Plenary & Semi-Plenary Lectures

Plenary Lecturers

Prof. Franco BREZZI (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy)

Prof. Marc GEERS (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)

Semi-Plenary Lecturers

Prof. Oliver ALLIX (Universités à l'École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France)

Prof. Ferdinando AURICCHIO (Università di Pavia, Italy)

Prof. Zdenek BAŽANT (Northwestern University, USA)

Prof. Stéphane BORDAS (Cardiff University, UK)

Prof. Annalisa BUFFA (Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche, Italy)

Prof. David CHEN (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)

Prof. Jiun-Shyan CHEN (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Prof. William CURTIN (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)

Prof. Christoph DELLAGO (University of Vienna, Austria)

Prof. Kyriakos GIANNAKOGLOU (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Prof. Andreas GRIEWANK (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany)

Prof. Peter F.G. HANSBO (Jönköping University Foundation, Sweden)

Dr. Markus HARTMANN (Montan Universität Leoben, Austria)

Prof. Thomas J.R. HUGHES (University of Texas at Austin, USA)

Prof. Joze KORELC (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Prof. Tomasz KOWALEWSKI (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Prof. Pierre LADEVEZE (Universités à l'École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France)

Prof. Tod LAURSEN (Khalifa University of Science Technology & Research, UAE)

Prof. Wing Kam LIU (Northwestern University, USA)

Prof. David LLOYD (Griffith University, Australia)

Prof. Xavier OLIVER (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)

Prof. Eugenio OÑATE (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain)

Prof. Michael ORTIZ (California Institute of Technology, USA)

Prof. Anna PANDOLFI (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Prof. Manolis PAPADRAKAKIS (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)

Dr. Stefan PIRKER (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

Prof. Heinz PITSCH (RWTH Aachen, Germany)

Prof. Stefanie REESE (RWTH Aachen, Germany)

Prof. Bernhard SCHREFLER (Università di Padova, Italy)

Prof. Ole SIGMUND (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)

Prof. Alfredo SOLDATI (Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy)

Prof. Paul STEINMANN (University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)

Prof. Michel VISONNEAU (École Centrale de Nantes, France)

Prof. Wolfgang WALL (Technische Universität München, Germany)

Dr. Gareth WILLIAMS (Airbus, France)

Prof. Peter WRIGGERS (Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany)


Plenary Lectures


Prof. Franco BREZZI

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy


Virtual element methods

Franco Brezzi is Professor of Mathematical Analysis at the IUSS - Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia, and the Director of the Institute of Numerical Analysis of CNR. His research interests are mainly devoted to the analysis of stability, convergence and error estimates for numerical methods related to problems of engineering interest. These include various problems in Structural Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Electromagnetism. His major results deal with the stability conditions for problems in mixed form (the inf-sup condition), with the design of new elements for incompressible or nearly incompressible materials and for plate problems, with the Residual-Free Bubbles approach for two-level methods, and with the three-field formulation for Domain Decomposition Methods. He is a member of the Editorial Board of several major international journals in Numerical Analysis, Computational Mechanics, and Applied Mathematics.   


Prof. Marc GEERS

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands


Modelling material failure across the scales: the multiscale paradigm 

Marc Geers is full professor in Mechanics of Materials at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands since 2000. His research interests are in the field of micromechanics, multi-scale mechanics, damage mechanics and mechanics in miniaturization. His research group aims to understand, describe, predict and optimise the mechanical response of engineering materials as a function of their underlying microstructure, processing and evolution, through focused and coordinated experimental, theoretical and computational efforts at a wide range of length scales. Particular research topics are: strain gradient crystal and dislocation plasticity, ductile damage, interface mechanics, computational homogenization and microstructural patterning. He published more than 100 journal papers and an equal amount of contributions in proceedings or books. He coordinates the cluster Multi-scale fundamentals of Materials in the Materials Innovation Institute, he is the Scientific Director of the Dutch Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics and he chairs Euromech's Mechanics of Materials committee.

Semi-Plenary Lectures


Prof. Olivier ALLIX

Universités à l'École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France


Some recent developments of non-linear multi-scale strategies in structural mechanics 

Position Professor (of Exceptional class) at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan Director of LMT. Olivier Allix is a leading expert on multiscale strategies and computational mechanics for composites. His research aims at proposing and developing methods and concepts to solve industrial challenges. Initially focused on the modeling identification and simulation of damage in composites especially delamination, his current research interest concerns multiscale approaches for non-linear structural mechanics (buckling, cracks propagation …), non intrusive computational mechanics, modelling, and prediction of failure in dynamics, identification in case of corrupted measurements. He is author of some 80 papers in international journals and of some 200 proceedings or seminar, those works have been conducted for a large part through PhD thesis and research contracts. Olivier Allix serves as a member of 8 editorial boards of international journals. He has been with Peter Wriggers, the main organizer of the very successful Fourth European Conference on Computational Mechanics (Solids, Structures and Coupled Problems in Engineering) ECCM 2010 held in Paris with more than 2000 participants. Olivier Allix is an Euromech and IACM fellow.

Prof. Ferdinando AURICCHIO
Università di Pavia, Italy


Approximations of incompressible large deformation elastic problems: some unresolved issues!

After a Civil Engineering BA at the University of Napoli (1989), a M.Sc. (1991) and a Ph.D. (1995), both from University of California at Berkeley, since 2001 Ferdinando Auricchio is Professor of Mechanics of Solids at University of Pavia (Italy), Professor at the European School for Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk and Research Associate at the Institute for Applied Mathematics and Information Technologies (IMATI-CNR). He is currently Member of the General Assembly and Managing Board of ECCOMAS, Editorial Board Member for the Annals of Solid and Structural Mechanics, Advisory Board Member for IJNME. His current research topics are: material constitutive modeling (in particular for shape-memory alloys), biomechanics (with a special interest in cardiovascular problems), mixed finite elements, isogeometric analysis, SPH, X-FEMs. He is author of more than 80 publications on international journals and of more than 50 invited presentations at national and international conferences. He has also been consultant for important international companies (Saes Getters, Nokia, Fiat, MSC Marc, LS-Dyna). He is co-inventor of 2 European granted patents and co-founder of a biomedical spin-off company.


Prof. Zdenek BAŽANT 

Northwestern University, USA

Compensating for errors of ABAQUS, LS-DYNA, ANSYS and NASTRAN in finite strain and bifurcation analysis of incrementally highly orthotropic or compressible solids

Born and educated in Prague (Ph.D. 1963), Bazant joined Northwestern University in 1969, became Professor in 1973, and served as Director of Center for Geomaterials (1981-87). Since 1990 he has been W.P. Murphy Professor of Civil Eng. and Materials Science and since 2002 simultaneously McCormick Institute Professor. He was inducted to the US National Academy of Sciences, US National Academy of Engrg., Am. Acad. of Arts & Sciences, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Italian National Academy (dei Lincei, Rome), Spanish Royal Acad. of Engrg., Istituto Lombardo (Milan), Acad. of Engrg. of Czech Rep. and Eur. Acad. of Sci. & Arts; served as Editor of ASCE J. of Engrg. Mechanics, and is Regional Editor of Int. J. of Fracture; was president of Soc. of Engrg. Science, founding president of IA-FRAMCOS and IA-CONCREEP; Division Director in IA-SMiRT; member of US Nat. Comm. on Theor. & Appl. Mech.; and chaired many committees in ASCE, RILEM, ACI, SES and IA-SMiRT. He is an Illinois Registered Struct. Engineer. Among his honors: 7 honorary doctorates–CTU Prague, UC Boulder, Politecnico di Milano, TU Karlsruhe, INSA Lyon, TU Vienna, Ohio State Univ., Columbus; Honorary Member of ASCE and of ACI; SES Prager Medal; ASME Timoshenko Medal, Warner Medal and Nádai Medal; ASCE von Kármán Medal; Newmark Medal, Biot Medal, Lifetime Achievement Award, Croes Medal, Huber Prize and TY Lin Award; W. Exner Medal, Austria Gov.-Industry Assoc.; RILEM L’Hermite Medal; Am. Ceramic Soc. Roy Award; Torroja Medal (Spain); Solín, Bazant (Sr.) & Stodola Medals (Czech Rep., Slovakia); Medal of Czech Soc. for Mech.; IACMAG Outstanding Contrib. Award; ICOSSAR Lecture Award; SEAOI Meritorious Paper Award; Best Engrg. Book of the Year (SAP); and Guggenheim, NATO, Ford, Humboldt, JSPS & Kajima Fellowships. Honored by Special Issues of Int. J. of Solids & Structures and Int. J. of Fracture, and by 60th and 70th birthday workshops & Proc. He authored 6 books (Scaling of Structural Strength, Inelastic Analysis, Fracture and Size Effect, Stability of Structures, Concrete at High Temperature, and Concrete Creep) and >500 refereed journal articles. With the H-index of 71 and >22,900 journal citations (Google 7/2012), he is one of the original top 100 ISI Highly Cited Scientists in Engrg.; 


Prof. Stéphane BORDAS

Cardiff University, UK


Towards real time multiscale simulation of cutting in non-linear materials with applications to surgical simulation and computer guided surgery

Born in Paris, France in 1975, he joined the Theoretical Applied and Computational Mechanics team at Cardiff University on 1st September 2009, as a Professor. Before this, he was a lecturer in Glasgow University Civil Engineering Department for three years (2006-2009). Between 2003 and 2006, he was at the Laboratory of Structural and Continuum Mechanics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, working under the support of Professor Thomas Zimmermann on meshfree point collocation methods and partition of unity enrichment (extended finite elements) with applications to geomechanics. In 2003, he graduated in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics with a Ph.D. from Northwestern University under the guidance of Professor Brian Moran. In 1999, through a joint graduate programme of the French Institute of Technology (Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics) and the American Northwestern University he completed a dual M.Sc. after a thesis work on Time Domain Reflectometry simulation to assess ground movements with Professor Charles H. Dowding.

Prof. Annalisa BUFFA

Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche, Italy


New methods and schemes in isogeometric analysis

In 1996 she received a master degree in computer science engeneering at the University of Pavia and in 2000 a PhD Diplome at University of Milano, Italy. From 2004 till today she has been Research Director (dirigente di ricerca) at Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche del CNR, Pavia Italy. From 2001 to 2003 she was Researcher (ricercatore) at Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche del CNR , Pavia Italy. In 2007 she was awarded with the ERC Starting Independent Research Grant by the European Research Council for the project GeoPDEs: Innovative compatible discretization techniques for Partial Differential Equations. In 2007 she was awarded with the Bartolozzi Prize, Unione Matematica Italiana and with the John Todd Fellowship Prize, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut, Oberwolfach, Germany

Prof. David CHEN

National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Analysis of static and dynamic quasicontinuum methods

Prof. Chuin-Shan (David) Chen received his B.S. degree from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, U.S.A. He worked as a research associate at the Cornell Theory Center before he joined National Taiwan University. He is now Professor of Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University. His research interests are associated with mechanics and physics of materials at the nanometer and micrometer scales. He has made significant contributions on the area of multiscale computational methods and their applications to nanomechanics, materials modeling and biosensor simulation. He is one of the Editors-in-Chief of Interaction and Multiscale Mechanics, An International Journal (IMMIJ), and has received numerous awards, including ICACM Computational Mechanics Award, NTU Distinguished Teaching Award, National Science Council Distinguished Young Investigator Award, Distinguished Young Scholar from Society of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, among others. 

Prof. Jiun-Shyan CHEN

University of California, Los Angeles, USA


Stabilized Galerkin and collocation meshfree methods: convergence, stability, and applications 

J. S. Chen had his undergraduate education in National Central University (1978-1982), Taiwan, and received MS (1986) and PhD (1989) from Northwestern University. He worked in GenCorp Research Division during 1989-1994. From 1994 – 2001, he held a faculty position in the Mechanical Engineering Department of The University of Iowa before moving to UCLA in 2001. He is currently the Chancellor’s Professor, Distinguished Professor & Department Chair of Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at UCLA. He is also Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department and Professor of Mathematics Department at UCLA. His research interests are in computational solid mechanics and multiscale materials modeling, with particular emphasis on meshfree methods. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Interaction and Multiscale Mechanics, and is serving as the Editorial Board member of eight other international journals. He is currently the President of US Association for Computational Mechanics, the Executive Council member of the International Association for Computational Mechanics, and the Executive Council member of the International Chinese Association for Computational Mechanics. He has received numerous awards, including GenCorp Technology Achievement Award, James Lightners Faculty Fellowship and The Faculty Scholar Award from The University of Iowa, UCLA Chancellor’s Professor, Fellow of US Association for Computational Mechanics, Fellow of International Association for Computational Mechanics, Outstanding Alumnus of National Central University, Taiwan, Tongji Chair of Tongji University, China, and The ICACM Award from International Chinese Association for Computational Mechanics.

Prof. William CURTIN

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland


From atoms to ductility: the mechanisms of dynamic strain aging and its impact on ductility in Al-Mg 

Dr. William Curtin received a combined 4 yr. ScB/ScM degree in Physics from Brown University in 1981 and a PhD in theoretical physics from Cornell University in 1986. Dr. Curtin then joined the Applied Physics Group at the British Petroleum Research Laboratories (formerly SOHIO) in Cleveland, OH. In 1993, he joined the faculty at Virginia Tech with a joint appointment in Materials Science & Engineering and Engineering Science & Mechanics. In 1998, Professor Curtin returned to Brown University as a faculty member in the Solid Mechanics group of the Division of Engineering. Professor Curtin was appointed as the Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor at Brown in 2006. In 2011 he was appointed to director of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausane, Switzerland.

The major theme of Professor Curtin's research is modeling of mechanical behavior of materials, with special emphases on fracture and multiscale modeling. Systems currently under investigation include metals such as Aluminum-Magnesium, Ni and Fe containing hydrogen, nanoscale materials such as carbon nanotube composites, and composites such as carbon-fiber reinforced plastics. 

Prof. Christoph DELLAGO

University of Vienna, Austria


Multiscale challenges in the simulation of nucleation and growth processes: from transition pathways to reaction coordinates

After receiving his PhD in Computational Physics from the University of Vienna in 1996, Christoph Dellago spent three years as a Postdoc at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1999 he joined the faculty of the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor and in 2003 he became a Full Professor of Physics at the University of Vienna. Currently he serves as Dean of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna. Christoph Dellago has co-authored over 100 research papers and in 2005 he received the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences administered by Tel Aviv University for his contributions to the dynamics and thermodynamics of complex molecular systems. Christoph Dellago's research interests span a diverse set of topics in computational statistical mechanics and molecular simulation ranging from chaos in classical many-particle systems to chemical reactions and the structure and dynamics of soft and nanoscale matter.



National Technical University of Athens, Greece


Adjoint methods in CFD-based optimization – gradient computation & beyond

He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering in 1982 and his Ph.D. degree in Computational Fluid Dynamics in 1987, both from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. He is Professor with the Lab. of Thermal Turbomachines and the Parallel CFD and the Optimization Unit of the School of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA.

His research interests include development of CFD methods for turbomachinery applications as well as external aerodynamics, development of inverse design and optimization algorithms based on evolutionary algorithms and deterministic (adjoint) methods and/or neural networks and parallelization of the corresponding software (including Cluster & Grid Computing and GPUs). Since May 2007, he is the Chairman of the ERCOFTAC (European Research Community of Flow Turbulence and Combustion) Special Interest Group SIG34 on Design Optimization. He has authored >50 Journal papers, ~100 Conference papers and 5 chapters in books.

Prof. Andreas GRIEWANK

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany


Preconditioning for bounded retardation in simulation based design optimization 

1982-1986 he was Assistant Professor and 1986-1987 Associate Professor at the Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University, USA. 1987-1993 he was Mathematician in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, USA. In 1993 he was appointed to Professor at the Technical University Dresden, Germany. In 2003 he was appointed to Professor at the Institute of Mathematics of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Matheon, DFG Research Center Mathematics for Key Technologies. Since 2008 he is Director of the Institute. In 2001 he was awarded the Max-Planck Research Prize for International Collaboration. 

Prof. Peter F.G. HANSBO

Jönköping University Foundation, Sweden


Aspects of approximation with cut finite elements

He received in 1983 a MSc and in 1989 a PhD from Chalmers University of Technology (CTH), Sweden. 1989-1995 he was research assistant in mathematics at CTH. 1996-1998 he as Lecturer in numerical analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. 1998-2009 he was Associate Professor at CTH and in 2009 he was appointed to Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, CTH. 2010-2011 he was Guest professor at Shalmstad University. In 2011 he was appointed to Professor at Jönköping University.

His research is aimed at developing improved (i.e., faster, more accurate, simpler) numerical models for the solution of problems related to classical field theories, i.e., systems of partial differential equations that describe phenomena such as convection, strength of materials, and wave propagation. In particular he focuses on multiphysics problems, e.g., the connection between various physical systems such as fluid-structure interaction. 


Montan Universität Leoben, Austria


Atomistic modeling of the mechanical stability behavior of fullerenes

In 2000 he graduated in Physics at the University of Vienna, Austria. 2002-2003 he was PhD Student at the Erich-Schmid Insitute of Materialscience and at the University of Leoben, Austria. 2003-2006 he continues as PhD Student at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany. In 2006 he received a Ph.D. at the Humboldt University Berlin. 2006-2007 he was Post Doc at the Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA), Saclay, France and 2008-2009 Post Doc at the Max-Planck-Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam, Germany. Since 2009 he has been University Assistent at the Institute of Physics, University of Leoben, Austria.

Prof. Thomas J.R. HUGHES

University of Texas at Austin, USA


Isogeometric analysis: recent developments 

Thomas J.R. Hughes is one of the most widely cited authors in Computational Mechanics. He has been awarded the Huber Prize and von Karman Medal from ASCE, the Melville, Worcester Reed Warner, and Timoshenko Medals from ASME, the Von Neumann Medal from USACM, the Gauss-Newton Medal from IACM, the Computational Mechanics Award of JSME, the Grand Prize from JSCES, and the Humboldt Research Award for Senior Scientists from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Member of the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettore. Dr. Hughes has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Louvain, Pavia, Padua, and Trondheim. His research interests include the development of patient-specific simulation technologies for cardiovascular disease, variational multiscale methods for complex fluid flows and turbulence, and Isogeometric Analysis: geometrically exact methods in computational mechanics that hold promise to unify computer aided design and engineering analysis methodologies.

Prof. Jože KORELC

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia


Efficiency and limitations of automation of computational modeling

Prof. Jože Korelc graduated from the University of Ljubljana and finished his PhD at the Darmstadt University of Technology. His research examines an interdisciplinary approach to computational mechanics as synthesis of classical numerical methods and symbolic-algebraic systems. He has published numerous articles on finite element technology for solid and contact problems, material modeling, sensitivity analysis, automatic code generation and the use of symbolic methods in engineering. Prof. Korelc is currently Head of the Division of Structures at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, President of the Central European Association of Computational Mechanics and a primal developer of the software systems AceGen and AceFEM for on-demand numerical code generation and finite element analysis. He has organized four conferences as a president of Slovenian Society of Mechanics.


Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland


Validation of selected computational fluid dynamics problems

Professor Tomasz A. Kowalewski obtained his master degree in physics at Warsaw University. After obtaining PhD in fluid mechanics at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research Polish Academy of Sciences (IPPT PAN) he worked for nine years with Max-Planck-Institute for Fluid Mechanics at Goettingen (Germany). After returning back to the IPPT PAN he organized there the Department of Mechanics and Physics of Fluids (ZMiFP) being its head, until he became Deputy Director for Research at IPPT PAN. He is internationally acknowledged  expert in fluid mechanics. His main scientific research is oriented on experimental and numerical fluid mechanics, two phase flow, thermally driven flow without and with phase changes, free surface flow, jets and bubbles, bio inspired flows, nanofibres and microfluidics.


Prof. Pierre LADEVEZE

Universités à l'École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France 


PGD in computational mechanics:
basic features, verification and engineering applications

Pierre Ladevèze is a professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Cachan, France, and holds the EADS Foundation chair on "Advanced Computational Structural Mechanics". He heads a research group of over fifty researchers. His work focuses primarily on the validation and verification of models, on mechanics-based computational strategies for nonlinear problems and on the modeling and analysis of composite materials and structures. Pierre Ladevèze has co-authored over 180 papers published in international scientific journals and from 2000, has presented 43 keynotes and plenary lectures.


Khalifa University of Science Technology & Research, United Arab Emirates


Integral representation of contact constraints as a means to robust and accurate representation of interfacial behavior in large deformation mechanics  

In 1992 he received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. Since 1998 he has been at Duke University as Associate Professor (1998-2003) and Professor (since 2004).

In addition to his primary appointment in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, he holds secondary appointments in both Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Duke. Since 2008 he has co-directed the Computational Mechanics Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. He has particular interest in the development and application of computational methods for nonlinear applications in solid and structural mechanics. Recently he was appointed to Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Khalifa University of Science Technology & Research, United Arab Emirates

Although his research spans computational nonlinear solid mechanics fairly broadly, its primary focus has been on the development of effective computational strategies for the treatment of contact-impact phenomena in mechanics. He is the Editor-In-Chief of the Elsevier Journal, Finite Elements in Analysis and Design , and author of the research monograph Computational Contact and Impact Mechanics , which was published by Springer in March of 2002. He is the author of over 80 refereed journal articles, book chapters, and conference papers.

Prof. Wing Kam LIU

Northwestern University, USA


Archetype blending continuum theory for material complexes design for controlled fracture patterns

Wing Kam Liu is the Walter P. Murphy Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University; Founding Director of the NSF Summer Institute on Nano Mechanics, Nano Materials and Micro/NanoManufacturing; Founding Chairman of the ASME NanoEngineering Council; and Co-Founding Director of the Predictive Science and Engineering Design Program at Northwestern University. He is the Vice-President of IACM, a past Chairman of the ASME AMD and a past President of USACM. He is the editor of the Journal of Computational Mechanics and the International Journal of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics. He has been a consultant to more than 20 governmental and international organizations. Liu has made fundamental, innovative contributions to the theories, methodologies and practice of simulation-based engineering and science. In 2001 the Institute for Scientific Information identified him as "one of the most highly cited, influential researchers in Engineering." Selected Liu's major awards and honors include: the 2009 ASME Dedicated Service Award, the 2007 ASME Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, the 2007 USACM John von Neumann Medal, the 2004 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Computational Mechanics Award, the 2002 IACM Computational Mechanics Award, the 2001 USACM Computational Structural Mechanics Award, the 1995 ASME Gustus L. Larson Memorial Award, the 1985 ASME Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, the 1979 ASME Melville Medal, the 1989 Thomas J. Jaeger Prize of the International Association for Structural Mechanics, and the 1983 SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. He obtained the B.S with the highest honor from UIC in 1976, and the M.S in 1977 and Ph.D. in 1981, both from Caltech.

Prof. David LLOYD

Griffith University, Australia


Computational neuromusculoskeletal modelling to examine tissue loading in humans

David Lloyd is Director and Professor of the Musculoskeletal Research Program at the Griffith Health Institute, Australia. His research interests are neuromuscular skeletal computational modelling, muscular skeletal injuries of the lower limb, osteoarthritis of the lower limb joints, tissue engineering treatment of tendinopathy and cartilage, and training to prevent muscular skeletal injuries and disease. He is member of the American Society for Biomechanics, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Australian and New Zealand Society of Biomechanics, the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, the International Society of Biomechanics, and Sports Medicine Australia.

Prof. Xavier OLIVER

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain


High performance model-order-reduction methods in computational multi-scale simulations of non-linear solids 


Professor Xavier Oliver obtained the degree of Civil Engineer at the Civil Engineering School of Valencia (Spain) in 1976. After a short career in the construction management field, he moved to the Technical University of Catalonia in Barcelona to obtain the Ph.D. degree in 1982. Since then, he has remained at the Civil Engineering School of Barcelona (ETSECCPB) as Associate Professor (1982) and Professor (1989). His research has been mainly related with computational solid mechanics, more specifically in the fields of computational material failure and numerical modeling of forming processes. He has made major contributions in embedded finite elements for the computational modeling of fracture and in the modeling of strain softening behavior. He is fellow of the IACM (2002), member of the Catalan Royal Academy of Doctors (2006) and got the IACM Computational Mechanics Award (2008) and the AMCA International Award (2008). He is presently chairman of the Spanish Association for Computational Mechanics (SEMNI).

Prof. Eugenio OÑATE

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain


Analysis of fluid-soil-structure interaction problems with a combination of particle, discrete and finite element methods

In 1976 he received a M.Sc. and in 1978 a Ph.D. at the University College of Swansea, UK. In 1979 he received a Doctor Ingeniero de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (Ph.D. in Civil Engineering). Since 1981 he has been Full Profesor in Structural Mechanics, Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC). Since 1987 he has been Vicepresident of International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 1989 - 2004 he was President of the Spanish Society for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI) and 1992-95 President of the Scientifoc Council of the Center for Supercomputing of Catalonia (CESCA). 2000 - 2004 he was President (1993-1996 Vice-President of the European Community on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences(ECCOMAS). Since 2002 he is President of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM). Since 2004 he has been Honorary President of the Spanish Society for Numerical Methods in Engineering (SEMNI).

This main research topics are fnite strip methods for prismatic plate and shell structures, finite element methods for hot metal forming and sheet stamping processes, rotation-free plate and shell elements, FEM analysis of composite structures using mixing theory, critical displacement method for structural stability analysis, meshless techniques based on finite point methods, stabilized methods based on finite calculus theory for problems in fluid and solid mechanics, and particle finite element method (PFEM) for fluid-structure interaction and multiphysic engineering problems.

Prof. Michael ORTIZ

California Institute of Technology, USA


Multiscale modeling and simulation of materials


Professor Ortiz received a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. From 1984-1995 he held a faculty position in the Division of Engineering of Brown University, where he carried out research activities in the fields of mechanics of materials and computational solid mechanics. He is currently the Dotty and Dick Hayman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, where he has been in the faculty since 1995 and currently serves as the director of Caltech’s DoE/PSAAP Center on High-Energy Density Dynamics of Materials. Professor Ortiz has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Scholar at Caltech, Midwest and Southwest Mechanics Seminar Series Distinguished Speaker, a Fellow and an elected member-at large of the US Association for Computational Mechanics, and an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Professor Ortiz is the recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, the IACM International Computational Mechanics Awards for Research, the USACM Computational Structural Mechanics Award, the ISI Highly Cited Researcher Award, the inaugural 2008 Rodney Hill Prize conferred every four years by the IUTAM and the Hans Fischer Senior Fellowship of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Technical University of Munich.


Politecnico di Milano, Italy


New strategies in numerical modeling of fracture in brittle materials

Anna Pandolfi is Associate Professor for Structural Mechanics at the Structural Engineering department of the Politecnico di Milano since 2001.  She got the MS in Civil Engineering at Politecnico di Milano and the PhD in Mechanics at the Universite’ Paul Verlaine in Metz (France). She has been researching mainly in fields connected to mechanics of materials and constitutive modeling, like fragmentation algorithms, remeshing procedures, and frictional contact formulations, but she is also active in the biomechanics community with publications on modeling of anisotropic tissues (cornea, arteries). 


National Technical University of Athens, Greece


A new perspective for large-scale simulations in computational mechanics 

Manolis Papadrakakis is Professor of Computational Structural Mechanics and Director of the Institute of Structural Analysis and Seismic Research in the School of Civil Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is the President of ECCOMAS, editor of Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (CMAME) Journal, honorary editor of the International Journal of Computational Methods (IJCM), member of the editorial board of 15 international scientific journals; President of the John Argyris International Centre for Computational Methods in Engineering and Vice President of the John Argyris Foundation. He is also a member of IACM Executive Council; General Council as well as Fellow and recipient of the Computational Mechanics Award.
His main fields of interest are solution of large-scale finite element problems with domain decomposition, large-scale structural optimization, stochastic finite element methods, neural network applications in structural engineering, computational methods for seismic design of structures, nonlinear finite element simulation of steel and concrete structures, adaptive finite element procedures, and soil-fluid-structure interaction problems. He has published more than 420 papers in international refereed journals, international conference proceedings, and chapters in edited books.

Dr. Stefan PIRKER

Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria


Modelling particle laden flows by hybrid model approaches

Dr. Pirker graduated in 1996 in mechatronics and in 2001 he received a Ph.D. at Johannes Kepler University, Linz. Since 2001 he is vice-head of the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and heat Transfer at JKU, Linz, Austria. Since 2009 he is head of the Christian Doppler Laboratory entitled “Particulate Flow Modeling” which is associated with the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer of Johannes Kepler University Linz. During the last years, he devoted his main research focus to the smart synthesis of individual particulate flow models in order to achieve hybrid particle models. This way, Dr. Pirker's research team has developed a massively parallelized open source Discrete Element Modeling (DEM) program entitles Liggghts and a general purpose open source CFD-DEM coupling code which is based on Liggghts and OpenFOAM.

Prof. Heinz PITSCH

RWTH Aachen, Germany


The many faces of modeling combustion in real systems 



Since 2010 Prof. Pitsch is Professor for combustion theory at RWTH Aachen. 1993-1998 he was research assistant at RWTH Aachn and 1998-1999 Visiting Researcher am Center for Energy and Combustion Science der University of California, San Diego. From 1999 to 2003 he was Research Associate am Center for Turbulence Research der Stanford University. Since 2003 he has been Assistant (and since 2008 Associate) Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University.

His main research interests are in combustion theory, modeling of turbulent reacting flows with large-eddy simulations, development and analysis of chemical kinetic reaction mechanisms, modeling of pollutant formation, development of numerical methods, investigation and modeling of combustion instabilities, and model applications to modern aircraft engine combustion, reciprocating engine combustion, and chemical processing.


Prof. Stefanie REESE

RWTH Aachen, Germany


Scale transitions in biomechanics and production technology by means of
model reduction


Since 2009, Stefanie Reese is professor for applied mechanics at the RWTH Aachen (Germany). Before, she held professorships at the Ruhr University Bochum and at the Technische Universität Braunschweig (Germany). She did postdoctoral research in Hannover, Darmstadt, Berkeley (USA) and Capetown (South Africa). Her main research fields are material modelling of innovative materials as shape memory alloys, fibre-reinforced polymers and biomaterials as well as efficient and robust finite element technologies. One goal of her research is always to apply the new methods to interesting applications e.g. in the field of medical technology, biomechanics and production technology. Stefanie has won several prizes for academic achievements from scientific academies and is member of the senate of the German Science Foundation, a high-ranking committee in German science. She further serves in different boards and commissions in the international mechanics community.

Prof. Bernhard SCHREFLER

Università di Padova, Italy


A tumor growth model based upon the thermodynamically constrained averaging theory 

Bernhard Schrefler is professor of Structural Mechanics at the University of Padova and Secretary General of the International Centre for Mechanical Science (CISM) at Udine. Obtained a Ph.D. and D.Sc. at the University of Wales. He published over two hundreds papers in refereed journal, five textbooks and twentythree edited texts. The text "The Finite Element Method in the Static and Dynamic Deformation and Consolidation of Porous Media" is an accepted state-of-the-art book. He serves on the Editorial Board of many academic journals. Active within European Community R & D and training initiatives. Within the sixth framework programme he took part in MAECENAS, UPTUN, IALAD, KMM-NoE, RAMWASS,  a MARIE CURIE Programme and in a EURATOM/CNR-ENEA contract on thermo-mechanical problems in superconducting coils for ITER. Within FP seven he is involved in INVINN and Marie Curie Programme MUMOLADE, further he takes part in a SOCRATES contract with Poland. Research interests are in the following areas: Environmental Geomechanics, Soil Science and Reservoir Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Structural-and Materials Engineering, Fusion Technology.


Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Recent developments in structural and multidisciplinary topology optimization

Ole Sigmund is a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) since 2001. He obtained his Ph.D. degree 1994 and Dr. Techn. (Danish habilitation) in 2001 both from DTU. He has worked as research assistant at the University of Essen, Germany and as a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, USA. Ole Sigmund is a member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences since 2003 and the Royal Academy of Science and Letters (Denmark) since 2008. He is the Secretary of the Danish Center for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (DCAMM, affiliated with Euromech) since 2004 and has been awarded with a European Young Investigator Award (EURYI), the Grundfos Prize and the Elite Research Prize from the Danish Minister of Science.
Ole Sigmund's research interests include theoretical extensions and applications of topology optimization methods to the design of extremal materials, smart materials, compliant mechanisms, MicroElectroMechanical Systems, crashworthiness, fluid systems and wave-propagation problems in acoustics, elasticity, nano-optics, metamaterials and antennas.

Prof. Alfred SOLDATI

Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy


Computation and physics of particle dynamics in turbulence


Alfredo Soldati is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Udine. He received his Laurea (BS and MS) in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pisa. After his PhD in Chemical Engineering, he joined the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Udine where he is the head of the Environmental and Process Fluid Dynamics group. The focus of the research of the group is on multiphase dispersed flows, trying to capture multiscale aspects from the fundamentals to the applications. Numerical Simulations have been recently complemented by an experimental activity. Researches on turbulent dispersed flows of particles, bubbles, droplets and fibers apply to industrial problems and environmental protection with a recent twist on biomedical applications. Dr. Soldati is the Deputy Secretary General at the International Center for Mechanical Sciences (CISM) in Udine, he is the italian correspondent of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering for Multiphase Flows, he was recently guest Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (2008) and at the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse (2011). Dr. Soldati is the recipient of the 2007 Knapp award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, acts as Editor of Acta Mechanica since 2005 and he is in the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Multiphase Flow.


University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany


On the modelling and computation of nano-sized solids with surface and interface thermomechanics


Paul Steinmann main research interests and activities are in the area of 1) continuuum mechanics with focus on: multiscale material modelling, coupled problems including electro-elasticity and the like, failure mechanics including localization analysis and continuum dislocation theory, configurational mechanics, nonstandard continua like e.g. the micromorphic continum, 2)computational mechanics with focus on: finite element methods, alternative discretization methods, solution algorithms, computational dynamics.

Prof. Michel VISONNEAU

École Centrale de Nantes, France 


Recent developments and perspectives in computational fluid dynamics for hydrodynamic applications



Prof. Visonneau is head of the CFD team of the Fluid Mechanics Laboratory-UMR6598, Centrale Nantes, France. He is coordinating the development of ISIS-CFD, the flow solver of FINE/Marine worldwide distributed by NUMECA Int. His fields of research are viscous free-surface flows, hull/propeller interaction and goal oriented grid adaptivity. 

Prof. Wolfgang WALL

Technische Universität München, Germany


Computational fluid-solid-+-Mechanics in bio-medical engineering – where to go from here?

Prof. Wolfgang A. Wall received his first degree from the Civil Engineering department of Innsbruck University (Austria). After some industrial experience and a research stay at Princeton University (USA) he got his PhD from the University of Stuttgart (Germany) in 1999. Since 2003 he is full professor and head of the Chair for Computational Mechanics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Since 2006 he is also director of the Institute for Materials and Processing and Dean for Research of the Mechanical Engineering department of TUM.

His research interests can be described as application motivated fundamental research in a broad range of areas in computational mechanics, including both computational solid and fluid mechanics. His recent focus is on various coupled (with an emphasis on fluid-structure interaction) and multiscale problems as well as on computational biomechanics. He has received several awards. Despite numerous memberships in different scientific associations he has also been appointed as member of: executive council of GACM, general council of IACM, scientific council of CISM, editorial board of IJNMF, etc.



Airbus, Research & Technology, France


The ACARE strategic research and innovation agenda: Providing the direction and priorities for the next 40 years of aviation research and technology

Dr. Gareth Williams works for Airbus SAS in Toulouse. Airbus produces civil airliners and military transport aircraft, delivering more than 500 new vehicles in 2011 and supporting the operation of a global fleet of 6,500. In his role as Head of Business Development and Partnerships for the Airbus Research and Technology Programme, he is responsible for technology research partnerships worldwide.

Starting his career as an apprentice production engineer, Dr. Williams is a manufacturing professional with more than twenty five years’ experience in the aerospace sector. He has undertaken roles in research, product development, manufacturing engineering and programme management. For twelve years he was based at the factory in Broughton, North Wales, where the wings for all Airbus aircraft are manufactured. He was responsible for the construction of the West Factory and the implementation of the A380 wing manufacturing system. He was for five years the Head of Industrial Strategy and Performance Improvement in the international Wing and Pylon business unit, with operations in the UK, France, Germany, USA and China, before starting his current role in 2009.

Dr. Williams is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK. He is Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He served as a member of the Council of Cranfield University between 2005 and 2012, and on University of Manchester Aerospace Research Institute. He is a visiting Professor at, and an Honorary Graduate of, Cranfield University. He is a member of the steering board for Advisory Council for Aviation Research and Innovation in Europe (ACARE), and served as a member of the governing board of the Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative.  

Prof. Peter WRIGGERS

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany


Contact modeling, new formulations and insights 

Professor Wriggers studied Civil Engineering from 1970-1976 at the University Hannover, he obtained his Dr.-Ing degree at the University Hannover in 1980 on Contact-impact problems. From 1983-84 he was Visiting Scholar at the UC Berkeley, USA. After that he worked as Lecturer at the Institute of Mechanics at the University Hannover where he finished his Habilitation in 1986. In 1990 he was appointed as Full Professor at the Institute of Mechanics at TH Darmstadt. In 1998 Prof. Wriggers changed to the University Hannover where he held the chair for Mechanics in Civil Engineering from 1990 to 2008. Since 2008 he is director of the Institute of Continuum Mechanics in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Leibniz Universität Hannover. From 2003 to 2004 he held the position of Linkage Professor at the University of Newcastle in NSW, Australia. He still is conjoint professor at that school. Peter Wriggers is member of the Braunschweigische Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft, the Academy of Science and Literature in Mainz, and the German National Academy of Engineering acatech. He is Vice President of GAMM, President GACM and Vice-President of IACM. Furthermore he acts as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal Computational Mechanics and is member of 15 Editorial Boards. He was awarded the Fellowship of IACM and received the Computational Mechanics Award of IACM, the Euler Medal of ECCOMAS and the IACM Award of IACM.