Dr Dorival Pedroso

Senior Lecturer

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
d.pedroso@uq.edu.au
+61 7 344 31358

Overview

See also https://cpmech.com and Google Scholar page

ORCID: 0000-0001-5959-8340 http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5959-8340

ResearcherID: B-7057-2013 http://www.researcherid.com/rid/B-7057-2013

Research achievements other than research outputs

Dr Pedroso is an expert in numerical and computer methods for solid mechanics and materials modelling. He has a strong background in tensor calculus, partial differential equations, computational geometry, and computer programming, among other topics. Dr Pedroso has been developing methods to model the mechanical behaviour of porous media including mixtures of solids, liquids and gases. This expertise is now being carried over to modelling metals. He has also recently been engaged in machine learning, artificial intelligence, general nonlinear multi-constrained/multi-objective optimisation and structural reliability. Dr Pedroso has also developed new methods in molecular dynamics to model solids and granular assemblies. Therefore, his research work is quite multi-disciplinary but revolves around computational engineering and mechanics.

Journal Reviews

Dr Pedroso is an expert in computational mechanics for porous media and optimisation and is reviewing papers for top journals such as Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Nature: Scientific Reports, Computers and Geotechnics, Geotechnique Letters, Advances in Engineering Software, Journal of Engineering Mechanics ASCE, Computer Physics Communications, International Journal of Plasticity, Soils and Foundations, Advances in Structural Engineering, Engineering Structures, among others.

Research Grants Reviewer

Dr Pedroso is an Australian Research Council (ARC) reviewer for DPs, DEs and LPs. He is also a reviewer for th Hong Kong Research Grants Council HK-RGC

Conference Services

Dr Pedroso has organised the 1st Workshop on New Advances on Computational Geomechanics in Australia in 2008 and the 5th Workshop on New Frontiers in Computational Geotechnics in 2010. Both in Brisbane, Australia.

Research Interests

  • Computational mechanics
    Computational mechanics, including numerical methods for partial differential equations and mathematical models for materials’ mechanical behaviour, in particular porous media.
  • Optimisation in engineering
    Mainly using evolutionary computations
  • Artificial intelligence in civil engineering
    Use of AI in civil engineering

Research Impacts

Funding

Dr Pedroso secured an ARC-DECRA (DECRA 2012 – Only 2 awards in Civil Engineering in the Country – highly competitive scheme with a success rate around 11% at that time), 1 ARC-DP, 3 ARC Linkages and some industry projects. He also recently received a full sponsorship to visit SimTech at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Dr Pedroso is also a Chief Investigator of the Advance Queensland Project with Boeing with funding over $2 million.

Supervision

Dr Pedroso is currently supervising 4 PhD students and 1 Master student. The quality of his undergraduate teaching has been highlighted by the best student feedback for delivering CIVL250 in 2013 and best student feedback for delivering CIVL450 in 2010 and 2012. He has also been nominated as one of the most effective lecturer in recognition to his contribution for CIVL450.

Invited Talks

Over the last few years, Dr Pedroso’s work has attracted some international attention as evidenced by the invited seminars he gave for which he got successfully got full financial sponsorship:

  • 2016 "End-of-term" lecture on new advances in porous media. The University of Stuttgart, Germany, July 6 2016. Check out SimTech Lectures

  • 2015 invited lecture on structural reliability during the 3rd International Workshop on Advances in Computational Mechanics, October 12-14, 2015, Tokyo, Japan,

  • 2012 present a mini-course in Brazil

  • 2011 present a keynote lecture in Brazil

Significant change or advance of knowledge in your field.

Dr Pedroso has independently developed mathematical models, solution methods, algorithms and computer codes for a number of applications in geometry, mathematics, physics and engineering. He has currently 27 journal papers in top-journals including papers published with him as the first author. He has also a number of papers submitted with some under revision.

He has a comprehensive set of computer libraries written by his research team and published at https://github.com/cpmech that serve as a foundation for his students’ and his research work on computational mechanics. These include recent and new evolutionary algorithms for multi-objective and multi-constraints optimisation (publications are underway). The set of libraries has been developed with much hard work and has been made open source for the benefit of the scientists, engineers and the community. The number of innovative, advanced and much organised computer code is significant as illustrated by simply looking at the code repositories. The indirect impact of this work is demonstrated by the number of followers and stars gained along the years through the GitHub social networking. For example, Gosl (Go Scientific Library) has attracted 723 stars.

Finally, this set of computer tools is becoming of great interest by other research centres in the world, including the SimTech cluster of excellence in Germany which has recently sponsored Dr Pedroso’s visit to deliver the End of Term (2016) lecture and demonstrate the capabilities of his research and computer codes.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering, University of Brasilia
  • Master of Science Geotechnical Engineering, University of Brasilia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Brasilia

Publications

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Grants

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Zhang, Y. P., Pedroso, D. M. and Li, L. (2015). Assessment of finite difference methods to solve porous media dynamics. In: Fusao Oka, Akira Murakami, Ryosuke Uzuoka and Sayuri Kimoto, Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proc. of the 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014. 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014, Kyoto, Japan, (1433-1438). 22-25 September 2014. doi:10.1201/b17435-252

  • Kang, T., Pedroso, D. M., Scheuermann, A. and Li, L. (2015). Comparison of seepage analysis methods based on Finite Elements. In: Fusao Oka, Akira Murakami, Ryosuke Uzuoka and Sayuri Kimoto, Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proc. of the 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014. 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014, Kyoto, Japan, (1421-1426). 22-25 September 2014. doi:10.1201/b17435-250

  • Tun, Y. W., Pedroso, D. M., Scheuermann, A. and Williams, D. J. (2015). Multiple-slopes stability assessment by limit equilibrium and genetic algorithms. In: Fusao Oka, Akira Murakami, Ryosuke Uzuoka and Sayuri Kimoto, Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proc. of the 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014. 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014, Kyoto, Japan, (1427-1432). 22-25 September 2014. doi:10.1201/b17435-251

  • Schmidt, P., Pedroso, D. M., Scheuermann, A., Durand, R. and Steeb, H. (2015). On techniques to recover finite element data from integration points. In: Fusao Oka, Akira Murakami, Ryosuke Uzuoka and Sayuri Kimoto, Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics - Proc. of the 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014. 14th International Conference of International Association for Computer Methods and Recent Advances in Geomechanics, IACMAG 2014, Kyoto, Japan, (1439-1444). 22-25 September 2014. doi:10.1201/b17435-253

  • Galindo Torres, Sergio, Pedroso, Dorival, Williams, David and Muhlhaus, Hans (2014). An analysis of the strength of anisotropic granular assemblies via discrete methods. In: Advances in Computational Mechanics. 1st Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM2013), Sydney, Australia, (525-530). 3-4 October 2013. doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.553.525

  • Scheuermann, A., Galindo-Torres, S. A., Pedroso, D. M., Williams, D. J. and Li, L. (2014). Dynamics of water movements with reversals in unsaturated soils. In: Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils: UNSAT 2014. 6th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT 2014), Sydney, Australia, (1053-1059). 2-4 July 2014. doi:10.1201/b17034-153

  • Galindo-Torres, S., Scheuermann, A., Pedroso, D. M. and Li, L. (2013). Effect of boundary conditions on measured water retention behavior within soils. In: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2013, San Francisco, CA, USA, (). 9-13 December, 2013.

  • Pedroso, D. M., Farias, M. M., Williams, D. J., Scheuermann, A. and Buzzi, O. (2011). Extended Barcelona basic model to the cyclic behaviour of unsaturated soils. In: Computer methods for geomechanics: Frontiers and new applications vol. 2. 13th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, Melbourne, Australia, (631-637). 9-11 May 2011.

  • Pedroso, D., Sheng, D., Williams, D., Scheuermann, A., Farias, M. M. and Nakai, T. (2011). The SFG model for the cyclic behaviour of unsaturated soils. In: VII Brazilian Symposium on Unsaturated Soils - nSat2011, Pirenopolis, Brazil, (). 29-31 August 2011.

  • Liu, HY, Williams, DJ, Pedroso, DM and Liang, WM (2009). Numerical procedure for modelling dynamic fracture of rock by blasting. In: Chun'an Tang, Controlling Seismic Hazard and Sustainable Development of Deep Mines: 7th International Symposium on Rockburst and Seismicity in Mines (Rasim7) , Vol 1 and 2. 7th International Symposium on Rockburst and Seismicity in Mines, Dalian, China, (1551-1560). AUG 21-23, 2009.

  • Pedroso, D. M. and Farias, M. M. (2007). Optimization of parameters of constitutive models using genetic algorithms. In: Pande, G. N. and Pietruszczak, S., Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Numerical Models in Geomechanics NUMOG 10 - Numerical Models in Geomechanics NUMOG 10. 10th International Symposium on Numerical Models in Geomechanics (NUMOG X), Rhodes, Greece, (641-646). 25-27 April 2007.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision