Professor Wei Chen, ISSMO President

The International Society for Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (ISSMO) was founded in October 1991.  Today ISSMO has almost two thousand  members from more than 50 countries.  

The objectives of ISSMO are:

  • to stimulate and promote research into all aspects of the optimal design of structures as well as multidisciplinary design optimization where the involved disciplines deal with the analysis of solids, fluids or other field problems;
  • to encourage practical applications of optimization methods and the corresponding software development in all branches of technology;
  • to foster the interchange of ideas amongst various fields contributing to structural and multidisciplinary optimization;
  • to provide a framework for the organization of meetings and other means for the dissemination of knowledge on structural and multidisciplinary optimization; and
  • to promote teaching of structural and multidisciplinary optimization in tertiary institutions.

One of the aims of ISSMO is to bring together researchers and practitioners in our field by means of international meetings having high scientific standards, up-to-date conference facilities, and affordable costs to all members of the Society.  Along these lines, ISSMO has held biennial World Congresses of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization since 1995: WCSMO1 was held in Goslar, Germany, 1995; WCSMO2 in Zakopane, Poland, 1997; WCSMO3 in Buffalo, NY, USA, 1999; WCSMO4 in Dalian, China, 2001; WCSMO5 in Lido di Jesolo, Italy, 2003; WCSMO6 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005;  WCSMO7 in Seoul, Korea, 2007, WCSMO8 in Lisbon, Portugal, 2009; WCSMO9 in Shizuoka, Japan, 2011; WCSM10 in Orlando, US, 2011 and WCSMO11 in Sydney, Australia, 2015. Please click “WCSMO” under the menu “Events” link above for more information about the previous WCSMOs. 


ISSMO is an Affiliated Organization of IUTAM (the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics).
ISSMO co-organized with IUTAM a Mini-Symposium on Structural Optimization at the 19th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM) held in Kyoto in 1996.  Since then the ICTAM conferences have included a Pre-Nominated Session on Structural Optimization (20th ICTAM, Chicago, 2000, 21st ICTAM, Warsaw, Poland, 2004, 22nd ICTAM, Adelaide, Australia, 2008, and 23rd ICTAM in Beijing, China, 2012).  This continues with a similar session at the forthcoming 24th ICTAM to be held in August 2016, in Montreal, Canada. 

Already since 1994, ISSMO has endorsed biennial Symposia on Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization held jointly with AIAA (Panama City, FL, 1994; Seattle, WA, 1996; St. Louis, MO, 1998; Long Beach, CA, 2000; Atlanta, GA, 2002; Albany, NY, 2004; Portsmouth, VA, 2006; Victoria, BC, Canada, 2008; Fort Worth, TX, 2010).  In addition, ISSMO has endorsed a large number of scientific meetings and conferences with other non-profit organizations.

The Journal of the Society is Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization (SMO).  
The aim of SMO is to provide a vehicle for disseminating information about all aspects of structural and multidisciplinary optimization through a single medium, which has obvious advantages for research, literature search and society activities.  Information is available by clicking on the “ISSMO Publications” link under the “Publications” link above.

ISSMO/Springer Prize.  
Any paper presented at WCSMO by a “young” researcher (under the age of 35) can be proposed as a recipient of the ISSMO/Springer Prize by any participant of that congress.  The work should be entirely or primarily the young researchers; hence, a supervisor might also be on the paper, but the first author must be the nominee.  The prize-winning paper will be selected by the ISSMO Executive Committee.  Proposals, including a 50-word justification, are to be submitted to the e-mail address of the ISSMO Secretary General.  For the previous awards, see the “ISSMO Prize” link under the “Awards” link above.

ISSMO Members

A directory of ISSMO “Members” with postal and e-mail addresses is available for members (log-in required) by clicking on the “Members Area” link above.  Full membership requires participation in at least one of the World Congresses of Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. If you wish to see how you may become an associate member of ISSMO, click first the “Membership” link above and then click on “Join ISSMO”.  There is no separate membership fee, but 10% of the registration fee for ISSMO WCSMO is used as a membership fee.  Members of ISSMO will be able to register for the ISSMO co-sponsored conferences, such as AIAA MAO, ASME IDETC/CIE, and ASMO, at the member pricing registration fee.

The day-to-day running of ISSMO is handled by the Executive Committee that is elected at 4-year intervals at a WCSMO.  The current EC (see the “Executive Committee” link under the “About ISSMO” link above) members were elected at the WCSMO11, who will hold office until 2019.