New Frontiers and Innovative Methods for Hybrid Simulation


Our increasingly interconnected communities rely on resilient strategies to maintain steady operation. However, resilient infrastructure requires that we strive to obtain a deeper understanding of the salient behaviors and uncertainties present when structures are exposed to hazardous loading conditions. The growing prevalence of virtual testing as a replacement for physical experimentation also drives the need for mathematical models of such systems. When structural systems are too large of complex to test in the laboratory, the cyber-physical testing method known as hybrid simulation (HS), a.k.a. dynamic virtualization, provides an important tool for their examination. HS has great potential to increase our expectations regarding standard engineering practices, but engineers and researchers should be able to run HS without needing the advanced skills of developers. Furthermore, synergetic efforts are needed to develop a new generation of HS platforms with which multi-hazard scenarios can be investigated as we aim to provide rigorous solutions to future infrastructure challenges.


The objectives of this joint ETH-MECHS workshop are to establish a vision for future research and to identify best practices for the field of HS. The workshop will be organized as a series of presentations mixed with discussions about the scientific challenges and opportunities that will motivate transformative advances in this versatile class of methods. Attendees will learn about both the basics and leading-edge developments of the method, thus building capacity at more laboratories around the world. Another significant goal will be to bring together a diverse group of international researchers to spark new collaborative opportunities.