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Professor Xiaodong Huang

Professor, Engineering Mechanics


Dr. Xiaodong Huang is the Professor of Engineering Mechanics in School of Engineering, Swinburne University of Technology. He received the Master degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 1999 and  Ph.D. from Swinburne University of Technology, in 2004. Thereafter, he joined RMIT University and moved to Swinburne in 2017. Over his academic career, Dr. Huang has won a number of awards: RMIT Research Award, ARC APD fellowship; Early-Career Research Award by the Australian Academy of Science; RMIT Teaching Award; and ARC Future Fellowship. Currently, he is a member of ARC College of Experts.

Dr. Huang's research mainly focused on topology optimization and its multidisciplinary applications. He is the innovator of the modern bi-directional evolutionary structural optimization (BESO) method (Finite Elements in Analysis and Design 43(14), pp 1039-1049, 2007), and the floating projection topology optimization (FPTO) method (Advances in Engineering Software, 151, 102942, 2021). So far, he has authored one monograph and more than 160 SCI journal articles with over 9,000 citations. His research has been funded by ARC and various industries. 

Research interests

Topology Optimizaiton; Structural Engineering; Structural Materials; Computational Mechanics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Structural Engineering - 400510
  • Numerical Modelling And Mechanical Characterisation - 401706
  • Solid Mechanics - 401707

Teaching areas

Solid Mechanics


Also published as: Huang, Xiaodong; Huang, X.; Huang, X. D.; Huang, Xiao Dong
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Design and Additive Manufacturing of Tuneable Origami-inspired Metallic Phononic Crystals *; Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • 2021: Dynamic Properties of Mechanical Metamaterials: Optimization and Experiment *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2019: ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials (SEAM) *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2019: Blast and Shock Modelling Phase 2 - 9.82 *; DMTC
  • 2019: Nurturing Graduates for Australian Automotive Engineering Futures - Automotive Engineering Graduate Program *; Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
  • 2018: 2018 visiting fellowship scheme - Prof. Tongxi Yu   *; Swinburne Research, DVCR&D - Internal contributions
  • 2018: 3D printing of automotive spare parts and high value accessories *; Excellerate Australia
  • 2018: Topological Optimisation for Metallic Additive Manufacturing *; DMTC
  • 2013: Topology Optimisation for Three-dimensional Periodic Nanophotonic Structures *; ARC Future Fellowships

* Chief Investigator