Data Science



Chair: Thomas Matarazzo | United States Military Academy Email
Vice-Chair: François Hemez | Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Email
Secretary: Eleonora Maria Tronci | Tufts University Email
Historian: Austin Downey | University of South Carolina Email
Past Chair: Ramin Madarshahian | Equifax Email
Technical Advisor: Amir H. Gandomi | University of Technology Sydney Email


The Data Science (DS) Technical Division is a new emphasis at the Society for Experimental Mechanics that focuses on the application of data analytics in structural and mechanical engineering. While the interest in data analysis is not novel at SEM, this effort is an attempt to organize it somewhat more formally and provide more benefits to SEM members and conference attendees. Machine learning, deep learning, big data, statistics, and related methods define the analytical toolset to process vast volumes of measurements and predictions, analyze complex phenomena, identify trends and relationships, and guide the development of predictive models through data. Advancements in sensing technologies (high-speed cameras, laser sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, etc.) increasingly require using data management and big data frameworks. High-performance computing and cloud systems are becoming unavoidable to store, classify, interpret, and visualize these data. Statistical and machine learning methods provide fast, resilient, adaptive, scalable engines for the online monitoring of structures and mechanical systems, and to support decision-making and risk analysis. The technical division’s charter is to promote all-of-the-above data science within SEM and the engineering community at-large, educate, and encourage practitioners and researchers to present their work, share points-of-view, and advance the technology.



  • Machine learning in vibration analysis and engineering design
  • Data-driven structural health monitoring
  • Deep learning-based computer vision for classification and prediction
  • Machine learning-based anomaly detection and time series analysis
  • Big data and sensor fusion in structural health monitoring
  • Metamodeling and surrogate modeling
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Natural language processing (NLP)
2022 Paper Title:  A Robust PCA-based Framework for Long-Term Condition Monitoring of Civil Infrastructures
Author(s):  Mohsen Mousavi, University of Technology Sydney; Amir Gandomi, University of Technology Sydney
Presented at:  IMAC-XL, Orlando, FL
2021 Paper Title:  On an application of Graph Neural Networks in Population Based SHM
Author(s):  Georgios Tsialiamanis, University of Sheffield; Charilaos Mylonas, ETH Zurich; Eleni Chatzi, ETH Zurich; David Wagg, University of Sheffield; Nikolaos Dervilis, University of Sheffield; Keith Worden, University of Sheffield
Presented at:  IMAC-XXXIX, Virtual




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