The first International Conference on Engineering Optimization took place in 2008 at Rio de Janeiro, the second one at Lisbon in 2010. In 2012 EngOpt returned to Rio de Janeiro and in 2014 to Lisbon. In 2016 it was held in Foz do Iguassu, Brasil. All conferences were very successful in number and quality of presentations. The proceedings of all those meetings are available at: www.engopt.org.
The main goal of EngOpt conferences is to periodically bring together engineers, applied mathematicians and computer scientists working on research, development and practical application of optimization methods in all engineering disciplines and applied sciences.
Modern design techniques seek for the best design to perform the desired tasks. Engineering Optimization deals with the optimal design of elements and systems in all engineering fields.
Nowadays, use of Design Optimization techniques is rapidly growing in most of engineering disciplines, like automotive, aeronautical, mechanical, civil, nuclear, naval, electrical, energy and off-shore engineering. This is due to the increase of technological competition and the development of strong and efficient techniques for several practical applications.
Engineering Systems are increasingly complex and represented by large and sophisticated numerical models. They involve several interacting disciplines or are made up of distinct interacting subsystems that must be considered simultaneously to obtain efficient designs.
Multidisciplinary Design Optimization is devoted to the design of complex systems involving interacting subsystems or disciplines. The main scientific challenges of MDO are concerned with the development of strong and efficient numerical techniques and with the computational organization required for the necessary coupling of codes employed in interacting disciplines.
Fields such as computer-aided design and manufacturing, reliability analysis, artificial intelligence, system identification and modeling, inverse processes, computer simulation, bio-mechanics, bio-medical applications, nano-technology, MEMS, optics, chemical processes, computational biology, meta-modeling, DOE and active control of structures are covered when the topic is closely related to the optimization of structures or fluids.
Numerical methods for inverse problems in most cases are based on optimization techniques similar to those employed in optimal design. This field, present in all engineering disciplines, is of utmost importance for EngOpt conferences.
Several physical phenomena are naturally represented by an optimization problem. This is the case when the "equilibrium" is attained at the minimum of an energy function. In several applications, constraints must be satisfied. This is the case of contact problems in solid mechanics.
Engineering Optimization requires a large set of basic computer tools. This is the case of several CAD tools for geometric modelling, engineering analysis methods, sensitivity analysis as well as mathematical programming and genetic or evolutionary optimization algorithms.
Modern Engineering Optimization is strongly interdisciplinary in two axes. In order to integrate the basic and applied techniques and to solve real engineering problems it is required the cooperation of engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists working on research and practical applications.
A fundamental need for MDO is also the establishment of a strong communication among scientists and practitioners acting in different Engineering Disciplines.
EngOpt is intended to be a forum to expose and share current and future research and innovation in all techniques involved in Engineering Optimization as well as in the relationships among them.
Konstantin Ivanov (Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
A. L. Custódio (CMA/FCT-UNL, Portugal), J.F. Aguilar Madeira (IDMEC-IST and ISEL, Portugal)
Paulo Fernandes and João Folgado (IDMEC-IST, Portugal)
Filipa Moleiro, A.L. Araujo and H.C. Rodrigues (IDMEC-IST, Portugal)