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Dr Ya Huang

  • Qualifications: BEng, BA, MSc, PhD, PGCLTHE, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Anglesea Building, Anglesea Road, Portsmouth PO1 3DJ UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 2343
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  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2009 to strengthen teaching and research in dynamics and vibration-related subjects in the School of Engineering. Before that, I spent over a year at the Blast and Impact Dynamics Group at Sheffield University having obtained my doctorate in human responses to whole-body vibration at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) from the University of Southampton in 2008.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach engineering dynamics and vibration related subjects at year one, two, three and at postgraduate levels. I supervise students on undergraduate and postgraduate projects, both within the School of Engineering and from other institutions. I advocate research inspired teaching and problem based learning.


My main research interest has been, through understanding force and motion experienced by the human body (biomechanics), control of repeated shocks and whole-body vibration (WBV) seen in many modes of transport on land, in the air and at sea. My research focusses on experimental and numerical methods for dynamic property of soft tissue, musculoskeletal and nonlinear dynamic systems. I work on biomechanically inspired workspace design for occupants of high-speed planing craft. The complex multi-axis shocks present a unique challenge for the workforce to work effectively and to stay away from traumatic injuries on these boats. The adaption of classic structural dynamics and signal processing methods, such as principal component analysis, virtual coherence, conditioned reverse path analysis, and restoring force surface method, to the understanding of multi-channel human responses to shock and vibration has become my key research interest since my appointment at Portsmouth.


Research profile

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