Dr Gennaro Senatore
EngD MRes MSc MEng (Hons)
I am a scientist and engineer specialised in computational structural mechanics and modern computer-aided design which includes algorithmic modelling, generative design and form-finding. I am currently a postdoctoral scientist at EPFL Applied Computing and Mechanics Laboratory (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology). I previously worked as an associate researcher at University College London and as the Head of computational design & research at London based practice Expedition Engineering.
I developed new design methods for Adaptive Structures: namely high performance structures (e.g. low environmental impact, lightweight, extremely slender and stiff) integrated with sensors and actuators capable of counteracting the effect of loads actively via controlled shape changes. These methods have been successfully tested experimentally validating key assumptions and numerical predictions. My work on adaptive structures has been exhibited internationally. I am currently investigating structural adaptation through large shape changes.
I also developed an interactive physics engine software as an aid for teaching structural mechanics and structural design. The model, based on dy¬namic relaxation and the co-rotational formulation, can simulate structures with non-linear geometric behaviour (arbitrarily large displacements) and perform shape optimisation in real-time. The software, called PushMePullMe and the iOS game version Make A Scape, has been adopted worldwide.
I hold an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) from University College London. Previously, I was awarded with distinction an MSc in Computing and Design at the School of Architecture, Computing and Civil Engineering of University of East London in 2009 and an MSc in Emergent Technologies at the Architectural Association (London, UK) in 2008. I graduated “summa cum laude” in mechanical engineering MEng (Hons) at Federico II University (Naples, Italy) in 2006.
Design of Adaptive Structures
Active Structural Control
Energy and Cost Assessment of Adaptive Structures: Case Studies
Journal of Structural Engineering. 2018-08-01. Vol. 144, num. 8, p. 04018107.
DOI : 10.1061/(ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0002075.
Exploring the application domain of adaptive structures
Engineering Structures. 2018-07-15. Vol. 167, p. 608-628.
DOI : 10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.03.057.
A vibration control strategy using variable stiffness joints
2018-07-16. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures , Boston, Massachusetts, USA , 16-20, 2018.
Optimum Truss Design with Reused Stock Elements
Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018, Creativity in Structural Design. 2018-07-16. IASS Symposium 2018 , MIT, Boston, Massachusetts, USA , July 16-20, 2018.
A new method to design structures that adapt to loads via large shape changes
Proceedings of the IASS Symposium 2018,. 2018. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures, Creativity in Structural Design , Boston, Massachusetts, USA , July 16-20, 2018.
Actuator Layout Optimization for Adaptive Structures Performing Large Shape Changes, Advanced Computing Strategies for Engineering
Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2018. p. 111-129.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-91638-5_6.
Optimization Formulations for the Design of Low Embodied Energy Structures Made from Reused Elements
Advanced Computing Strategies for Engineering. 2018. 25th EG-ICE International Workshop 2018 , Lausanne, Switzerland , June 10-13, 2018. p. Chapter 8.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-91635-4_8.
Designing and Prototyping Adaptive Structures—An Energy-Based Approach Beyond Lightweight Design, Robotic Building
Robotic Building; Springer , 2018. p. 169-189. - 978-3-319-70866-9.
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-70866-9_8.
Shape control and whole-life energy assessment of an ‘infinitely stiff’ prototype adaptive structure
Smart Materials and Structures. 2017. Vol. 27, num. 1, p. 015022.
DOI : 10.1088/1361-665X/aa8cb8.
The Use of Variable Stiffness Joints in Adaptive Structures
2017. IASS 2017 , Hamburg .
Large and reversible shape changes as a strategy for structural adaptation
2017. IASS 2017 , Hamburg , 2017.
Interactive real-time physics: An intuitive approach to form-finding and structural analysis for design and education
Computer-Aided Design. 2015-04-01. Vol. 61, p. 32-41.
DOI : 10.1016/j.cad.2014.02.007.
Designing adaptive structures for whole life energy savings, Research and Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
Research and Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation. 2013-09. The Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation , Cape Town , September, 2013. p. 2105-2110.
DOI : 10.1201/b15963-380.
Adaptive Structures for Whole Life Energy Savings
Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures. 2011-12-01. Vol. 52(170), num. 4, p. 233-240.