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Alice Cicirello 

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Dr Alice Cicirello is a University Assistant Professor in Applied Mechanics at the Cambridge University Engineering Department and a Fellow of Churchill College. She is the founder of the Data, Vibration and Uncertainty group (

 Her research is focused on three Engineering overarching grand-challenges: (i) Design under uncertainty and nonlinearity; (ii) Monitoring and modelling complex systems for remaining useful life assessment under uncertainty, nonlinearity and sparse noisy data; (iii) Development of explainable and interpretable machine learning strategies for engineering applications. Alice enjoys exploring exciting new techniques based on physics-enhancing machine learning, uncertainty quantification, dynamic testing and advanced physics-based models… including those of spiders! She has experience working on research challenges related to energy, automotive, aerospace and civil engineering. 

Alice obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2013 and was a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (2009-2012) and a Research Associate (2012-2014) at the same institution. Alice worked as a Senior Research Scientist at SLB (2014-2017) and returned to academia as a Lecturer at the University of Oxford (2017-2019), and then continued as an Associate Professor at TU Delft (2020-2023).  She held visiting positions at several research institutions, including MIT and the Alan Turing Institute, and is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Experienced Research Fellow (2023- present), a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Engineering Science Department (2020 – present), and an Editorial Board member of the Data-Centric Engineering journal.