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Our Research

Our interdisciplinary research will bring together the talents of UB’s engineering, architecture, management, economics and health sciences faculty to bring products to market faster, regardless of their size and complexity, while remaining ecologically and economically sustainable. 

SMART’s scholarship will focus on these areas:

  • Sustainable Design and Innovation
  • Advanced Design and Manufacturing
  • Materials and materials innovation
  • Industry and Community Partnerships
  • Transformative Design
  • Information Processing
  • Human-in-the-loop
  • SMART Education


Sustainable Design and Innovation

Considering life-cycle product costs for near zero environmental impact, including green design and manufacturing, innovative uses of economical and environmentally-friendly and sustainable materials, and green building construction methods.

Transformative Design

Rebuilding a vibrant manufacturing economy by bringing high-quality, customizable products to market faster. SMART works with local industry in exploring the design of multi-functional and smart materials, automation and cyber-empathic design for improving the interactive processes.




Advanced Design and Manufacturing

Improving the process of taking a concept and making it into a reality (i.e., processing raw materials to create a product).  Developing the understanding of diverse applications for innovative manufacturing products, processes and building fabrication systems.

Information Processing

Acquiring and fusing heterogeneous information into useful knowledge for effective decision-making in design, fabrication and building assembly processes (e.g., factory and construction site situational awareness, supply-chain management, computer-aided design and engineering, industrial internet/IoT, lean manufacturing, construction site automation).

Materials and materials innovation

Including materials (e.g., polymers, metals, ceramics, or composites) design in the design of a product.  Using customized materials to achieve product performance, rather than just selecting from an existing catalog of a materials and then designing the geometry.


Merging human cognitive capability with automation’s reliability and robustness to enhance workforce performance and safety (e.g., co-robotics, supervisory control).  This thrust also includes socioeconomic and sociotechnical impacts of advanced design and manufacturing.


Industry and Community Partnerships

In addition to research, SMART seeks to create and strengthen partnerships with industry and community organizations to identify and address authentic, impactful sustainable manufacturing issues. We offer fabulous opportunities to egage with both academia and industry.

SMART Education

Achieving the vision of sustainable manufacturing will impact both current and future workers.  As a result, SMART is also interested in novel, interdisciplinary and problem-focused learning approaches for all types of learners (e.g., K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and workforce development).