The ARTS research group is part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. The research group is led by Prof. Ying Hei Chui, who is the Chairholder of the NSERC Industry Research Chair in Engineered Wood & Building Systems since August 2017. The IRC research program is supported by eleven industrial partners as well as federal and provincial agencies including NSERC, MITACS, Alberta Innovates and industry.
The ARTS group is active in researching innovative engineered wood products and building systems within the areas of structural timber engineering and building materials. The main focus of the research is on the next generation of mass timber construction with new connection techniques. This field includes the structural and serviceability performance of mass timber elements, especially the performance of lateral load resisting systems. Furthermore, design methods of connections containing inclined self-tapping screws, and the acoustic and vibration performance of mass timber panel-concrete composite floor systems are investigated. Our goal to is to help the construction and wood industry to move from light wood-frame to mid- and high-rise mass timber construction market.