Ulrike Dackermann

Sch: Civil & Environmental Eng
Contact details:
(+61 2) 9385 5146
(+61 2) 9385 6139

Civil Engineering Building (H20)
Level 6, Room CE610
Kensington Campus

Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr Ulrike Dackermann is a lecturer in Structures in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and a member of the Centre for Infrastructure, Engineering and Safety at UNSW.

Dr Dackermann’s expertise lies in structural dynamics, damage detection, structural health monitoring, non-destructive testing, artificial intelligence and timber engineering. She believes that integrating artificial intelligence (AI) in smart structural health monitoring systems can help generate more sophisticated and reliable inspection procedures, ensuring the sustainability of civil infrastructure. On a project involving the Sydney Harbour Bridge, she developed new damage assessment methods to safeguard its longevity, using AI to analyse vibration measurements gathered from the bridge’s sensor system.

Dr Dackermann’s knowledge in AI also has practical applications for the energy sector. In an ARC Linkage grant, partnering with AusGrid, she used her expertise in AI and timber engineering to develop a screening tool that enables AusGrid pole inspectors to distinguish healthy poles from unhealthy poles using wave-based detection and AI to locate invisible damage.

As a true engineer, when she sees and identifies a problem, she must help to solve it. This vision has extended to her work abroad with Engineers Without Borders where seemingly simple innovations have resulted in practical real life solutions for communities to conserve energy, improve health outcomes and diminish environmental degradation. This ‘giving back’ is Dr Dackermann’s down to earth, hands-on approach to creating balance in her life as a researching academic and a global engineer.


PhD (Engineering), University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Australia, 2010
MSc (Civil Engineering), Dipl.-Ing. Univ., Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, 2003


ENGG1000 Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation
CVEN4308 Structural Dynamics
CVEN2301 Mechanics of Solids for Civil Engineers

Research Interests

Dr Dackermann’s expertise and research interests include:

  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Damage Detection
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Timber Engineering

Dr Dackermann currently supervises 1 PhD student. Projects she is currently looking for students to undertake include:

  • Damage detection based on guided waves and artificial intelligence

She has received $170,700 in research funding since 2009 and published 17 articles in international peer-reviewed journals and 1 book chapter in the last 10 years. 


  • Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme, UA and DAAD, 2018-19, $25,000
  • Australian Technology Network of Universities and German Academic Exchange Service Joint Research Co-operation Scheme, ATN and DAAD, 2015-2016, $24,800
  • U. Dackermann; UTS Collaborative Research Project Grant, UTS, 2015, $8,000
  • U. Dackermann; UTS Collaborative Research Project Grant, UTS, 2014-16, $7,500
  • U. Dackermann; UTS FEIT Research Seed Funding, 2014, UTS, $6,000
  • U. Dackermann; UTS Collaborative Research Project Grant, UTS, 2014, $20,000
  • U. Dackermann; UTS Industry and Innovation Project Grant, UTS, 2013-2014, $19,400
  • U. Dackermann; UTS International Researcher Development Grant, UTS, 2013, $15,000
  • U. Dackermann; UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Grant, UTS, 2009-2014, $45,000


  • UTS Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, UTS, 2009-2014
  • Best Presentation Award, UTS Engineering Research Showcase, 2007
  • UTS President’s Scholarship, UTS, 2006-2009


Professional Affiliations/Organisations

  • Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM), Executive Committee Member
  • International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (ISHMII), Member,
  • International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), Member
  • Concrete Institute of Australia, Member
  • Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Member
  • Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany, Visiting Fellow, 2013
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Visiting Fellow, 2008

Current Service Roles

  • Teaching and Learning Committee, UNSW, Member, 2017
  • Academic Advisor (Year 1), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW, 2017