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Journal Club for February 2020: Machine Learning in Mechanics: simple resources, examples & opportunities

Machine learning (ML) in Mechanics is a fascinating and timely topic. This article follows from a kind invitation to provide some thoughts about the use of ML algorithms to solve mechanics problems by overviewing my past and current research efforts along with students and collaborators in this field. A brief introduction on ML is initially provided for the colleagues not familiar with the topic, followed by a section about the usefulness of ML in Mechanics, and finally I will reflect on the challenges and opportunities in this field.

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PhD Position --- 4D-printed deployable structures

Brief. A couple of full-time PhD positions on "Development of deployable structures using 4D-printing technology" is available.

Minimum Requirements. High GPA and relevant research background (two first-author publications).

Desirable Criteria. Highly qualified in computational mechanics and modelling 3D-printed structures.

Location. Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus, Australia.

Funding. Full funding is available for eligible candidates.

Postdoctoral position on high-entropy alloys in Nanyang Technological University

Research Fellow (Post-Doctoral) Position

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Area: Computational investigation of fracture mechanisms in high-entropy alloys

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BSSM Experimental Mechanics Conference - kind reminder

Final Call for Abstracts 
for the British Society for Strain Measurement's (BSSM)

15th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Mechanics
St Anne's College, University of Oxford, UK
8th - 10th September, 2020
 Submission deadline 28th February, 2020

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Capillary transfer of soft films

Yue Zhang, Mengtian Yin, Yongmin Baek, Kyusang Kim, Giovnni Zangari, Liheng Cai, Baoxing Xu. Capillary Transfer of Soft Films. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Call for Abstract Submission to SES2020 Symposium on Damage and Thermo-Chemo-Mechanical Coupling in Polymers


Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit your relevant work to a mini-symposium on “Damage And Thermo-Chemo-Mechanical Coupling In Polymers” (full description below) at the 2020 Society of Engineering Science. SES 2020 will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, September 28-30th.

The abstract submission deadline is March 17th, 2020. You can find us under Track 5.

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International Symposium on Structural Health Monitoring and Maintenance of Wind Turbine Blades, 23-25. November 2020, Roskilde, Denmark

The International Symposium on Structural Health Monitoring and Maintenance of Wind Turbine Blades will take place in the Niels Bohr Auditorium, DTU Risø Campus, Roskilde, Denmark, November 23-25, 2020.

Multiscale Modeling of Polymers and Soft Materials at MMM10 conference

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to remind you to submit an abstract to the minisymposium #22 Multiscale Modeling of Polymers and Soft Materials to be held at the 10th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling. The deadline for abstract submission is this coming Sunday, March 1st. The conference will be held on October 19-23, 2020 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, MD, U.S.A. Additional information about the conference can be found on the webpage

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Mini-symposium "3D Micro/Nano-Architectures Based On Low-Dimensional Materials" SES 2020 at Minneapolis

We are excited by organizing a mini-symposium on 3D Micro/Nano-Architectures Based On Low-Dimensional Materials at the coming Society of Engineering Science (SES) 57th Annual Technical Meeting. More details about the mini-symposium are given below. We are posting this announcement to welcome submitting relevant abstracts to our mini-symposium. The submission is now open and more information on abstract submissions can be found on 2020 SES website with a submission deadline of March 17, 2020. Thank you for your contribution and I am looking forward to seeing you at 2020 SES at Minneapolis.

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PhD position in computational mechanics in Paris, France

A PhD scholarship is available at PIMM laboratory to work on the computational design of architectured materials with tailored instabilities.

See the file attached for description.

The successful candidate should have obtained a Master's degree (or equivalent) with a strong background in computational mechanics, materials science, mechanical engineering or any related field; although prior knowledge of the French language is not mandatory, spoken and written English proficiency is needed.

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Computing with non-orientable defects: nematics, smectics and natural patterns

Chiqun Zhang         Amit Acharya        Alan C Newell          Shankar C Venkataramani


Defects, a ubiquitous feature of ordered media, have certain universal features, independent of the underlying physical system, reflecting their topological, as opposed to energetic properties. We exploit this universality, in conjunction with smoothing defects by "spreading them out," to develop a modeling framework and associated numerical methods that are applicable to computing energy driven behaviors of defects across the amorphous-soft-crystalline materials spectrum. Motivated by ideas for dealing with elastic-plastic solids with line defects, our methods can handle order parameters that have a head-tail symmetry, i.e. director fields, in systems with a continuous translation symmetry, as in nematic liquid crystals, and in systems where the translation symmetry is broken, as in smectics and convection patterns. We illustrate our methods with explicit computations.


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Call for Abstracts 56th Meeting of the Society for Natural Philosophy

The 56th Meeting of the Society for Natural Philosphy (SNP2020) will be held September 28-30, 2020, Monday through Wednesday, at the University of Pisa, Italy. The Meeting is dedicated to "Mechanics and Analysis". The SNP, founded in 1963 by the late Clifford Truesdell, nourshes specific research aimed at the unity of mathematical and physical science. It seeks to recognize and promote work of high quality.

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Call for Abstract Submission to SES2020 Symposium 8.3 Multiscale modeling of molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ mechanics

Dear Colleagues,

You are cordially invited to submit your one-page abstract to our Symposium 8.3 Multiscale modeling of molecular, cellular, tissue, and organ mechanics for The 57th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science (SES2020) 

Date & Location:

September 28-30, 2020  Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, MN

PhD in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics/ Engineering Science (U.S. citizenship required)


Open Position: Theoretical and Applied Mechanics/ Engineering Science, CUBoulder

Department: The student can choose to enroll in the Material Science & Engineering Program, or in the Engineering Science program within the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Focus Area: Experimental and theoretical solid mechanics

PhD in Fusion Energy

Just a short note before the weekend to let you know that I am offering 4 year PhD topics in advanced modelling & simulation starting in September via the Nuclear Fusion doctoral training network.  One of the topics is to combine the cellular automata finite element method with uncertainty quantification to predict the lifetime of neutron irradiated components in fusion reactors. The deadline for applications is the end of next week. Studentships are available for UK/EU students.

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Open PhD Position in Atomistic and Multiscale Computational Mechanics at the University of Alabama

A fully funded PhD position is available as early as Fall, 2020 in Dr. Ning Zhang’s research group at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), the department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics. This position is in the general area of mechanics, structural and multifunctional materials with focus on mechanical and thermal properties.

The research topics include:

(1)  Hypersonic flight materials;

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Advances in the mechanics of soft materials: elastic dissipaters and topological adhesion

This afternoon I gave a Harvard Applied Mechanics Colloquium. Here is the abstract, along with the slides.  The slides themselves just serve as an outline of ideas.  You can find original papers on our group website


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10th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling - Symposium on Architected Materials

Dear Colleagues,

Please consider submitting an abstract to the Symposium 15 "Modeling and Design of Architected Materials" at the 10th International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling that will take place in Baltimore in October 19-23, 2020.

The deadline for abstract submission is March 1.

This symposium will discuss the latest advances in computational design and modeling of architected materials.

PHD or POSTDOC in Computational High-Speed Impact Mechanics, Indusrtry-Funded

PLEASE NOTE: this position is only open to holders of Canadian, US or EU citizenship, or Canadian PR (permanent residence card) holders.


Institution: University of Windsor, Canada ( )




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