Chul Min Yeum (PhD Candidate) and Professor Shirley J Dyke have been awarded the 2015 Hojjat Adeli Award for Innovation in Computing.  This award is in recognition for the manuscript authors by them and entitled "Vision based Automated Crack Detection for Bridge Inspection” published in the top-ranked journal Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering in May 2015. 

See: DOI: 10.1111/mice.12141


Francisco Pena is a recipient of the 2015 SE Solutions Scholarship, awarded by the School of Civil Engineering, for a Master’s student for his considerable service to the school and university, including mentoring for the seismic design competition and minority outreach events, and support for his peers inside and outside of the classroom.

Christian Silva is a recipient of the 2016 Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded by the College of Engineering. This award is presented for his dedication to outstanding classroom teaching, and exceptional interactions with undergraduate students. 

Gaby Ou is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award in Civil Engineering, awarded by the College of Engineering. This award is given to a student approaching graduation for research accomplishments in terms of journal publications, presentations, service to the school, and overall contributions to the field. 


Graduate students from Bowen Laboratory attended the 1st Midwest Smart Structures Technology Colloquium in Grafton, Illinois, held on October 31, 2015. This colloquium provided a unique opportunity for these students to meet and interact with an elite group of peers who are performing research on establishing smart structures capabilities in civil and mechanical engineering. Three Purdue University students were awarded best presentation awards, including: 

2nd place, "Gaby" Ge Ou, Model Updating in Hybrid Simulation

4th, place, Daniel Gomez, Human-Structure Interaction Effects in Bridges

6th place, Chul Min Yeum, What Does the Image Tell You?


Zhuoxiong "Charlie" Sun, PhD student in the School of Mechanical Engineering, made a research presentations during the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering & 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology held jointly at the University of Illinois, August 1-2, 2015. The topic of the presentation was Wireless Structural Control Benchmark Problem


Several graduate students from the Lyles School of Civil Engineering made presentations on their research during the 6th International Conference on Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering & 11th International Workshop on Advanced Smart Materials and Smart Structures Technology held jointly at the University of Illinois, August 1-2, 2015. The titles of the presentations are: 

RTHS with Concurrent Model Updating on A 
Distributed Platform, presented by Ge (Gaby) Ou 

Fragility Analysis of Structures incorporating 
Control Systems, presented by Alana Wilbee

Damped Hysteretic Resistance Identification 
of Bouc-Wen Model using Data-based 
Model-free Nonlinear Approach, presented by Seungwook Seok 

Effective Viscous Damping Ratio in Seismic 
Response of Reinforced Concrete Structures, presented by Pedram Khajeh Hesameddin 

Development and Evaluation of a Geographically 
Distributed Real-time Hybrid Simulation Platform, presented by Ali I. Ozdagli

Development of Adaptive Multi-rate Interface 
for Real-time Hybrid Simulation, presented by Amin Maghareh 


A mini-symposium was held in Bowen lab at Purdue university. Nine vistors from top Chinese research universities and members of the IISL exchanged their latest research findings.


Prof. Bin Xu published two conference papers: "Cracking Monitoring of RC Joints under Cyclic Loadings Based on Wavelet Packet Analysis on Embedded PZT Measurements" and "Icing Monitoring for a Wind Turbine Model Blade with Active PZT Technology" at the proceedings of the 14th ASCE International Conference on Engineering, Science, Construction and Operations.


Ali Imrak Ozdagli and Amin Maghareh won the 2013 NEES Simulation Competition in Reno, USA. The model can be found here.


Amin Maghareh gave presentation in the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety & Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013. His presenetation was entitled, “Investigation of the effect of Transfer System Delay on Multi-degree of Freedom Real-time Hybrid Simulation.“


Amin Maghareh gave presentation in the International Conference on Computing, Networking, and Communications, ICNC 2013. His presenetation was entitled, “Investigation of Uncertainties Associated with
Actuation Modeling Error and Sensor Noise on Real-Time Hybrid Simulation Performance


Tony Friedman successfully defended his PhD. The title of his dissertation is "Development and Experimental Validation of a New Control Strategy Considering Device Dynamics for Large-Scale MR Dampers using Real-Time Hybrid Simulatio."


Xiuyu Gao successfully defended his PhD. The title of his dissertation is "Development of a Robust Framework for Real-Time Hybrid Simulation: From Dynamical System, Motion Control to Experimental Error Verification."

December 2012

Nestor E. Castaneda Aguilar successfully defended his PhD. The title of his dissertation is "Development and Validation of a Real-Time Computational Framework for Hybrid Simulation of Dynamically-Excited Steel Frame Structures".

December 2012

Ali Irmak Ozdagli gave presentation during the 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, held September 24-28, 2012, in Lisbon, Portugal. His presentation was entitled “Verification of Real-Time Hybrid Simulation with Shake Table Tests”


Prof. Shirley Dyke participated in the 2nd Workshop on China-US Collaboration for Disaster Evolution/Resilience of Civil Infrastructure and Urban Environment

Her plenary lecture was entitled "Emerging Opportunities in Real-time and Distributed Hybrid Simulation"


Xiuyu Gao and Ali Irmak Ozdagli gave presentations during the Advances in Real-Time Hybrid Simulation workshop, held October 10-11, 2011, at the Lehigh Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) facility.

Xiuyu's presentation was entitled “Real Time Hybrid Testing from System, Control to Experimental Error"

Ali's presentation was entitled "Control-oriented System Identification of a Large Frame for RTHS”


On Friday September 2nd we will be holding an Open House for the IISL Laboratory.

The event will be held at the Bowen Laboratory (see address below) from 3:00-6:00pm. It will include live demos geared towards learning what happens during an earthquake and how to test buildings to destruction!

Refreshments will be available. Please, no shorts or open toed shoes.

1040 South River Road West
Lafayette, IN 47907


Xiuyu Gao and Wei Song presented papers "Application of pseudospectral method in stochastic optimal control of nonlinear structural systems" and "Experimental Validation of a Scaled Instrument for Real-time Hybrid Testing" respectively at the 2011 American Control Conference in San Francisco, CA.


Gaby (Ge) Ou participated in holding the NEEShub Bootcamp webinar on   Friday, February 4th. She made a presentation focusing on how to upload data and use the collaborative tools within the NEEShub.


Sriram Krishnan and Charlie (Zhuxiong) Sun participated in the recent Workshop on Cyber-Physical Co-Design of Wireless Monitoring and Control for Civil Infrastructure, held at the University of Illinois Seibel Center from February 17-18th. They each made presentations entitled Evaluating the Performance of Distributed Approaches (Krishnan) and for Modal Identification Review of Recent Smart Sensor Research for SHM using the Truss in the SSTL (Sun).


Nestor Castaneda recently was awarded a SIRG fellowship from Purdue University's Cybercenter to partially support his education this year.


Sriram Krishnan presented a paper entitled "Validation of a Multi-level Damage Detection Approach Using a Full Scale Highway Truss," at the SPIE Smart Structures and Nondestructive Evaluation Symposium, San Diego, California, March 15-18, 2011