Keynote speaker

George Karniadakis

Charles Pitts Robinson and John Palmer Barstow Professor of Applied Mathematics Brown University

George Karniadakis received his S.M. (1984) and Ph.D. (1987) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 1987 and subsequently he joined the Center for Turbulence Research at Stanford / Nasa Ames. He joined Princeton University as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and as Associate Faculty in the Program of Applied and Computational Mathematics. He was a Visiting Professor at Caltech (1993) in the Aeronautics Department.

George Karniadakis joined Brown University as Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Center for Fluid Mechanics on January 1, 1994. He became a full professor on July 1, 1996. He has been a Visiting Professor and Senior Lecturer of Ocean/Mechanical Engineering at MIT since September 1, 2000. He was Visiting Professor at Peking University (Fall 2007). He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM, 2010-), Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS, 2004-), Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME, 2003-) and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA, 2006-). He received the CFD award (2007) and the J Tinsley Oden Medal (2013) by the US Association in Computational Mechanics. His h-index is 60 and he has been cited more than 17,500 times (see my google scholar citations).

George Karniadakis is the lead PI of an OSD/AFOSR MURI on Uncertainty Quantification and Director of a new DOE Center of Mathematics for Mesoscale Modeling of Materials (CM4.

You can visit his home page here.

Invited speakers

Yamir Moreno

Department of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Yamir Moreno received the undergraduate and Master degrees in Physics from the University of Havana (1993 and 1996, respectively) and a Ph. D in Theoretical Physics from the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 2000. Soon afterwards, he joined the Condensed Matter Section of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy as a research fellow. In February 2003, he returned to the University of Zaragoza, first as a research fellow and later holding a Senior Ramon y Cajal research position at the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems, BIFI, of the same University. Dr. Moreno is currently a tenured Associate Research Professor, the Scientific Secretary of BIFI, and Member of the Board and Steering Committees of the Institute. Additionally, he is heading the Complex Systems and Networks Lab since it was created in 2003.

Yamir Moreno’s background is mainly in statistical physics and in the physics of complex systems. He has worked on different subjects such as non-equilibrium systems, self-organization, nonlinear dynamical systems, mathematical biology, computer simulation techniques, fracture and seismology and the structure and dynamics of complex networks in several fields of science, including the study of the interplay between structure and function in biological, technological and social networks, epidemic spreading processes, nonlinear dynamical systems coupled to complex structures and the emergence of collective behavior in diverse fields.

Yamir Moreno has authored more than 135 scientific papers in international refereed journals and conferences and serves as a referee for around 30 scientific journals and research agencies. His research results have collected 5500+ citations, including the most cited Physics Reports of the last five years (Phys. Rep. 424, 175-304 (2006), 2300+ citations), granting him the condition of ISI highly cited scientist. At present, he is member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Reports, an Academic Editor of PLoS ONE and also serves in the Editorial Boards of two other peer-reviewed journals. Yamir Moreno has supervised 8 undergraduate and 5 PhD Thesis at the University of Zaragoza. Currently, 5 more PhD thesis are being supervised.

You can visit Yamir Moreno's personal site here.

Bernd Michael Rode

Institute of General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry University of Innsbruck

Bernd Michael Rode obtained his PhD in Chemistry (sub auspicils presidents) from the Lopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck. From 1979 he is Professor of Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Innsbruck and until 2011 was the head of the Department of Theoretical Chemistry and of the Institute for General, Inorganic and Theoretical Chemistry. The research interest of Bernd Michael Rode focus on:
  • - Applications and methodical development of Monte-Carlo and Molecular Dynamics Simulations
  • - Quantum chemical calculations of metal complexes and intermolecular potentials
  • - Molecular Modeling of biologically, physiologically and pharmaceutically relevant systems
  • - Quantitative Structure - Property Relations aiming at the use of quantum chemical data in such relations and employment of statistical methods and neural networks
  • - Modeling of antibody-antigen interactions
  • - Development of visualisation software for static and dynamical chemical systems
  • - Chemical evolution (prebiotic formation of peptides and proteins)
  • - Complex chemistry (metal complexes with amino acid and peptide ligands)
Bernd Michael Rode is the author of 440 scientific papers, 31 contributions to books and has been referenced more than 8000 times.

You can visit Bernd Michael Rode's personal site here.

Ofer Lahav

Perren Chair of Astronomy, Astrophysics Group, University College London

Ofer Lahav obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from the Tel-Aviv University, his M.Sc. degree from the Ben-Gurion University and his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge (1988). His current position is Perren Chair of Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University College London (UCL). Ofer Lahav is Chair of the International Science Committee of the Dark Energy Survey, Vice-Dean for Research, Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UCL, Holder of a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2008-2013) and Holder of a European Research Council Advanced Grant (2012-2017). Ofer Lahav obtained several awards (European Research Council Advanced Grant (2012-2017), Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship (2011-2012), Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society (2010-12), Visiting Professorship, University of Kent (2012-2015) etc). Ofer Lahav is the author of over 170 research articles in refereed journals, including 8 invited review articles and book chapters. Thomson ISI ‘highly cited author’, h-factor 63 and has served as a Principal Investigator in several research projects. Ofer Lahav research interests focus on:
  • - Cosmological probes of Dark Matter and Dark Energy
  • - Large spectroscopic and photometric redshift surveys
  • - Neutrino Cosmology
  • - Formation and evolution of galaxies
  • - Statistical methods
You can visit Ofer Lahav’s home page here.

Spyros Basilakos

Research Center for Astronomy & Applied Mathematics of the Academy of Athens

Dr Spyros Basilakos took his PhD in Astrophysical Cosmology, University of Athens (1997-2000). For the duration of his entire Ph.D studies, the State Fellowship Institution has awarded him a fellowship after a national competition. He was awarded, by the Hellenic Astronomical Society, the best PhD thesis of the year 2000.
He was Research associate from 1999 to 2002 at the Imperial College, London, from 2002 to 2005 at the National Observatory of Athens (working on Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology in the framework of the project ‘X-ray Astrophysics with ESA’s mission XMM’), from 2005 to 2006 at Kapteyn Institute of Astronomy (Groningen, The Netherlands). The last position was funded by the Dutch State (NOVA fellowship). Since 2006 he is Senior Researcher at the Academy of Athens (Centre of Astronomy). From 2011 to 2012 he was Visiting professor at the University of Barcelona department of Physics .
His main interests concentrate on the nature of dark energy, modified gravity theories, cosmic inflation, unification between dark matter & dark energy, evolution of perturbations and structure formation in different cosmological models, quantification of the large-scale structure of the universe using numerical simulations and observational data, quantification of the Hubble expansion using different high-z Tracers.
His research work has led to 100 publications in refereed journals. He has also 40 publications in conference proceedings.
Recently, his works have received (in collaboration with profs. A. Lima and J. Sola) honorable mentions in the 2013 and 2014 competitions by the Gravity Research Foundation.

International Conference on Mathematical Modeling in Physical Sciences

August 28-31, 2014
Madrid, Spain