Eliz-Mari Lourens is an assistant professor in Structural Monitoring and Identification at the Faculty of Civil Engineering and GeoSciences. Apart from her activities in the field of structural health monitoring, she is also responsible for lectures, research projects and MSc thesis work related to offshore wind energy. She is the (co)author of about 40 publications (journals, book chapters, conference papers) related to vibration data analysis for health and load monitoring of civil and offshore structures.

Before joining Delft University, Eliz-Mari completed her PhD at the Structural Mechanics research group of the KU Leuven within the framework of the project 'Generic Methodologies for Inverse Modeling of Dynamic Problems in Civil and Environmental Engineering', where she focused on the identification of dynamic loads from vibration response measurements. Her research is currently focused on linear and nonlinear state/input/parameter estimation, damage detection, optimal sensor placement, system identification, and machine learning, with applications in the fields of wind energy, arctic engineering, and health monitoring of civil infrastructure.

research interest

  • Structural health monitoring.
  • Linear and nonlinear state/input/parameter estimation.
  • Optimal experiment design.
  • System identification and model validation.
  • Machine Learning.
  • Offshore Renewable Energy.

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Assistant professor in Structural Monitoring and Identification at the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology


PhD, Civil Engineering, KU Leuven
MSc, Civil Engineering, Stellenbosch University


Civil Engineering and Geosciences

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