Sinan Acikgoz PhD BSc

Associate Professor of Engineering Science

TEL: 01865 273102
  • Biography
  • Research
  • Publications
  • DPhil Opportunities


Professor Sinan Acikgoz studied at the Middle East Technical University, before gaining his PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, Univeristy of Cambridge, in 2014.

Sinan was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Cambridge's Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction, before receiving an 1851 Brunel Research Fellowship at Clare Hall College.

He is now an Associate Professor of Engineering Science, based at the Information Engineering Building at the University of Oxford.

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Research Interests

Sinan's interests include:

  • Masonry structures
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Structural dynamics
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Risk and vulnerability

Research Groups

Current Projects

Influence of underground construction on nearby structures 

Underground construction is becoming the preferred method to deliver infrastructure to urban areas. However, ground movements during construction can damage existing structures. Inspired by comprehensive field data, our research develops new analytical assessment techniques which consider salient building features and soil-structure interaction in a simple and effective manner. These models aim to provide a clearer appreciation of risk to existing structures in order to minimise expensive mitigation methods.

Structural response of ageing masonry arch bridges

Masonry arch bridges form an integral part of the European transportation network. These enduring structures are facing new challenges due to modern use and increased flood risks, yet their serviceability response is poorly understood. Our research investigates the fundamental behaviour of masonry bridges with detailed field data and computational modelling.  The objective of this research is to devise new assessment tools which can better describe the serviceability response of damaged masonry bridges and predict their complex degradation processes.

Vision-based remote and distributed sensing techniques

Vision based remote and distributed sensing technologies provide the ability to remotely quantify the damage condition of the asset and precisely measure displacements and strains in different parts of the structure.  Our research interests in this area include the use of photogrammetry, digital image correlation and laser scanning to describe structural geometry, load, performance and damage, to inform structural assessments.

Dynamics of rocking structures

During earthquakes, masonry structures exhibit rocking behaviour in different forms. In addition, new generation of earthquake resilient design systems use rocking mechanisms to mitigate damage in structures. Therefore, understanding the dynamics of rocking systems is of fundamental importance for the protection of old and new structures from earthquakes. Our work in this area focuses on the complex interactions between the soil, the rocking mechanisms and the structural vibrations.

Journal Publications

J14) Franza A, Acikgoz S, and DeJong MJ (2019). Timoshenko beam models for the coupled analysis of building response to tunnelling. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology. Under review.

​J13) Cocking S, Acikgoz S, and DeJong MJ (2018). Interpretation of the dynamic response of a masonry arch rail viaduct using finite element modelling. Journal of Architectural Engineering. Under review.

​J12) Ye C, Acikgoz S, Riley E, Pendrigh S and DeJong MJ (2018). Mapping 3D deformation and inferring past support movements of masonry arch bridges using point cloud data. Engineering Structures. In press.

​J11) Acikgoz S, Kechavarzi C, Soga K and DeJong MJ (2018). Dynamic response of a damaged masonry rail viaduct: Measurement and Evaluation. Engineering Structures. In press.

​J10) Acikgoz S, DeJong MJ and Soga K (2018). Sensing dynamic displacements in masonry rail bridges using 2D digital image correlation. Structural Control and Health Monitoring. In press.

​J9) Acikgoz S, Soga K and Woodhams J (2017). Evaluation of masonry viaduct response to differential settlements using point cloud data and limit analyses. Construction & Building Materials. 150: 916-931.

J8) Martani C, Stent S, Acikgoz S, Soga K, Bain D and Yin J (2017). Pedestrian monitoring techniques for crowd flow prediction. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Smart Infrastructure and Construction. 170: 17-27

​J7) Acikgoz S and DeJong, MJ (2017). A simple model to quantify rocking isolation. Bulletin of New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering. Accepted for publication.

J6) Acikgoz S and DeJong, MJ (2017). Vibration modes and equivalent models for flexible rocking structures. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering. 15: 4427-4452.

J5) Acikgoz S, Pelecanos L, Giardina G, Aitken J and Soga K (2017) Distributed monitoring of a masonry vault response during nearby piling. Structural Control and Health Monitoring. 24: 1-19

J4) Acikgoz S and DeJong MJ (2016). Analytical modelling of multi-mass flexible rocking structures. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics. 45: 2103-2122.

J3) Acikgoz S, Ma QT, Palermo A and DeJong, MJ (2016). Experimental identification of the vibration characteristics of a flexible rocking structure. Journal of Earthquake Engineering. 20: 1199-1221.

J2) Acikgoz S and DeJong MJ (2013) The rocking response of large flexible structures to earthquakes. Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering. 12: 875-908.

​J1) Acikgoz S and DeJong MJ (2012) The interaction of elasticity and rocking in flexible structures allowed to uplift. Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics. 41: 2177–2194.

DPhil Opportunities

I am looking for graduate engineering students with a strong academic background and an enthusiasm for interdisciplinary structural engineering research. Please get in touch.