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Mattia Gazzola

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



Yashraj Bhosale, Tejaswin Parthasarathy, and Mattia Gazzola (2020): Shape curvature effects in viscous streaming, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, Vol 898, ppA13
Nicholas Weiner, Yashraj Bhosale, Mattia Gazzola, and Hunter King (2020): Mechanics of randomly packed filaments—The “bird nest” as meta-material, Journal of Applied Physics, AIP Publishing, Vol 127, Num 5, pp050902


Caroline Bernier, Mattia Gazzola, Renaud Ronsse, and Philippe Chatelain (2019): Simulations of propelling and energy harvesting articulated bodies via vortex particle-mesh methods, Journal of Computational Physics, Elsevier B.V., Vol 392, pp34-55
Tejaswin Parthasarathy, Fan Kiat Chan, and Mattia Gazzola (2019): Streaming enhanced flow mediated transport, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, Vol 878, pp647–662
Xiaotian Zhang, Fan Kiat Chan, Tejaswin Parthasarathy, and Mattia Gazzola (2019): Modeling and simulation of complex dynamic musculoskeletal architectures, Nature Communications, Springer Nature, Vol 10, Num 1
Onur Aydin, Xiaotian Zhang, Sittinon Nuethong, Gelson J. Pagan-Diaz, Rashid Bashir, Mattia Gazzola, and M. Taher A. Saif (2019): Neuromuscular actuation of biohybrid motile bots, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, Vol 116, Num 40, pp19841-19847
Nicholas Charles, Mattia Gazzola, and L. Mahadevan (2019): Topology, Geometry, and Mechanics of Strongly Stretched and Twisted Filaments: Solenoids, Plectonemes, and Artificial Muscle Fibers, Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, Vol 123, Num 20, pp208003


M. Gazzola, L. H. Dudte, A. G. McCormick, and L. Mahadevan (2018): Forward and Inverse Problems in the Mechanics of Soft Filaments, Royal Society Open Science, The Royal Society, Vol 5, Num 6, pp171628
Gelson J. Pagan-Diaz, Xiaotian Zhang, Lauren Grant, Yongdeok Kim, Onur Aydin, Caroline Cvetkovic, Eunkyung Ko, Emilia Solomon, Jennifer Hollis, Hyunjoon Kong, Taher Saif, Mattia Gazzola, and Rashid Bashir (2018): Simulation and Fabrication of Stronger, Larger, and Faster Walking Biohybrid Machines, Advanced Functional Materials, Wiley, pp1801145


Mattia Gazzola (2019): Harnessing Viscous Streaming in Complex Active Systems: Minibots in Fluids, 2019 Blue Waters Annual Report, pp258-259


Mattia Gazzola (2018): Modeling and Simulations of Complex Dynamic Musculoskeletal Architectures, 2018 Blue Waters Annual Report, pp224-225


Mattia Gazzola (2017): Optimal bio-locomotion strategies in fluids, 2017 Blue Waters Annual Report, pp134-135

Caroline Bernier, M. Gazzola, P. Chatelain, and R. Ronsse: Numerical simulations and development of drafting strategies for robotic swimmers at low Reynolds number

7th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2018); Enschede, The Netherlands, Aug 27, 2018

Why Birds Are the World’s Best Engineers

Mar 17, 2020

The time period “chook’s nest” has come to explain a messy hairdo, tangled fishing line and different unspeakably knotty conundrums. But that does birds an injustice. Their tiny brains, dense with neurons, produce marvels which have lengthy captured scientific curiosity as naturally chosen engineering options — but nests are nonetheless not properly understood. One effort to disentangle the structural dynamics of the nest is underway within the sunny yellow lab — the Mechanical Biomimetics and Open Design Lab — of Hunter King, an experimental soft-matter physicist on the University of Akron in Ohio. “We hypothesize that a chook nest may successfully be a disordered stick bomb, with simply sufficient saved power to maintain it inflexible,” Dr. King stated. He is the principal investigator of an ongoing research, with a preliminary evaluate paper, “Mechanics of randomly packed filaments — The ‘chook nest’ as meta-material,” not too long ago revealed within the Journal of Applied Physics. (He added that, clearly, the bird-nest stick bomb by no means explodes.) ---- These are simply preliminary findings, which Dr. King will proceed to discover within the lab, and with additional simulations by Mattia Gazzola, a mechanical engineer, and his Ph.D. pupil Yashraj Bhosale, on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications.


Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles and Nerves

Sep 27, 2019

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a biohybrid robot powered by neuromuscular tissue that responds to light. Biohybrid robots are the result of integrating synthetic material and living tissue such as muscle, nerves or bone to produce a device that is capable of independent motion. The addition of neuronal action to control muscle tissue represents a significant step forward in the quest for autonomous biobots. In 2014 researchers developed the first self-propelled biobots powered by cardiac muscle tissue taken from rats. These early designs, modeled after sperm cells, had a single tail and could swim but could not sense their environment or make decisions. In this new study, computational models were used to optimize the skeleton design. The previous single-tailed structure was replaced with a new two-tailed model, and the length of the tails was also adjusted. These design improvements resulted in an order of magnitude increase in swimming speed from the previous single-tailed version.


HPC Career Notes: May 2019 Edition

May 1, 2019

The NSF has named Mattia Gazzola a recipient of one of its annual NSF CAREER Awards.


Researchers Use Blue Waters to Study Interactions Between Musculoskeletal Systems and Environments

Sep 24, 2018

Illinois researcher, Blue Waters professor, and NCSA faculty affiliate Mattia Gazzola and his team are conducting research in an effort to understand how the brain, body, and fluid flow work together to produce a behavior.