Plenary speakers

Wei Cai (Stanford University, USA)

Title: The effect of dislocation junctions on the work hardening rate of face-centered cubic metals

Wei Cai received his B.S. degree in optoelectronic engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, P. R. China in 1995, and his PhD degree in nuclear engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001.  He was a Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 2001 to 2004.  He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University.  He received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2004, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Hughes Young Investigator Award in 2013. His research interests include dislocation dynamics and metal plasticity, atomistic simulations of deformation, synthesis and transport mechanisms at the nanoscale.  He is co-author of 90 publications in these and related fields, and a co-author of a book “Computer Simulations of Dislocations”.  He also co-authored a senior-undergraduate/junior-graduate textbook, “Imperfections in Crystalline Solids”, to be published in Oct 2016.


Claudia Draxl (Humboldt University, Germany)

Title: Data-driven materials research: Novel routes to new insight and predictions

Claudia Draxl is Einstein Professor at the Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. She received her PhD at the University of Graz, was awarded a honorary doctorate of Uppsala University, Sweden (2000), and was full professor at the Montanuniversität Leoben (2006-2011). Her research interests cover theorectical concepts and methodology, the development of computer codes, and their application to answer questions related to a variety of materials and their properties. She is mainly dealing with all-electron full-potential methods of density-functional theory (DFT), as implemented in the exciting package that is developed in the group. A particular focus of the group concerns the quantum-based description of radiation-matter interaction based on many-body perturbation theory and time-dependent DFT, covering various types of excitations, like photoemission, optical and X-ray absorption, electron-loss spectroscopy, and Raman scattering. The latter connects to another core area that is electron-phonon coupling. Actual research projects concern organic/inorganic hybrid structures, molecular switches on surfaces, thermoelectricity, semiconductor nanostructures, solar-cell materials, organic film-growth, and more. The NOMAD (Novel Materials Discovery) project concerns big-data analytics related to the NoMaD Repository, an open-access library of materials.


Somnath Ghosh (Johns Hopkins University, USA)

Title: Computational mechanics approaches for addressing the Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) Initiative

Professor Somnath Ghosh is the Michael G. Callas Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At JHU, he is the founding director of the JHU Center for Integrated Structure-Materials Modeling and Simulation (CISMMS) and the Air Force Center of Excellence in Integrated Materials Modeling (CEIMM).  Professor Ghosh is known for his research in the field of Computational Mechanics of Materials. His research focuses on multi-scale structure-materials analysis and simulations, multi-physics modeling and simulation of multi-functional materials, materials characterization, process modeling, and emerging fields like Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME). He has conducted pioneering research to advance the field of integrated computational structure-materials modeling into new areas of importance and challenges. His significant research contributions to multi-scale modeling of mechanical behavior and failure of composite materials, polycrystalline metals involving structure-material interactions through innovative advances in Computational Mechanics, are internationally recognized.


L Mahadevan (Harvard University, USA)

Title: Programming shape


Normand Mousseau (Université de Montréal, Canada)

Title: Reaching experimental times at the atomic scale in complex materials: the kinetic activation-relaxation technique

Normand Mousseau is professor of physics and University Research Chair in Complex Materials, Energy and Natural Resources at Université de Montréal. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and the Université de Montréal. After a few years on the Faculty of Ohio University, he moved to Université de Montréal in 2001. His work focuses on the numerical study of the kinetics of complex materials, from amorphous semiconductors and metallic alloys to proteins. He has developed a number of simulation algorithms including the Activation-Relaxation Technique (ART) and kinetic ART. He is also active in energy and natural resources policy  as well as science communication. He has written a number of general public books on these topics and, since 2011, he produces and hosts the weekly popular science radio show « La Grande Équation » in Montreal. 


Alfonso H W Ngan (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Title: A new simulator for real-scale dislocation plasticity based on dynamics of dislocation-density functions

Professor Alfonso H.W. Ngan is currently Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering, Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, as well as Associate Dean of Engineering, at the University of Hong Kong. He obtained his BSc(Eng) degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1989, and PhD from the University of Birmingham in the U.K. in 1992. After a year of postdoctoral training at Oxford University, he joined HKU as a Lecturer in 1993, and was promoted through the ranks to Chair Professorship in 2011.

Professor Ngan’s research work is focused on the microstructural basis of properties of engineering materials, and, in particular, crystalline defects and their modeling, and more recently, nanomechanics including applications to biological systems. He has published over 190 ISI papers, and co-authored two books. His research-related honours include the prestigious Rosenhain Medal and Prize from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, U.K., in 2007 – he is the only non-British national so far to receive this award since its establishment in 1951. He was also awarded a higher doctorate (DSc) from his alma mater the University of Birmingham in 2008, and the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship in 2009 which is perhaps the highest honour awarded to academics in Hong Kong. In 2014, he was elected to the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is a well sought-after journal reviewer and he won the Outstanding Reviewer Award of Scripta Materialia four times, in 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015. He has organized a number of key conferences, including Dislocations 2008 and Gordon Research Conference on Nanomechanical Interfaces in 2013, both held in Hong Kong. He will serve as one of five Meeting Chairs in the Materials Research Society 2017 Spring Meeting to be held in the USA.


Pierre Suquet (CNRS, France)

Title: Model-reduction in multiscale problems for composite and polycrystalline materials

Pierre M. Suquet has been  a Senior Researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Marseille since 1988. He received his BS in Mathematics from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and his PhD in Mechanics from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, both in Paris, before becoming Professor at Montpellier University in 1983.  He has also taught at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris from 1986 to 2008. His research is in the field of theoretical solid mechanics where he is interested in the formulation of constitutive relations for solid materials when several scales interact, especially in composite materials and polycrystals.  His work covers mathematical analyses of elastoplasticity, homogenization and bounding techniques for nonlinear composites, spectral methods for micromechanical problems, ductile failure of materials.

He is a member of the French Academy of Sciences since 2004, was awarded the 2006 Koiter medal from the ASME  and is on the editorial or advisory board of 5 international scientific journals. He is chair of the French National Committee for Mechanics and Secretary General of Euromech.


Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland)

Title: Can a simulation be reality? Does it matter?

Helena Van Swygenhoven-Moens is Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in the Institute of Material Science and group leader at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. She studied physics in the Free University of Brussels (Belgium) and received her PhD degree in physics from the Central Jury in Belgium on radiation damage in materials (1983). After a professional break for motherhood, she started her career again with a Marie-Heim Vögtlin grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Helena’s area of interest is the relation between microstructure and mechanical behaviour of metals. The strength of her research lies in developing and using insitu synchrotron and neutron experiments providing input and validation of computational models at different lengthscales.

Helena is Fellow of the American Materials Research Society, member of the Royal Academy of Science in Belgium, and ERC advanced grant holder. She chairs the international board of ICSMA, is a member of the scientific advisory committee of ESS, the expert panel of the National Science Foundation Flanders, the peer review panel of Diamond, the Scientific Council of Pprime Institute Poitiers, and the Advisory Board for the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) of Imperial College.


Axel Voigt (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)

Title: Crystallography in Curved Space - the Interplay of Crystalline Order, Geometry and Topology

- Dipl.-Math. Technische Universität München 1997
- PhD Technische Universität München 2001
- Habilitation Technische Universität München 2004
- Research group leader at research center caesar, Bonn 1999 - 2007
- Lecturer Universität Bonn 2005 - 2007
- Professor for Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics, Technische Universität Dresden 2007 - 

Scientific interests: computational materials science, computational biology


Stefano Zapperi (University of Milan, Italy)

Title: Size effects in fracture and plasticity

Stefano Zapperi is professor of theoretical physics at the University of Milan, where he coordinates the Center for Complexity and Biosystems, and Research Leader at the ISI Foundation in Torino. He is an expert in the statistical mechanics of non-equilibrium complex systems and has worked in fracture, plasticity, friction, magnetism and biophysics, publishing more than 150 papers in leading journal. In 2004 he received the Marie Curie Excellence Award and in 2011 an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. In 2014 the Academy of Finland named him Finland Distinguished Professor. In 2015 he was elected fellow of the American Physical Society. He organized several international workshops and symposia on complex systems, materials science, fracture and plasticity. He is currently the chairman of the steering committee of the Conference on Complex Systems and a member of the Council of the Complex Systems Society. 


Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (oral):
    February 15th, 2016
  • Abstract acceptance notification:
    April 1st, 2016
  • Abstract submission deadline (poster):
    May 31st, 2016
  • Application deadline for student and post-doc grants:
    July, 18th 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    September 5th, 2016
  • Image competition deadline
    September 15th, 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    October 7th, 2016