Plenary Speakers

Professor René de Borst, The University of Sheffield

René de Borst received an MSc in civil engineering and a PhD from Delft University of Technology. In 1988 he was appointed Professor of Computational Mechanics at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, and in 1999 he became Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, and was appointed Distinguished Professor a year later. From 2007 until 2011 he was Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Distinguished Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. He has been the 10th Regius Professor of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Glasgow, and is currently the inaugural holder of the Centenary Chair of Civil Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

René de Borst is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Editor of the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Computational Mechanics, and Associate Editor of the Aeronautical Journal. He is recipient of several honours and awards, including the Composite Structures Award, the Max-Planck Research Prize, the IACM Computational Mechanics Award, the NWO Spinoza Prize (highest scientific distinction in the Netherlands), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, and the JSCES Grand Prize.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefanie Elgeti, Vienna University of Technology

Prof Elgeti's path to simulation science in general and ILSB in particular started with a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, majoring in “Manufacturing Techniques for Microsystems” at RWTH Aachen University. In 2011, she completed her PhD thesis with the topic “Free-Surface Flows in Shape Optimization of Extrusion Dies”. This was followed in the year 2016 by habilitation on “CAD-Conforming Finite Element Methods in Engineering Design”. In October 2019, she took over the professorship for lightweight design at TU Vienna. Currently, she is co-chairperson of the ECCOMAS Young Investigator Group.

Stefanie's current research interests lie in the simulation and numerical design of both engineering components and manufacturing processes. From the mathematical point of view, numerical design constitutes an inverse problem. Together with her work group, she have considered applications in the area of plastics profile extrusion, injection molding, as well as high-pressure die casting. Her task is the simulation of all process steps ranging from the filling via solidification to the computation of warpage and residual stresses. These simulations serve as a basis for shape and topology optimization, but also methods of model order reduction and machine learning.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dominik Schillinger, Institute of Mechanics, Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany

Prof Schillinger’s research interests are in computational mechanics, focusing on the modelling and finite element analysis of multiphysics and multiscale mechanical systems. In particular, he strives to develop novel geometry-throughanalysis tools that enable the seamless transfer of complex geometric models from computer-aided design and biomedical imaging into simulation results. Specific applications that drive his work include the computational design of aerodynamic structures (for example, turbine blades) and the integration of computer simulations in clinical practice, with the goal of enabling new patient-specific treatments (for example, for bone osteoporosis).

Dominik’s work has been distinguished with a number of high-level research awards, in particular the IACM John Argyris Award, the GAMM Richard-von-Mises Prize, the ICE Zienkiewicz Medal, the NSF CAREER Award, and the EMI Leonardo da Vinci Award.


Dr Emilio Martinez-Paneda, Imperial College London

Dr Emilio Martinez-Paneda is a Senior Lecturer (US Associate Prof.) in Mechanics of Materials at Imperial College London, where he leads the Mechanics of Infrastructure Materials Lab. Prior to joining Imperial College as a Lecturer in September 2019, Dr Martinez-Paneda was an 1851 Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. His research interests span a wide range of topics within applied mechanics; from chemo-mechanical fracture to computational mathematics. Dr Martinez-Paneda has published more than 50 scientific papers in the best journals of the field and received numerous prestigious awards and fellowships for his contributions. Among others, Dr Martinez-Paneda is the recipient of RILEM’s Gustavo Colonetti Medal, SEMNI’s Simó Prize, IMechE’s Prestige Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering UK’s Young Engineer of the Year award.

Dr Robert Bird, Imperial College London

Robert Bird is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London. In 2019 he obtained his PhD with the thesis entitled A hp-adaptive discontinuous Galerkin finite element method for accurate configurational force brittle crack propagation at Durham University, UK. During his PhD he became specialised in the use and implementation of a posteriori residual-based error estimation for hp-adaptive discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods to produce routines for highly accurate crack propagation for discrete cracks. He also produced digital twins to experimentation, for investigating crack nucleation in subsurface faults undergoing slip-stick. Robert is also specialised in the BLAS optimisation computation of numerical methods for linear and non-linear problems the knowledge of which became fundamental to his current role at Imperial College where he is part of the Rock Mechanics groups. Here he developed numerical schemes and methods to model, and quantitatively define, fracture intensity from subsurface blast shock waves in rocks using large, highly parallel, material-nonlinear, simulations. Additionally, he developed analytical methods to analyse the reflection of pulse-waves impinging on fractures. Robert is soon to take a role at Durham university using the material point method for large multi-physics and highly non-linear problems. He also enjoys developing highly accurate hp-adaptive phase-field crack propagation numerical methods and, is currently developing low-cost enrichment methods for crack discrete propagation.

During Robert’s PhD he won two prizes for his distinguished research, the 2016 ACME Conference Award for Best Post-Graduate Research Student and the 2020 UKACM Roger Owen Award for the best PhD thesis. Additionally, he was a finalist in 2021 for the international ECCOMAS best PhD thesis and the 11th ECCOMAS PhD Olympiad.