Research

Autonomous Vehicles

Self-driving vehicles are considered by many people and industries to define the future of transportation. The quest for autonomy is not only driven by safety and accessibility in urban transportation, but also in several other applications such as mining and farming. In fact the transformative role of such vehicles in transportation, urban planning, city landscape,…

Robotics

The behavior of robots in unprecedented conditions such as those encountered in a granular environment or fluid is not adequately understood. Inspired by the energy-efficient locomotion and planning strategies observed inĀ  biological organisms, we develop limbless and legged robots to discover the principles of motion under the dominating influence of contact, fluid, or granular material….

High Performance Computing

Problems involving granular material (such as sand) and fluid-solid interaction has traditionally been too complex to simulate. This is due the fact that such problems lead to tens of millions to billions of degrees of freedom in computational realm. As a result, the solution to such problems has involved either expensive experiments or simplified models…

Fluid Solid Interaction

Addressing problems in fluid-solid interaction is numerically and computationally taxing. We invest in both monolithic and partitioned approaches to develop accurate, high fidelity, and expeditious solutions for fluid-solid interaction. From the computational perspective, we investigate solutions that can map well to parallel computing frameworks. By developing numerical and computational algorithms, we are seeking robust and…

Granular Materials

More than 50% of material processed in industry is in granular form. Understanding the behavior of granular material impacts several disciplines such as those in terramechanics, additive manufacturing, nanoparticle self-assembly, composite materials, cratering, food processing, mining, farming, and many more. We use physical setups, models, and simulations to understand interesting and complex properties, such as…