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Vassilis K. Papanikolaou

  • MSc DIC, PhD
  • Assistant Professor
  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
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Vassilis K. Papanikolaou received his Diploma in Civil Engineering in July 1999 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.), Greece and his MSc degree with distinction in Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics in September 2000 from Imperial College, London, UK. In partial fulfillment of his MSc degree, he conducted his thesis entitled “Development and Verification of Adaptive Pushover Analysis Procedures”, under the supervision of Prof. A.S. Elnashai. In 2000 he returned to Greece and worked until 2012 as a freelance Civil Engineer and Computer Programmer. He also participated, as a research assistant, in 10 European and Hellenic research projects held by the A.U.Th. Research Committee. During 2004-2008 he worked on his PhD thesis entitled “Analytical Study of Confined Reinforced Concrete Members using the Three-Dimensional Nonlinear Finite Element Method” at the Laboratory of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Structures, Civil Engineering Department, A.U.Th, under the supervision of Prof. A.J. Kappos and received his PhD degree in March 2008. In 2012 he received a €100K postdoctorate grant by the Hellenic State and the European Union and worked for 2 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the fields of embedded electronics design and earthquake engineering at the Institute of Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (ITSAK), Thessaloniki, Greece.

He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of R/C and Masonry Structures, Civil Engineering Department, A.U.Th. His research interests include analysis of reinforced concrete and masonry structures, finite elements and material constitutive models, computational and programming methods and design and applications of embedded electronics and software in earthquake engineering and structural monitoring. He has authored and co-authored over 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and international conferences.

Recent publications

  • The Role of Structural Configuration on the Seismic Fragility of Reinforced Concrete Bridges , Considering SFSI and Site Effects – a Case Study

    • Pazidis M
    • Papanikolaou V
    • Pitilakis D
  • Assessment of the bearing capacity of an old concrete bridge

    • Papayianni I
    • Papanikolaou V
    • Glykofrydis D

Professional experience

Assistant Professor

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

December 2015 - Present


Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

January 2014 - December 2015(2 years)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization

March 2012 - January 2014(2 years)



Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

October 2000 - March 2008(7 years)


Imperial College London

September 1999 - September 2000(a year)

Dipl. Eng.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

September 1994 - July 1999(5 years)

Co-authors (32)