Dr Mateusz Bocian

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BEng (H-W) PhD (Brist) PGCAP CEng MIMechE FHEA

Director of the Dynamics, Vibration & Acoustics Laboratory
Director of the
Biomechanics & Immersive Technology Laboratory
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3539-5474

Mechanics of Materials Research Group

School of Engineering
Michael Atiyah Building
Room 211
University Road

t: +44 (0)116 252 2539

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Structural dynamics, biomechanics and virtual reality in research on vibration serviceability

My research interests and activities revolve around the following themes:

  • structural dynamics, in particular human-structure interaction, vibration serviceability and structural health monitoring
  • crowd dynamics
  • locomotor biomechanics, in particular stability and control of human gait and posture
  • cognitive psychology, in particular integration of sensory information during the execution of motor tasks
  • immersive technology
  • complexity science
  • sensors, instrumentation and signal processing

I am the Director of Biomechanics & Immersive Technology Laboratory, dedicated to fundamental and applied research on human behaviour utilising novel sensing technologies in real-life and immersive environments. I am also the Director of Dynamics, Vibration & Acoustics Laboratory, dedicated to fundamental and applied research on the design, performance and maintenance of structures and mechanical systems subjected to time-varying forces.

I am a member of the Artificial Intelligence Research Network hosted by the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies.

PhD Supervision

If you have achieved high academic standards in your studies and are interested in conducting research under my supervision, you are encouraged to contact me directly to discuss current opportunities.

Selected Publications

Soczawa-Stronczyk, A.A., Bocian, M., Gait coordination in overground walking with a virtual reality avatar, Royal Society Open Science, 2020 (7), 200622. doi:10.1098/rsos.200622

White, R.E., Alexander, N.A., Macdonald, J.H.G., Bocian, M., Characterisation of crowd lateral dynamic forcing from full-scale measurements on the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Structures, 2020 (24), p. 415-425. doi:10.1016/j.istruc.201.11.012

Hester, D., Koo, K., Xu, Y., Brownjohn, J., Bocian, M., Boundary condition focused finite element model updating for bridges, Engineering Structures, 2019 (198), 109514. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.109514

Soczawa-Stronczyk, A.A., Bocian, M., Wdowicka, H., Malin, J., Topological assessment of gait synchronisation in overground walking groups, Human Movement Science, 2019 (66), p. 541-553. doi:10.1016/j.humov.2019.06.007

Shahabpoor, E., Pavic, A., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Billings, S.A., Guo, L., Bocian, M.Real-life measurement of tri-axial walking ground reaction forces using optimal network of wearable inertial measurement units, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2018 (26/6), p. 1243-1253. doi:10.1109/tnsre.2018.2830976

Brownjohn, J.M.W., Chen, J., Bocian, M., Racic, V., Shahabpoor, E., Using inertial measurement units to identify medio-lateral ground reaction forces due to walking and swaying, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2018 (426), p. 90-110. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2018.04.019

Bocian, M., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Racic, V., Hester, D., Quattrone, A., Gilbert, L., Beasley, R., Time-dependent spectral analysis of interactions within groups of walking pedestrians and vertical structural motion using wavelets, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2018 (105), p. 502-523. doi:10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.12.020

Hester, D., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Bocian, M., Xu, Y., Quattrone, A., Using inertial measurements units originally developed for biomechanics for modal testing of civil engineering structures, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 2018 (104), p. 776-798. doi:10.1016/j.ymssp.2017.11.035

Hester, D., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Bocian, M., Xu, Y., Low cost bridge load test: calculating bridge displacement from acceleration for load assessment calculations, Engineering Structures, 2017 (143), p. 358-374. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.04.021

Bocian, M., Burn, J.F., Macdonald, J.H.G., Brownjohn, J.M.W., From phase drift to synchronisation - pedestrian stepping behaviour on laterally oscillating structures and consequences for dynamic stability, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2017 (392), p. 382-399. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2016.12.022

Brownjohn, J.M.W., Bocian, M., Hester, D., Quattrone, A., Hudson, W., Moore, D., Goh, S., Lim, M.S., Footbridge system identification using wireless inertial measurement units for force and response measurements, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2016 (384), p. 339-355. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2016.08.008

Bocian, M., Brownjohn, J.M.W., Racic, V., Hester, D., Quattrone, A., Monnickendam, R., A framework for experimental determination of localised vertical pedestrian forces on full-scale structures using wireless attitude and heading reference systems, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2016 (376), p. 217-243. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2016.05.010

Bocian, M., Macdonald, J.H.G., Burn, J.F., Redmill, D., Experimental identification of the behaviour of and lateral forces from freely-walking pedestrians on laterally oscillating structures in a virtual reality environment, Engineering Structures, 2015 (105), p. 62-76. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.09.043

Bocian, M., Macdonald, J.H.G., Burn, J.F., Probabilistic criteria for lateral dynamic stability of bridges under crowd loading, Computers & Structures, 2014 (136), p. 108-119. doi:10.1016/j.compstruc.2014.02.003

Bocian, M., Macdonald, J.H.G., Burn, J.F., Biomechanically inspired modelling of pedestrian-induced vertical self-excited forces, Journal of Bridge Engineering, 2013 (18/12), p. 1336-1346. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000490

Bocian, M., Macdonald, J.H.G., Burn, J.F., Biomechanically inspired modelling of pedestrian-induced forces on laterally oscillating structures, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 2012 (331/16), p. 3914-3929. doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2012.03.023

Further details on publications are available via Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Recent Media



I have been engaged in a number of commercial activities conducted for government bodies and major engineering consultancies such as e.g. ARUP, Atkins and Buro Happold, both in the UK and abroad. These activities range from testing performance of full-scale structures and experimental data analysis to software development, and encompass the area of structural dynamics, vibration serviceability and biomechanics. I also have experience in developing custom experimental test rigs and instrumentation solutions. Should your application require an expertise in any of the listed areas, I would be keen to hear from you directly.

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