emergenCITY is organizing this year’s Ruzena Bajcsy Lecture on Communications and Resilience in cooperation with the Collaborative Research Center MAKI. Prof. Eleni Chatzi from ETH Zurich will speak on “Augmented Twins: Monitoring for Resilience and Data-driven Decision Support” on June 23. Afterwards, the Female Student Travel Awards 2023 will be presented. Females students in computer science, electrical engineering or information technology can still apply until May 21, 2023.

Lecture - Augmented Twins: Monitoring for Resilience and Data-driven Decision Support

Modern engineering structures form complex - often interconnected - assemblies that operate under highly varying loads and adverse environments. To ensure a resource-efficient and resilient operation of such systems, it is imperative to understand their performance as-is; a task which can be effectuated through Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). Structural Health Monitoring comprises a hierarchy across levels of increasing complexity aiming to i) detect, ii) localize and iii) quantify damage, and iv) finally offer a prognosis over the system’s residual life. When considering higher levels in this hierarchy, including damage assessment and even performance prognosis, purely data-driven methods are found to be lacking. For higher-level SHM tasks, or for furnishing a digital twin of a monitored structure, it is necessary to i) integrate knowledge stemming from physics-based representations, and ii) assimilate experience garnered from expert operators.

In her talk, Eleni Chatzi discusses the implementation of such a hybrid approach to treating cyber physical systems for tackling the aforementioned challenges and improving our oversight on the operation of critical systems and structures. We offer a view to establishing augmented twin representations, capable of representing the structure as-is, anticipating performance under future stressors, and advising on preventive and remedial actions.

About Eleni Chatzi

Eleni Chatzi joined ETH Zurich in 2020 as the youngest Assistant Professor and is now Associate Professor at the Department of Structural Engineering and Design. After studying Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), she received her PhD from the Dempartement of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. In her recent award-winning research, Chatzi combines novel simulation tools with state-of-the-art monitoring methodologies for intelligent and data-driven diagnostics of engineering systems. A key aspect of her research lies in extraction quantifiable metrics that are indicative of structural performance across the component, system, and network levels. Thematically, Chatzi is concerned with structural health monitoring. She explores a wide range of topics, including applications on emerging sensor technologies and structural control, methods for curbing uncertainties in structural diagnostics and life-​cycle assessment, as well as advanced schemes for nonlinear/nonstationary dynamics simulations.

Female Student Travel Award

Female students in computer science, electrical engineering or information technology are invited to apply for the Female Student Travel Award 2023 until May 21, 2023. In recognition of exceptionally good performance in their fields of study, the eight winners will have the opportunity to attend one of six international conferences dedicated to networking among women in the technology industry. The application including a letter of motivation, CV and Transcript of Records (TUCaN performance record) as well as a description of your interest in the research areas of MAKI CROSSING, the GRK Privacy & Trust or emergenCITY should be sent by email to Dr. Anna Laura Raschke (genderconsulting@zv.tu-darmstadt.de), Equal Opportunities Office, TU Darmstadt. More detailed information about the conditions of participation and the conferences can be found here.


Friday, 23.6.2023, 13:00 - 15:00

S3/20/18, Rundeturmstraße 10, 64283 Darmstadt

  • 13:00 Lecture - Augmented Twins: Monitoring for Resilience and Data-driven Decision Support
  • 14:00 Award Ceremony – Female Student Travel Award 2023 Award Ceremony
  • 14:30 Get together