2010 Japan
   Program Flyer (pdf)
   Schedule (pdf)
   Participant list
   Accommodation (pdf)
   Transportation (pdf)

2009 US

2008 South Korea


Smart Structures Technology

As sensor technology is improving and sensor cost is decreasing, their application in the modern world is increasingly widespread. Everything from cars to laptop computers include sensors to improve their performance based on information feedback. Structures instrumented with sensors are able to communicate their current condition to a data acquisition system in the form of accelerations, displacements, strains, etc., depending on the sensor type. This information can be used in real-time to control a damping system during severe earthquake or wind loads or assess the health of a structure after such events. In the long term, sensors can track the degradation of structures to plan maintenance work. Instrumentation of full scale structures is a daunting task involving a push for improved technology and understanding in areas of structural dynamics, control systems, circuit technology, wireless technology, and informatics, to name a few.

Role of the APSS Program

Traditional civil engineering curriculum only exposes students to the range of the contributing disciplines to smart structures technology in a limited fashion. The APSS program aims to lessen the barriers that divide these disciplines through a student oriented international summer program. Graduate students each from Japan, China, Korea and the US, sponsored by the organizations JST,NNSFC,KOSEF, SISTeC,  and NSF respectively will join together for three weeks of focused activities related to smart structures technology. The curriculum will be oriented to address any gaps in education which are necessary for the advancement of the field.

The international approach is to recognize both the achievements of the participating nations in smart structures technology as well as a common desire to pioneer a structured educational framework. Through this program, participants will be exposed to leaders in the field, both domestic and international. Contacts with these faculty as well as fellow participants is intended to inspire students to continue to pursue international collaborative research.