communications Technologies in Homes and Cities for the Health and Well Being of Older People, £2.5k, 2016
  • National Instruments Academic Research Grant on ‘Prototyping a novel wearable robot research platform for research on fall prevention and assisted balance’, £5k, 2016
  • Xsens limited on ‘Prototyping a novel wearable robot research platform for research on fall prevention and assisted balance’, £2k, 2016
  • Worldwide University Network (WUN) Research Mobility Fund, £2.5k, 2015
  • Full-scale Dynamics, ltd., on Developing a structural vibration serviceability assessment methodology based on occupants’ experience, £14.5k, 2013

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walking Physics & Astronomy
Walking Medicine & Life Sciences
Identification (control systems) Engineering & Materials Science
Footbridges Engineering & Materials Science
Gait Medicine & Life Sciences
Damping Engineering & Materials Science
Units of measurement Engineering & Materials Science
Bridge decks Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2016 2017

Research Output 2011 2018

2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

Estimation of vertical walking ground reaction force in real-life environments using single IMU sensor

Shahabpoor, E. & Pavic, A., 5 Oct 2018, In : Journal of Biomechanics. 79, p. 181-190 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Gait analysis
4 Citations (Scopus)

Identification of Walking Human Model using Agent-based Modelling

Shahabpoor Ardakani, E., Pavic, A. & Racic, V., 15 Mar 2018, In : Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing. 103, p. 352 - 367 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Identification (control systems)
Normal distribution
Bridge decks
Reverse engineering
3 Citations (Scopus)
33 Downloads (Pure)

Real-life measurement of tri-axial walking ground reaction forces using optimal network of wearable inertial measurement units

Shahabpoor Ardakani, E., Pavic, A., Brownjohn, J. M. W., Billings, S. A., Guo, L. Z. & Bocian, M., 6 Jun 2018, In : IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 26, 6, p. 1243-1253 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Units of measurement
Mean square error
1 Citation (Scopus)
46 Downloads (Pure)

Using inertial measurement units to identify medio-lateral ground reaction forces due to walking and swaying

Brownjohn, J., Chen, J., Bocian, M., Racic, V. & Shahabpoor Ardakani, E., 21 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Sound and Vibration. 426, p. 90-110 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access