The main areas of research and group leaders are
- Structural Dynamics (Dr P. Lestuzzi)
- Applied computing (Prof. I. Smith)
- Active structures (Prof. I. Smith)
There are no rigid boundaries between groups; they signify only centres of competence. Several existing projects already include methods and techniques of more than one group. Many other synergies are expected in the future.
- Promote analytic and intuitive understanding of the mechanical behavior of structures.
- Demonstrate appropriate applications of information technology to young students.
- Provide courses and documentation on structural monitoring technology, computer aided engineering and structural dynamics to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
- Offer courses at postgraduate levels on advanced informatics and communication for research engineers
IMAC Activity Report
Actuation of Adaptive Origami Structural Systems
Current infrastructure is designed to simultaneously comply with all possible loads and this leads to inefficiency in terms of energy and cost. Emerging computational methods for structural control have enabled practical…
Avec: Ann Sychterz is an assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in the structures group. She obtained her PhD in 2018 from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) that addressed the novel use of control algorithms, statistical diagnostic tools, and real-time feedback on a full-scale tensegrity structure to enable smooth deployment, damage detection, adaptation, and learning (https://youtu.be/FeXxjerleZE). During her masters of applied science obtained in 2014 at the University of Waterloo (UW), she built full-scale aluminum pedestrian bridges for vibration characterization and control. She completed her bachelor of applied science in civil engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2012. Before coming to the University of Illinois, she completed a postdoctoral position at the University of Michigan through the successful Swiss National Science Foundation Early. Postdoc Mobility grant that she authored on the actuator optimization of adaptive origami structures. Her research work focuses on designing, building, testing, and simulating of structures that are adaptive, lightweight, large-scale, resilient, and sustainable.
Lieu et salle: GC G1 515
Catégorie: Conférences – Séminaires