Section: Overall Objectives


monitoring, system identification, change detection, diagnostics, on-line identification and detection algorithms, subspace-based algorithms, statistical hypotheses testing, sensors fusion, optimal sensors placement, vibration-based structural analysis and damage detection and localization, aeronautics, civil engineering


Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is the whole process of the design, development and implementation of techniques for the detection, localization and estimation of damages, for monitoring the integrity of structures and machines within the aerospace, civil and mechanical engineering infrastructures [31] , [38] . In addition to these key driving application areas, SHM is now spreading over most transportation infrastructures and vehicles, within the naval, railway and automobile domains. Examples of structures or machines to be monitored include aircrafts, space crafts, buildings, bridges, dams, ships, offshore platforms, on-shore and off-shore wind farms (wind energy systems), turbo-alternators and other heavy machineries, ....

The emergence of stronger safety and environmental norms, the need for early decision mechanisms, together with the widespread diffusion of sensors of all kinds, result in a thorough renewal of sensor information processing problems. This calls for new research investigations within the sensor data (signal and image) information processing community. In particular, efficient and robust methods for structural analysis, non destructive evaluation, integrity monitoring, damage diagnosis and localization, are necessary for fatigue and aging prevention, and for condition-based maintenance. Moreover, multidisciplinary research, mixing information science, engineering science and scientific computing, is mandatory. However, most of the SHM research investigations are conducted within mechanical, civil and aeronautical engineering departments, with little involvement of advanced data information processing specialists.


In this context, and based on our background and results on model-based statistical identification, change detection and vibration monitoring, our objectives are :

  • Importing knowledge from engineering communities within our model-based information processing methods;

  • Mixing statistical inference tools (identification, detection, rejection) with simplified models of aerodynamic effects, thermo-dynamical or other environmental effects;

  • Involving nonlinearities in the models, algorithms and proofs of performances;

  • Exporting our data processing algorithms within the SHM community, based on specific training actions, on a dedicated free Scilab toolbox, and an industrial software.

Industrial and academic relations.

  • Industrial projects: with SNECMA (F.) and SVS (DK).

  • Multi–partners projects at European level: on exploitation of flight test data under natural excitation conditions (FliTE2 - Eurêka), on structural assessment, monitoring and control (SAMCO Association), on industrial risk reduction (IRIS CP-IP).

  • Academic research: national project on monitoring civil engineering structures (CONSTRUCTIF - ACI S&I), French Pôle de compétitivité ASTECH MODIPRO, European network on system identification (FP5 TMR), FWO research network on identification and control.