Chatzi, Eleni, Prof. Dr.
Eleni Chatzi is currently an Associate Professor, and the Chair of Structural Mechanics, at the Institute of Structural Engineering, of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (DBAUG), ETH Zürich. She has obtained her diploma (2004) and MSc (2006) in Civil Engineering, with honors, from the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). In 2010 she obtained her PhD Degree with distinction from the Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. In 2010, she was hired as the youngest Assistant Professor in DBAUG, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2017.
Her research interests include the fields of structural health monitoring, damage detection and nonlinear dynamics.
In recent years radical urban development is expressed through the construction of more impressive and significantly larger civil structures while at the same time a large part of existing infrastructure is reaching the end of its lifecycle. Meanwhile our developed societies are now realizing the urgent need for efficient resource management and the significance of sustainable systems. Providing a solution to this challenging problem is a twofold task for the engineer, involving on one hand efficient designs for new structures, and on the other hand the planning of appropriate maintenance and repair schemes for existing ones. Monitoring of infrastructure systems, also referred to as Structural Health Monitoring, can be a valuable source of information for evaluating structural integrity, durability and reliability throughout the structure life cycle as well as ensuring optimal maintenance planning and safe operation. The more recent developments in sensor technology and communication networks have allowed for the rapid deployment of dense sensor arrays at a relatively low cost. As a result, advanced computational methods are required in order to process and interpret the large bulk of obtained information. The proper combination of hardware resources and theoretical tools can ultimately lead to a “smart infrastructure management system”, where structural assessment no longer depends merely on sporadic visual inspections.
Research Grants & Projects
- “Hysteretic Multi/Scale Modeling for the Reinforcing of Masonry Structures”, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Research Grant, Project # 200021_146996, effective 01/04/2013-31/03/2015.
Funded Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr. Savvas Triantafyllou
- Forschungsgesuch ETH-26 12-2, “ETH House of Natural Resources – Innovative Structure for Sustainable Buildings”, ETH Research Grant, in collaboration with Prof. Dr. A. Frangi, effective 01/04/2013.
Accompanying grant: ETH Scientific Equipment Program.
- “Structural Identification for Condition Assessment of Swiss Bridges”, Research Grant funded by Bundesamt für Strassen - ASTRA (Federal Roads Office - FEDRO), Project # AGB 2012/015, effective 30/11/2012-31/08/2014.
Funded Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr. Minas Spyridonakos
- “Implementation of Wireless Sensor Networks for Monitoring of Large Civil Structures”, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Research Grant, Project # 200021_143212, effective 01/10/2012-30/09/2015.
Funded PhD Candidate: Roman Klis
- Monitoring of the new Elephant Shelter at the Zürich Zoo using fiber optical sensor technology (Werkvertrag Nr. 21602: ETH Monitoring, 216 Verformungs- und Spannungsmessungen an Tragkonstruktion)