Towards machine learning approaches for predicting the self-healing efficiency of materials

Wenjun Wang, Nicolette Moreau, Yingfang Yuan, Paul Race, Wei Pang*

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Self-healing materials with an inherent repair mechanism have been widely studied. However, the self-healing efficiencies of most materials can only be measured by laboratory-based experiments, which can be time consuming and expensive. Inspired by modern machine learning approaches, we are interested in predicting the self-healing efficiency of new bio-hybrid materials, as part of our ongoing EPSRC funded ’Manufacturing Immortality’ project. By modelling existing experimental data, predictive models can be built to forecast self-healing efficiency. This has the potential to reduce the time input required by laboratory experiments, guide material and component selection, and inform hypotheses, thereby facilitating the design of novel self-healing materials. In this position paper, we first present preliminary knowledge and quantitative definitions of the self-healing efficiency of materials. We then demonstrate several widely used machine learning approaches and review an experimental case of predictive modelling based on neural networks. Furthermore, and aiming to expedite self-healing material development, we propose an on-line ensemble learning framework as the whole system model for the optimization of predictive computational models. Finally, the rationality of our on-line ensemble learning framework is experimentally studied and validated
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-187
Number of pages8
JournalComputational Materials Science
Early online date19 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

Structured keywords

  • Bristol BioDesign Institute


  • Artificial neural network
  • Online ensemble learning framework
  • Predictive model
  • Regression and classification
  • Self-healing efficiency
  • Synthetic Biology


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