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ECCOMAS PhD Awards - 2018


The meeting of the Evaluation Committee for the ECCOMAS award for the best PhD theses in 2018 was held on April 26th, 2019 at CIMNE, Barcelona. As an answer to the call for tender, the ECCOMAS member associations nominated 17 theses. The Evaluation Committee was composed by Nils-Erik Wiberg (chairman), Karen Veroy-Grepl, Gernot Beer, Roberto Verzicco and Pedro Díez (secretary).

After a detailed discussion, a voting process was held in two phases. First, after a secret voting the number of theses was reduced from 17 to 7. In a second round, the number was reduced to 4 theses that were ranked well above the rest. Then the committee discussed the merits of these 4 theses, evaluating the different aspects of each and unanimously agreed on selecting among them two winners.

The two winners are:

  • Dr. Brian Staber (France) for the thesis “Stochastic analysis, simulation and identification of hyperelastic constitutive equations”.
  • Dr. Yasin Toparlar (The Netherlands) for the thesis “A multiscale analysis of the urban heat island effect: From city averaged temperatures to the energy demand of individual buildings”.

These theses are outstanding works in Computational Methods in Applied Sciences combining excellent knowledge of both theory and practice, with special insight in the fundamental and computational aspects. The panel has appreciated the complementary on the focus of the scientific contributions: the first (in alphabetical order) developing new mathematical methodologies, algorithms, their analysis and their application to relevant problems, and the latter using with outstanding rigor the tools pertaining to our community in an original problem with relevant social impact. Both, the two winners are pieces of research that extend the frontiers of the fields of ECCOMAS, and open our community to new problems and methodologies. The award decision was based on the relevance of the topics, the originality of the theses, their scientific content and the innovative numerical developments. Moreover, both theses are very well written and meticulously presented.

The list of finalists selected by the local-regional ECCOMAS Association is the following:

AuthorTitle of the thesesLocal AssociationCountry
Viacheslav BalobanovComputational Structural Mechanics within strain gradient elasticity: mathematical formulations and isogeometric analysis for metamaterial designNOACMDenmark, Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, Iceland
Daniel BarbaSegregation-Assisted Creep in Nickel-based Superalloys: experiments, theory and ModellingUkacmUnited Kingdom
Bart BlockmansModel reduction of contact problems in flexible multibody dynamicsBNCTAMBelgium
Cipriano Escalante SanchezMathematical and numerical modelling of dispersive water wavesSEMASpain
Camilla FioriniSensitivity analysis for non linear hyperbolic systems of conservation lawsGAMNI/SMAI France
Elena GaburroWell balanced Arbitrary-Lagrangian-Eulerian Finite Volume schemes on moving nonconforming meshes for non-conservative Hyperbolic systemsGIMC/AIMETAItaly
Tomasz GajewskiComputer assisted medical decision in angioplasty vascular interventionPACM Poland
Osman GültekinComputational Inelasticity of Fibrous Biological Tissues with a Focus on Viscoelasticity, Damage and RuptureCEACMAustria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Czech Republic
Friederike HellwigAdaptive Discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin Finite-Element-MethodsGAMMGermany
Max HodappOn flexible Green function methods for atomistic/continuum couplingSWICCOMASSwitzerland
Arnau RibasNumerical Simulation of Aeroacoustics using the Variational Multiscale Method. Application to the problem of human phonationSEMNISpain
Mara ScussoliniInverse Problems in Data-driven Multiscale Systems Medicine: Application to Cancer PhysiologySIMAIItaly
Filipe Miguel Soares PereiraTowards Predictive Scale-Resolving Simulations of Turbulent External FlowsAPMTACPortugal
Chatzieleftheriou StavrosContribution to force field modeling & energy minimization of nanostructuresGRACMGreece
Johanna WaimannVariational modeling of irreversible effects in polycrystalline shape memory alloysGAMCGermany