One of the main activities of this RCN will be workshops. Stay tuned for further information.


2nd Workshop - Jointly held by ETH and MECHS: "New Frontiers and Innovative Methods for Hybrid Simulation"

The 2nd MECHS Workshop (held in partnership with ETH-Zurich) was held March 13-15, 2019 in Zurich, Switzerland. A group of 35 researchers participated including multi-hazard engineering researchers, graduate students, international partners, practitioners, and interdisciplinary collaborators. Resilient infrastructure requires that we strive to obtain a deeper understanding of the salient behaviors and uncertanties present when structures are exposed to hazardous loading conditions. When structural systems are too large or complex to test in the laboratory, the cyber-physical testing method known as hybrid simulation (HS), a.k.a. dynamic virtualization, provides an important tool for their examination. Presentations were given by participants and are provided on the HySim19 website.

See the updated  Year 2 Research Agenda , and the  Year 2 Workshop Report .


1st MECHS Workshop: "Breaking Barriers and Building Capacity"

The 1st MECHS Workshop was held December 12-13, 2017 in San Diego, California. A group of 40 researchers participated including multihazard engineering researchers, graduate students, international partners, and interdisciplinary collaborators. During this 1.5 day workshop we aimed to:

  • Bring together a diverse group of researchers to discuss challenges and the opportunities enabled by establishing the next generation of Hybrid Simulation and Real-time Hybrid Simulation methods;
  • Engage researchers that may be new to Hybrid Simulation, while leveraging the expertise of researchers working in Hybrid Simulation;
  • Identify directions that will break through barriers that have hindered past applications of these methods;
  • Build Capacity to enable Hybrid Simulation at more laboratories; and
  • Develop a Research Agenda for Hybrid Simulation

Short presentations were given by participants and are provided ( short presentations ).

Take a look at the  Year 1 Workshop Report .



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The community vision for hybrid simulation has evolved over the last several years. A task group was formed within the NEES Simulation Steering Subcommittee, and based on the results of a community survey, was charged with tasks to develop materials of use to the community. Two task group meetings were held in 2014, one on developing a primer and common vocabulary for hybrid simulation, and the second on discussing the assessment criteria. The documents resulting from those discussions are available on the Resources page.

Several conference sessions on HS and RTHS have been held to promote this method, and to share and discuss solutions to the main challenges:

  • EMI 2018 Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, Cambridge MA, May-June
  • EMI 2017 Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, San Diego, June.
  • 7AESE 2017 7th Advances in Experimental Structural Engineering, Pavia, Italy, September.