Mihai Bud, PhD student from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca will spend one year at ULHT, in order to carry out research activities on SHM. Mihai’s PhD programme is aimed at developing an efficient hybrid strategy for the structural health monitoring of bridges. Finite element models of the structure are used as proxies for environmental and operational variability and damage, to generate data for the training of the MLAs. The models are computationally simple and generated probabilistically. The MLAs are casted using the Gaussian Mixture Model and the Mahalanobis Squared Distance algorithm.