TECH TALK | Optimization, Machine Learning and Digital Thread in Structures: Perspective from Boeing

April 26, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
University of Washington Allen Library Auditorium

Dr. Vladimir Balabanov, Boeing Technical Fellow

Dr. Vladimir Balabanov

Dr. Vladimir Balabanov

Machine learning, data analytics and digital thread have become buzzwords in recent years. But are these methods actively and successfully used in structures technology? If so, how?

In this presentation, Vladimir shares his experiences and views on these topics, how they are utilized in Structures at Boeing and why their most effective implementation requires the use of optimization techniques.

Vladimir will share misconceptions, frustrations and successes, along with illustrative examples. As an invitation to discussion, he will propose possible future directions in which optimization, machine learning and digital thread capabilities could continue growing to be more efficient and effective in structural applications.

As a Boeing Technical Fellow, Vladimir promotes and applies optimization, design of experiments, machine learning and related techniques to make more efficient and effective structural components.

Vladimir works in the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Structures Core group, where he organized the Optimization Technical Excellence Center as well as the Enterprise Structural Optimization Community of Excellence.

Vladimir is also chair of the AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Technical Committee and the Engineering Data Science Working Group in NAFEMS, the international engineering modeling, analysis and simulation association focused on applications of numerical simulation techniques such as finite element structural analysis, computational fluid dynamics and multibody simulation.

Before joining Boeing in 2008, Vladimir worked for 11 years for Vanderplaats Research and Development, Inc. (now Omniquest) developing the commercial optimization and integration software system VisualDOC, now used worldwide.

After the presentation, we’ll adjourn for pizza, beverages, social hour and follow-up discussion with Vladimir. . There’s no charge to attend, but if you’re planning to come, please RSVP to so we can be sure to order enough.

The technical details:

WHEN: April 26th Wednesday evening 5:30-7:00 pm
WHERE: UW Campus, Allen Library Auditorium in the Allen North Library

  • Campus map here; library floor plan here
  • Map below for your convenience
  • NOTE: this is not the Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering, but the Allen Library at the eastern end of the Suzzallo main library


  • Best parking is at the Padelford lots N16-N21 or the Central Plaza underground garage. On-campus parking information at
  • Light rail? The University of Washington (Husky Stadium) station is 0.5 miles southeast and the U District (43rd & Brooklyn) is 0.6 miles miles northwest.

Detailed map:

Location map for Allen Library on UW campus

Location map for Allen Library on UW campus

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