Performance-based engineering (PBE) is the core theme of StoStruct’s research initiatives, where statistical methods and computer simulations are extensively used. The primary research thrusts include (a) performance-based evaluation of novel structural solutions for disaster mitigation, (b) data-driven methods in natural hazard engineering, (c) holistic design and assessment frameworks for resiliency and sustainability of the built environment.
Performance-based evaluation of novel structural solutions for disaster mitigation
Using enhanced structural systems and materials is shown to be an effective method to improve the resiliency of the built environment. This research thrust is dedicated to evaluating the expected performance of novel systems and materials against natural hazards. Read more here: [project page]
Data-driven methods in natural hazard engineering
Data science and machine learning are disrupting many fields, and structural engineering is slowly feeling the momentum. This is a critical time to capitalize on the vast generated knowledge of computer science to improve the efficiency and capabilities of simulation frameworks in the structural engineering field. Read more here: [project page]
Holistic design and assessment frameworks for resiliency and sustainability of the built environment
Achieving higher performance requires new design and assessment paradigms that treat a building holistically. A holistic approach considers all different building subsystems (e.g., foundation, lateral system), multiple performative objectives (e.g., economy, environment), and the complete spectrum of possible hazards. This research thrust explores the computer-aided design and conceptual frameworks to integrate risk, simulation and performance into conventional design thinking. Read more here: [project page]