Symposium FN
Embodying Intelligence in Structures and Integrated Systems

Ray BAUGHMAN, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Fabio CASCIATI, Università di Pavia, Italy (Convener)
Akira NISHITANI, Waseda University, Japan
André PREUMONT, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Alexander BELYAEV, Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering, RAS, Russia
Sara CASCIATI, Università di Catania, Italy
Zhicong CHEN, University of Fuzhou, China
Christis CHRYSOSTOMOU, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
Sascha DUCZEK, University of New South Wales, Australia
Lucia FARAVELLI, Università di Pavia, Italy
Daniel J. INMAN, The University of Michigan, USA
Hans IRSCHIK, Johannes-Kepler-Universitaet Linz, Austria
Lukasz JANKOWSKI, IPPT – PAN, Poland
Hyung-Jo JUNG, KAIST, South Korea
Anne S. KIREMIDJIAN, Stanford University, USA
Agnessa KOVALEVA, Space Research Institute, RAS, Russia
Michael KROMMER, Technical University Wien, Austria
B.L. (Les) LEE, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, USA
Ying LEI, Xiamen University, China
Yaozhi LUO, Zhejiang University, China
Sami MASRI, University of Southern California, USA
Akira MITA, Keio University, Japan
Satish NAGARAJAIAH, Rice University, USA
Yi Qing NI, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Costas PAPADIMITRIOU, University of Thessaly, Greece
Francesc POZO, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
José RODELLAR BENEDE, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Emanuela SPERANZINI, Università di Perugia, Italy
David WAGG, Sheffield University, UK
Lijun WU, University of Fuzhou, China
Yong XIA, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Xiao-Wei YE, Zhejiang University, China
Songye ZHU, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Ray BAUGHMAN, University of Texas at Dallas, USA
Sara CASCIATI, University of Catania, Italy
Fu-Kuo CHANG, Stanford University, USA
Lucia FARAVELLI, University of Pavia, Italy
Somnath GHOSH, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Muhammad HAJJ, Stevens Institute of Technology, USA
Guoliang HUANG, University of Missouri, USA
Daniel INMAN, The University of Michigan, USA
Anne S. KIREMIDJIAN, Stanford University, USA
David KISAILUS, University of California at Riverside, USA
Michael KROMMER, Technical University Wien, Austria
Ying LEI, Xiamen Universit,y China
Yi Qing NI, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Akira NISHITANI, Waseda University, Japan
André PREUMONT, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Jerry QI, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Nancy SOTTOS, University of Illinois, USA
Yong XIA, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Xiao-Wei YE, Zhejiang University, China
Songye ZHU, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Research is actively pursued aimed at applying multifunctional capabilities of smartness and intelligence to existing and novel structures and systems. Degree of smartness/intelligence varies from semi-passive smart materials, which adaptively respond to an external stimulus, by varying some of their characteristics, to mechatronic systems that embody the inherent capability of self-sensing, diagnosis and control by the synergistic integration of smart materials, sensors, actuators and control electronics. The dream is for future structures and systems, where integrated smart devices would be used to sense exogenous stimuli and internal material conditions decide on course of action, and then autonomously implement an effective reaction strategy.
A number of applications and integrations of smart materials, devices and structures into industrial systems are emerging nowadays. More are in the offing, driven by the availability of new multifunctional materials and by the exponential increase in computing capabilities, and refined design, modelling, control and optimisation strategies that create the premises for a potential expansion to smart autonomous structures and systems.
The symposium, which follows the ones on the same subject organized in the frames of CIMTEC 2008, 2012 and 2016, will highlight advances in adaptive materials and in novel sensor/actuator and micro systems, and their integration in mechatronic structures and systems of various complexities.

Among the scopes of the Symposium will be:
  1. Physical mechanisms, constitution behaviour, processing characterization and modelling of new smart and multifunctional materials and devices for intelligent structures and systems,
  2. system level evaluation of smart structures,
  3. the interplay of actuation, sensing and processing capabilities,
  4. the ideation and numerical modelling and simulation of new actuation and sensing techniques for integrated systems,
  5. the analysis, design and testing of active/passive smart dynamic and static structural components and signal processing,
  6. micro and nano technology, control electronics and materials science involved in interfacing different materials and functions,
  7. reports on traditional industrial systems where the incorporation of smart materials and integrated devices favours an enabling new capability or remarkable performance enhancement and/or cost reduction,
  8. solutions to new industrial and commercial applications of smart materials and integrated structures that have well matured beyond the concept stage and new ideas and directions for future developments.

Contributions are sought from experts of materials science, theoretical and applied mechanics, electronics, electromechanics and manufacturing.
Session Topics

FN-1 Smart Materials/Sensors/Actuators/MEMS/NEMS

  • Ferroelectrics, piezoelectrics, electrostrictives, magnetostrictives
  • Shape memory metals and polymers
  • ER/MR fluids, ferro-fluids
  • Multifunctional (nano)materials and (nano)composites
  • Self healing materials systems
  • Multifunctional sensors and sensor networks
  • Wireless sensors networks
  • Sensors for harsh and extreme environments
  • Fibre optics sensors
  • Nano-sensors
  • Actuator and nano-actuator devices
  • MEMS/NEMS technologies
  • Physical mechanisms, constitutive behaviour
  • Software tool and optimal design
  • On-duty smart materials and devices behaviour
  • Modelling of smart materials and sensor/actuator performance

FN-2 Integration Technologies

  • Embedded and distributed sensors: simulation, performance, self-diagnostics
  • Sensor characterisation, qualification, standardisation, reliability
  • Sensor/actuator coupling with structure, interfaces and interfacial problems
  • Energy transfer mechanisms, structural dynamics
  • Energy harvesting and scavenging
  • Integrated micro- and nano-structures
  • Mechatronic systems integration
  • Model development and control design for integrated systems and microsystems
  • Optimisation techniques for sensor/actuator selection, architecture and feedback design
  • Signal processing: data mining, neural networks,
    data fusion for large sensor arrays, fault recognition and recovery
  • Remote control and communication

FN-3 Smart Structures and Integrated Systems

  • Passive, active and hybrid vibration control systems
  • Active and semi-active shape control
  • Smart components, devices and sub-assemblies
  • Nastic and morphing structures
  • Fault tolerant structures
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Damage detection, mitigation and repair
  • Remote sensing
  • Adaptive and self/diagnosing structures
  • Autonomous intelligent structures and sensing systems

FN-4 Ongoing and Perspective Applications

  • Aerospace, MAV/UAV
  • Morphing systems
  • Civil engineering
  • Defence
  • Naval and ground transportation
  • Marine and offshore structures
  • Flexible robotics
  • Energy systems
  • Communication technologies

Special Session FN-5 "Autonomic, Adaptive and Self-Sustaining Systems"


Cimtec 2020

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