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The Midwest Mechanics of Materials and Structures Workshop

Event Date 

August 9, 2018 (All day)


Illinois Institute of Technology
Hermann Hall
3241 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616


Join us for the annual Midwest Mechanics of Materials and Structures (MidMechMat) meeting aiming to bring together researchers from the Midwest universities and industries working on contemporary topics in mechanics. This one day workshop will feature invited talks from faculty-experts in the areas of theoretical, experimental, computational, and data-driven mechanics. The workshop is held in an informal setting to facilitate the exchange of ideas and exploration of new collaboration avenues.

This year's workshop will be hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago on August 9th, 2018. The program includes student oral presentations, a poster session, and invited talks by highly regarded experts in their fields. The invited talks will be organized under two separate (non-parallel) sessions (A, B). Session A will focus on state of the art computational and theoretical techniques in mechanics. This includes variational principles, topology optimization techniques, and also emerging techniques such as data driven mechanics and modern neural network based machine learning approaches in mechanics. Session B will focus on applications areas in contemporary mechanics research including granular media, micro/nanoscale materials and devices, failure, fatigue, and fracture.

Below are the confirmed speakers with tentative areas.
Session A:
Michael Ortiz, CalTech -- Data driven mechanics
Chun Liu, IIT -- Variational principles
George Karniadakis, Brown University -- Physics informed neural networks
Ankit Srivastava, IIT, and Ahmed Elbanna, UIUC -- AI for the discovery/embodiment of the laws of mechanics and physics

Session B:
Heinrich Jaeger, University of Chicago -- Self-assembled nanoparticle-based structures, granular materials
Horacio Espinoza, Northwestern University -- Natural and synthetic nanomaterials, micro-nano devices
Xioping Qian, University of Wisconsin Madison -- Topology optimization in mechanics
John Lambros, UIUC -- Failure, fatigue, fracture

For more information about MidMechMat'2018 and to register for the workshop, visit the following web-page.

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