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Workshops & Tutorials

IDETC-CIE WORKSHOPS (Sunday, August 14th)

Description: Although AI is getting wide attention these days, it consumes 10,000 times more energy than a human brain. And the Real World Is getting more and more complicated and complex and the changes occur frequently, extensively, and unpredictably. So, the number of dimensions increase tremendously. So, we cannot solve the problems mathematically. We need to go beyond the traditional Euclidean Space and explore the new Non-Euclidean Space. To express it another way, we must move from productbased to process based. We need to shift from cardinal to ordinal. Euclidean Space approach is based on quantitative, objective evaluation, i.e., numbers, so it is very much compatible with the current computing. But with the second-to-second changing Real World, we need to explore the new non-Euclidean approach. Come to think, "Artificial" means "Art", which is no other than "Creation". Living things are called creatures because we create movements to survive. Thus, sensing and feeling play important roles for our decision and action. We need to look at engineering from another perspective to explore the new engineering world to enjoy our life. In short, the next engineering will be Self-Sustaining and Self-Satisfying Society. SSS will be the keyword tomorrow.

Description: The ASME Robotics Technology Group (RTG) invites interested individuals and subject matter experts to participate in a morning of thought-provoking speakers and panel discussions. The program will consist of keynote speakers/panelists on different topics. The morning session will be followed by an afternoon, invitation-only workshop to develop a Robotics Roadmap that aims to embody mechanical and physical necessities and bridge the gaps between AI and integration challenges. The workshop includes facilitated, topical breakout sessions. The goal of the Workshop is to create a Robotics Roadmap by forming working groups that will brainstorm and do concept mapping during the workshop, and then will continue to work virtually to generate their topic’s content. Collectively, the groups will arrive at a roadmap and set of implementable recommendations, published in a co-authored ASME open-access publication. For more information, download the Workshop flyer. If you have questions, contact Gloria Wiens, Chair, Robotics Technology Group ( or Barbara Zlatnik, ASME Sr. Manager, TEC Operations (

Description: Despite calls for more sustainable products from international organizations such as the United Nations, many designers struggle with incorporating more sustainability into their design practice. To bridge the gap between sustainable design intentions and practices, we invite interested practitioners and researchers from diverse areas to participate in a 4-hour workshop. The goal of the workshop is to set a research agenda for sustainable engineering design research that incorporates the realities of engineering design practices in industry. To foster rich conversation between different perspectives and better understand what has already been done, participants will brainstorm sustainability challenges, discuss opportunities and future research directions in facilitated breakout groups. The workshop outcomes may be reported in a co-authored publication. For more information, see the Workshop flyer. For questions and concerns, contact Ye Wang ( and Nicole Damen (

Description: The practice of design is rapidly changing. The increasingly digital footprint of design and the growing prevalence of high-powered computing introduces new opportunities for making use of advanced computation. Simultaneously, the rise of complicated cyberphysical systems presents designers with challenges that are unprecedented in terms of scale, multi-disciplinarity, and complexity. In this way, human-AI teaming is not only an exciting opportunity for engineering design, but it is also quickly becoming a necessity. This workshop brings together leading researchers in AI/ML, formal methods, design science, human-computer interaction, and other fields to discuss emerging trends and future opportunities in human-AI teaming for engineering and design.

Description: This workshop will introduce attendees to a new computational framework for mechanism and robot motion design and a physical robot prototyping kit using which students and practitioners can design one- and multiple-degrees of freedom mechanisms and physically realize them. The computational framework brings together machine learning with machine design to solve motion generation and path synthesis problem for mechanism design. Attendees will get hands-on exposure to a web-based motion design software tool called MotionGen Pro and a robot hardware called SnappyXO Design, both developed at Stony Brook University to support the needs of students in classes, such as Freshman Design Innovation, Kinematics of Machinery, Mechatronics, and Robotics. While the hardware serves as a reference hardware, the software also allows exporting robot part geometry for laser-cutting or 3D printing.

Description: The design and manufacturing of products need close study of materials used, manufacturing, use and discarding of products at end of life. The environmental impact such as use of materials, pollution, global warming, acidification, and creation of waste including the recycling, and reuse of these products and processes are essential during the product development. Today these issues are essential requirements of all sustainable manufacturing.

The basic principles of industrial ecology for product developments minimizing the use of materials and energy, the selection of materials with better environmental, and Recycling and reuse of materials must be embedded.

During the material selection the energy and water requirements of different materials are quite different. The embodied energy, CO2footprint, and eco-indicators should be essential criteria in selection of materials. The Life Cycle analysis (LCA) of the product need to be included; such as design, manufacturing, use, including end-of-life considerations need to be considered.

Description: Prevalent topology optimization techniques produce organic designs that are highly efficient but often difficult to manufacture. This difficulty arises from the field representations of the structure employed by these methods, which provide great freedom and readily accommodate shape and topological changes but at the same time make it very difficult to incorporate high-level geometric requirements. To address these shortcomings, several topology optimization methods have been formulated in the last decade to design structures made exclusively of geometric components with high-level parameterizations such as those used in solid modeling systems. These methods can render structures made exclusively of, e.g., stock material such as bars and plates or B-spline-shaped holes.

In this tutorial we will review the main techniques used by these methods, with a particular emphasis on the formulations to map the high-level geometric features onto a fixed finite element mesh for analysis. The tutorial will also discuss and demonstrate applications of topology optimization with geometric components. Emphasis will be given to the geometry projection method, one of the leading techniques in this family of approaches. Participants will use a freely available geometry projection code to examine the inner workings of the geometry projection method and perform some numerical experiments.

Description: A fundamental prerequisite for control and design of dexterous robots such as serial and parallel manipulators, humanoids, space robots is are kinematics and dynamics models with sufficient level of fidelity and complexity. Four decades of research on multibody dynamics has led to systematic modeling approaches for complex systems. Recent research elevated these results to a more concise level by means of Lie group methods. These "modern" approaches make use of the differential geometry of rigid body motions, i.e. screw motions. The coordinate invariance of such formulations not only makes the modeling extremely handy but also leads to computationally efficient formulations. This is true for robotic systems with arbitrary topology. Moreover, the geometric approach allows for compact relations for higher-order derivatives of the kinematics and dynamics model, which is necessary for flatness based control of robots actuated with serial elastic actuators and soft robots. A salient feature of geometric modeling approaches is their ease of use, which allows for straightforward manual implementation for specific robots as well as for the programing of general purpose simulators.

In this tutorial, modern modeling approach are introduced to a wider audience in form of a hands-on introduction. The tutorial is interactive, and accompanied with computer exercises. Attendees are requested to bring their own computer with installed Mathematics or Maple.