Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

Opening Plenary Lecture

Prof. Gábor Stépán
Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary

Preliminary Title: A Wheel Shimmy and Delayed Tyre Models
(Gábor Stépán)


Gábor STÉPÁN received his MSc degree in mechanical engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1978, and earned a PhD degree in the same field at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1982. After long periods abroad in the 1980’s and 90’s as researcher and visiting professor at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Technical University of Denmark (Lyngby), Delft University of Technology, CalTech (Pasadena), University of Bristol, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6, he became a full professor and head of the Department of Applied Mechanics at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in 1995. He was elected to a member of the Hungarian (National) Academy of Sciences in 2001, and served as a dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering between 2008 and 2012. His research interest is Analytical Mechanics with focus on delay systems and their applications in mechanical engineering. He serves as a member/associate editor in the boards of Physica D, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Meccanica, Journal of Nonlinear Science, Journal of Vibration and Control.


Special Plenary Lecture

Prof. Marian Wiercigroch
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom

Preliminary Title: Nonlinear Dynamics of Engineering Systems
(Marian Wiercigroch)



Professor Wiercigroch educated in Poland, UK and US holds a prestigious Sixth Century Chair at the University of Aberdeen. He is a founding director of internationally renowned Centre for Applied Dynamics Research and a Director of Internationalisation for the College of Physical Sciences. His area of research is nonlinear dynamics, which he applies to various engineering problems such as downhole drilling, rotor systems, underwater acoustics, fatigue and renewable energy. He has published extensively and is heavily involved with various editorial activities and conference organizations. He has received many awards and distinctions including a Senior Fulbright Scholarship and a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.


Closing Plenary Lecture

Prof. Giuseppe Rega
Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Preliminary Title: A Nonlinear Dynamics Perspective for the Analysis, Control and Design of Mechanical and Structural Systems
(Giuseppe Rega)


Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics at Sapienza University of Rome. Chairman Ph.D. Program in Structural Engineering. Past President AIMETA. Member National Committee for Air and Land Cableways, Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transportation. Member EUROMECH Nonlinear Oscillations Conference Committee. Italian Representative IUTAM General Assembly. Former Editor-in-Chief of Meccanica. Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member of Nonlinear Dynamics, Journal of Vibration and Control, Mathematical Problems in Engineering. Organizer/chair of International Workshop Bifurcation and Chaos in Mechanical Systems, 1992; EUROMECH Colloquium Bifurcation and Chaos in Solid and Structural Dynamics, 1994; IUTAM Symposium Chaotic Dynamics and Control of Systems and Processes in Mechanics, 2003; EUROMECH Colloquium Nonlinear Normal Modes, Dimension Reduction and Localization in Vibrating Systems, 2009; 7th European Nonlinear Dynamics Conference (ENOC 2011), 2011. Author of more than 100 Archival Journals Papers, 50 Edited Volume Chapters, 80 Refereed Conference Proceedings Papers, 3 Books, 6 Archival Journal Special Issues, 1 Conference Proceedings.


Keynote Lectures

Prof. Alejandro R. Diaz
Michigan State University, Michigan, USA

Preliminary Title: Vibration Control of Tension Aligned Structures
(Alejandro R. Diaz, Ranjan Mukherjee, Tingli Cai)


Dr. Alejandro R. Diaz is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA. He is currently serving as Department Chair, a position he has held since September 2010. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1982. Dr. Diaz research interests focus on optimization theory and applications in mechanical and structural design, with special interest in methods for shape and topology optimization in a multiphysics setting, design with advanced materials, and inverse problems in material design. Some of his current projects involve topology optimization problems in electromagnetics, design of membranes and multifunctional porous materials; applications of non-linear phenomena in sensor design, vibration isolation, and energy harvesting; and control of tension-aligned structures. Dr. Diaz has served as vice-president of the ISSMO Executive Committee since 2007. He is currently a review editor of the journal Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. He is a Fellow of the ASME.


Prof. Andrei Metrikine
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Preliminary Title: Dynamic Stability of Structures Interacting with Generalized Flows
(Andrei Metrikine)


Andrei Metrikine is currently Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor and is head of the Wave Mechanics Research Group, based in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He graduated in radio-physics from the State University of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia in 1989 and received his PhD and DSc in 1992 and 1998 in St.Petersburg, Russia. In 1994-1998 he held a number of post-doctoral positions, including one at the Institute for Mechanics of the Hannover University, Germany awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation. Since 1999 Andrei is employed by TU Delft. Currently he also holds positions of Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sound and Vibration and Adjunct Professor in Arctic Marine Civil Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. Andrei’s research interests focus on vibrations of and waves in structures that are in contact with solids and fluids and on dynamics, including failure, of complex materials.


Dr. Jiří Náprstek
The Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Czech Republic

Preliminary Title: Dynamic Stability, Post-critical Behavior and Recovery of Systems in Engineering
(Jiří Náprstek at al.)


Jiří Náprstek has Eng. in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics (1967), PhD. in Wave Propagation problems from Academy of Sciences (1972) and DSc. in problems of Stochastic Dynamics. He is a Head of the Department of Dynamics (since 1985) in the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Prague. Awards: CS State Prize 1983, Award of the Academy of Sciences 1985 and 1987, F. Křižík Medal 2007. He co-authored 4 books and more than 300 articles in reviewed journals/proceedings and book chapters. He coordinated 12 national and international research projects on Dynamics and Stochastic Mechanics, organized two international and six national conferences on Rational Dynamics and Engineering Mechanics (Eurodyn 1999, 4th EACWE 2005, Nat.Conf on Engineering Mechanics 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012). He is a member of editorial board of several international journals, of many international scientific societies (IUTAM, EUROMECH, EASD, IAWE, EAEE, etc.), an adviser of several domestic and international Research Foundations and worked many years in various Grant agencies and their steering committees. His main scientific activities are in the fields of rational dynamics, computational mechanics and stochastic mechanics.


Assoc. Prof. Nuno Manuel Mendes Maia
Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal

Preliminary Title: Advances on Force Identification in Structural Dynamics
(Nuno Manuel Mendes Maia, Miguel Matos Neves, Yoann Lage)


Nuno Maia has an MSc. in mechanical engineering, from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, a PhD in mechanical vibrations (1989) from Imperial College, University of London, UK and Habilitation in mechanical engineering (2001) from IST, where he is currently associate professor. He has authored around 100 international conference papers, over 40 journal papers/book chapters and two text books. He has organized five international conferences on the subject of structural dynamics, since 1998. He is associate editor of the Shock and Vibration Journal, member of the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM), member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), and member of the Portuguese Society of Acoustics (SPA). Currently he supervises 4 Ph.D. students; he has coordinated various national and international research projects in the area structural dynamics. His research interests are: model updating, coupling, damage detection, transmissibility and force identification.