About Tao Group


Imagination is more important than knowledge

                             —Albert Einstein

Our research group values the integration of science and technology from multiple disciplines to address the infrastructure challenges. This generally requires knowledge from different areas, but more importantly, it requires “out-of-the-box” ideas and imaginations.

We borrow Einstein’s energy equation to explain how to achieve great things:

E=mc², where E is “Excellence”, m is “motivation”, c² is “creativity” by “critical thinking”


We are part of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) at Arizona State University. We have keen interests in exploring fundamental mechanisms of and innovative countermeasures to emerging infrastructure challenges. We are particularly interested in addressing smart and sustainable infrastructure challenges from a nature-inspired perspective. Specific research topics include: bio-inspired smart sensors, bio-inspired smart construction technologies and bio-inspired sustainable countermeasures to nature hazards.

Please visit the CBBG website to learn more. https://cbbg.engineering.asu.edu/


Bio-inspired Infrastructure: Mechnism of burrowing, Bio-inspired self-boring robotics, Bio-inspired geotechnical characterization tools, Erosion control/prevention by MICP, Bio-inspired smart materials for structural health monitoring

Sustainable Infrastructure: Foundamental erosional behavior of soils; Bridge scour countermeasures; energy geotechnics

Smart Infrastructure: Smart Geosynthetics, Smart sensors, Underground wireless sensing network


Numerical Modeling: Multi-scale, Multi-physics, CFD, DEM, FEM, CFD-DEM coupling

Theoretical Modeling: critical shear stress for surface erosion, critical hydraulic gradient  for internal erosion, statistical data analysis

Element-scale tests: erodibility, flume tests, permeability, tri-axial tests, nanocomposites synthesis and characterization

Field-scale tests: field monitoring of earth pressure, ground water table, drainage efficiency

Contact  US

Address: Room 126, 650 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ, 85281

Phone: 480-965-1108

email: jtao  at  asu dot edu


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