New Center of Excellence in AI for Structures

News - 08 June 2021

Recently, the Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence for Structures was established at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering.

Light weight structures are vital for many engineering applications in aviation, space, wind energy and automotive industries. Novel metamaterial design, smart manufacturing and quality control and advanced repair and recycling are currently in the epicenter of research and development. Their advancement will intensify our effort to grow a circular economy. Artificial Intelligence and digitalization open new horizons and their utilization can accelerate the process towards a sustainable use of materials and structures.

The integration of these technologies with structural engineering is necessary and cannot be achieved without the synergy of experts with different scientific and technical backgrounds. Therefore, founder of the center Dr. Dimitrios Zarouchas, Assistant Professor within the Structural Integrity & Composites group, aims to bring together academics, researchers, industrial professionals, policy makers and students in the field of Artificial Intelligence in structures and create a multi-disciplinary community.

'I believe bringing together people from all these different fields will advance research integration and implementation, contributing to the trustworthiness of new technologies from industry. It will also allow knowledge and facilities to be shared and perhaps most importantly, bringing research and knowledge closer to society. I'm looking forward to see how the Center of Excellence will address the challenges of the future and I welcome everyone to join and contribute to our effort.

Dr. Dimitrios Zarouchas

The center has a broad research portfolio and at the same time it emphasises in knowledge transfer. This is done by organising summer schools and training courses and by supporting the young generation with scholarships and mentorships. The center also offers open access to data and tools and is keen to share facilities.