Dr. Prakash Kripakaran: I lead this research group on the use of sensing and computing for intelligent infrastructure. I received my Bachelors in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2000. I later completed my PhD at North Carolina State University and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the applied computing and mechanics laboratory at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland before joining Exeter as a lecturer in 2010. My masters thesis and doctoral dissertation were on the development and application of novel computing techniques for structural design and performance evaluation. My work at EPFL focused primarily on model-based and data-driven strategies for intepreting measurements from bridge monitoring. These experiences are behind my current research interests in investigating novel computing ideas for the design, maintenance and management of civil infrastructure systems.
Rolands Kromanis is currently a PhD candidate in the civil engineering programme at the University of Exeter. He graduated with a Bachelor in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Bradford in 2008, where he completed his honours on the topic: "Investigation into design software from timber roof members according to EC5". He then completed a Master of Science in structural engineering with distinction at the University of Dundee in 2009, for which he received the John Wylie Award given to the student who is likely to be the best practising engineer. His PhD is focused on the structural performance evaluation of bridges using measurements from continuous monitoring, specifically, taking into account their thermal response. He is also a practising structural engineer involved in energy-efficient housing projects in Europe.