Professor Martin Mayfield-Tulip (he/him)
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Head of Department
Professor of Engineering Design
+44 114 222 5054
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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Broad Lane Building)
To ensure that we thrive within the capacity of the planet we need resilient, high-performing infrastructure systems.
Professor Martin Mayfield-Tulip
Martin Mayfield-Tulip took over the role of Head of Department in 2021 and has 24 years’ practice as a designer of engineering systems at Mott MacDonald and as a Director of Arup (Education Leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Leader for North West and Yorkshire and lastly Sheffield office Leader).
These roles entailed leading teams of over 60 professional Engineers from a range of disciplines, working on a diverse array of projects in the UK and overseas. During this time, he built an industrial research portfolio (>£3m) including Multi- Systems Modelling Structures for Future Cities and Integrated Infrastructure Frameworks for Cities.
These roles entailed leading teams of professional engineers from a range of disciplines, working on a diverse array of projects in the UK and overseas. During his time at Arup he worked on infrastructure projects, stadia, airports, niche sustainable buildings.
Martin returned to academia, when he took up a Chair in the Department in 2013. He was made the Infrastructure Research Leader for Engineering at Sheffield and is leading the Sheffield component of the UKCRIC initiative.
Together with Dr Densley Tingley he leads the RISE (Resources, Infrastructure and built Environments) research group which now includes 14 researchers working across the nexus of technology and infrastructure to enable the creation of a built environment that allows humanity to thrive within the carrying capacity of the planet, and, in so doing, restore the balance between humanity and natural systems.
Martin’s work in the Department aims to understand how to engineer sustainable solutions, by adopting a systemic approach to problems and identifying the leverage points in dynamic systems that allow us to create paradigm shifts in our use of energy and resources.
To do this, engineers must appreciate the environmental and physical complexities that need to be addressed, the social and economic context of the challenge, and crucially, how these interrelate.
By focusing on the role of engineering in society, Martin aims to understand the interaction between human and natural systems and, therefore, create solutions and develop our infrastructure in a manner that allows humanity to flourish.
He recognises the opportunities presented by Complexity Science to improve the resilience and performance of complex adaptive systems such as future energy systems, cities and our national infrastructure.
His expertise spans a diverse array of systems engineering, sustainable design, climate change mitigation and adaptation, mission critical systems, city systems and mapping infrastructure interdependencies.
This includes system of systems resilience studies for a range of organisations including cities and banks. He has designed a wide range of resilient energy and infrastructure systems such as stadia, data centres and city quarters.
- Estimating energy consumption of residential buildings at scale with drive-by image capture. Building and Environment, 110188-110188.
- Scalable residential building geometry characterisation using vehicle-mounted camera system. Energies, 15(16). View this article in WRRO
- The effectiveness of decentralised electro-thermal load shifting strategies in low voltage network violation management. International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, 142(Part A).
- Spatial and temporal considerations of implementing local renewable energy sources and decentralised heat recovery for domestic heat. Journal of Cleaner Production, 358. View this article in WRRO
- Comment on Bettignies et al. The scale-dependent behaviour of cities: a cross-cities multiscale driver analysis of urban energy use. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3246. Sustainability, 14(7). View this article in WRRO
- A multi-zone, fast solving, rapidly reconfigurable building and electrified heating system model for generation of control dependent heat pump power demand profiles. Applied Energy, 304, 117663-117663.
- Dispatch Strategies for the Utilisation of Battery Storage Systems in Smart Grid Optimised Buildings. Buildings, 11(10), 433.
- Residential building facade segmentation in the urban environment. Building and Environment, 199. View this article in WRRO
- Changes in air quality associated with mobility trends and meteorological conditions during COVID-19 lockdown in Northern England, UK. Atmosphere, 12(4).
- Application of density plots and time series modelling to the analysis of nitrogen dioxides measured by low-cost and reference sensors in urban areas. Nitrogen, 2(2), 167-195. View this article in WRRO
- A computationally efficient symmetric diagonally dominant matrix projection-based Gaussian process approach. Signal Processing.
- The economic and environmental implications of post feed-in tariff PV on constrained low voltage networks. Applied Energy, 279, 115666-115666.
- A nonlinear land use regression approach for modelling NO2 concentrations in urban areas—Using data from low-cost sensors and diffusion tubes. Atmosphere, 11(7). View this article in WRRO
- Non-cooperative game based congestion control for data rate optimization in vehicular ad hoc networks. Ad Hoc Networks. View this article in WRRO
- Reducing carbon emissions by integrating urban water systems and renewable energy sources at a community scale. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 123. View this article in WRRO
- On the use of random graphs in analysing resource utilization in urban systems. Royal Society Open Science, 7. View this article in WRRO
- Analysis of air pollution in urban areas with Airviro dispersion model—A case study in the city of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Atmosphere, 11(3). View this article in WRRO
- Engineering resilient complex systems : the necessary shift toward complexity science. IEEE Systems Journal. View this article in WRRO
- An Ecological-Thermodynamic Approach to Urban Metabolism: Measuring Resource Utilization with Open System Network Effectiveness Analysis. Applied Energy. View this article in WRRO
- Productivity, infrastructure, and urban density – an allometric comparison of three European city-regions across scales. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society). View this article in WRRO
- Projects as Interventions in Infrastructure Systems‐of‐Systems. INCOSE International Symposium, 29(1), 542-542.
- Urban performance at different boundaries in England and Wales through the settlement scaling theory. Regional Studies, 53(6), 887-899. View this article in WRRO
- Structuring an Integrated Air Quality Monitoring Network in Large Urban Areas – Discussing the Purpose, Criteria and Deployment Strategy. Atmospheric Environment: X, 2. View this article in WRRO
- On the development logic of city-regions: inter- versus intra-city mobility in England and Wales. Spatial Economic Analysis. View this article in WRRO
- Analysing the performance of low-cost air quality sensors, their drivers, relative benefits and calibration in cities—a case study in Sheffield. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 191. View this article in WRRO
- Corrigendum to “Ecological network analysis on intra-city metabolism of functional urban areas in England and Wales” [Resour. Conserv. Recycl. 138 (2018) 172–182]. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 145, 457-457.
- Ecological network analysis on intra-city metabolism of functional urban areas in England and Wales. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 138, 172-182. View this article in WRRO
- Battery Storage Systems in Smart Grid Optimised Buildings. Energy Procedia, 151, 23-30. View this article in WRRO
- Utilization of stochastically located customer owned battery energy storage systems for violation management on UK LV residential feeders with varying renewables penetrations. Journal of Energy Storage, 19, 52-66. View this article in WRRO
- Flood resilience: consolidating knowledge between and within critical infrastructure sectors. Environment Systems and Decisions, 38(3), 318-329. View this article in WRRO
- Life cycle impact comparison of different concrete floor slabs considering uncertainty and sensitivity analysis. Journal of Cleaner Production, 189, 374-385. View this article in WRRO
- Optimal placement, sizing, and dispatch of multiple BES systems on UK low voltage residential networks. Journal of Energy Storage, 17, 272-286. View this article in WRRO
- Comments on ‘A multi-level framework for metabolism in urban energy systems from an ecological perspective’ by Pulido Barrera et al. (2018). Resources, Conservation and Recycling. View this article in WRRO
- Urban and Rural—Population and Energy Consumption Dynamics in Local Authorities within England and Wales. Buildings, 6(3). View this article in WRRO
- An Improved Simulated Annealing Technique for Enhanced Mobility in Smart Cities. Sensors, 16(7), 1-23. View this article in WRRO
- Estimating the impact of climate change and local operational procedures on the energy use in several supermarkets throughout Great Britain. Energy and Buildings, 111, 109-119. View this article in WRRO
- Editorial. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, 167(5), 187-188.
- What is a Smart Building?. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 3(2), 92-109. View this article in WRRO
- Integrating existing water and wastewater assets to reduce domestic heating emissions. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Energy, 1-10.
- Understanding Spatial Variability of NO2 in Urban Areas Using Spatial Modelling and Data Fusion Approaches. Atmosphere, 12(2), 179-179.
- Indoor Air Pollution from Residential Stoves: Examining the Flooding of Particulate Matter into Homes during Real-World Use. Atmosphere, 11(12), 1326-1326.
- Mapping resource effectiveness across urban systems. npj Urban Sustainability.
- Distributed Sensing with Low-cost Mobile Sensors towards a Sustainable IoT. IEEE Internet of Things Magazine.
- A Scalable Data Collection, Characterization, and Accounting Framework for Urban Material Stocks. Journal of Industrial Ecology. View this article in WRRO
- A Gaussian Process Method with Uncertainty Quantification for Air Quality Monitoring. Atmosphere.
Conference proceedings papers
- Measuring the Cityscape: A Pipeline from Street-Level Capture to Urban Quantification. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Vol. 1078(1) (pp 012036-012036)
- Deep multimodal learning for residential building energy prediction. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Vol. 1078(1) (pp 012038-012038)
- Initial investigations into using an ensemble of deep neural networks for building façade image semantic segmentation. Remote Sensing Technologies and Applications in Urban Environments IV, 9 September 2019 - 12 September 2019.
- Designing a Vehicle Mounted High Resolution Multi-Spectral 3D Scanner. Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Data Acquisition To Analysis - DATA'19, 10 November 2019 - 10 November 2019.
- Battery energy storage for management of LV network operational violations : a multi-feeder analysis. Energy Procedia, Vol. 151 (pp 31-36). Sheffield, UK, 11 September 2018 - 12 September 2018. View this article in WRRO
- Framework for city-scale simulation of sustainable water technologies. Proceedings of the IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition
- Coalition game for emergency vehicles re-routing in smart cities. 2018 IEEE 10th Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM) (pp 306-310), 8 July 2018 - 11 October 2018. View this article in WRRO
- Current-Limiting Droop Controller with Fault-Ride-Through Capability for Grid-Tied Inverters. 2017 IEEE PES ISGT Europe Conference Proceedings View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO What are Smart Grid Optimised Buildings?. AMPS Publication Series 9 (pp 21-36), 8 February 2017 - 9 February 2017.
- A Novel Approach to Climate Resilience of Infrastructure Networks, arXiv.
- Building Features Driving City-Scale Residential Energy Consumption: A Multimodal Approach.
- Estimating Energy Consumption of Residential Buildings at Scale with Drive-By Image Capture.
- Research group
Resources, Infrastructure Systems and built Environments Discipline
The EPSRC-funded Grand Challenge Centre for Water, comprising 6 UK universities and 100+ industrial partners working in collaboration to develop the sustainable water solutions of the future and to accelerate innovation uptake across the water sector.
The City Observatory Research platfOrm for iNnovation and Analytics (CORONA) brings together a team of internationally recognised researchers and stakeholders to deliver early research outputs from the £8m UKCRIC Urban Observatories (UOs) equipment grant.
Through the gathering of data relating to the physical processes within cities, Urban Observatories enable characterisation of how cities ‘work’ and how their constituent engineering, natural and social systems interact.
This characterisation is achieved through the analysis of data to create information, support modelling and build simulations of these physical processes.
- Professional activities and memberships
- Principal Investigator for the EPSRC ENCORE Network+ Engineering Grand Challenge for Risk and Resilience (EP/N010019/1) to identify, develop and disseminate new methods to improve the resilience and sustainable performance of complex engineered systems.
- Co-Investigator for the EPSRC TWENTY65 Engineering Grand Challenge for Water (EP/N010124/1) developing Future Water Scenarios and exploring goal alignment across the water-energy nexus.
- Director of the ESPRC funded £2.4m Sheffield Urban Flows Observatory (EP/P016782/1) and a Co-I for CORONA, the first research project for the UKCRIC National Observatory (EP/R013411/1). This city laboratory is being built to understand the flow of energy and resources in cities.
- He led i-CAIR, the £8m Integrated Infrastructure project which includes the National Water Infrastructure Facility for Distributed Water Infrastructure (EP/R010420/1).
- Management Board member of the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, a member of the Editorial Panel of several journals, Sheffield City Region Infrastructure Board, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart Cities, CIBSE Resilient Cities Group and the European Innovation Partnership for Smart Cities and Communities.
- Potential PhD offerings
Unfortunately I am not seeking any PhD Students at this time, however please contact me if you are interested in doing a project in my research area.