Kamran Mohseni

Professor Kamran Mohseni received his B.S. degree from the University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, his M.S. degree in Aeronautics and Applied Mathematics from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, U.K., and his Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA, USA, in 2000.

He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Control and Dynamical Systems at Caltech for almost a year. In 2001, he joined the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder. In 2011, he joined the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA as the W.P. Bushnell Endowed Chaired Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He is the Director of the Institue for Networked Autonomous Systems.

Post-doctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

Joseph Thalakkottor

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Boundary condition at multiphase contact line

Interface are ubiquitous in nature. The most common boundary condition to define tangential momentum transfer across an interface is the no-slip boundary condition. Although this has been remarkably successful in reproducing the characteristics of many types of flow, it breaksdowns for problems usch as spreading of a droplet, corner flow and extrusion of ploymer melts. Since the breakdown occurs at molecular sclaes, my research focuses on using molecular dynamics simulations to study this breakdown and develop a universal boundary condition for velcoity at the interface. Recent research has dealt with the studying the effect of unsteady flow on slip at the wall in a single phase fluid using molecular dynamic simulations. The left figure shows molecular dynamic simulation of oscillatory Couette flow and the right figure shows the hysteresis observed when slip velocity is plotted against shear rate of fluid.

  • J.J. Thalakkottor and K. Mohseni, Stress dependent slip boundary condition for single and two phase fluid flow on a substrate, 43rd AIAA Aerospace Science Meeting, Kissimmee, FL, 5 - 9 Jan, 2015
  • J.J. Thalakkottor and K. Mohseni, Analysis of Boundary Slip in a Flow with an Oscillating Wall, Physical Review E., 87, 033018, 2013.

Kevin Nelson

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Bioinspired multimodel; fish lateral line sensory system

My research focuses on finding a general theory for ideal sensor placement to detect a distributed actuation. One application is to the artificial lateral line we implement for sensing and control in our autonomous underwater vehicle. Experimentally, I have been assisting with the test setup to validate the artificial lateral line.

Nicholas Sholl

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Design and control of bioinspired soft actuators

My research focuses on novel design and fabrication techniques that enhance the utility and controllability of soft actuators for use in practical systems.

Austin Moss

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Soft robotics and soft composite mechanics