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Roland Bouffanais (P.I.)

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)

Curriculum Vitae

My research group focuses on both fundamental and applied interdisciplinary problems rooted in the field of Complexity. Depending on the very nature of the problem, experiments, analytical theory and computation are considered and practiced. More specifically, we investigate complexity in engineering, biological and physical systems with a particular emphasis on the study of dynamical processes in relation with emergent collective behaviors: cell aggregation, fish schooling, cellular sensory networks, quantum emergent behaviors, turbulence in fluids, etc. We aim at devising some commonalities in those awe-inspiring collective behaviors by studying the system dynamics of a set of parameters borrowed from information theory, control theory and network science.

Postdoctoral Associates

David Mateo

Postdoctoral Associate

Dr. Mateo received his PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona (Spain) under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Barranco. Dr. Mateo studied collective effects in low temperature many-particle systems during his PhD and followed this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow at California State University, Northridge. He joined the Applied Complexity Group at SUTD under the Systems Technology for Autonomous Reconnaissance & Surveillance (STARS) project to study the implications of emergent collective behavior in natural and artificial systems.

  • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

    Mohammadreza Chamambaz

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Mohammadreza Chamanbaz received his BSc from Shiraz University of Technology, Shiraz, Iran in 2008 and PhD in control science from the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore. He was with Data Storage Institute as research scholar from 2010 to 2014 and with Motion Energy and Control lab, Singapore University of Technology and Design as postdoctoral research fellow from Sep 2014 to Sep 2015. He is now postdoctoral research fellow in iTrust Center for Research in Cyber Security. He is a member of IEEE Technical Committee on Computational Aspects of Control System Design (CACSD).

    His research activities are mainly focused on probabilistic and randomized algorithms for analysis and control of uncertain systems, convex optimization and robust control.

    • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab
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      Wen Xin

      Postdoctoral Associate

      Dr Wen Xin received his Ph.D. in Fluid Dynamics from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. Dr. Wen studied the synthetic jets in boundary layers using both experimental and numerical methods during his Ph.D. After graduation in 2015, he worked as a Research Engineer for a short period at the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), focusing on numerical analysis of combustor performance used in mini turbojet engine. Now, he is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Singapore-MIT Alliance Research and Technology (SMART) Center to study smart swarming system for environmental monitoring and sensing.

      Areas of interest: Swarming Systems, Distributed Computational Fluid Dynamics, Active Flow Control, Fluid Vortex Dynamics.

      • Location: SMART - CENSAM - UTown

        Malik M Barakathullah

        Postdoctoral Associate

        Dr Malik received his Master's degree in Physics from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, and another Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Prior to joining SUTD, Malik has worked as a Research Fellow at NUS and a Lecturer in University Brunei Darussalam. He is interested in the aspects of fluid mechanics that can be tracked using the methods of applied mathematics and computational fluid mechanics. Malik's also has interests in the areas of super-fluid turbulence, convective heat transfer, stochastic dynamics of Brownian motions, nonlinear dynamics and electronic structure calculations.

        At SUTD, he works on the nonmodal growth in boundary layer flow over compliant wall and in a pipe-flow of dilute polymers in the group of Prof. Roland Bouffanais.

        • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

          Alex Zhukov

          Postdoctoral Associate

          Dr. Zhukov received his PhD degree from Kharkov National University (Ukraine), then continued his academic carrier serving as a researcher in various institutions all around the world. Those include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Western Ontario, Pusan National University, etc.

          Areas of expertise: Quantum condensed matter, including superfluids and superconductors; Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; Quantum optics of intense laser pulses; Nanostructures.

          • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

          Research Assistants

            Louis Goh

            Research Assistant

            Louis is a graduate from the National University of Singapore (NUS) from the Electrical Engineering Program. He is currently working on the development of the electronic platform for the SMART Swarm of Buoys together with MIT.

            Louis's areas of interest is with robotics, embedded systems and control theory. He has experience working with Autonomous Under Water Vehicles.

            • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

            Ph.D. Candidates

              Yoke Kong KUAN

              Ph.D. Candidate

              Yoke Kong KUAN is a PhD candidate at SUTD. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois at Chicago. His Master thesis was in the field of reconstruction of blood vessel medical images (2D - 3D) using Radial Basis Functions. Prior to SUTD, he worked in the U.S.A, A*star, Ngee Ann Poly, and BCA.

              Areas of interest: Swarming Systems, Networked Control Systems, Mechanobiology, Product Design (esp for extreme affordability).

              • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

                Sreetej LAKKAM

                Ph.D. Candidate

                Sreetej is a PhD candidate at SUTD. He received his Master of Science from NTU/TUM. He received the Best Dissertation award for his Master thesis.

                Sreetej works on developing novel predictive model for turbulent flow patterns and designing distributed computational platforms. He is interested in analyzing the flow turbulence characteristics and their effect on dispersion and advection in fluids. His previous experience includes investigating aircraft wake vortex analysis and developing rapid wake vortex decay mechanisms (with Dr. Jorg Schluter) using Large Eddy Simulations and investigating the flow characteristics in a miniature ramjet engine combustor (with Dr. Randy Chue).

                Areas of interest: Turbulence, CFD, Distributed Computing.

                • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

                  Komal AGARWAL

                  Ph.D. Candidate

                  Komal Agarwal is a Ph.D. candidate at SUTD. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from VTU, India. She received a Gold medal for highest B.E course average in College.
                  Her previous experience (Bachelor’s degree FYP) includes analyzing the effects of physical and mechanical properties of Glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) composites cured at different temperatures.

                  Research interests: Mechanobiology, Complexity, Collective behavior, Swarming systems, Nano-scale mechanics, composites, special materials, Complex Ecosystems, Bio-mechanics.

                  • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

                  Visiting Graduate Students

                    Nikolaj Sorensen

                    Visiting Graduate Student

                    About Nikolaj

                    • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

                      Ajaykumar (Ajay) Manivannan

                      Visiting Graduate Student

                      Ajay is graduate student of the Dual Master's Degree program hosted by Nanyang Technological University and Technische Universität Munchën (TUM), Germany. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering. His previous experiences include developing 1-D models for rotating machineries and IC engines, Energy recovery systems and Active flow control techniques for turbochargers and aircraft wings, and investigating heat transfer in micro gas turbines. Prior to joining SUTD for his master's dissertation, Ajay worked as a research staff at NTU, Singapore under the supervision of Dr. Alessandro Romagnoli.

                      Areas of Interest: CFD, Energy recovery, Dynamic systems, Non-linear and adaptive control, Swarm Intelligence.

                      • Location: 3.306 Computationally Intensive Design Lab

                      Applied Complexity Group — Alumni

                    • Dr. Xiaoying Zhu
                    • Dr. Mohammad Komareji, Assistant Prof. SRBIAU
                    • Andre Krabdrup Sekunda, Ph.D. Candidate, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
                    • Prof. Yilun Shang, Associate Professor, Tongji University
                    • Dr. Jianmin Sun, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh