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Invited Speakers

Lydia Bourouiba, MIT, USA

Prof. Bourouiba founded and has directed The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 2014. Her research interests and activities span a broad range of applied mathematics approaches at the intersection of physics and biology, and curiosity driven fluid dynamic experiments at various scales to elucidate the fundamental physical mechanisms shaping microorganisms and pathogen transport, with a focus on elucidating poorly understood mechanisms of disease transmission through the lens of fluid dynamics, biophysics and their mathematical modeling. She has worked on various fluid dynamics problems from turbulence to interfacial flows and her recent work elucidated multi-scale dynamics of unsteady fluid fragmentation, droplet and bubble dynamics, and complex and multiphase flows with particular interest in the physics and biology that drive mixing, transport, persistence, and adaptation of pathogens relevant to contamination and health. Prof. Bourouiba is the recipient of many awards and recognitions, including the Tse Cheuk Ng Tai’s Prize for Innovative Research in Health Sciences, the Ole Madsen Mentoring Award, the Smith Family Foundation Odyssey Award for high-risk/high-reward basic science research. She was elected fellow of the American Physical Society in 2021 and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2022.
Anne Juel, University of Manchester, UK

Anne Juel is Professor of Fluid Mechanics at the University of Manchester and has been the Director of the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics since 2014. She obtained her D.Phil from Oxford University in 1998 and was a post-doctoral fellow at UT Austin and Manchester before her appointment to a faculty position at the University of Manchester in 2001. Her research focuses on multiphase flow and instabilities, fluid-structure interaction, wetting, yield phenomena and biomimetic microfluidic models. She was elected to a Fellowship of the American Physical Society in 2019.
Juan Lopez, Arizona State University, USA

Juan Lopez' research interests include the study of instabilities and transitions in flows driven by differential rotation or thermal
gradients. He uses numerical simulations and dynamical systems theory to gain insight into the spatio-temporal behavior. Another research area is interfacial hydrodynamics, ranging from the study of surfactant monolayers to fibrillization of proteins at sheared fluid interfaces. Juan received his PhD in Mathematics from Monash University (1985). He then joined the Aeronautical Research Laboratory (Melbourne) and spent over a year at NASA Ames. His academic career started at Penn State in 1993, and has been at Arizona State University since 1998, where he is a Professor and former director of the graduate programs in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences.
Robert D. Moser, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Robert D. Moser holds the W. A. “Tex” Moncrief Jr. Chair in Computational Engineering and Sciences and is professor of mechanical engineering in thermal fluid systems. He serves as the director of the Oden Institute's Center for Predictive Engineering and Computational Sciences (PECOS) and deputy director of the Oden Institute.  Moser earned his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin, he was a research scientist at the NASA-Ames Research Center and then a professor of theoretical and applied mechanics at the University of Illinois.
Moser conducts research on the modeling and numerical simulation of turbulence and other complex fluid flow phenomena. He has been a leader in the use of direct numerical simulation for investigating and modeling turbulent flows, and the application of such direct simulations to the development of large eddy simulation models. He has also been active in the development of highly accurate high-resolution numerical approximations for use in simulation of turbulence and other complex flows. Finally, Moser has been working to develop new approaches for the validation of computational models and to assess their reliability.
He has pursued applications to such diverse systems as plasma systems, reentry vehicles, solid propellant rockets, micro-air vehicles, and the human cardiovascular system. His research is funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, and NASA.
Moser is a fellow of the American Physical Society, and was awarded the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.
Stéphane Popinet, Sorbonne Université, France

Stéphane Popinet is a Directeur de Recherche at CNRS, based at Institut Jean le Rond d'Alembert of Sorbonne Université, Paris. After receiving a PhD in fluid mechanics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2000, he was a research scientist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA), New Zealand, until 2013. He is interested in the application of numerical methods for fluid mechanics to understand a range of physical phenomena including: multiphase ocean/atmosphere transfers, granular materials, microfluidics, tsunamis and waves. He is also the author of the popular numerical libraries for fluid mechanics Gerris and Basilisk and has been a long-time advocate for open and collaborative science.
Maurizio Quadrio, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Maurizio Quadrio, PhD, is Professor of Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence at Politecnico di Milano, Director of the Flow Control Lab at the Department of Aerospace Science and Technologies, and Mercator Fellow at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
In his research he combines simulations and experiments to study wall-bounded turbulent flows, with a focus on turbulent skin-friction drag reduction, obtained with active (spanwise forcing) or passive (riblets) approaches. Direct numerical simulation is extensively used to develop drag reduction techniques, often used as a tool to probe wall turbulence and to improve the understanding of its complex physics. Having developed a satisfactory theoretical framework for the skin-friction drag reduction problem, he is currently trying to investigate how a locally reduced skin friction can be leveraged to affect the overall aerodynamic drag of the flow around bodies of complex shape.
The scientific interests of Prof. Quadrio extend to CFD and adjoint-based optimization. Well before the COVID era, he has become interested also in the airflow within the human nasal cavities: understanding how it relates to an healthy breathing, and designing optimal surgeries via simulations are two endeavors that relate very tightly to flow control. Dealing with extreme anatomical variability, and aiming at the design of tools that must suite a clinical context are the current challenges, addressed with a multidisciplinary approach that includes computational geometry, machine learning and ad-hoc models for the fluid dynamics in the human nose.
Markus Uhlmann, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Markus Uhlmann's recent work is mostly focused on particulate flow. He is using direct numerical simulation in order to generate data by which open questions such as the mechanisms surrounding the formation of patterns can be addressed (sand dunes in boundary-layer type flow, clusters in homogeneous-isotropic turbulence). Other research interests include the dynamics of coherent structures in general turbulent flows. Markus Uhlmann received a PhD from Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France (1997), and went on to various research positions in Spain, Germany and Japan. Since 2008 he is a professor for numerical fluid mechanics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He also serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Multiphase Flow.