Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory

Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory


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The Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory (IDEAL) is one of the research laboratories in the Department of Mechanical EngineeringNorthwestern University.

The focus of the research work done at IDEAL under the direction of Dr. Wei Chen, is to develop rational design methods based on mathematical optimization techniques and statistical methods for use in complex engineering design and product realization problems. The complexity is considered from various aspects, such as the large number of physical interrelated elements, the complexity and computational cost of design simulations, the heterogeneity of information at different levels of abstraction, the various sources of uncertainties, the multidisciplinary organization with conflicting goals, and the difficulty in understanding the socio-technical interfaces. Current research in IDEAL involves topics such as simulation-based design under uncertainty, stochastic multiscale analysis and materials design, design of metamaterials, multidisciplinary optimization, and consumer choice modeling and decision-based design.

Research in IDEAL is interdisciplinary in nature, involving close collaborations with experts in mechanics, manufacturing, materials science & engineering, social science, and computer science. In addition to the aforementioned interests, some specific topics include robust and reliability-based design, model validation and uncertainty quantification, robust shape and topology optimization, data science (e.g., deep learning) in design, network analysis, microstructure characterization & reconstruction, and certification of additive manufacturing models. Click here for detailed descriptions of six research areas.

  • Design Under Uncertainty


Integrated DEsign Automation Laboratory

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