Invited speakers

The following speakers have confirmed their participation at MPSVA 2012. Further information will be available here shortly.

Frictional systems under periodic loads
J R Barber, University of Michigan, USA

J.R.Barber graduated in Mechanical Sciences from Cambridge University in 1963 and joined British Rail, who later sponsored his research at Cambridge between 1965 and 1968 on the  subject of thermal effects in braking systems. In 1969 he became Lecturer and later Reader in Solid Mechanics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1981 he moved to the University of Michigan, where he is presently Arthur F Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He is a Chartered Engineer in the U.K., Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and has engaged extensively in consulting work in the field of stress analysis for engineering design.
He is author of two books ('Elasticity' and 'Intermediate Mechanics of Materials') and over 170 articles in the fields of Elasticity, Thermoelasticity, Contact Mechanics, Tribology, Heat Conduction and Elastodynamics. He is a recipient of the Drucker Medal of ASME and the Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award of ASEE. He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematical Problems in Engineering and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, the Journal of Thermal Stresses, MilleChili Journal and Acta Tribologica.

BSSM Measurement Lecture: Understanding osteoarthritis of the knee using combined analysis of functional, musculoskeletal and biological response to mechanical loading 
C Holt, Cardiff University, UK

Dr Cathy Holt is a Reader at Cardiff School of Engineering and a Fellow of the IMechE. She leads motion analysis research at Cardiff and has applied the techniques of small and large scale motion capture across a range of subjects including orthopaedics, forensics, dental, facial imaging and novel applications. She has generated several EPSRC/MRC and ARC funded studies generally across multidisciplinary collaborations. She has gained consistent industrial funding over the last 12 years and was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 to study novel applications in the fields of orthopaedics, brain imaging and repair. He vision of integrating biomechanics and bioengineering to understand arthritis and its treatment led to the Arthritis Research UK Biomechanics and Bioengineering Centre of Excellence and she is now the Biomechanics Motion Analysis and Rehabilitation Team leader.


Nonlinear dynamics enabled systems design and control 
W Lacarbonara, La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy

Walter Lacarbonara is currently an Associate Professor in Nonlinear Analysis of Structures at Sapienza University of Rome where he leads the Nonlinear Structural Mechanics Group. His research interests cover nonlinear structural dynamics, experimental nonlinear dynamics, dynamics of composite and nanostructured materials, linear and nonlinear control of vibrations, nonlinear structural health monitoring, nonlinear dynamics of MEMS/NEMS sensors, hysteretic systems and smart materials, asymptotics (resonances and energy transfers), dynamics and aeroelasticity of suspension bridges.
His research is supported by several national and international sources. He is a member of the ASME Technical Committee on Multibody System and Nonlinear Dynamics. He has organized over 10 international symposia and conference sessions, serving as program co-chair and general co-chair for ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Sound and Vibration, Nonlinear Dynamics, International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, World Journal of Nanoscience and Engineering, Open Journal of Composite Materials. He serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Sound and Vibration, the ASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics and the International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences.

A novel photomechanical approach to dynamic testing of materials
F Pierron, Arts et Métiers, Paris Tech, France

Dr. Fabrice Pierron is Professor at Arts et Métiers ParisTech in Châlons en Champagne, France and founder of the Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Research Group (LMPF, Dr Pierron is an expert in the development of novel identification strategies based on full-field measurements and heterogeneous tests, applied to the mechanical behaviour of materials. In particular, he has been instrumental in the development of the Virtual Fields Method ( Dr. Pierron has published more than 70 international journal papers and is presently Editor-in-Chief of the international journal "Strain".

Structural health monitoring by means of elastic wave propagation
W Ostachowicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Gdansk, Poland 

M.W.Ostachowicz has led dynamics research in Polish Academy of Sciences (Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery) throughout the last twenty five years and has seen the Mechanics of Intelligent Structures Department established as one of the foremost in the world. His research spans several important sub-disciplines: smart structures and materials, structural health monitoring, extended non-destructive testing and damage assessment analysis. Prof. Ostachowicz personally specialises in various structural health monitoring techniques, vibration control, structural dynamics, composite structures, multifunctional materials, smart materials and structures, damage assessment of structures, working in these fields both theoretically and experimentally. In the past six years his research was focused on the development and use of the Spectral Finite Element Method for damage assessment as well as smart materials applications.
Prof Ostachowicz has published 4 monographs, 6 book chapters, 4 proceedings volume and over 100 technical reports in the fields of structural dynamics and SHM. They have been published by worldwide famous publishers as Springer, Wiley, Kluwer, etc. The number of 127 papers currently represented on Thompson Reuters are uniformly distributed in the highest-quality international journals and have attracted over 1070 citations. His research is summarised in two book chapters: (1) Ostachowicz W., Krawczuk M. (2009). Modeling for Detection of Degraded Zones in Metallic and Composite Structures, [In]: Encyclopedia of Structural Health Monitoring, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK, pp. 851-866, and (2) Ostachowicz W., Kudela P.: Elastic Waves for Damage Detection in Structures. [In]: New Trends in Vibration Based Structural Health Monitoring, Springer Wien, New York 2010, pp. 247-300. Recently he has co-written (together with M. Krawczuk A. Zak and P. Kudela) a book entitled: Guided Waves in Structures for SHM - The Time domain Spectral Element Method, Wiley 2012.
The immediate application area for the work described above is the aircraft industry however the methods are global in their applicability, for example to offshore engineering and wind turbines.   

onlinear phenomena in mechanical systems dynamics
J Warminski, Lublin University of Technology, Poland

Prof. Jerzy Warminski ( is a Head of Department of Applied Mechanics at Mechanical Engineering Faculty of Lublin University of Technology ( His research concerns non-linear dynamics of mechanical systems and the latest trends in mechanics e.g. non-linear vibrations, chaos theory, bifurcation and stability analysis, nonlinear normal modes with application to structures made of modern materials and structures with embedded active elements. Prof. Warminski also deals with bio-medical systems with a particular attention to vibrations of the human middle ear ossicles. His theoretical works are strongly supported by experimental investigations, important for practical engineering applications and the technology development. He is an author or co-author of about 190 publications, including journal papers and referred conferences, 3 monographs, 4 book chapters. Prof. Warminski is an editorial board member of Nonlinear Dynamics, Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (Part C of Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers), Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and he was an associate editor of the journal of Mathematical Problems in Engineering.

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Paper submission deadline:
1 June 2012
Early registration deadline:
25 July 2012
Registration deadline:
22 August 2012