In the past decade technological developments in material and computer sciences have evolved to the point where their synergistic combination have culminated in a new field of multidisciplinary research in smart structures, systems and related technologies. The advances in material sciences have provided a comprehensive and theoretical framework for implementing multifunctionality into materials, and the development of high speed digital computers has permitted the transformation of that framework into methodologies for practical design and production. The goals of the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Smart Structures and Materials consist in the provision of a comprehensive forum for discussion on the current state-of-the-art in the field. The Conference will enable:

- Understanding of basic fundamentals of smart structures
- Modelling and characterisation of smart actuators and sensors
- Comparatively evaluation of different smart actuators and sensors
- Formulation and analysis of systems integrated with smart actuators
- Analysis of smart structures
- Design and development of smart structures and systems
- Biomimetic autonomous underwater vehicles
- Fabrication and testing of smart structures and systems
- Application of smart materials, structures and related technology

The Conference will bring together researchers from around the world representing several fields of study related to Smart Structures and Materials research. The expertise will span a broad range of disciplines including basic research on smart structures and materials, structural identification and health monitoring, micro-electromechanical systems, electrostructured fluids and smart machines, adaptive composites, piezoelectric microstructures, active control of structures and practically oriented application in aerospace, mechanical, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, etc.