Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Vito Racic


+44 (0) 114 222 5790

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street,
S1 3JD


Vito Racic joined the Department in summer 2006 as a Research Student, fully funded by the prestigious the UK Overseas Research Students Award Scheme and first Departmental and then EPSRC-funded Studentship. He defended a PhD in December 2009, and following a year as a Research Fellow, he was appointed lecturer in January 2011.

Recent activities and achievements

He works at the interface of engineering, social sciences and biomechanics of human locomotion on a range of phenomena:

  • experimental identification and mathematical modelling of human-induced dynamic loads, such as due to walking, jumping and running

  • human-structure dynamic interaction: influence of perceptible structural vibrations on the contact forces between humans and structures

  • vibration serviceability assessment of civil engineering structures occupied and dynamically excited by humans: design scenarios

  • synchronisation of human body motion in groups and crowds: psychology of mass behaviour


Ph.D., 2010, University of Sheffield
BSc.(hons) 2005, University of Belgrade


Brownjohn J, Racic V, Chen J (2016). Universal response spectrum procedure for predicting walking-induced floor vibration. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 70-71 (4), pp. 741-755.
Chen J, Li G, Racic V (2016). Acceleration response spectrum for predicting floor vibration due to occupants jumping. Engineering Structures, 112 (1), pp. 71-80.
Zheng F, Shao L, Racic V, Brownjohn J (2016). Measuring human-induced vibrations of civil engineering structures via vision-based motion tracking. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 83 (9), pp. 44-56.
Shahabpoor E, Pavic A, Racic V (2016). Identification of mass–spring–damper model of walking humans. Structures, 5 (1), pp. 233-246.
Chen J, Wang L, Racic V, Lou J (2016). Acceleration response spectrum for prediction of structural vibration due to individual bouncing. Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, 76-77 (1), pp. 394-408.
Bocian M, Brownjohn JMW, Racic V, Hester D, Quattrone A, Monnickendam R (2016). 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, 376 (3), pp. 217-243, Abstract: © 2016 The AuthorsA major weakness among loading models for pedestrians walking on flexible structures proposed in recent years is the various uncorroborated assumptions made in their development. This applies to spatio-temporal characteristics of pedestrian loading and the nature of multi-object...
Racic V, Chen J (2015). Data-driven generator of stochastic dynamic loading due to people bouncing. Computers and Structures, 158 (01/02/2016), pp. 240-250.
Georgiou L, Racic V, Brownjonn JMW, Elliot MT (2015). Coordination of groups jumping to popular music beats. In Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series (pp. 283-288), Abstract: © The Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 2015.Prediction of coordinated dynamic loads induced by groups and crowds of people remains one of the most significant problems faced by designers of grandstands in entertaining venues, such as stadia and concert halls. Available guidance portrays...
Shahabpoor E, Pavic A, Racic V (2015). Identification of mass-spring-damper model of walking humans. In Structures Congress 2015 - Proceedings of the 2015 Structures Congress (pp. 912-923), Abstract: Interaction of walking people with structures is known to be an important yet challenging when simulating vertical response of the structure due to walking excitation. Despite of its critical effects on structural response, no properly formulated and experimentally verified model exist to simulate...
Venuti F, Racic V, Corbetta A (2014). Pedestrian-structure interaction in the vertical direction: coupled oscillator-force model for vibration serviceability assessment. In EURODYN 2014: IX INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS (pp. 915-920).