Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Alexandros Taflanidis


Alexandros Taflanidis

Office:  158 Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering

Phone:  574-631-5696


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Current Position
Associate Professor and Frank M. Freimann Collegiate Chair in Structural Engineering, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
Concurrent Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, California Institute of Technology
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Research Interests
My research focuses on uncertainty quantification, predictive modeling and design of complex engineering systems (especially problems related to design-under-uncertainty). This work focuses on both fundamental algorithmic developments in simulation-based and data-enabled science (stochastic simulation, Bayesian updating, probabilistic mechanics), as well as on applications to practical problems, especially those that represent grand challenges for the engineering and science community. Performance assessment and optimization of energy-related systems, especially ones representing renewable resources, are key applications that my group has examined the past five years. Specific projects include "Layout optimization of wave energy converters" and "Risk assessment for offshore wind turbines", though our interest extends to general topics for which predictive modeling and uncertainty quantification can play a key role in performance evaluation and design.

Key Words
Uncertainty Quantification, Predictive Modeling; Design Under Uncertainty, Optimization of Engineering Systems, Natural Hazard Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Computational Probabilistic Mechanics

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Taflanidis, A.A., Loukogeorgaki, E. and D.C. Angelides (2013). “Offshore wind turbine risk quantification/evaluation under extreme environmental conditions”. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 115: 19–32.
  2. Scruggs, J.T, Lattanzio, S.M. and A.A. Taflanidis (2013). “Optimal causal control of an ocean wave energy converter in stochastic waves”. Applied Ocean Research, 42: 1-15.
  3. Jia, G., Taflanidis, A.A. and J.T. Scruggs (2015). “Layout optimization of Wave Energy Converters in a random sea”. In Proceedings of the 25th International Ocean and Polar Engineering Conference. June 21-26. Kona, Hawaii.
  4. Taflanidis, A.A, Loukogeorgaki, E. and D.C. Angelides (2011). “Analysis and design of offshore energy conversion devices under modeling uncertainties”. In Proceedings of the OCEANS’11 Conference. September 19-22. Kona, Hawaii.