We are excited to introduce a new member of our international research team, Van Thu HUYNH. He has joined the Australian Composites Manufacturing ACM CRC team at the University of Sydney (SYDU) to work with HERA on a project to establish an AI-based monitoring system for assessing the quality of manufactured composite products, including steelwork.

This system will optimise inspection requirements and manage compliance risks through extensive big data analysis. The project also encompasses the collection and analysis of productivity data, in-service health monitoring, and the development of novel 3D printing techniques capable of reusing or recycling materials based on their remaining properties, all aligned with Circular Design 4.0 principles.

HERA recognises the critical role that engineering excellence, intelligent automation, and advanced technology implementation can play when working with top Australian universities as part of the ACM CRC. This collaboration includes the SYDU the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and other top research institutions. 


About Van 

Van completed his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He was then granted a full scholarship to pursue both a Masters and a Doctor of Engineering degree at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, where his thesis work involved applying and developing probabilistic machine learning models for assessing the reliability of structural design and topology optimisation.


Broadly, Van’s research interests include: 

  • probabilistic machine learning models for reliability-based design and topology optimisation;  
  • physics-integrated deep learning for reliability estimation of dynamical systems;  
  • Bayesian optimisation and swarm intelligence for solving large-scale and complex engineering problems; 
  • active learning for Gaussian process-based global sensitivity analysis;  
  • Bayesian model updating and solutions for non-convex inverse problems; and  
  • topology optimisation, simulation technology & 3D printing. 


During his academic journey, he has made significant contributions to the field of engineering and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in top-tier journals, such as Advances in Engineering Software, Engineering Structures, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Steel and Composite Structures and Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence.  

Presently, Van is pursuing a PhD degree in the School of Civil Engineering at The University of Sydney. He is currently engaged in our project, under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Cao Hung Pham and Dr Ali Hadigheh. 


Van says, “I am excited to be a part of this high-tech project and believe that it will yield remarkable benefits for our members. This project will leverage artificial intelligence (AI) for various joining and composite metals applications, leading to a high level of sustainability, efficiency, and compliance within our industry.” 



Keen to know more? 

For more information about Van Thu HUYNH ‘s research interests and publications, please visit his Google Scholar profile (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NysMfoAAAAAJ&hl=vi) 

You can also find out more about HERA’s involvement in the ACM CRC here: https://www.hera.org.nz/acm-crc-international-collaboration/