9. Smart structures and intelligent materials
Omega 2,10/06/2015, 12/7/16 16:15 - 12/7/16 17:45
Smart Systems combine data processing with sensing, actuating and communication and are able to analyse complex situations and to take autonomous decisions. They take advantage of miniaturisation, and are often invisible to the consumer. They are highly energy efficient or even energy autonomous and can communicate with their environment. Smart Systems recognise each other and enable the product in which they are integrated to interact with the environment and with other “intelligent” systems.
Their application may lead to improved safety in cars or to reduced emissions in transport, they can be used to help disabled people in their familiar environment by providing cognitive assistance or they can make buildings and manufacturing equipment more energy-efficient by orders of magnitude. Often the incorporation of Smart structures and intelligent materials will provide the key technical features for the competitiveness of product, and help providing solutions addressing the grand challenges and risks for mankind in social, economic and environmental terms.
The session will show some of the latest examples where smart structures and intelligent materials have been applied.