Activities include continuum mechanics, granular mechanics, finite element modeling, constitutive modeling of biological tissue, continuous distributions of defects in solids, shell structures, membrane wrinkling, and vibrations, dynamics modeling, and experimental nodal analysis.
Automation, Control, and Robotics
Activities include distributed control architectures for manufacturing systems, multiple manipulator systems with flexible components, sensor-based control of manipulators, intelligent planning and control of robotic systems, ground, aerial and underwater unmanned vehicle systems, robust control, micro/nano robotics, modeling and design using parallel mechanisms.
Design and Materials
Research in this area focuses on design theories, design methodologies, life cycle design engineering, modular design, design for manufacturing, intelligent design and development of design information systems capable of supporting concurrent design methods, in particular design for manufacturing.
Activities include manufacturing system modeling, intelligentmanufacturing systems, production planning and control, supply chain management, machinery and process diagnosis, process control systems analysis & design, reconfigurable and environment adaptable manufacturing systems, micro machining, and discrete-event systems.
Activities include micro-mechanical fabrication, femto-second laser fabrication, carbon and rosette nanotubes, micro- and nano-fluidics, micro-injection molding, sensor developments, MEMS modeling, molecular self assembly, nanotechnology, electrokinetics, and regeneration of cells.
Thermo-Fluids, Energy Systems and Environment
Investigations include combustion systems air pollution, combustion in porous media, combustion and reacting flows, aerodynamics, internal-combustion engines, multiphase flows, computational fluid dynamics, advanced flow metering, alternative energy, and air pollution characterization and control.