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USACM virtual workshop on Computational Nanomechanics - Student/postdoc competition for invited talk

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We are writing to invite the mechanics community to participate in the upcoming U. S. Association for Computational Mechanics (USACM) virtual thematic workshop on “New Trends and Open Challenges in Computational Mechanics: from nano to macroscale”, to be held online on March 25th and 26th, 2021. The workshop includes invited talks from leading researchers from around the globe on four thrust areas (see below), and forward-looking panel sessions to discuss emerging trends.  In addition, the workshop is hosting a competition to select 12 invited student/postdoc-talks (3 in each thrust area, and of 10 minutes duration each). We anticipate that this competition will raise the visibility of some of the most interesting work that is currently being carried out by young researchers in the field of computational mechanics, and help with their career aspirations. 
The focus of the workshop is on the following thrust areas 

  • Mechanics and physics of low-dimensional systems.
  • Machine-Learning/Data driven approaches to problems in the mechanics of materials
  • Defects and Interfaces
  • Multiscale physics/mechanics and coarse-graining

The deadline for early registrations is March 14, 2021. More details can be found at the workshop website (

In order to participate in the competition, students/postdocs will have to submit a one-page summary of their work they intend to present. The deadline for submission of the one-page abstract is February 08, 2021.

The invited speakers list includes

Mechanics and Physics of Low-dimensional Systems:

  • Tim Kaxiras, Harvard University
  • SungWoo Nam, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Boris Yakobson, Rice University

Machine-learning/Data Driven Approaches to Problems in the Mechanics of Materials

  • Miguel Bessa, TU Delft
  • George Karniadakis, Brown University
  • Ellad Tadmor, University of Minnesota

Defects and Interfaces

  • Huajian Gao, Nanyang Technological University
  • Dave Srolovitz, City University of Hong Kong
  • Kevin Wang,  Virginia Institute of Technology

Multiscale Physics/Mechanics and Coarse-graining

  • Kaushik Bhattacharya, California Institute of Technology
  • Dennis Kochmann, ETH Zurich
  • KT Ramesh, Johns Hopkins University

Please feel free to distribute this invitation to others you think would be interested.

Workshop organizers

Amartya Banerjee, University of California Los Angeles

Nikhil Admal, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Celia Reina, University of Pennsylvania

Michael Ortiz, California Institute of Technology


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