Plenary Lectures


Professor Leszek Demkowicz
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Progress Report on the DPG Method

Leszek F. Demkowicz is Assistant Director of the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and holder of W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Computational Engineering and Sciences II at ICES. He is a Professor in the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and a Professor in the Dept. of Mathematics, at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a M.S. in mathematics from  Jagiellonian University, and M.S., Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees in mechanics  from Cracow University of Technology (CUT), Poland. Prior to joining the University of Texas faculty, he held various positions at CUT. He helped to establish Polish Association for Computational Mechanics (PACM) and served as its first president.

Dr. Demkowicz authored a monograph on adaptive methods (in Polish, 1986), co-authored with J.T. Oden a textbook on Functional Analysis (CRS Press,  1996, second edition - 2010, third edition - 2018) and a two volume monograph on “Computing with hp-Adaptive Finite Elements” ( Chapman & Hall/CRC,  2006,2007). Dr. Demkowicz has also authored and co-authored over 200 journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters and technical reports in the general area of computational mathematics and mechanics. His work and scientific interests span across numerical analysis, adaptive finite element methods, wave propagation problems, including acoustics, elastodynamics and electromagnetics, and CFD. In the last nine years his  work focused mainly on the Discontinious Petrov Galerkin Method, co-invented with Jay Gopalakrishnan from Portland State University. He graduated 20 Ph.D. and numerous M.Sc. students.

For his research on higher order methods, he was awarded Zienkiewicz Medal by PACM, Computational Science Award by USACM, ICES Distinguished Research Award, and the Computational Mechanics Award by IACM in 2014. He is a Fellow of both  IACM and USACM and an honorary member of PACM. In 2013, he was elected as a foreign member to Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences. Since 2012, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of Computers and Mathematics with Applications (Elsevier, circa 2500 submissions per year). From 2016 to 2018, he served as a President of US Association for Computational Mechanics.

Professor Fionn Dunne is Chair in Micromechanics at Imperial College, London and holds the Royal Academy of Engineering/Rolls-Royce Research Chair at Imperial. His research is in deformation and failure particularly relating to hcp polycrystal and Ni alloys and includes computational crystal plasticity, discrete dislocation plasticity, micro-deformation, fatigue crack nucleation and growth, and polycrystal sonics for NDE.







Professor Thomas J.R. Hughes
University of Texas at Austin, USA

The Isogeometric Approach to Analysis

Thomas J.R. Hughes holds B.E. and M.E. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute and an M.S. in Mathematics and Ph.D. in Engineering Science from the University of California at Berkeley.  He taught at Berkeley, Caltech and Stanford before joining the University of Texas at Austin.  At Stanford he served as Chairman of the Division of Applied Mechanics, Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chairman of the Division of Mechanics and Computation, and occupied the Crary Chair of Engineering.  At Austin he is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and holds the Computational and Applied Mathematics Chair III.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Mechanics, ASME, AIAA, ASCE, AAAS, a Founder, Fellow and past President of USACM and IACM, past Chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME, past Chairman of the US National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and co-editor of the international journal Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.

Dr. Hughes is one of the most widely cited authors in Engineering Science.  He has been elected to Distinguished Member, ASCE’s highest honor, and has received ASME’s highest honor, the ASME Medal.  He has also received the Huber Prize and Von Karman Medal from ASCE, the Timoshenko, Worcester Reed Warner, and Melville Medals from ASME, the Von Neumann Medal from USACM, and the Gauss-Newton Medal from IACM, and many other national and international awards. 

He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the US National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas, and a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Istituto Lombardo Accademia di Scienze e Lettere.  Dr. Hughes has received honorary doctorates from the universities of Louvain, Pavia, Padua, Trondheim, Northwestern, and A Coruña.


Professor Tomasz Lewiński
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

Least Weight Structures and Least Compliant Bodies. Optimal Layout Problems and Recovery of Underlying Microstructure.

Tomasz Lewiński, currently the head of the Department of Structural Mechanics and Computer Aided Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, is the pupil of the school of structural mechanics founded by Z.Kączkowski, Z.Mazurkiewicz and G.Jemielita (the followers of W. Nowacki) and of continuum mechanics – by M.Kwieciński and W.Wojewódzki (the followers of W. Olszak). In the years 1992-1993- hosted by G.I.N.Rozvany, Essen University (Germany) as a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In years 1980-2004- fostered close cooperation with J.J.Telega and his team at the Institute of Funademental Technological Research, Polish Academy of Sciences. Currently- the member of the Scientific Board of this Institute. The co-chair (jointly with A.Borkowski) of the Scientific Committee of the conference: Computer Methods in Mechanics held in 2011 in Warsaw. Since 2012- the member of the Committee of Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the head of its Section of Computational Methods and Optimization. The member of the Editorial Boards of the journals: Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization and Periodica Polytechnica-Civil Engineering. The co-author of the monograph (joint with J.J.Telega): Plates, Laminates and Shells, Asymptotic Analysis and Homogenization. World Sci. 2000. He prepared for print the textbook: Z.Mazurkiewicz, Thin Elastic Shells (in Polish), Oficyna Wydawnicza PW (1995,2004); served as co-editor (jointly with G.I.N.Rozvany) of the book: Topology Optimization in Structural and Continuum Mechanics, CISM Courses and Lectures, Springer 2014; the co-author of papers on homogenization of non-homogeneous structures and its applications in optimum design (joint papers with J.J.Telega, W.Bielski, K.Kolanek, A.M.Othman, G.Dzierżanowski, S.Kucharski, J.Knabel, T.Bielecki); on structural dynamics (jointly with Z.Kacprzyk); on Michell structures (jointly with G.I.N.Rozvany, M.Zhou, T.Sokół, C.Graczykowski, T.Birker); on the topological derivative method (joint papers with J.Sokołowski and A. Żochowski); free material design and its constrained versions (jointly with S.Czarnecki, G.Dzierżanowski, J.F.Ganghoffer, I.Goda, T.Łukasiak, R.Czubacki, K.Bołbotowski, P.Wawruch); the co-author of textbooks on structural mechanics (jointly with G.Dzierżanowski, W.Gilewski, K.Hetmański, Z.Kozyra, M.Sitek) and on the theory of Michell structures and its applications (jointly with T.Sokół, C.Graczykowski).


Professor Shaker Meguid
University of Toronto, Canada

Multiscale Modeling of Multifunctional Nanocomposites: Opportunities and Challenges

Professor Shaker Meguid is an internationally renowned scholar with significant contributions in computational and experimental mechanics at varied length scales. Undoubtedly, his research activities have contributed significantly to the areas of multiscale modelling, advanced and smart nanocomposites, crashworthiness, fracture mechanics and failure prevention. He has published 285 papers in leading tier-1 scientific journals, 240 presentations in international conferences of significance with a large number being invited as keynote and plenary speaker. He authored 4 books on fracture mechanics, nanomechanics and micromechanics, edited17 international conference proceedings and contributed 17 book chapters. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Int. J of Mechanics and Materials in Design, former Technical Associate Editor of ASME J. of Engineering Materials and Technology (for two consecutive terms), former Associate Editor of IMechE Journal of Mechanical Process Engineering, Guest Editor to a number of Journals including Mechanics of Materials and a member of the editorial board of numerous journals. He is the Founding Head of the Aerospace Engineering Division of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He taught different branches of mechanics in 4 continents: Europe, North America, Asia and Africa. He is an Engineering Consultant to the United Nations, a lifetime senior member of AIAA, member of the American Academy of Mechanics, Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario (PEng), Chartered Engineer in Great Britain (CEng), Fellow of ASME, Fellow of IMechE and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He works closely with the aerospace and automotive industries and is regularly approached by members of the media for clarification of engineering issues. Professor Meguid and his research team won many awards, with the most recent honor being the nomination by his department for the gold medal by the Governor General of Canada, holder of the Robert Hooke Award bestowed by the European Society for Experimental Mechanics, Engineering Award-Research and Development by the Professional Engineers of Ontario for his significant contribution to research and development in Canada.


Professor Andreas Menzel
Technical University Dortmund, Germany
Lund University, Sweden

Electro-Viscoelasticity of Dielectric Elastomers-Experiment, Modelling and Simulation

Andreas Menzel obtained his Diploma degree in Civil Engineering from Leibniz University Hannover in 1997. The same year, he moved to the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. After having received the Dr.-Ing. degree in 2002, he continued as a postdoc and was awarded the Habilitation for Mechanics in 2006. The following year, he held a temporary professorship at the University of Siegen, Germany. He joined the faculty at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund in 2007 and holds a double affiliation with the Division of Solid Mechanics at Lund University. His main research interests are in the fields of computational mechanics, material modelling, smart materials, and biomechanics.






Professor Bernd R. Noack
LIMSI, Paris-Saclay, France
TU Berlin, Germany
TU Braunschweig, Germany
Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

Turbulence Control - Better, Faster and Easier with Machine Learning

Bernd R. Noack is Director of Research CNRS at LIMSI, Paris-Saclay, Professor and Chair in Turbulence Control at TU Berlin, Professor and Chair in Flow Modeling and Control at TU Braunschweig, and Visiting Professor at Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen. Past affiliations include the United Technologies Research Center, Max-Planck Society, German Aerospace Center and  University of  Göttingen.

He develops closed-loop turbulence control solutions for cars, airplanes and transport systems in an interdisciplinary effort with leading groups in Europe, China and USA/Canada. His team is advancing the frontiers of nonlinear control-oriented  reduced-order models and machine learning control, an automated learning of control laws in the experiment.

He has co-authored over 200 publications, 2 patents and 2 textbooks. His work has been honored by numerous awards, e.g. a Fellowship of the American Physical Society, a CNRS Scientific Excellence award, a Senior ANR Chair of Excellence in France, and an annual von Mises Award of International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics.



Professor Jerzy Pamin
Cracow University of Technology, Poland

Numerical Simulation of Material Instabilities

1987 M.Sc. (Civil Engineering) at Cracow University of Technology
1994 Ph.D. (Computational Mechanics) at Delft University of Technology

1998-1999 Guest Researcher at the Koiter Institute Delft

2002 Humboldt Fellow at Lehrstuhl fuer Technische Mechanik, Universitaet Kaiserslautern

2004 D.Sc. (habil.) in Mechanics, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Cracow University of Technology

Since 2006 Professor of CUT

2006-17 Head of the Institute for Computational Civil Engineering, CUT

2007 Received M.T. Huber Award of Division IV Technical Sciences of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAS)

2009-13 President of Polish Association for Computational Mechanics

Since 2011 Member of Committee for Mechanics of PAS

Research interests:

Theoretical and applied research in computational mechanics, in particular in the field of constitutive modelling of solids, higher order continuum formulations for numerical analysis of material instabilities and localization phenomena, coupled problems in materials mechanics, and discretization methods for nonlinear structural and solid mechanics.



Professor Henryk Petryk
Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Poland

On Microstructural Length Scales in Single Crystals

     Henryk Petryk is Professor at the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research (IPPT), Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. He has been the Head of the Department of Mechanics of Materials at IPPT since 2007, and Chairman of the Scientific Council of IPPT since 2012. In 2010 he was elected Corresponding Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Archives of Mechanics since 1999. In 2016 he was elected Secretary-General of IUTAM (International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics). His research interests center on the mechanics of solids, mainly on theory of plasticity, bifurcation and instability, variational methods, micromechanics of materials, evolution of microstructures in metal crystals and shape memory alloys, size effects. He was invited Visiting Professor in Germany, France, Japan, Italy, China, jointly for 30 months.






Professor Franz G. Rammerstorfer
Vienna University of Technology, Austria

Some Oddities in Plate and Shell Buckling

Rammerstorfer Franz G is a permanent faculty at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien).

He received his PhD in 1976 from TU Wien. After a number of years in industry and several stays abroad, he received the venia docendi for "Mechanics" and became 1983 full Professor for Lightweight Structures and Aerospace Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology. 1991-1997 he was Co-Chairman of the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Micromechanics of Materials, and 1998-2007 he served as Vice-Rector for Research at TU Wien. 2003/2004 he was Visiting Professor at TU Munich.

At the time being Franz Rammerstorfer is Professor emeritus and Rector of CISM (Int. Centre for Mechanical Sciences) in Udine, Italy.

Rammerstorfer has received several awards, among them full membership of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and of the Academia Europae; he is IACM-Fellow, CDG-Senior Fellow, and recipient of the Viktor Kaplan Medal.




Professor Meir Shillor
Oakland University, USA

Recent Results on Dynamic Contact, Friction, Heat Exchange, and Debonding

Distinguished Professor, Oakland University, USA, 2015
Professor, Oakland University, USA, 1993-2015
Associate Professor, Oakland University, USA, 1988-1993
Visiting Lecturer, Claremont Grad. School, USA, 1987-1988
Research Assistant, Imperial College, UK, 1986-1987
Researcher, Univ. Buenos Aires, Argentine, 1985
PhD, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1982 


Modeling of Industrial Processes using PDEs and Variational Inequalities
Dynamic or Quasistatic Contact, Friction, Wear, and Adhesion; thermal effects
Material Damage, Piezoelectric materials, nonlinear oscillations; Free Boundary and Stefan-type Problems
Mathematical models in epidemiology and population dynamics

Recipient of the Oakland University 2002 Research Excellence Award
Presented the 2013-14 OU Presidents Colloquium - The Mathematics of Change
Co-author of two research monographs and co-author of more than 200 publications
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Professor Marek Stankiewicz
Jagiellonian University, Poland

Synchrotron SOLARIS -  large research infrastructure and its mechanical challenges

Marek Stankiewicz graduated from Jagiellonian University Department of Physics in 1973. His early research in the field of Atomic and Molecular Physics was concluded with PhD thesis dedicated to phenomenon of quantum beats in forward scattered light. In 1986 he joined the Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy group at University of Reading (UK) and started synchrotron radiation based research at Daresbury Laboratory. Permanently employed at the Jagiellonian University Institute of Physics he continued very intense international scientific collaboration visiting University of Reading, Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), synchrotron centers MAX-lab in Lund (S), Sincrotrone Elettra in Trieste (I) and participating in numerous research projects in the field of atomic and molecular physics using synchrotron radiation. Between 2004-2007 he also participated in the The UK Attosecond Technology Project – devoted to generation of ultra-short, high intensity light pulses and research on their interaction with matter. In 2009 he received a professor title of physics sciences. Lobbying for a long time the construction of a synchrotron light source in Poland, since 2010 he has been contracted as the director of the granted National Synchrotron Radiation Centre SOLARIS which was constructed 2010-2015 and where he continues to date. Member of the Board of Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society. Member of scientific committees of Polish National Center of Nuclear Research and Academic Centre for Materials and Nanotechnology AGH. Member of Board of Directors of the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources (LEAPS). Vice chair of the Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium CERIC-ERIC. Delegate of Ministry of Science and Higher Education to ESFRI Working Group for Monitoring of Research Infrastructures.