Invited Visit to The Concord Consortium

Dr, Sha was invited by Dr. Charles Xie, the Senior Scientist from the Concord Consortium, and visited the CC from August 2-9. Dr. Sha introduced the current research projects of SiDi Lab to Dr. Xie, the President & CEO Mr. Chad Dorsey, and many other research staffs at the CC. Particularly, Dr. Sha introduced the project of Mining and Modeling Engineering Design Thinking Using Big Data Analytics, which has been conducted based on Energy3D – a smart CAD tool of renewable energy systems design invented by Dr. Xie. This visit has resulted in fruitful outcomes, including identification of future forms of collaboration, joint projects, new research proposal ideas and students co-advising mechanism. SiDi is very much looking forward a new year of success in collaborating with the CC. IMG_6344

A Fun and Great Outreach Activity – Engineering Summer Academy

On July 23rd, SiDi Lab was invited to host two sessions of engineering systems design challenges for a group of 40 high school students by collaborating with the Assistant Director of the college’s Outreach and Summer Programs, Dr. Amy Warren. This is a fun and high-impact outreach activity and a great demonstration of SiDi research and its implication to K-12 education. These students came from different states national-wide and participated in UARK’s Engineering Summer Academy program. There are four interdisciplinary tracks, including Living systems, Non-Living Systems, Modeling and Simulation, and Function and Structure. SiDi held a half-day event for the track of Modeling and Simulation, and half day for the track of Non-Living System with an extended version of the solar energy system design challenge. See media coverage on this event here for more details.


PhD Student Laxmi Poudel Won the Travel Award to Present in 2018 ASME-CIE Graduate Research Poster Session

Congratulations to Laxmi! He won the 2018 ASME-CIE Graduate Research Poster Competition, and will be awarded $750 travel support to present his PhD research on the topic of “Design of Multi-Robot Systems with Evolving Multi-Level Constraints” during the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference in Quebec City, Canada, during August 26-29, 2018. There were 23 applications submitted this year, of which the top twelve were nominated for the awards.

Senior Design Project Team Won the First Place at COE Annual Poster Competition

I have been serving as a small group adviser of a group of five senior students on a capstone design project that is collaboratively conducted between another team of five senor EE students and Tyson Foods Inc. The project is to design a high-fidelity prototype of a conveyor system equipped with barcode scanning technique to automatically sort and transport packages to different destinations. In the 2nd annual Engineering Design Poster Competition held by the College of Engineering at the UA, our senior design team won the FIRST place. Congratulations to the them! Great team work.

The ME team stands with me on the back: Thomas Brown, Macario Blyden, Colby Breithaupt, Eindra New, and William Woodward

Awarded 2018 ERISF Grant

We are selected to be the awardee of the 2018 Engineering Research and Innovation Seed Funding (ERISF) by the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas (UA). “The overarching goal of the ERISF program is to assist engineering researchers in developing new innovative research programs that have strong potential for significant future support from government agencies, corporations, industry, consortia, or foundations.

The primary research objective of this interdisciplinary research is to significantly increase the scale of network modeling and analysis using GPU platform in supporting complex systems design. To achieve this objective, we will design new parallel and scalable methodologies with the ambition of manipulating and analyzing large-scale graphs (of millions of nodes) on GPU computer clusters in minutes. This project will be carried out through a collaborative effort with  Dr. Miaoqing Huang from the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at the UA.

Design Challenge 2018 – Call for Participation

The design challenge is coming! The System Integration and Design Informatics (SiDi) Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering will conduct another round of the design challenge on solar systems design. This semester, the topic is Solarize Our UARK Parking Lots. You can get rewards by participation and you can get bonus rewards based on the quality of your final design. Minimum earning of $15 is guaranteed if you finish the complete session of the design challenge.

Multiple dates and times are available and you can make a selection on the registration page The upcoming three sessions will be held on Apr. 25th, 26th and 27th, 2-4pm at MEEG 228. For detailed information, please see the flyer. Note: If you would like to take the challenge at a different time, just indicate your available time slots on the registration page, and we will run a special session just for YOU.

You are eligible to participate in this challenge if you are over 18 years old. No experience in design is needed. So come to join this exciting challenge and get rewards! We look forward to seeing you!


Papers Accepted by the ASME IDETC/CIE 2018

Congratulations to the PhD student Molla Rahman! His paper titled “Automatic Clustering of Sequential Design Behaviors Based on Function-Behavior-Structure Ontology” is accepted by the ASME 2018 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC/CIE 2018)The conference will be held at Quebec City, Canada this year from August 26-29Molla will go to the conference and present his research on sequential decision making and system thinking in engineering design.

In addition, we have two more papers accepted. The first one is titled “Modeling Participation Behaviors in Design Crowdsourcing Using A Bipartite Network-Based Approach“. This study was conducted in collaboration with the research assistant Ashish Chaudhari and Prof. Panchal from Purdue University.

The second one is titled “Modeling Spatiotemporal Heterogeneity Customer Preferences in Engineering Design“. This study was conducted in collaboration with the postdoctoral fellow Dr. Youyi Bi and Prof. Wei Chen from Northwestern University.

For more information, please visit our publication page.