Keynote Lectures

(continuous updates in alphabetic order)

Elias C. Aifantis

Elias C. Aifantis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/Greece and Michigan Technological University/USA

Elias C. Aifantis is currently an Emeritus Professor of Mechanics at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/Greece and Michigan Technological University/USA, as well as Mercator fellow at Friedrich-Alexander University/Germany and a Distinguished Professor at Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture/China. Formerly, he has also been a Distinguished Faculty Advisor at King Abdulaziz University/Saudi Arabia, Distinguished Visiting Expert at ITMO University/Russia and Southwest Jiaotong University/China, as well as MegaGrant Director at Togliatti State University /Russia. He has promoted highly interdisciplinary work in mechanics of materials by bringing into the field of solid mechanics ideas from diffusion theory, chemical reactions, and nonlinear physics. He has coined the terms dislocation patterning, material instabilities, gradient plasticity/elasticity, chemo/nanomechanics, and pioneered internal length gradient (ILG) theories in these fields. Currently, he is extending the ILG framework to revisit electromagnetism and Maxwell’s equations, as well as gravitation and Newton’s Law. He has published over 350 articles and received about 13,402 citations with 59 h-index (Scopus); 12,450 citations with 55 h-index (Web of Science); 20,580 citations with 70 h-index (Google Scholar). He is included in the ISI Web of knowledge list of the world’s most highly cited authors in engineering

Aspects of Gradient and Stochastic Mechanics in Composites

Marco Amabili

Marco Amabili

McGill University, Canada

Professor Amabili holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Vibrations and Fluid-Structure Interaction in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has also a part-time appointment at the University of Parma, Italy. His exceptional research contributions span several areas of dynamics, solid mechanics and fluid-structure interaction. In particular, he is the author of over 480 scientific papers in vibrations and applied mechanics, 230 of which are published in prestigious refereed international journals, including the very high-impact and multidisciplinary Nature Communications and Physical Review X. 

In 2008 Professor Amabili wrote the monograph “Nonlinear Vibrations and Stability of Shells and Plates” published by Cambridge University Press. For this book, he received the Worcester Reed Warner Medal of the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) in 2020; this medal was established in 1930 to honor seminal contribution to the permanent literature in engineering.  His second monograph, again for Cambridge University Press, appeared in 2018. In the last three decades, Professor Amabili has made tremendous contributions to the progress of knowledge of nonlinear vibrations of shells and plates made of traditional, advanced composite and soft materials. 

Professor Amabili is the Contributing Editor of the International Journal of Non-linear Mechanics (Elsevier), Associate Editor of Journal of Fluids and Structures (Elsevier), and Contributing Editor of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures. He was Associate Editor of Applied Mechanics Reviews (ASME) and Journal of Vibration and Acoustics (ASME).

Dr. Amabili is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Foreign Member of Academia Europaea, Member the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He has been selected to deliver the 2019 Koiter Lecture of the of the Dutch Research School on Engineering Mechanics. The Koiter lecture honors researchers who have made profound contributions to the field of Engineering Mechanics, and it has a rich history. He was the recipient in 2015 of the Christophe Pierre Research Excellence Award by the Faculty of Engineering, McGill University. Amabili is one of the five members of the Executive Committee of Applied Mechanics Division of the ASME and serves in the awards committee. Amabili is also the chair of the Canadian National Committee for IUTAM (International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics) and he is the chair of the conference series ICoNSoM (Int. Conf. on Nonlinear Solid Mechanics).

His work received broad attention in the media including: the TV show Daily Planet on Discovery Channel, Physics Magazine, Phys.org, Welt der Physik, News Break, News Round, EurekaAlert, The Engineer, News Medical, Medica Magazine, The McGill Tribune, McGill Newsroom, McGill Reporter.

Nonlinear, third-order thickness and shear deformation theory for composite shells

Aurelio Araujo

Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Salim Belouettar

Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, Luxembourg

Erasmo Carrera

Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Seung Hwan Chang

Chung-Ang University, Korea

João Ramôa Correia

João Ramôa Correia

Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

João Ramôa Correia is Full Professor at the Civil Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, where he coordinates a group (CORE, http://coregroup.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/) that conducts research, development and teaching activities on advanced fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite systems for civil engineering applications. The main research areas of the CORE group are the mechanical behaviour of FRP composites systems, connection technology, long-term performance, durability, fire behaviour and sustainability. The CORE group has coordinated/participated in several research projects related with FRP materials and structures and developed relevant FRP projects in Portugal, namely the São Mateus Footbridge (hybrid GFRP-steel), the São Silvestre Footbridge (hybrid GFRP-concrete), and the Clickhouse (all-GFRP modular housing system). João Ramôa Correia is leader of CEN TC250 Project Team WG4.T2 “FRP Structures”, which is developing the Technical Specification (future Eurocode) for the Design of FRP Structures. In 2012, he was the recipient of the IABSE Prize attributed by the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE) and in 2016 he received the IIFC Distinguished Young Researcher Award attributed by the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC).

Alessandro De Rosis

Alessandro De Rosis

University of Manchester, UK

Dr Alessandro De Rosis is a Lecturer in Virtual Engineering at the University of Manchester. He has been working for the last ten years in the field of theory, applications and numerical simulations of the lattice Boltzmann method (LBM), serving both the academic and industrial sectors. His scientific activity deals mainly (though not exclusively) with the development of original LBM algorithms characterised by enhanced accuracy and stability. These methods have been applied to a rich variety of fluid simulations (e.g. fluid-structure interaction, magnetohydrodynamics, multiphase flows, emulsification processes and boiling, among the others), thus demonstrating the capabilities of the LBM to tackle a very broad range of multiphysics phenomena. Very recently, he started a new research activity, where the LBM is adopted to recover the solution of several reaction-diffusion equations governing ecological invasions, predator-prey systems, spread of epidemics, wound healing and tumor growth.

Modeling tumor growth by the Lattice Boltzmann Method

Victor Eremeyev

Gdansk University of Technology, Poland

Fernando Fraternali

Fernando Fraternali

University of Salerno, Italy

Fernando Fraternali is Professor of Structural Mechanics in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Salerno (Diciv), Italy. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Salerno, and a Ph.D. in Multiscale Mechanics from King's College London. F. Fraternali has participated as a PI or co-PI in various research projects funded by the Italian National Research Council, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy-USA scientific cooperation), and US research agencies. He currently serves as PI of the Research Project of National Relevance “Multiscale Innovative Materials and Structures” granted by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research for the years 2019 –2023. Prof. Fernando Fraternali is Delegate to Research and Doctorate Affairs and serves as Coordinator of the PhD Course on “Risk and Sustainability in Civil, Architecture and Environmental Engineering Systems” (cycles XXXII-XXXV) at Diciv. Most of his research work concerns multiscale modeling and simulation of solids and structures, the nonlinear dynamics of materials and structures, and the design and engineering of sustainable materials at multiple scales. Prof. Fraternali was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship for the academic year 2005/06 and has been Visiting Professor at the Graduate Aerospace Laboratories of the California Institute of Technology since September 2005 (several periods), and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, San Diego, USA, from August 2012 through to the present. Recently, he has been listed in the database of 100,000 top scientists published in the Plos Biology article “A standardized citation metrics author database annotated for scientific field” (August 2019), and has received the   "Major Contributions to Tensegrity Systems Research" Award from the Texas A&M Laboratory on Tensegrity Systems (April 2018). Prof. Fraternali is Associate Editor of Mechanics Research Communications (ISSN: 0093-6413), Frontiers in Materials (ISSN: 2296-8016) and Ingegneria Sismica - International Journal of Earthquake Engineering (ISSN: 0393-1420).

Computational Design of Tensegrity Metamaterials

Heng Hu

Heng Hu

Wuhan University, China

Prof. Heng Hu is a Luojia Chair Professor of Wuhan University (China). He received his Ph.D. of solid mechanics in 2006 from University of Lorraine (France). He has been a postdoctoral fellow (2006-2007) in the Solid Mechanics Laboratory of the Ecole Polytechnique (France). His main research interests are in the fields of multi-scale modeling of composite structures, buckling and wrinkling of thin walled structures. Currently, Prof. Hu serves as the Associate Editor of Composite Structures, the editorial member of Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Composites Part C and Advances in Mechanics. 

Model reduction techniques and data-driven analysis for composite materials and structures

Marcin Kamiński

Marcin Kamiński

Lodz University, Poland

Prof. Kamiński is a full professor at Lodz University of Technology in Poland and leads Civil Engineering and Transportation Discipline at this university. His main research interests include probabilistic engineering mechanics, composites and their homogenization as well as structural reliability. He is an author of over 300 publications including about 150 journal papers and two monographs published with Springer (2005) and Wiley (2013). Prof. Kamiński is Associate Editor in Mechanics Research Communications and the Editorial Board Member in Acta Mechanica as well as in Journal of Composites Science. He was awarded John Argyris Award by Elsevier and ECCOMAS in 2001 in solid and fluid computational mechanics and J.T. Oden Faculty Fellowship at The University of Texas in Austin in 2004. He was postdoctoral researcher at Rice University in Houston, Texas (1999-2000), visiting professor in Politecnico di Milano, Italy and also in Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research in Dresden, Germany. 

Recent advances in the generalized stochastic perturbation technique in computational mechanics

Walid Larbi

CNAM, France

Zu Lei

Hefei University, China

José Aguilar Madeira

Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Elsadig Mahdi

Qatar University, Qatar

Jüri Majak

Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Francisco Pires

Francisco Pires

University of Porto, Portugal

Dr. Francisco Pires received his Ph.D. in Computational Mechanics from the Civil and Computational Engineering Centre, University of Wales, Swansea, UK. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Porto and was a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2016. He leads the Computational Multi-Scale Modeling of Solids and Structures (CM2S) Research Group within the Mechanical Engineering Department. The main research interests include multiscale material modeling, finite strains, damage, finite element technology, contact mechanics, and fracture. Francisco Pires is the author of eight book chapters and has published over 60 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He was awarded the Young Researcher in Applied and Computational Mechanics Award from the Portuguese Association of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics.

Sundararajan Natarajan

Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, India

Pedro Ribeiro

Pedro Ribeiro

FEUP, Portugal

Doctor of Philosophy by the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton; currently is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. Lectures subjects in the area of Applied Mechanics, mainly related to dynamics. Research field: non-linear dynamics of structures, chiefly with geometrical non-linearity, but with some incursions into plasticity and electrostatic forces. Has been involved in research projects related with non-linear dynamics and with laminated composites. Author/co-author of about seventy international journal papers, presented several communications in international meetings. Lectured courses related to non-linear dynamics and was Honorary Research Fellow, or similar, at diverse European institutions. Has been involved in the organization of conferences and symposia, and had editorial responsibilities in scientific journals.

Vibrations and aeroelasticity of variable stiffness, multi-scale hybrid composite laminates by the p-version finite element method

Tomasz Sadowski

Tomasz Sadowski

Lublin University of Technology, Poland

Tomasz Sadowski received his PhD from Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (Polish Academy of Sciences) in 1985. He is permanently employed at Lublin University of Technology (Poland), now in full professor position.  He worked as a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA), Technical University of Munich (Germany), Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany), Martin-Luther University Halle-Saale (Germany), University of Wales Swansea (UK), Polytechnic Marche Ancona (Italy) and others. He received in 2005 within 5thFramework Programme of European Union Individual Marie Curie Fellowship for Transfer of Knowledge to the University of Wales. He published 237 papers (Scopus; H-index: 42) and was organizer or co-organiser of many international conferences and scientific courses in the Centre for Mechanical Sciences in Udine (Italy). In 2016 he received Doctor Honoris Causa from  Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania. He co-ordinated 4 European Union projects within 5FP, 6FP and 7FP.  T.Sadowski current research activities include: continuum damage mechanics of materials and structures; modelling of ceramic polycrystalline materials; modelling of composites: ceramic and polymer matrix, polymer foams, wood and plywood; fracture mechanics of materials under mechanical loading and thermal shock; plates with damage and sandwich structures; experimental testing of materials and structures under: static, cyclic, thermal and impact loading.

Impacts of skeletal ceramic structures on interpenetrating phase composites

Carlos Santiuste

Carlos Santiuste

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

Carlos Santiuste is Associate Professor at the Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain. He obtained a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. He is Vice Dean of the UC3M School of Engineering. His fields of research are impact on composite plates, mechanical joints, finite element method, and composite machining. In the last few years, his work focuses on the mechanical behaviour of biodegradable composites reinforced with natural fibres. This includes the analysis of manufacturing processes, development of constitutive equations, finite element modelling, impact behaviour, and buckling of biocomposite structures.

Modelling of natural fibre reinforced composites: machining, impact and bucking problems

Oliver Schütze

Oliver Schütze

Cinvestav-IPN, Mexico

Oliver Schütze is full professor at the Cinvestav-IPN in Mexico City, Mexico. His research interests focus on numerical and evolutionary (multi-objective) optimization.  He has won several international awards including the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Outstanding Paper Awards for the best papers of the IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation  Journal in the years 2010 and 2012 (bestowed  in 2013 and 2015, respectively). In 2018, he has held the Dr. Rodolfo Quintero Ramirez Chair at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) Cuajimalpa in Mexico City, Mexico, for the period of one year. He has co-authored of more than 150 publications including 2 monographs, 5 text books, and 12 edited books. He is founder of the international workshop series Numerical and Evolutionary Optimization (NEO, see http://neo.cinvestav.mx).
He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Mathematical and Computational Applications, and serves as member of the Editorial Board for Computational Optimization and Applications, Engineering Optimization, and Mathematical Problems in Engineering. Dr. Schuetze is member of the Mexican National System of Researchers and the
Mexican Academy of Sciences.
For more information see http://neo.cinvestav.mx/Group

A Global/Local Approach for the Treatment of Many Objective Optimization Problems

Nuno Silvestre

Nuno Silvestre

Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Nuno Silvestre is Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal. Since the 90’s, he has been an enthusiast on the study of buckling and nonlinear phenomena, either in metal or composite structures. In the turn of the century, while in civil engineering, he developed generalised beam theory for composite materials, postbuckling behaviour and vibration analysis. Ten years later, he moved to mechanical enginering and shift part of his research interests to the analysis of nanostrutures, an amazing small world with big ideas. Nuno received many awards from national and international agencies for his achievements. He has been special referee of the European Research Council for Products and Process Engineering panel and an active member of Nanofutures Platform. He is currently vice-president of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and vice-president of the National Laboratory for Energy, Transportation and Aeronautics. Since 2017, Nuno has been Editor of Thin-Walled Structures Journal and Associate Editor for other journals. 

Mechanical behavior of confined carbine chains

Afzal Suleman

Afzal Suleman

University of Victoria, Canada

Afzal Suleman, Canada Research Chair and Professor, Director - Center for Aerospace Research, University of Victoria. Adjunct Professor, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal. BSc (Honours) and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College, U. London, UK. PhD in Space Dynamics from the University of British Columbia, Canada. International Space University, Advanced Space Studies Program, Japan, 1992. National Research Council Fellow, US Air Force Research Labs. National Delegate, United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS). National Delegate, NATO Applied Vehicle Technology Panel, Portugal. Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon. Fellow Royal Aeronautical Society. Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Member of Government of Canada Defense and Space Advisory Board. Research interests span areas such as adaptive composite structures, structural health monitoring, aeroelasticity, aeroacoustics, multidisciplinary design optimization, and autonomous air systems, as building blocks towards sustainable air and space systems.

João Manuel R. S. Tavares

University of Porto, Portugal

Patrizia Trovalusci

Patrizia Trovalusci

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Academic positions: Full Professor of Solids and Structural Mechanics, PhD. Director of the PhD Program of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering Rector's Delegate for International PhD Programs

bio sketch: Author of more than 200 articles in International Journals, Volumes, Conference Proceedings and more. ORGANIZATION-CHAIR (No. 3 Conferences, No. 23 Minisymposia; No. 2 Special Sessions; No. 3 Advanced Courses). EDITORIAL ACTIVITY (Associate Editor and/or Member of Editorial Boards of International Journals, No.9; Guest Editor, No. 10 Special Issues, No. 10; Reviewer). SCIENTIFIC EVALUATION APPOINTMENTS (ERC, others). SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP (No. 15). SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES MEMBERSHIP (No. 7). LECTURES (No. 3 Plenary; No. 2 Semi-Plenary; No. 12 Key Note). FUNDS (Principal Investigator of National competitive Research Projects -Prin2010; Prin2015; Prin2017; others and participant in EU Research Projects). TEACHING (Solids and Structural MechanicsStructural Performance of Historical Masonry; Atelier Reuse and Recycling Centers (LAB-RECYCLING, Coordinator). Research web siteTeaching web siteExtended CV

Hung Nguyen Xuan

Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HUTECH), Vietnam

Jie Yang

Jie Yang

RMIT, Australia

Dr. Yang is a full professor with the School of Engineering, RMIT University, Australia. His main research interests include advanced composite structures, nanocomposites, structural stability and dynamics, smart structures and control, and nano/micro-mechanics. He is an author of over 300 publications including 220 journal papers, among which 19 are ESI (Essential Science Indicators) highly cited articles. His publications have so far attracted more than 10,500 SCI citations with SCI h-index 62 and Scopus h-index 66.  

Prof Yang is the 2019 Highly Cited Researcher (Web of Science), the Australian Research Field Leader in Mechanical Engineering, the Associate Editor of  (1) Engineering Structures, (2) Mechanics Based Design of Structures and Machines; and the Editorial Board Member of (1) Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, (2) Thin-Walled Structures, (3) International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, and (4) Shock and Vibration. 

Jiangqiao Ye

Lancaster University, UK

Anthony Waas

Anthony Waas

University of Michigan, USA

Anthony M. Waas is the Richard A Auhll Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he holds the Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair. Prior to that he was the Boeing Egtvedt Endowed Chair Professor and Department Chair in the William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle. His current research interests are: computational modeling of lightweight composite structures, robotically manufactured aerospace structures, 3D printed structures, damage tolerance of structures, mechanics of textile composites, and data science applications in structural mechanics. Professor Waas was the Felix Pawlowski Collegiate Chair Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director, Composite Structures Laboratory at the University of Michigan, from 1988 to 2014, prior to joining UW in January 2015. He assumed is current position in Fall 2018. Professor Waas is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), the American Society for Composites (ASC), the American Academy of Mechanics (AAM) and the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK. He is a recipient of several best paper awards, the 2016 AIAA/ASME SDM award, the AAM Jr. Research Award, the ASC Outstanding Researcher Award, and several distinguished awards from the University of Michigan, including the Stephen S. Attwood award for Excellence in Engineering, one of the highest honors for an Engineering faculty member at the University of Michigan. He received the AIAA-ASC James H. Starnes, jr. Award, 2017, for seminal contributions to composite structures and materials, and for mentoring students and other young professionals. In 2017, Professor Waas was elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and in 2018 to the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is also the recipient of the AIAA ICME Prize, 2020, and the ASME Warner T. Koiter Medal, 2020.

Steered Fiber Paths and Effects of Manufacturing Constraints on Future Advanced Aerospace Structures