The following experts have already agreed to give keynote speeches at DSTA 2021.

Title of the speech: "Are we prepared to accept the reality?"

  • Ravi P. Agarwal

    Texas A&M University-Kingsville (USA)
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    Dr. Ravi P. Agarwal was born in Moradabad (India) in 1947. In 1973, he earned his Ph.D. (Mathematics) at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India, one of the highest ranking universities in India. His major research interests include Numerical Analysis, Differential and Difference Equations, Inequalities, and Fixed Point Theorems. He has published 45 research monographs and more than 1700 publications in prestigious national and international mathematics journals. Dr. Agarwal worked previously either as a regular faculty or as a visiting professor and scientist in universities in several countries, including India, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia, USA, Singapore, and Japan. He has been ranked as a Highly Cited Researcher for 14 consecutive years, and has also been recognized as one of the "World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" in 2014 and 2015 by Thomas Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. In 2020 he has been listed among world's Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Agarwal is cited more than 40000 times, and on MathSciNet, his work is cited more than 16000 times by 6400 scientists. Dr. Agarwal is the recipient of several notable honors and awards, including 8 Doctor Honoris Causa and Professor Honoris Causa. He was also nominated as a possible candidate for a Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, an international award scheme recognizing significant contributions in the areas of scientific research and cultural creation. He has served over 40 Journals in the capacity of an Editor/Honorary Editor, or Associate Editor, and published 20 books as an editor.

Title of the speech: "The dynamical behavior of a quantum impact oscillator"

  • Soumitro Banerjee

    Indian Institute of Science Education & Research (India)
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    Dr. Soumitro Banerjee was in the Faculty of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India, since 1986, and moved to the Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata, India, in 2009. As a result, his focus shifted from engineering to basic science. Dr. Banerjee has made seminal contributions on the nonlinear dynamics of power electronic circuits and bifurcation theory for nonsmooth systems. He has published three books: "Nonlinear Phenomena in Power Electronics" (Ed: Banerjee and Verghese, IEEE Press, 2001), "Dynamics for Engineers" (Wiley, London, 2005), and "Wind Electrical Systems" (Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2005). He was recognized as a "Highly Cited Author" by Thomson Reuters from 2004 to 2014. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Science Academy, The World Academy of Sciences, and the IEEE.

Title of the speech: "Optimization of sandwich structures under blast loading"

  • Romesh C. Batra

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia Tech (USA)
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    Romesh C. Batra, University Distinguished Professor and Clifton C. Garvin Professor at Virginia Tech has made seminal contributions to mechanics. These include the modified and symmetric smoothed particle hydrodynamics (MSPH and SSPH) basis functions, analysis of shear bands in strain-gradient dependent heat-conducting thermo-elasto-visco-plastic solids, impact/penetration problems, material tailoring in functionally graded materials/structures, indentation of nonlinear elastic roll-covers, meshless methods for nonlinear multi-physics problems, deduction of continuum structure properties from molecular mechanics/dynamics simulations, and consideration of the Casimir force in micro-electro-mechanical systems. Batra’s work published in >450 refereed journal articles has been widely recognized by his peers through >15, 200 citations on Scopus with H=62, and the Alexander von Humboldt Award (1992), the 2016 ASME Robert Henry Thurston Lecture Award, the 2015 ASME Honorary Membership Award, the 2009 Engineering Science Medal, and the 2019 Belytschko Medal from the US Association of Computational Mechanics.

Title of the speech: "Accuracy and efficiency of structural theories for free vibration analyses via axiomatic/asymptotic method and neural networks"

  • Erasmo Carrera

    Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
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    After earning two degrees (Aeronautics, 1986, and Aerospace Engineering, 1988) at the Politecnico di Torino, Erasmo Carrera received his PhD degree in Aerospace Engineering jointly at the Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, and Università di Pisa in 1991. He began working as a Researcher in the Department of Aerospace Engineering for the Politecnico di Torino in 1992 where he held courses on Missiles and Aerospace Structure Design, Plates and Shells, and the Finite Element Method. He became Associate Professor of Aerospace Structures and Computational Aeroelasticity in 2000, and Full Professor at the Politecnico di Torino in 2011. He has visited the University of Stuttgart twice, the first time as a PhD student (six months in 1991) and then as Visiting Scientist under a GKKS Grant (18 months in 1995–1996). In the summers of 1996, 2003 and 2009, he was Visiting Professor at the ESM Department of Virginia Tech, at SUPMECA in Paris (France) and at the CRP TUDOR in Luxembourg, respectively. His main research topics are: composite materials, finite elements, plates and shells, postbuckling and stability, smart structures, thermal stress, aeroelasticity, multibody dynamics, and the design and analysis of non-classical lifting systems. He is author of more than 350 articles on these topics, many of which have been published in international journals.
    He serves as referee for international journals and as a contributing editor for Mechanics of Advanced Materials and Structures, Composite Structures, Journal of Thermal Stress, Computer and Structures and International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

Title of the speech: "Dynamic-based micro and nano devices and phenomena"

  • Mohammad Y. Younis

    King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia)
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    Mohammad I. Younis received a Ph.D. degree in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, in 2004. From 2004-2013 he served as an assistant and then as an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY), Binghamton, NY. In 2013, he moved to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, where he served as an associate and then full professor of Mechanical Engineering and a Director of the MEMS and NEMS Characterization and Motion Laboratory. Dr. Younis is a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2012, the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award in 2009, and the Paul E. Torgersen Graduate Research Excellence Award in 2002. He holds several U.S. patents in MEMS sensors and actuators. He serves as an Associate Editor of Nonlinear Dynamics, Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics, Journal of Vibration and Control, and Meccanica. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME and IEEE.

Title of the speech: "The nature of solutions of equations"

  • James A. Yorke

    University of Maryland, College Park (USA)
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    James Yorke is perhaps best known for coining the mathematical term chaos in his 1975 paper with Tien-Yien Li “Period Three Implies Chaos”. He came to the University of Maryland as a math graduate student in 1963 hoping to explore interdisciplinary mathematics. Those hopes were fully realized after he received his Ph.D. and joined the faculty of the University of Maryland. He feels that a Ph.D. in mathematics is a license to investigate the universe. In 2003 he was awarded the Japan Prize jointly with Benoit Mandelbrot for their work in chaos and fractals in a ceremony presided over by the Emperor of Japan. His current research interests include simple models for COVID-19, for ecosystems, for ergodic chaotic systems with multiple instabilities.

Title of the speech: "Nonlinear dynamics of multi-stable systems"

  • Jerzy Warmiński

    Lublin University of Technology (Poland)
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    Jerzy Warmiński is Professor and Head of Department of Applied Mechanics at Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Lublin University of Technology, Poland. He obtained his PhD (1992) in mechanical engineering from Lublin University of Technology and DSc (2001) in mechanics from Cracow University of Science of Technology (AGH). In 2012 he earned the title of Professor from President of Poland. He is a member of the Committee on Mechanics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a chairman of the Section of Dynamics.
    He serves as an editorial or advisory board member in Nonlinear Dynamics (2010-2018), Journal of Sound and Vibration, J. of Mechanical Engineering Science of Proc. of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C (associate editor 2008-2013), subject editor in Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, member of Technical Committee on Multibody Systems and Nonlinear Dynamics of the ASME.
    His main research areas are nonlinear dynamics, nonlinear oscillations, bifurcations and chaos theory, nonlinear normal modes, dynamics and control of active structures, time delay systems, analytical and numerical methods in mechanics. He published as author or co-author 4 books and above 150 peer-reviewed journal papers on the mentioned topics and he organised several special issues on nonlinear dynamics.

Title of the speech: "Dynamics of continuous systems: From time-varying, nonlinear, and flexible multibody systems to phononic structures"

  • Weidong Zhu

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County (USA)
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    Dr. Weidong Zhu is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and the founder and director of its Dynamic Systems and Vibrations Laboratory and Laser Vibrometry Laboratory. He received his double major BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computational Science from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 1986, and his MS and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Arizona State University and the University of California at Berkeley in 1988 and 1994, respectively. He is a recipient of the 2004 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He has been an ASME Fellow since 2010, and has served as an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics and the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control, and as a Subject Editor of the Journal of Sound and Vibration and Nonlinear Dynamics. His research spans the fields of dynamics, vibration, control, applied mechanics, structural health monitoring, renewable energy, and metamaterials, and involves analytical development, numerical simulation, experimental validation, and industrial application. He has published over 240 archival journal papers in these areas and holds five U.S. patents. He is a recipient of the 2020 University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.