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Junliang Tao

Biography: 

Junliang (Julian) Tao is an associate professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University. His research focuses on Bio-inspired Geotechnics (BiG). His current research topics include include bio-inspired burrowing mechanisms and robots, bio-inspired geosystems, smart and sustainable geosystems and soil behavior. 

Tao has been researching the effective and highly efficient self-burrowing mechanisms of animals — looking at their varied subterranean locomotive abilities. His idea wins him an NSF CAREER Award titled "CAREER: Integrated Research and Education on Bio-Inspired Burrowing".

Now he is also extending this research to a new collaborative project to design and develop below-ground sensing networks using robots that mimic burrowing animals and plants. In 2018, Tao earned support from a National Science Foundation Early-Concept Grant for Exploratory Research Signals in the Soil award to develop “paradigm-shifting platform technology” for “self-boring robots” from which the next generation of underground wireless sensing networks can be launched (with Daniel Aukes and Hamidreza Marvi).

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • M.S. Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • B.S.  China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, China
Research Interests: 

We are a research group focusing on Bio-inspired Geotechnics (B.i.G). Our mission is to discover the fundamental mechanisms of various interactions between living things and geological materials, to abstract these mechanisms to engineering design principles, and to translate the design principles to autonomous, efficient, sustainable and intelligent geotechnics. Our current research topics include: bio-inspired self-burrowing robots, bio-inspired underground sensing and communication, bio-inspired sustainable countermeasures to natural hazards. We seek our answers at the boundaries of biology (and other natural sciences), mechanics and engineering. We achieve BiG from research, teaching, outreach and entrepreneurship and through collaboration. To learn more, visit the BiG research group website.

Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 792Research
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 452Foundations
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 550Soil Behavior
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 494Special Topics
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 550Soil Behavior
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research