BIM for Smart Engineering Centre
Jointly established by Cardiff University, Dalian University of Technology, China Communications Construction Company
Jointly established by Cardiff University, Dalian University of Technology, China Communications Construction Company

Computational Mechanics & Engineering AI (CMAI)

The CMAI group has established their international stands on developing next generation smart computational engineering solutions to enable the digital transformation for construction sector. Our Physics and mechanics informed Engineering AI, which is data driven, enabling smart materials, structure and digital twins developments, aligns well with major funding priorities. The research substantialises domain oriented AI algorithms, to make a break through towards generic, responsible and explainable AI, to enable human centred digitalization for built environment.   
 
There are three main areas:  
i. Computational models for advanced smart materials 
ii. Computational models for advanced structures and meta-structures 
iii. Physics informed Digital Twins 
 
The first one, in short, Smart Materials, involves state of the art topics such as modelling of micro- and nano-structured materials and composites, electroactive materials, biological materials (*), quasicrystals (*) and architected meta-materials (*), which means we can produce bespoke manmade new materials to help achieving net-zero sustainable built environment.  
 
Regarding the second, in short, Smart Structures, the topics are composite aerospace structures, finite elements method for multiscale problems (*), robust aircraft design optimisation, uncertainty quantification and management in engineering applications (*), smoothed-particle hydrodynamics for modelling flow of particulate composites, modelling of metastructures for elastic waves (*), structural dynamics (*), dynamical systems, elastic waves propagation and absorption (*), structural optimization, topological mechanics (*), which means we can understand and produce novel and sustainable structural at all scales to help achieving long lasting and sustainable built environment. 
 
The third area, Digital Twins,  focuses on the pioneering physics informed data driven engineering AI and their applied smart engineering applications,  including Symbolic Mathematics, Game Playing, Neutral Networks, Expert Systems, Fuzzy Logic, Robotics and Natural Language Processing (*); multi-dimensional BIM data, information and knowledge processing (*); Large scale smart engineering computing, data analytics and optimization (*); and Knowledge based / cognitive modelling and artificial intelligence supported holistic decision making (*), which means we can understand super complex engineering issues and produce holistic and systems approach to enable human centred digitalization.  
 
Those indicated with the (*) are trendy topics that are attracting most of the attention of the world-leading research centres.


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