Smart Structures is all about Structural and Earthquake Engineering. Our research focuses on the performance assessment of civil infrastructure through advanced structural analysis, experimental testing, and structural health monitoring technologies. We accomplish this through advanced analytical computer simulation and experimental testing techniques using the state-of-the-art facilities available at the University of British Columbia. We have developed advanced experimental testing technologies, such as hybrid simulation and nonlinear control algorithms for shake tables, to evaluate structural response under extreme loading conditions. We have developed and applied novel computer vision, machine learning, and deep learning algorithms to detect and quantify structural damages of steel structures, concrete structures, and structural bolted connections.

Our interests include:

  • Seismic behavior and design of steel, concrete, timber, and composite structures
  • Novel experimental testing methods
  • Structural health monitoring using machine learning, deep learning, and computer vision techniques
  • Seismic behavior and design of tall buildings
  • Innovative structural components and systems
  • Performance-based evaluation methodology and design procedures

Check out some of our recent exciting research topics and case studies!