Professor Martin Mayfield
Professor of Engineering Design
Infrastructure Leader, Faculty of Engineering
RISE - the Resources, Infrastructure Systems and build Environments Research Group
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5054
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
To ensure that we thrive within the capacity of the planet we need resilient, high-performing infrastructure systems.
Professor Martin mayfield
ProfileMartin Mayfield 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.
Activities and Achievements
- Principle 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) (http://urbanflows.org.uk/) 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.
- 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
Conference proceedings papers
- 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.