Associate Professor Joe Gattas

Associate Professor

School of Civil Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
j.gattas@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 63009

Overview

Dr Joe Gattas is as an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland's School of Civil Engineering, where he heads the Folded Structures research group. His research expertise spans various fields, including origami-inspired engineering, computational building design, advanced manufacturing, lightweight and modular structures, and timber engineering. In 2009, Joe obtained his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Queensland, and in 2013, he completed his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford, funded by a prestigious John Monash Scholarship. He remains an active participant in the John Monash Scholar community.

From 2016 to 2021, Joe led the Manufacture and Digital Design project stream within the ARC Future Timber Hub. This initiative aimed to support the development of tall timber buildings in the Pacific region. Upon its successful completion, timber industry partners backed the establishment of a new ARC Advance Timber Hub (2022-), designed to accelerate innovation and the adoption of timber in Australian buildings. Joe currently serves as Co-Lead for two research nodes within the new Hub: 1) Manufacturing Innovation, which encompasses projects focusing on the digital design and fabrication of innovative structures and systems; and 2) Value Chain Innovation, which covers projects dedicated to enhancing resource utilization throughout the forest-to-building timber value chain.

Research Interests

  • Origami-Inspired Engineering
    folded structures; deployable structures; origami and kirigami geometry
  • Computational Building Design
    parametric geometry; design automation; digital workflows; 3D scanning
  • Advanced Manufacturing
    digital fabrication; robotic construction; hybrid materials; design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA)
  • Structural Engineering
    low-cost housing; modular structures; timber structures; timber joints

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford
  • Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Baber, Kim, Barton, Aaron, Burry, Jane R., Chen, Canhui, Gattas, Joseph M., Koch, Christoph and Ren, Hengyi (2023). Purpose built: Architecture for a better tomorrow. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: State Library of Queensland.

  • Baber, Kim R., Barton, Aaron, Burry, Jane R., Chen, Canhui, Gattas, Joseph M., Koch, Christoph and Ren, Hengyi (2023). Inventory-Constrained Design of a Variable Small Diameter Round Timber Structure. IASS Annual Symposium 2023, Melbourne, VIC Australia, 10-14 July 2023.

  • Jiang, Jian, Ottenhaus, Lisa-Mareike and Gattas, Joseph M. (2023). A parametric design framework for timber framing span tables. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering. doi: 10.1080/14488353.2023.2227432

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Supervision

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Publications

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Baber, Kim R., Barton, Aaron, Burry, Jane R., Chen, Canhui, Gattas, Joseph M., Koch, Christoph and Ren, Hengyi (2023). Inventory-Constrained Design of a Variable Small Diameter Round Timber Structure. IASS Annual Symposium 2023, Melbourne, VIC Australia, 10-14 July 2023.

  • Bravo Tetlak, Tomas, Gattas, Joseph M. and Maluk, Cristian (2023). Scaling study on viscous damping for Glulam and hybrid Glulam-FRP beams. 13th World Conference on Timber Engineering: Timber for a Livable Future, WCTE 2023, Oslo, Norway, 19-22 June 2023. As, Norway: World Conference on Timber Engineering. doi: 10.52202/069179-0007

  • Shi, Quan and Gattas, Joseph M. (2021). Finite element analysis and thick-panel clash behaviour of steel fold-lines. ASME 2021 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Virtual, 17-19 August 2021. New York, NY USA: American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/DETC2021-69513

  • Luo, Dan, Gattas, Joseph M. and Tan, Poah Shiun Shawn (2021). Real-time defect recognition and optimized decision making for structural timber jointing. 2nd International Conference on Computational Design and Robotic Fabrication (CDRF 2020), Shanghai, China, July 5, 2020. Singapore: Springer Singapore. doi: 10.1007/978-981-33-4400-6_4

  • Slinger, V., Lao, D., Nguyen, V. T., Singh, S. and Gattas, J. (2021). Assessing the viability of visual vibrometry for use in structural engineering. 16th East Asian-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction EASEC16, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 2019. Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-8079-6_127

  • Baber, Kim R., Burry, Jane R., Chen, Canhui, Gattas, Joseph M. and Bukauskas, Aurimas (2019). Inventory constrained funicular modelling. In: Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia. IASS 2019 Barcelona Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, (1-10). 7-10 October 2019.

  • Baber, Kim, Gattas, Joseph M., Fernando, Dilum and Ahn, Sanghyung (2019). Large span glue laminated arches for the Yangjaegogae Eco Bridge. Pacific Timber Engineering Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 10-12 July 2019.

  • Mills, Harry, Baber, Kim and Gattas, Joseph M. (2019). The potential for underutilised timber for the built environment. Pacific Timber Engineering Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 10-12 July 2019.

  • Plasencia Alava, Kevin B., McCann, Lee K., Baber, Kim and Gattas, Joseph M. (2018). Computational design and experimental behaviour of deployable mass timber arches. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures - Symposium 2018, Boston, MA United States, 16-20 July 2018. Boston, MA United States: International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures.

  • Cui, W. Q., Gfeller, T., Fernando, D., Heitzmann, M. T. and Gattas, J. M. (2018). Folding fabrication of curved-crease spindle beams. 7th International Meeting on Origami in Science, Mathematics, and Education, Oxford, United Kingdom, 4–7 September 2018. St Albans, United Kingdom: Tarquin.

  • Fernando, Dilum, Torero, Jose L., Gattas, Joseph, Baber, Kim, Maluk, Cristian and Hidalgo, Juan P. (2018). Novel technologies for tall timber buildings: research streams and three solutions. 24th International Wood Construction Conference (IHF), Congress Centrum, Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), 5-7 December 2018.

  • Al-Qaryouti, Yousef, Wen, Ye, Gattas, Joseph M. and Fernando, Dilum (2017). Comparison of plate and shell timber-composite sandwich structures. IASS Annual Symposium 2017, Hamburg, Germany, 25 - 28th September, 2017. International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures.

  • Gattas, Joseph M., Baber, Kim and Al-Qaryouti, Yousef (2017). Rapid Assembly with Bending-Stabilised Structures. Fabricate 2017, Stuttgart, Germany, April 6-8 2017. London, United Kingdom: UCL Press. doi: 10.14324/111.9781787350014

  • Garrett, Daniel, You, Zhong and Gattas, Joseph M. (2016). Curved crease tube structures and an energy absorbing crash box. International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Charlotte, NC, United States, 21-24 August 2016. ASME. doi: 10.1115/DETC2016-59784

  • Al-Qaryouti, Y., Gattas, J. M., Shi, R. and McCann, L. (2016). Digital fabrication strategies for timber thin-walled sections. International Conference on High Performance and Optimum Design of Structures and Materials, Siena, Italy, 19 - 21 September 2016. Ashurst, Southampton, United Kingdom: WIT Press. doi: 10.2495/HPSM160391

  • Lee, T. U. and Gattas, J. M. (2016). Experimental analysis of a reverse elastica pop-up geometry. International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering, Hong Kong, China, 14-16 December 2016. Hong Kong: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Hansen, B. J., Tan, J., Gattas, J. M., Fernando, D. and Heitzmann, M. (2016). Folded fabrication of FRP-timber thin-walled beams with novel non-uniform cross-sections. World Conference on Timber Engineering, Vienna, Australia, 22-25 August 2016. Vienna, Australia: Vienna University of Technology.

  • Lee, T. U. and Gattas, J. M. (2016). Folded fabrication of composite curved-crease components. International Conference on Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites in Civil Engineering, Hong Kong, China, 14-16 December 2016. Hong Kong: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Guo, Zhiming, Gattas, Joseph, Karampour, Hassan, Wang, Shibin and Albermani, Faris (2016). Numerical analysis on the buckling behaviour of curved-crease origami pipelines. ISOPE Pacific/Asia Offshore Mechanics Symposium, Gold Coast, Australia, 4-7 October 2016. International Society of Offshore and Polar Engineers.

  • Cash, Tamsin N., Warren, Hayden S. and Gattas, Joseph M. (2015). Analysis of Miura-Type Folded and Morphing Sandwich Beams. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Boston, MA, United States, 2-5 August 2015. NEW YORK: American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/DETC2015-46380

  • Shi, Xiaoqiang and Gattas, Joseph M. (2015). Design and folded fabrication of novel self-braced triangular structural sections and frames. International Conference on Performance-based and Life-cycle Structural Engineering, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 9-11 December 2015. Brisbane, QLD, Australia: School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2016.424

  • Fernando, Dilum, Gattas, Joseph, Teng, J. G. and Heitzmann, Michael (2015). Hybrid thin-walled members made of FRP and timber. International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC).

  • Gattas, Joseph M. and Chen, Yan (2015). Synthesis of Folded Frame Structures From Cube-Type and Eggbox-Type Kirigami Geometry. ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Boston, MA, United States, 2-5 August 2015. NEW YORK: American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/DETC2015-46433

  • Gattas, Joseph M. and You, Zhong (2014). Quasi-static impact response of single-curved foldcore sandwich shells. ASME 2014 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2014, Buffalo, NY, United States, 17-20 August 2014. New York, NY, United States: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). doi: 10.1115/DETC201434826

  • Gattas, Joseph M. and You, Zhong (2013). Quasi-static impact response of alternative origami-core sandwich panels. ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013, Portland, United States, 4-7 August 2013. New York, United States: American Society of Mechanical Engineers. doi: 10.1115/DETC2013-12681

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision