Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering

Guest Speaker


Mechatronic Design-A step towards a circular economy


Prof. Jan Wikander


KTH-Royal Institute of Technology


Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 12:00:00 PM


MARC Building, Room 114


Chris Paredis


: Unlike most research contributions on mechatronic design optimization, the work presented focuses on aspects not related to functionality and performance. The latter are considered as requirements specification and not as optimization criteria. Instead, optimization is applied to other objectives such as minimizing weight, energy consumption and cost to name a few. The developed methods and tools provide a platform for including other objectives related to for example material usage or ease of recycling, hence towards a circular economy. In addition to the above, the work is unique in the sense that it allows for holistic optimization including structure design and control design, and that it does so in way such that it can be efficiently applied in an early design phase.


Jan Wikander, professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), has more than 15 years of experience in mechatronics research and development with a substantial part of the work dedicated to application fields such as medical technology, automotive systems, robotics and automation. 15 PhDs have graduated under his supervision. Current research interests are focused on integrated and holistic design and optimization methods for mechatronic systems. Jan Wikander is a member of IVA The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, he is currently also the dean of School of Industrial Engineering and Management at KTH.


Refreshments will be served.