Keynote Lectures

The keynote speakers of the conference are listed below (continuous updates)

Holm Altenbach

Holm Altenbach

Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Since 2011 Prof. Altenbach is a full professor in Engineering Mechanics of the Institute of Mechanics of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg. He is an author/co-author of 23 textbooks and monographs, about 300 peer-reviewed journal papers a co-editor of 47 books. His research focus is on various branches of Continuum Mechanics (one-, two- and three-dimensional structures, creep and damage behavior, failure criteria, etc.).

He was educated in the former Soviet Union (diploma in 1980, PhD in 1983, and habilitation in 1987 at the Leningrad Polytechnic Institute, now Peter the Great St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University). He worked in Magdeburg at the department of engines and later materials science. In 1996, he was appointed as a professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. 

Recent Honors include: Krupp-Award (Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, 1992), Best paper of the year Journal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design (2000), Gold Medal of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Politechnika Lubelska, Lublin, Poland (2003), Semko-Medal of the National Technical University Kharkov, Ukraine (2004), Doctor honoris causa, National Technical University Kharkov, Ukraine (2007), Fellow of the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2011), Doctor honoris causa, University Constanta, Romania (2014), Doctor honoris causa, Vekua-Institute, Tbilisi, Georgia (2016), and Alexander von Humboldt Award (Poland, 2018). Since 2019, he is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Layered Structures – Advantages and Disadvantages of Various Modeling Approaches

Gennady Kulikov

Gennady Kulikov

Tambov State Technical University, Russia

Professor Kulikov received his first doctoral degree in Solid Mechanics in 1981 at the Moscow State University and his second degree of the doctor of Physics and Mathematics in Solid Mechanics in 1991 at the Kazan State University. From 1991 to 2015 he was a head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics at the Tambov State Technical University. Since 2015 he is a head of Lab of Intelligent Materials and Structures. Professor Kulikov is a prize-winner of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science for his outstanding contribution to sciences (2003). He was visiting professor at the Institute of Mechanics, Technische Universität Berlin (1995, 1999 and 2002) and the Department of Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (2007, 2016, 2017). His fields of research are finite element method, sampling surfaces method, nonlinear structural analysis, composite shell structures, adaptive structures and smart systems, contact interactions, and tire mechanics.

Nonlinear solid-shell elements for 3D stress analysis of composite and smart structures

Michele D'Ottavio

Michele D'Ottavio

University of Paris Nanterre, France

After earning the degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino, Michele has spent several years as Research Fellow at the University of Stuttgart, where he obtained his PhD under the guidance of Professor B.H. Kröplin at the Institute of Statics and Dynamics of Aerospace Structures. Since 2008 he is Associate Professor of the University of Paris Nanterre and he is a member of the Laboratoire Energétique Mécanique Electromagnétisme (LEME). His main research topics are modeling of composite laminated and sandwich plates/shells, including multiphysics coupling such as thermomechanics and piezoelectricity, as well as the development of appropriate numerical simulation tools, in particular based on the finite element method.

Sublaminate variable kinematics approach for the numerical analysis of composite structures

Kian K. Sepahvand

Kian K. Sepahvand

Technical University of Munich, Germany

Kian K. Sepahvand is an adj.  Prof. at the department of mechanical engineering, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. His fields of research are computational mechanics, structural dynamics, vibroacoustics, optimization and composite structures.  In   particular, he investigated the impact of uncertainty in parameters, e.g. fiber orientations, on the dynamic behavior of fiber-reinforced composites, numerically and as well as experimentally. He focuses also on the application of Machine learning based method in composite structures.

Machine learning based modeling in composite materials

Antony Waas

Antony 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