TheÂ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has unveiled itsÂ Transformative Design researchÂ program toÂ develop new mathematics and algorithms that will work to help apply newÂ materials and fabrication methods.
DARPA said Friday the TRADES project’s goal is to developÂ new tools that addresses potential mismatches betweenÂ technologies, representations and algorithms do withÂ nexistingÂ material properties.
â€œStructural and functional complexities introduced by todayâ€™s advanced materials and manufacturing methods have exceeded our capacity to simultaneously optimize all the variables involved,â€ said Jan Vandenbrande, a DARPA program manager.
â€œWe have reached the fundamental limits of what our computer-aided design tools and processes can handle, and need revolutionary new tools that can take requirements from a human designer and propose radically new concepts, shapes and structures that would likely never be conceived by even our best design programs today, much less by a human alone.â€
TRADES also seeks to createÂ unified designs and tools thatÂ meet theÂ unique requirements of advanced materials such as carbon fiber composites in efforts to prevent fabricationÂ difficulties and defects..
DARPAÂ has scheduled aÂ proposers day for May 13 inÂ Arlington, Virginia to receive and discuss concepts from the animation, materials science, applied math, data analyticsÂ andÂ artificial intelligence communities.