Seminar - Multiscale Multiphysics Topology Optimization (M2DO)

Mason Building, Room 1133
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 13:45


Dr. H. Alicia Kim
Jacobs Scholar Chair Professor
University of California, San Diego

Topology optimization is able to provide unintuitive and innovative design solutions and a performance improvement (e.g. weight savings) in excess of 50% is not uncommonly demonstrated in a wide range of engineering design problems. With the rise of advance materials and additive manufacturing, topology optimization is attracting much attention in the recent years. This presentation will introduce some of the latest developments in topology optimization. They will include the recent advances in decades-long challenge problems in topology optimization such as traditional stress constraints as well as the multiscale design optimization breaking down the barrier between material and structural designs. Alternative perspective on multiscale design is to consider it as a single scale with extremely fine mesh and I will discuss the latest efforts in level set topology optimization for large scale problems. These efforts represent a pathway to applying topology optimization for complex multiphysics multifunctional structures, which may be too complex to rely on designers’ intuition.


Dr. H Alicia Kim is Jacobs Scholar Chair Professor in the Structural Engineering Department of the University of California, San Diego and also holds a personal chair at Cardiff University in the UK. She leads the Multiscale Multiphysics Design Optimization (M2DO) lab. Her interests are in level set topology optimization, multiscale and multiphysics optimization, modeling and optimization of composite materials and multifunctional structures. She has published around 200 journal and conference papers in these fields including award winning papers at the AIAA conferences and World Congresses on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. She is a prestigious EPSRC Fellow for Growth. Her research in topology optimization began in the 90’s at the University of Sydney, Australia where she developed one of the first boundary based topology optimization methods. She continued her research at the University of Warwick and the University of Bath, UK before moving to the current positions in 2015.