UW Research

Center for Intelligent Materials and Systems (CIMS)



Center for Intelligent Materials and Systems (CIMS) was established in 2000 by a group of faculty in the College of Engineering and the Department of Botany with an aim of accelerating the research and educational program in the area of design of actuator materials, actuators and bio-inspired design of intelligent materials and systems. The goals of CIMS are multi-fold, (1) design a series of actuator materials and their devices, (2) learn intelligent sensor and actuation mechanism inherent in biological species, thus inspiring our brains while the bio-inspired knowledge will be transferred to designing man-made materials and systems, and (3) our research subjects and products remain to be compatible with healthy functions of surrounding natural environment.

Funding Information

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Tokyo Electric Power Company

Reporting Structure

Matt O’Donnell, Dean, College of Engineering

Related UW Entities

College of Arts and Sciences: Department of Botany