Professor René de Borst
University of Glasgow, UK
René de Borst currently holds the Regius Chair of Civil Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Glasgow, and is editor of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering and of the International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics. He has worked extensively on numerical issues regarding constitutive models for engineering materials, solution techniques, fluid-structure interaction problems and porous media, but the focus of his research interest is on computational mechanics of damage and fracture, including material stability and multiscale problems, cohesive surface models, higher-order continua, and more recently, phase-field models. His work has been recognised by several awards, including the Max-Planck Forschungspreis, the IACM Computional Mechanics Award, the Spinoza Prize, a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award, and he is a Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and an Officer in the (French) National Order of Merit.
Professor Javier Bonet
Swansea University, UK
Prof. Javier Bonet graduated in civil Engineering from the Universitat Politecnica of Catalunya in 1986 and completed a PhD in Computational Mechanics at Swansea University in 1989, where he is currently the Head of the College of Engineering. His main research interests span many topics in computational mechanics, such as finite element simulation of superplastic forming, large strain solid dynamics, error estimation, smooth particle hydrodynamics, fluid structure interaction through immerse boundary methods and the formulation and simulation of electromechanical problems.