Amirali is a Ph.D. candidate at the Smart Structures Technology Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, working with Dr. Billie F. Spencer. His research focuses on:
(1) Development of advanced experimental techniques for characterization of innovative and sustainable materials and structures,
(2) Autonomous rapid damage assessment techniques based on latest structural health monitoring sensing technologies, and
(3) Artificial intelligence solutions such as machine learning, computer vision, and big data analytics used for off-line high-performance modeling and simulation, and long-term prognosis of slow evolving but accumulating damage.
- A. Najafi, B.F. Spencer, “Modified model-based control of shake tables for online acceleration tracking”, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, 2020. Available: 10.1002/eqe.3326
- A. Najafi, G.A. Fermandois, B.F. Spencer, “Decoupled model-based real-time hybrid simulation with multi-axial load and boundary condition boxes”, Engineering Structures, vol. 219, 2020. Available: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2020.110868
- A. Najafi and B.F. Spencer, “Validation of model-based real-time hybrid simulation for a lightly-damped and highly-nonlinear structural system”, Journal of Applied and Computational Mechanics, vol. 7, 2020. Available: 10.22055/JACM.2020.32584.2039
- A. Najafi and B.F. Spencer, “Adaptive model reference control method for real-time hybrid simulation”, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 132, pp. 183-193, 2019. Available: 10.1016/j.ymssp.2019.06.023
Amirali has developed three online courses on intermediate and advance level structural engineering topics. These online courses are comprised of 10 videos each and convey the most important aspects of each topic.
- Course instructor: CEE360 - Introduction to Structural Engineering (Spring 2018)
- Teaching assistant: CEE472 - Structural Dynamics (Fall 2017 & Fall 2019)