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Welcome to the Structural Dynamics, Control & Identification Group at Waterloo!



PI: Sriram Narasimhan, PhD (Rice University), PEng (Ontario).

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Smart Infrastructure,
Civil & Environmental Engineering, and
Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering (cross-appointed),
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Email: sriram.narasimhan (at) uwaterloo (dot) ca.
Phone: +1 519 888 4567 x38081


About us:

Our research thrust is on identification and control of dynamically sensitive structures which are vulnerable to natural (wind, earthquake) and man-made (e.g., machinery, pedestrian) dynamic forces. Our main goals are to understand the behaviour and condition of structures through sensor measurements and to develop innovative means to control unwanted responses in dynamically sensitive structures. We are working on developing powerful system identification and parameter estimation algorithms using concepts of blind source separation, Kalman filtering, unsupervised classification, and time-frequency analysis. We have, in our group, developed novel control devices such as self-tuning mass dampers and adaptive dampers which incorporate feedback control and online estimation to effectively suppress undesirable vibrations.

In this webpage, you will find a summary of our key research themes, publications, our current team members, and a teaching summary of the courses that I have taught here at Waterloo.

Please feel free to contact me in case you need further information.

A note to students seeking graduate positions in our group:

I receive a large number of requests from candidates seeking graduate positions in our group. I thank you in advance for showing interest in joining us and in what we do. However, due to the volume of such requests, I am unable to respond to each one of you individually. I assure you that I will review your application , even though I cannot reply to all of them. I encourage you to send me your cv, and if there is a match I will contact you.