Plenary speakers


Paola Goatin , INRIA Sophia Antipolis - Team ACUMES, France

Dr. Paola Goatin is an expert of analysis and numerical simulation of hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, with special focus on traffic flow applications. She got her PhD in Applied Mathematics at SISSA-ISAS (Italy) in 2000, with a thesis “On uniqueness and stability for systems of conservation laws”, and her Habilitation in Mathematics on “Analysis and numerical approximation of some macroscopic traffic flow models” at Toulon University in 2009. She spent three years at Ecole Polytechnique (France) and seven years as Associate Professor at Toulon University, before joining Inria in 2010, where she is now Research Director and leader of the project-team ACUMES (Analysis and Control of Unsteady Models for Engineering Sciences). From 2010 to 2016 she held an ERC Starting Grant on “Traffic Management by Macroscopic models”. In 2014, she was awarded the Inria - Académie des Sciences prize for young researchers. She is author of about 50 articles published on international journals, and 20 conference proceedings.

Stefan Kurz, TU Darmstadt and Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

Prof. Kurz is associated with the Corporate Research center of Robert Bosch GmbH, as Expert Vice President for Strategies and Technologies for Modeling and Simulation. At the same time he is a professor at Technische Universität Darmstadt. There he is affiliated with the Laboratory for Theory of Electromagnetic Fields and with the Graduate School of Computational Engineering. His research at the university is concerned with modern mathematical methods for the numerical computation of electromagnetic fields. Previous academic positions of Prof. Kurz were at Tampere University of Technology in Finland, where he was Finland Distinguished Professor for Advanced Electromagnetic Modeling and Simulation for Engineering. Previous to that he held a position at the Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg, where he was a full professor of Electromagnetic Theory and Numerical Field Computation. Prof. Kurz has more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
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Knut-Andreas Lie, SINTEF Digital, Mathematics & Cybernetics, Oslo, Norway

Knut-Andreas Lie received his PhD degree in mathematics from Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway in 1998. He is currently a chief scientist at SINTEF, Oslo, Norway, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, where he is the manager for the Computational Geosciences group at the Mathematics and Cybernetics Department. He is also a Professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, NTNU. He is the Executive Editor for SPE Journal, devoted to publishing fundamental research papers on all aspects of engineering for oil and gas exploration and production. His main research interests include numerical methods for flow in porous media. He has published 140 papers in journals, conference proceeding and book chapters. He is also the author of two open-source software: MRST and OPM

László Lovász, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

László Lovász was born March 9, 1948 in Budapest. His fields of research include combinatorial optimization, graph theory, theoretical computer science. He played a central role in the process of systemization of combinatorial theory and graph theory.
His mathematical gift led to early achievements solving several open problems, writing a paper at the age of seventeen and publishing it in a famous mathematical journal, and winning gold medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad competition for three consecutive years (1964, 1965, 1966). He received the degrees Candidate of Math. Sci. (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1970); Dr.Rhr.Nat. (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest 1971); Dr.Math.Sci. (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1977).
Until 1975, he had worked at Eötvös Loránd University, and then he went on to chair the Department of Geometry at the University of Szeged between 1975 and 1982. In 1982, he returned to Eötvös Loránd University, where he established the Department of Computer Science.
During the 1990s, Prof. Lovász was a professor at the Department of Computer Science at Yale University and until 2006, he was a collaborative member of the Microsoft Research Center. After his return to Eötvös Loránd University he served as the director of its Mathematical Institute (2006–2011).
He was awarded the Brouwer Medal in 1993, the Wolf Prize in 1999, the Bolyai Prize in 2007 and Hungary's Széchenyi Grand Prize (2008). He received the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (2008). He received the Kyoto Prize for Basic Science (2010).
He served as president of the International Mathematical Union between 2007 and 2010. In 2014, he was elected President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Anna Marciniak-Czochra, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Christophe Prud'homme, University of Strasbourg and Cemosis, France

Samuli Siltanen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Samuli Siltanen works as Professor of Industrial Mathematics at University of Helsinki, Finland. His scientific research concentrates on computational solution of inverse problems. He works in close collaboration with hospitals and medical imaging technology companies, especially in the fields of electrical impedance tomography and low-dose 3D X-ray imaging. He obtained his PhD at Helsinki University of Technology in 1999. He has 6 years of experience working as a R&D scientist in the industry (GE Healthcare). His academic positions include JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow in 2002-2004 at Gunma University, Japan; Professor of Mathematics in 2006-2009 at Tampere University of Technology, Finland, and Professor of Industrial Mathematics at University of Helsinki from 2009.

Gábor Stépán, BME, Hungary

Gábor Stépán is a professor of Applied Mechanics, member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Europe. ERC Advanced Grant holder, holder of the Széchenyi Prize. Former dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Research fields include delayed dynamical systems, stability theory, and nonlinear vibrations. Current or former member of the editorial boards: Nonlinear Dynamics, Journal of Nonlinear Science, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Physica D.

Andrew Stuart, CalTech, USA

Andrew Stuart is Bren Professor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. He has research interests in applied and computational mathematics, and is interested in particular in the question of how to combine complex mechanistic models with data. He joined Caltech in 2016, after 17 years as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick (1999--2016). Prior to that he was on the faculty in The Departments of Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University (1992--1999), and in the Mathematics Department at Bath University (1989--1992). He obtained his PhD from the Oxford University Computing Laboratory in 1986, and held postdoctoral positions in Mathematics at Oxford University and at MIT in the period 1986--1989.