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Distinguished Seminar - Brief Introduction to Materials Informatics by Professor Tong-Yi Zhang
日期:2017 年 05 月 25 日 ( 星期四)
Time:10:30 am – 12:00 pm


In this presentation, materials informatics is briefly introduced to materials people and community. Materials informatics employs techniques, tools, and theories drawn from the emerging fields of data science, internet, computer science and engineering, and digital technologies to the materials science and engineering to accelerate materials discovery and manufacturing innovations. The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) is launched in 2011, in which there are three types of core techniques, called Computational Tools, Experimental Tools, and Digital Data. The major challenge in materials research and development lies in the countless combination of elements in materials compositions, besides huge variations in materials microstructure, materials fabrication and treatment, materials service environment and loading conditions, and economic performance of materials. In addition to high-throughput experiments, high-throughput computations, materials informatics is playing more and more important role in MGI in order to discover novel materials in half-time and half-cost. Materials informatics integrates data science and materials science and engineering, where materials data are essential. Few recent publications on materials informatics are overviewed here to emphasize important roles of features (descriptors) and failed experiments, especially, the concept of adaptive development of materials. A one-dimensional toy model is also presented here to illustrate the adaptive concept.


Professor Tong-Yi Zhang is the Founding Dean of The Materials Genome Institute at Shanghai University. He moved to Shanghai University in July 2015 after working for 22 years at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is one of Chinese Scientists who promote and push the development of material genome initiatives (MGI) in the Mainland China. Prof Zhang has a strong background in materials science and engineering as well as in solid mechanics. He has authored and co-authored over 200 journal papers and book chapters. He is the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Science China Technological Science, and Fracture and Continuum Mechanics Subject-Editor of the journal, Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics. He is the Vice President of the International Congress on Fracture and Vice President of the Far East and Oceanic Fracture Society. In 2012, Professor Zhang was elected to be a member of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (HKAES). In 2011, Professor Zhang was elected to be a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The other honors include second prize of the 1987 State Natural Science Award, second prize of the 2007 State Natural Science Award, the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship Award in 2003, the Fellow Award from ASM International USA in 2001, and the National Award for Young Scientists in Mainland China in 1988.