UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Prof Tiziana Rossetto

Prof Tiziana Rossetto

Professor of Earthquake Engineering

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Dec 2004

Research summary

EPICentre: Earthquake and People Interaction Centre. A research group that brings together earthquake engineers, social scientists, coastal engineers and statisticians to provide decision makers with better guidance for where and how to invest to mitigate earthquake related losses.

The research in EPICentre is carried out through a number of multidisciplinary projects funded by research councils and industry. The current projects focus on violent flow (tsunami) loss prediction, vulnerability to volcanic ashfall, earthquake vulnerability, earthquake risk perception, using remote sensing to determine resilience of communities and the seismic damage assessment and retrofit of structures.

Highlights are:

  • The development of a new generation system for producing realistic tsunami in a laboratory environment
  • Innovative experiments to characterise tsunami impact on coastal structures
  • Leading on an international project for the development of guidelines for empirical vulnerability assessment under earthquake loads for the Global Earthquake Model.
  • Multi-cultural study of earthquake risk perception and identification of psychological barriers to earthqauke mitigation
  • Intervention study in Seattle (USA) and Izmir (Turkey) to change people's preparedness behaviours for fire andearthquakes

  • Numerous post-earthquake and post-tsunami reconnaissance missions and participation in the development of the Virtual Disaster Viewer for the identification of earthquake damage using remotely sensed data
  • Large-scale tests on reinforced concrete columns and beam-column connections for the development of better damage prediction tools.

A full description of the EPICentre projects can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/epicentre

Teaching summary

Current Teaching

• Seismic Risk Assessment CEGEM022/CEGEG022

• PhD supervision.


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2004
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1999
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Other higher degree, Master of Engineering | 1998


Tiziana Rossetto joined UCL in 2004. She founded and co-directs EPICentre, (www.ucl.ac.uk/epicentre), which is a multidisciplinary research Centre for the study of natural hazard risks to communities and the built environment. She founded and teaches on the MSc Earthquake Engineering with Disaster Management. From 2009-2011 she helped establish and co-directed the EngD Centre in Urban Sustainability and Resilience. The main focus of her personal research, has been the development of empirical and analytical methodologies for the derivation of fragility and vulnerability curves, which can be used to predict the probable damage in structures during an earthquake. Tiziana has undertaken a number of field missions to assess damage to buildings and infrastructure in earthquake zones including the L'Aquila earthquake 2009, Wenchuan, China earthquake of 2008, the Kashmir Earthquake of 2005, the Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami 2004, and the Bhuj Earthquake, India 2001.

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