Su Taylor


  • Room 01.006 - 6 Malone Road

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

1. Seismic evaluation of the FlexiArch bridge system ( open to international) 2. Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure for near zero energy public transport ( to meet DfE eligibility)

1983 …2020

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Personal profile


I am currently the Dean of Research for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, a Professor of Structural Engineering and lead the Intelligent infastructure group at Queen's.  I have accumulated over twenty years' experience in researching, developing and lecturing on issues associated with the built environment. I have a track record in attracting research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, USA_Ireland (thoguh DfE/SFI/NSF tripartite agreement ), InnovateUK, EU FP7, and Knowledge Transfer Partnership.I have current  funding with EPSRC leading the Intelligent Infrastructure WP of the Prosperity Partnership devleoping Near zero energy public trnasport. A prioritisation of our research is to safeguard the integrity of our built environment; the components and the end users and my research activity aims to promote this. I intend to advance the area of intelligent sensing technologies with the use of advanced concretes and composites in, and for, the built environment through collaborative research and to foster my external links both nationally and internationally. 

Research Statement

My aim is to develop intelligent sensing technologies and advanced concretes and composites in and for the built environment and to promote sustainable development. My current funding has enabled collaborative research in this area. My specific research interests are the application of Fibre Optic Sensors for structural and durability monitoring of concrete and timber structures, the development of low energy materials, the use of advanced composites in construction, structural analysis and CMA. I have published several papers and technical reports as outlined in the attached publication list. I currently supervise/co-supervise 8 PhD students, four research staff and have supervised successful PhD students. I have a successful track record in Knowledge Transfer and a recent partnership received a National Award for Engineering Excellence. I am also the Director and a founder member of a QUB spin-out company, Sengenia Ltd.


I have significant teaching experience at University level and have supervised UG designs teams and MEng projects which have won top national prizes. I am currently the Programme co-ordinator for the MEng in Structural Engineering with Architecture which has seen the successful collaboration across disciplines.

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Research Output

A review of Vision based Methods for Pothole Detection and Road Profile Analysis

Lydon, D., Taylor, S., Lydon, M. & Early, J., 21 Jul 2020, (Accepted) CERI 2020.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Experimental Investigation of Strain Sensitivity for Surface Bonded Fibre Optic Sensors

    Motwani, P., Perogamvros, N., Taylor, S., Sonebi, M., Laskar, A. & Murphy, A., 01 Mar 2020, In : Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. 303, 13 p., 111833.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Structural displacement monitoring using deep learning-based full field optical flow methods

    Dong, C. Z., Celik, O., Catbas, F. N., O’Brien, E. J. & Taylor, S., Jan 2020, In : Structure and Infrastructure Engineering. 16, 1, p. 51-71 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    The effect of long term weathering on hemp and rapeseed concrete

    Sheridan, J., Sonebi, M., Taylor, S. & Amziane, S., May 2020, In : Cement and Concrete Research. 131, 106014.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

  • Executive Committee of the IIFC

    Taylor, Su (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Ireland

    Taylor, Su (Recipient), 09 Sep 2019

    Prize: Appointment

  • KTP Academic Ambassador 2015

    Taylor, Su (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 6 Invited or keynote talk at national or international conference
    • 1 Publication peer-review
    • 1 Other
    • 1 Invited talk

    Construction and Building Materials (Journal)

    Joseph Sheridan (Peer reviewer), , Mohammed Sonebi (Peer reviewer), , Su Taylor (Peer reviewer), & Sofiane Amziane (Peer reviewer)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    KEYNOTE Paper - Towards resilient and intelligent civil infrastructure through SHM

    Su Taylor (Keynote speaker), & Gobithas Tharmarajah (Contributor)

    14 Dec 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    INVITED paper at : Computer Vision Conference (CVC 2019 in the USA) Development and Laboratory Testing of a Multi-point Displacement Monitoring System

    Myra Lydon (Invited speaker), & Su Taylor (Invited speaker)

    26 Apr 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Organised and hosted at QUB 'FRPRCS-14' (2019) Official biennial conference of the IIFC/ACI and following successful competitive international bid

    Su Taylor (Organiser), , Prashant Motwani (Contributor), , Nikolaos Perogamvros (Contributor), & Esmaeel Esmaeeli (Organiser)

    04 Jun 201907 Jun 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesOther

    OPENING KEYNOTE paper 'Digital Transformation in SHM of Civil Infrastructure'

    Su Taylor (Keynote speaker)

    Feb 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference

    Press / Media

    KTP Academic Ambassador

    Su Taylor


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


    Behaviour and Analysis of a Flexible Concrete Arch

    Author: Bourke, J., Jul 2013

    Supervisor: Robinson, D. (Supervisor), Taylor, S. (Supervisor) & Long, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Development of a Time-Synchronised Multi-Input Computer Vision System for Structural Monitoring Utilising Deep Learning for Vehicle Identification

    Author: Lydon, D., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Taylor, S. (Supervisor), Martinez del Rincon, J. (Supervisor) & Hester, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    The Physical Properties, Water Sensitivity and Long Term Durability Performance of Vegetal Concrete

    Author: Sheridan, J., Jul 2020

    Supervisor: Taylor, S. (Supervisor), Sonebi, M. (Supervisor) & Amziane, S. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy