The 8th International conference on SMART MATERIALS and NANOTECHNOLOGY in ENGINEERING, Sharjah, November 25-28, 2024 | American University of Sharjah


SMN2024 will be the eighth edition of the successful series of international conferences on smart materials and nanotechnology in engineering. It will serve as a nexus, connecting the dynamic advancements in smart materials and nanotechnology in engineering, catering to a wide array of applications. This conference has been promoted since 2007 by Professor Shanyi Du and Professor Jinsong Leng, from Harbin Institute of Technology (China). Past conference venues have included Harbin (China, 2007), Weihai (China, 2009), Shenzhen (China, 2011), Gold Coast (Australia, 2013), Vancouver (Canada, 2015), Madrid (Spain, 2017), and Harbin (China, 2019).

Smart materials are active and multifunctional materials capable of transduction (energy conversion) and actuation functions, which have been widely applied in many fields like aerospace, automotive, mechanical and civil engineering, and advanced manufacturing. With the rapid development of nanotechnology, the hybrid combination of nanomaterials and smart materials is emerging as a hot and frontier topic in recent years, and related research and applications in intelligent bionics, biomedicine, robotics and flexible electronics, among others, continues fast growth.

SMN2024 aims at providing a comprehensive forum for discussing current state of the art of smart materials and nanotechnology in engineering as well as developing future ideas on a multidisciplinary level, with emphasis on integration of smart materials and nanotechnology in engineering. The conference will bring together the best research and applications on smart materials, structures and nanotechnology in engineering.

Conference Chairs

  • Mehdi Ghommem, American University of Sharjah, UAE
  • Ayech Benjeddou, Institut Supérieur de Mécanique de Paris (ISAE-Supméca), Saint Ouen sur Seine and Roberval Laboratory (Université de Technologie de Compiègne-UTC), Compiègne, France
  • Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  • Abdessattar Abdelkefi, New Mexico State University, USA

Organizing Committee

  • Mehdi Ghommem, American University Sharjah, UAE
  • Ayech Benjeddou, ISAE-SUPMECA & SUA-UTC ROBERVAL, France
  • Lotfi Romdhane, American University Sharjah, UAE
  • Rana Sabouni, American University Sharjah, UAE
  • Maen Alkhader, American University Sharjah, UAE
  • Abdulrahim Shamayleh, American University Sharjah, UAE

International Scientific Committee

  • Abdessattar Abdelkefi, New Mexico State University, USA
  • Zoheir Aboura, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Nouha Alcheikh, Khalifa University, UAE
  • Eihab Abdel-Rahman, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Aurelio Lima Araujo, IDMEC - Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
  • Ayech Benjeddou, ISAE-SUPMECA & SUA-UTC ROBERVAL, France
  • Tarak Ben Zineb, Université de Lorraine, France
  • Mohamed Daqaq, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Alper Erturk, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Mehdi Ghommem, American University Sharjah, UAE
  • Srinivasan Gopalakrishnan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Najib Kacem, University Bourgogne Franche-Comté, FEMTO-ST Institute, France
  • Santosh Kapuria, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
  • Mickael Krommer, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
  • Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China 
  • Nazih Mechbal, Arts et Métiers - Ensam, France
  • Fehmi Najar, Tunisia Polytechnic School, Tunisia
  • Alireza Rezaniakolaei, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Ramin Sedaghati, Concordia University, Canada
  • Dimitris A. Saravanos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Marcelo Areias Trindade, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Daniil Yurchenko, University of Southampton, UK
  • Norman M. Wereley, University of Maryland, USA
  • Wael Zaki, Khalifa University, UAE

Conference Scope

General Topics

The scope of the conference includes topics related (but not limited) to the following general areas:

  • Smart materials (piezoelectric/ferroelectric, shape memory, magneto/electro-rheological, magneto/electro-strictive, dielectric elastomers, electroactive polymers, metamaterials, self-healing materials, energy storage materials, etc.)
  • Nanotechnology in engineering (nano-materials, nano-reinforced composites, nano-structures, nano-systems, nano sensors, nano actuators, nano harvesters, etc.)
  • Manufacturing technologies (additive, 3D/4D printing, painting, embodying intelligence, bonding, connection, prototyping, etc.)
  • Analysis methods and tools (theoretical, computational, experimental, design, model-based, data-based, AI, multiscale, nano, micro, macro, characterization, homogenization, identification, optimization, etc.)
  • Active sensing, actuation and transduction (structural vibration/acoustic/shape/position control, morphing, structural health monitoring, energy harvesting, damping, etc.)
  • Environment-friendly and sustainable developments (unleaded smart materials, green composites, smart biomaterials, renewable energy, smart IOT devices, wireless communication and energy transfer, smart cities, smart grids, etc.)
  • Engineering applications (mechanical, aerospace, mechatronic, robotic, automotive, civil, biomechanical, biomedical, bioengineering, etc.)

Special Sessions and Mini Symposia

The aim of special sessions (SS)* and mini symposia (MS)** is to facilitate concentrated discussions on emerging topics or inventive applications related to smart materials and nanotechnology in engineering. Potential SS or MS organizers are required to submit, within the deadline, a proposal on a relevant topic as per the main scope of the conference, comprising the title, a brief (few lines) description, and the organizers’ names and affiliations.

*A special session is expected to contain a minimum of 6 talks of 20 minutes each, including Q/A.

** A mini symposium is expected to contain a minimum of 12 talks (2 sessions) of 20 minutes each, including Q/A.


SMN2024 provides the opportunity for paper submissions and publications under the same registration fee, with two options available:

  • Abstracts only (single step) will undergo evaluation for presentation at the conference but will not be included in the conference proceedings for publication.
  • Abstracts (first step) + full papers (second step) will undergo evaluation for presentation at the conference and inclusion in the conference proceedings (full papers only).

We welcome prospective authors to submit original technical papers (abstracts or/and full papers) to SMN2024, provided that they are not concurrently under review for any other conference.

All submissions must be in English. The full paper should have between 6 and 10 pages. Only PDF files observing the templates will be considered for the review process, and submissions must be made through ScienceConf. Please ensure that the paper title and list of authors provided in the submitted PDF file match those entered in the ScienceConf registration portal.

Download Word template here. Download Latex template here (tex, pdf). For submissions, click here.

To submit a proposal for a special session or mini symposium, please send it to [email protected].


Registration is required for admission to the venue and participation in the conference scientific program and other SMN2024 activities. To benefit from the most favorable conference rates, we advise delegates to capitalize on the advantageous Early Bird offer.

The registration fees* (in USD: $) for the SMN2024 Conference are as follows:


Early Bird
On or before October 15

October 15 –November 15

Standard participant



PhD student



Master’s student



Accompanying person



Banquet dinner ticket



Social event ticket



*One registration allows only one submission (abstract/paper) and one presentation (oral/poster).

Terms and Conditions

As the conference will be held in the UAE, SMN2024 is required to collect 5 percent VAT on registration (not included in the prices above).

Standard participant registration rate covers a maximum of one accepted submission (abstract, paper) by the same registered author. Standard participants are entitled to: (a) admission to all sessions, (b) daily lunches and refreshments/coffee breaks, (c) welcome reception, (d) conference proceedings, (e) social event and (f) banquet dinner.

Student (PhD, Master’s) participant registration rate covers only one accepted submission (abstract, paper). Student participants are entitled to: (a) admission to all sessions, (b) daily lunches and refreshments/coffee breaks, (c) welcome reception and (d) conference proceedings. To receive the PhD/master’s student rates, attendees must send by email to [email protected] a copy of a valid student ID to validate their registration.

Accompanying person registration: Includes (a) welcome reception, (b) social event and (c) conference dinner.

Payment confirmation notifications will be sent to your email address, once your payment is processed successfully.

Final acceptance is contingent upon payment of the registration fee by the presenting author during the advance period (within early or regular deadlines). This is a requirement for the presentation to be included in the conference program and proceedings.

Refund policy: A 20 percent non-refundable cancellation fee applies. All requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than November 1, 2024. No refunds will be made after this date, but replacement of a registered speaker is allowed.

Important Dates

Special session and mini-symposia proposals submission deadline

June 14, 2024

Abstract submission deadline

June 28, 2024

Acceptance notification

July 12, 2024

Manuscript (full paper) submission deadline

September 16, 2024

Manuscript (full paper) final acceptance notification

September 30, 2024

Early bird registration deadline

October 15, 2024

Regular registration deadline

November 15, 2024

Conference dates

November 25-28, 2024


The scientific program of SMN 2024 will be composed of plenary lectures, keynote lectures, oral presentations in general or/and special sessions and mini-symposia on research or/and industrial hot topics and posters. It will be published in November 2024. The oral presentations have durations of 45 minutes (30+15 Q&A), 30 minutes (20+10 Q&A) and 20 minutes (15+5 Q&A) for plenary, keynote or regular oral lectures, respectively.

The social program of SMN 2024 includes:

  • Welcome reception: Tuesday, November 26, 2024 evening
  • Banquet dinner: Wednesday, November 27, 2024 evening
  • Visit iconic landmark in Sharjah: Thursday, November 28, 2024 afternoon 

Invited Lecturers

Plenary Lecturers

  • Professor Alper Erturk, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Professor Srinivasan Gopalakrishnan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  • Professor Mickael Krommer, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria
  • Professor Marcelo Areias Trindade, University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Professor Norman M. Wereley, University of Maryland, USA

Keynote Lecturers

  • Professor Santosh Kapuria, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India
  • Professor Dimitris A. Saravanos, University of Patras, Greece

Proceedings and Journals Special Issues

Conference proceedings will be published in an e-book with an ISBN number. The organizing committee will also work to attribute DOI to the conference papers. The open-access deposit platform will be announced later.

Selected papers will be published in special issues of these journals (regular review process applies)

Accommodation and Transportation

Conference attendees can consider staying at Centro Sharjah (Booking code: ROAUCON) or Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa. Special rates are offered for the conference attendees who opt to stay in either of these two hotels.

Transportation from the Hotel to Conference Venue 

Transportation from these two hotels to the conference venue and back will be provided to the conference attendees free of charge.

Transportation from the Airport to Hotel

If you arrive in Sharjah International Airport (SHJ), you can take a taxi to Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa. The trip takes around 25 minutes. The cost is between 40-55 AED ($10-$15). Centro Sharjah is located adjacent to Sharjah International Airport. 

If you arrive in Dubai International Airport (DXB), you can take a taxi to Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa or Centro Sharjah. The cost is between 100-120 AED ($27-$33). The trip takes between 30 and 45 minutes depending on traffic conditions. There are no other convenient modes of direct transportation between the two cities.  

You also have the option to choose your desired accommodation in either Sharjah or Dubai. In this case, you will need to arrange your own transportation.


SMN2024 will be held at American University of Sharjah (AUS). AUS has a unique multifaceted campus with a distinctive Islamic architecture and is conveniently located close to airports and tourist attractions. Firmly grounded in principles of meritocracy and with a strong reputation for academic excellence, AUS has come to represent the very best in teaching and research, accredited internationally and recognized by employers the world over for creating graduates equipped with the knowledge, skills and drive to lead.

AUS values learners not driven only by academic success, but by those that embrace our dynamic campus life and embody our ideals of openness, tolerance and respect. This combination of academic excellence and community spirit ensures AUS is filled with world-class faculty and students who are poised to become the leaders of tomorrow. We offer 32 majors and 46 minors at the undergraduate level, 17 master's degrees programs and five PhD programs.

For directions to the AUS campus, click here.

Sharjah is one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is renowned for its breathtaking landmarks, vibrant shopping malls and traditional souks, pristine beaches, thrilling waterparks and world-class luxury hotels.

Click here for major tourist attractions in the UAE.

For more information on Sharjah, click here.

Visa information

It is the participants' responsibility to acquire a travel visa to enter the UAE. Should one be necessary, we can support you by supplying an invitation letter upon acceptance of your conference paper and upon conference registration. However, we are not visa experts, nor can we expedite the visa process. Thus, we urge you to register early and arrange for your visa in advance. The processing time varies depending on the country and individual circumstances.

Kindly refer to the official UAE government website for information on visit visas, click here.

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