ChBE Fall Seminar Series: ‘Design Informatics for Advanced Materials, Structures, and Manufacturing,’ Featuring Jida Huang

Jida HuangThe Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering presents the fall 2023 seminar series with guest speaker Jida Huang, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who will give a presentation on “Design Informatics for Advanced Materials, Structures, and Manufacturing.” This event will take place on Wednesday, October 25, from 3:15–4:30 p.m. in the Perlstein Hall Auditorium (room 131). This event is open to the public.


Innovative materials discovery and functional device development often involve design problems: how do you achieve desired performance by optimizing the design? In design problems, a fundamental research question is how to abstract the physical systems and represent them digitally to conduct further design optimization. In the era of big data, I propose integrating design theory with artificial intelligence to form design informatics, which can be further leveraged to accelerate design generation and achieve design automation. In this talk, I will introduce our recent work in design informatics, including design representations and design optimization, and its applications in advanced materials and structure design, design for additive manufacturing. First, I’ll present recent work that my group has done as part of the National Science Foundation program, including data-driven inverse design of mechanical metamaterials and shape-morphing materials. Second, I’ll present the computational design optimization framework and its application in NASA ultralight and high-strength aerospace parts design. Lastly, an efficient design for additive manufacturing paradigm for fabricating multi-scale structures with complex geometries will be discussed.


Jida Huang is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He directs the Design Reasoning and Evolution for Advanced Manufacturing (DREAM) lab at UIC which focuses on the research of the design problems occurring in the entire product lifecycle, from early-stage conceptual design to design modeling, simulation, realization, and final fabrication, with the mission of developing computational design approaches to tackle societal challenges in healthcare, energy, and climate change. Huang received his Ph.D. in industrial and systems engineering in 2019 from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, where he received the presidential fellowship. He received the best paper award at IDETC/CIE 2021 hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He gratefully acknowledges prior and current support from NSF, NASA, and Illinois Innovation Network, as well as the tireless efforts of his current and former graduate students.