Invited speakers

Professor Elias C. Aifantis, Invited

Department of Civil Engineering, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Professor Elias C. Aifantis was born on October 10, 1950 in Greece. Graduated from National Technical Univ. of Athens in 1973 with a diploma in Mining and Metallurgy, awarded a PhD in 1975 from Chemical Engineering and Materials Science of the University of Minnesota (the fastest PhD without a Masters ever in that Department). He became an Assistant Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976, which was dissolved soon after his resignation in 1980, when he went back to University of Minnesota as a visiting Professor. He joint Michigan Tech in 1982 as a Full Professor with tenure (the youngest ever appointed as such in Michigan). In 1990 he accepted a special honorary invitation/metaklisi to join Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where he is at present. Since 2010 he is an Emeritus Professor of Michigan Tech. Currently he is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Beijing Univ. of Civil Engineering and Architecture (formerly also at Southwest Jiaotong University) and Togliatti State University (formerly also at ITMO). He was also a Distinguished Foreign Faculty Advisor at King Abdulaziz University (2011-14).

He has advised a number of PhDs and postdocs of whom 10 and 15 hold academic positions, respectively, throughout the world. He is included in the ISI Web of knowledge list of the world’s most highly cited authors in engineering (3rd entry. A0086-2010-N out of 262). He has published >600 articles and received ~10370 citations and 50 h-factor (SCOPUS). He has been supported with funds from NSF, ARMY/ARO/NATO, US Academy of Sciences, European Commission, Greece, Japan, China and Russia. The terms “dislocation patterning”, “gradient plasticity, “gradient elasticity”, “material instabilities”, “chemomechanics” and “nanomechanics”, first appeared in the scientific literature through his articles with his students and collaborators.

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Professor Heinrich Begehr, Invited

Freie Universität Berlin

Professor Heinrich Begehr

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Dr Vincent Caudrelier, Invited

University of Leeds

Dr Vincent Caudrelier is a Lecturer in Mathematical Physics at the University of Leeds. His research interests are in the area of Mathematical Physics known as integrable systems. They generally arise as physical models and exhibit a large amount of symmetries that allow for exact solutions to be found. They come in a variety of flavours: classical or quantum mechanical, discrete or continuous, but they all share many common features related to fundamental notions like the existence of a Lax pair presentation or algebraic structures related to the Yang-Baxter equation. Dr Vincent Caudrelier's interests range from the study of their mathematical structures to their physical applications, for instance in condensed matter physics, optics or fluid dynamics. I specialise in the study of integrability properties of models in the presence of boundaries, defects and, more generally, on (quantum) graphs. For quantum systems, the latter context is known to be relevant for instance to the study of electronic properties of networks of carbon nanotubes or quantum wires. I have co-authored several papers on this topic with Eric Ragoucy and Mihail Mintchev. For classical theories, the study of integrable PDEs on graphs is a brand new topic combining the power of modelling with integrable PDEs with that of modelling with graphs. Another part of Dr Vincent Caudrelier's interests deals with the description of boundary conditions in fully discrete integrable systems via the $3D$-boundary consistency condition which derived from the discovery of the set-theoretical reflection equation.

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Professor Filippo Gazzola, Invited

Politecnico di Milano | Polimi · Department of Mathematics "Francesco Brioschi"

Professor Filippo Gazzola

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Professor Alain Haraux, Invited

CNRS & Sorbonne Université, Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Paris France

Professor Alain Haraux graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure of Paris (45 rue d'Ulm) in 1973. He got his thèse d’Etat (Now called HDR) in 1978. He has been working at CNRS since 1973 and is now an Emeritus Director of Research (DREM) at CNRS and a benevolent collaborator at Sorbonne Université.

From the beginning of his career, Alain Haraux concentrated his effort on large time behavior of the solutions to evolution systems governed by nonlinear partial differential equations, with or without external forces. The main thematics of his research concern dissipative systems, stability theory, recurrence, almost periodicity, oscillation theory, attractors of continuous dynamical systems, both autonomous and non-autonomous. He also made some contribution to the theory of exact controllability at the end of the eighties, since this theory shares some tools with oscillation theory at the level of observability.

At a certain stage of his career, he interacted with the research group of Professor M.I. Vishik, an intereaction which did not result in any joint publication but is reflected in some books on both sides.

Alain Haraux is the author of about 150 research papers and 6 monographs. He was the advisor of 16 PHD students, mostly of foreign origin and the partial advisor of an equivalent number of students. He collaborated with more than 40 researchers and students.

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Emeritus Professor Gérard René Lemaitre, Invited

Aix Marseille Université, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique Marseille - LAM R&D Group - Astronomical Optics

Emeritus Professor Gérard René Lemaitrewas born in Paris in 1943. Presently émeritus professor at LAM, Aix Marseille Université, he received a degree of engineer from the Ecole d’Arts et Métiers, Paris, in 1967, and focused on researches in astronomical optics. In 1974, he earned the degree of Docteur d’Etat es Sciences Physiques at the Université de Provence for his dissertation entitled Astronomical Optics and Elasticity.

His research concentrates on optical design and elasticity theory for improving the performances of telescopes and spectrographs by use of a minimum number of optical surfaces. Astronomical instruments often include aspherical surfaces which are difficult to obtain with high accuracy and free from discontinuities (ripple errors). From Bernhard Schmidt idea that an elastic deformation could provide an efficient method for generating aspherics, G. R. Lemaitre elaborated Active Optics and related theoretical boundary conditions which are required for developing these methods. Holder of 13 patents in several countries, he developed active optics to generate axisymmetric aspheric optical surfaces by stress figuring or replication technique – corrector plates, telescope mirrrors, reflective aspherized gratings – as well as methods to generate in-situ varying surface shapes – variable curvature mirrors of ESO/VLTI delay lines – or non-axisymmetric surfaces – toroid diffraction gratings from replication of deformable substrates. He investigated and built new wide-field astronomical telescope and reflective spectrograph designs.

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Professor Jorge Linares, Invited

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin | UVSQ, Groupe d'Etude de la Matière Condensée (GEMaC) Versailles

Born in 1949 in Chepen (Peru), from 1978 to 1989 professor at the PUCP-PERU university, associated Professor at the Paris VI University from 1989 to 1995 and since 1995 Jorge Linares is full Professor in the GEMaC laboratoy and in the Department of Physics of the University of Versailles (UVSQ)-France. Between 2009 and 2011 he was Head of the Department of Physics. Together with Dr. Harmut Spiering, he has proposed the Ising model with short and long-range interaction for spin crossover (SCO) compounds, and he has developped the Entropic Sampling algorithme to apply to nano-particles SCO systems. His main research interest focus on phase transition systems (macroscopic and nano-materials systems) and in the applications of SCO systems to temperature, pressure and impact sensors.

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Professor Constantin Meis, Invited

National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology, France

Professor Constantin Meis studied physics at the University of Paris-7 where he obtained in 1983 the “Maitrise de Physique”, with specialization in Atomic and Nuclear Physics. Then he got the Master Degree (DEA) in Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics at University Paris Sud (Orsay) in 1984. He is holder of a PhD in Atomic Physics obtained also at Paris Sud (Orsay) University in 1988 and of a HDR (Director of Researches empowerment) obtained at Marseille University in 2003. He started his career as physicist at the CEA – Saclay in 1988 where he worked on theoretical studies and computational modelling of the electromagnetic waves behavior in magnetized plasmas until 1998. Then he participated in the program of nuclear waste disposal by working on atomic scale simulations (DFT and Molecular Dynamics). In 2001 he took the head of the Physics and Materials Unit of the National Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INSTN) where he became Professor.

He actually still serves at the INSTN as professor and operation manager near the director and he is appointed as an international expert of the CEA. Since a few years he is involved in the theoretical studies in Quantum Electrodynamics related to the vector potential quantization of the electromagnetic field. He has advanced innovative elaborations on the non-local simultaneous wave-particle mathematical representation of the single photon state and its relationship to the quantum vacuum. He has done roughly a hundred publications and international communications and he is the author of the book “Light and Vacuum” 2nd Edition, edited by World Scientific

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Professor Andrei Andreevich Shkalikov, Invited

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow, Russian Federation

Professor Andrei Andreevich Shkalikov

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Professor Dimitrios Thomakos, Invited

University of Peloponnese, Greece

Dimitrios Thomakos is Professor in Applied Econometrics and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Peloponnese and Senior Fellow, Member of the Scientific Committee, at the Rimini Center for Economic Analysis. He holds an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Athens. His current research focuses on financial econometrics, time series forecasting and computational finance, as well as on econometric methods and applications in several fields in economics. He has been an expert course leader and consultant in various positions in the financial industry. His research has appeared in several leading academic journals and he currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Energy and Statistics. He is the co-director of ForTank, the Forecasting Think Tank, and co-founder of the quantf © research website. His latest book "Forecasting with the Theta Method: Theory and Applications" is forthcoming by Wiley.

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Professor Robert Finn, Invited

Stanford University

Robert Finn has made a career of predicting and characterizing idiosyncratic behavior of solutions of nonlinear equations arising in classical mechanics, notably behavior deriving from the particular nature of the nonlinearity. His PhD dissertation described a curiosity of minimal surfaces, without apparent real-life application. A half-century later the result had evolved into the “capillarity comparison principle”, which is distinct in crucial ways from the classic such principle for elliptic equations. In the interim Finn had published on quasi- conformal invariance, on flows through jets, on sub- and supersonic gas flows past airfoils, on global uniformization in singular cases, on the Stokes Paradox and Navier-Stokes equations in two and in three dimensional exterior domains. This work led to new kinds of a priori estimates of unusual character. The most recent half-century has been devoted exclusively to capillarity problems, for which unexpected behavior is the general rule. He has published various invited papers on special topics, also a Springer “Grundlehren” volume on capillarity, with a second edition now in progress. He has been an “Introsems Lecturer” at Stanford since 2006.

Following his PhD at Syracuse Univ., Finn was at the Inst. Advanced Study in Princeton, at Univ.Maryland, Univ. Southern Cal., then Caltech, and then Stanford where he is now emeritus. He has had visiting positions at many institutions in many countries, he was twice a Guggenheim Fellow, twice a National Academy Exchange Lecturer, also a Fulbright Fellow. He is a Foreign Member of the Sächs. Akad. Wiss., is Dr. rer. nat. honoris causa at Univ. Leipzig. He is on the Editorial Boards of major journals. He has written about 160 research publications, and had 32 PhD students. He has also been Advisor for many undergraduate honors theses, nine of them following retirement. Two of these led to NASA space experiments and ensuing publications.

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