Su Taylor


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    United Kingdom

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1983 …2019
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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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Projects 2003 2019

Research Output 1983 2019

Concrete slabs
Carbon fibers

A Robust Vision-Based Method for Displacement Measurement under Adverse Environmental Factors Using Spatio-Temporal Context Learning and Taylor Approximation

Dong, C-Z., Celik, O., Catbas, F. N., Obrien, E. & Taylor, S., 20 Jul 2019, In : Sensors (Basel, Switzerland). 19, 14, 22 p., 3197.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Displacement measurement
displacement measurement

A state-of-the-art review of Network level bridge management systems and proposal of new approach for predictive maintenance

Lydon, D., Lydon, M., Taylor, S., Soundararajan, P. & Marshall, A. H., 05 Sep 2019, Irish Transport Research Network 05/09/2019 → 06/09/2019 Belfast, United Kingdom.

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

Open Access
Asset management

Compressive Membrane Action in FRP NSM strengthened slabs

Martin, A., Taylor, S., Robinson, D. & Cleland, D., 07 Jun 2019, The 14th International Symposium on Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement for Concrete Structure: FRPRCS-14 Symposium. Queen's University Belfast, 178F

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

Open Access
Carbon fiber reinforced plastics
9 Citations (Scopus)
Displacement measurement

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Invited talk

Institution of Structural Engineers Annual Conference, Singapore

Su Taylor (Speaker)
04 Sep 2015

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Behaviour and Analysis of a Flexible Concrete Arch

Author: Bourke, J., Jun 2012

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

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy