Welcome to the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems and Technologies (LIST) at the University of Michigan.
Members of the LIST team work at the boundary between traditional civil engineering and related engineering
disciplines (such as electrical engineering, computing science, and material science) to convert traditional civil
infrastructure systems into more intelligent and reactive systems through the integration of sensing, computing, and
actuation technologies. The conversion of society's infrastructure systems into cyber-physcial systems (CPS)
greatly enhance their performance while rendering them more resilient against natural and man-made hazards.
Infrastructure whose health is closely monitored also have lower life-cycle costs and significantly longer services lives
over which their initial carbon footprint is amortized.
Students and faculty are focusing their research efforts on the creation of new sensors including those fabricated
using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and nanotechnology. LIST researchers are at the forefront of the
development of "intelligent" wireless sensors that collect sensor data from bridges, buildings, pipelines, among
other infrastructure systems. Data processing architectures are being explored to process data within
wireless sensor networks to autonomously convert data into the information direly sought by system end users for
their decision making. The team is also advancing a comprehensive "data to decision" cyberenvironment that provides a
scalable platform for the storage of sensor data and system meta-data. Within the cyberenvironment, an extensive library
of data interrogation algorithms based on physics-based and data-driven methods are used to assess the performance
and health of monitored infrastructure systems. The LIST team is advancing actuation technologies that control
the response of infrastructure systems to extreme loads and that reconfigure individual and interdependent infrastructure
systems to enhance resiliency against hazards.
Our research is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, National Institute of Standards
and Technology, Michigan Department of Transportation, and the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies.
LIST team member, Ms. Yilan Zhang, was a co-author of "Short-term and long-term testing of a vibration
harvesting system for bridge health monitoring" which won Best Student Paper at the
12th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion
Applications (PowerMEMS 2012). The paper was co-authored by James McCullagh, Dr. Rebecca Peterson,
Dr. Tzeno Galchev, Robert Gordenker, Prof. Khalil Najafi, and Prof. Jerome Lynch (LIST Director).