Awarded Provost’s Collaborative Research Grants

We are awarded the Provost’s Collaborative Research Grants by Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Enhancement at the University of Arkansas (UA). The Provost’s Collaborative Research Grants are intended to help faculty with cross-disciplinary research and scholarly production, and promote collaboration between two or more researchers.

In this research project, we will team up with Professor Dinesh Gauri from the Department of Marketing at the UA to investigate How enterprises’ pricing strategies and design decisions together influence customers’ choice behaviors under the multi-competitor market scenario? Our research objective is to develop a data-driven game-theoretic framework that integrates demand forecasting from market perspective and design strategy forecasting from engineering perspective in support of enterprise decision-making. Dinesh Gauri is a Professor of Marketing and Wal-Mart Chair in Marketing and Executive Director of Retail Information at Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. See more introduction on our Research Project page.

Design Challenge – Call for Participation – Have Fun and Get Rewards!

The System Integration and Design Informatics (SiDi) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is going to conduct a design challenge – Solarized Energy-Plus Home Design. You can get rewards by participation and you will be rewarded based on the quality of your final design. Minimum earning of $15 is guaranteed if you finish the complete session of the design challenge.

We will hold three sessions on Nov. 14th (2 pm) and 16th (10 am and 12 pm) at MEEG building room 228. Each session will take about 2 hours to accomplish. For detailed information, please see the attached flyer.

You are eligible to participate in this challenge if you are over 18 years old. No experience necessary. So come to design your own solarized home and get rewards! Please register by providing your name, email and the session you plan to attend. You can also scan the QR code in the flyer to register. We look forward to seeing you!



Dr. Sha Visited Prof. Wu at UCF

Dr. Dazhong Wu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Wu’s research interests include IoT-enabled smart manufacturing, diagnostics, prognostics, reliability engineering, and additive manufacturing. Dr. Sha visited Dr. Wu from Oct. 12th to 15th and presented his research in “Modeling Stakeholders’ Decision-Making in Support of Complex Systems Design”. They also discussed the research collaboration opportunities in additive manufacturing, cloud-based manufacturing and design of community-driven manufacturing systems. This visit is sponsored by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Travel Grants Program.

The Workshop was Successfully Held at ASME IDETC/CIE 2017

We organized a workshop titled “Lab Experiments on Individual and Interactive Decision Making in Design” on the ASME IDETC/CIE 2017  on August 5th at Cleveland, OH. The workshop was collaboratively organized with Dr. Jitesh Panchal, Dr. Ilias Bilionis and Dr. Karthik Kanna from Purdue University. Dr. Sha presented three different lab experiments in support of understanding the designers’ behaviors under competition and their decisions-making strategies about information acquisition in engineering systems design. The papers related to research presented in this workshop can be found here and here.

Dr. Sha is Awarded the Best Dissertation of the Year by ASME

Dr. Zhenghui Sha, is selected as the awardee of the prestigious American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2017 Best Ph.D. Dissertation of the Year Award for his dissertation entitled “Decision-Centric Foundations for Complex Systems Engineering and Design“.  His PhD is advised by Dr. Jitesh H. Panchal from Purdue University.

The ASME Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Division has presented the award in recognition of “a promising young investigator who authored the best Ph.D thesis of the year in the area of computers and information in engineering“. To ensure that it is presented to appropriately qualified recipients and to maintain the prestigious nature of the award it may not be presented every year. The award is presented on the ASME IDETC/CIE 2017.

Dr. Sha (left), is presented the ASME CIE Best Ph.D. Dissertation of the Year Award by the nominator Dr. Jitesh Panchal (right) on the ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (Photo courtesy to ASME CIE)

Welcome New SiDi Lab Members

Welcome the new SiDi members, Kaleb Porter, Chandler Bair, and Laxmi Poudle! Kaleb and Chandler are Junior students in the MEEG department and they join SiDi as summer research interns. Laxmi will join SiDi in the Fall as a PhD student. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2015 with BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.