Xilin Xia


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computational mechanics, computation hydraulics infrastructure resilience, multi-hazard risk


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Research interests

I am an assistant professor working on computational modelling of natural hazards and their impacts. My research interests cover computational hydraulics, high-performance computing, machine learning and their applications in modelling and understanding hydraulic, hydrological, and geotechnical processes in both natural and urban environments. My research vision is to develop advanced and holistic modelling technologies to facilitate the risk management of extreme weather induced hazards and enhance resilience of infrastructure.


Before joining Birmingham in May 2022, I lectured at Loughborough University and was a Research Associate at Newcastle University. I received my BEng and MEng from Wuhan University, China in 2010 and 2012, and my PhD from Newcastle University in 2017.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Civil Engineering: Water Resources, Newcastle University

Award Date: 20 Jun 2017

Master of Engineering, Road and Railway Engineering, Wuhan University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2012

Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Wuhan University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010


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