Plenary Speakers

Professor Francisco Chinesta
Professor Francisco ChinestaArts et Métiers Institute of Technology, France
Material forming digital twins: the alliance between physics-based and data-driven models.

Francisco Chinesta is currently full Professor of computational physics at ENSAM Institute of Technology (Paris, France), Honorary Fellow of the “Institut Universitaire de France” – IUF- and Fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Engineering. He is the president of the ESI Group scientific committee and director of its scientific department. He was (2008-2012) AIRBUS Group chair professor and since 2013 he is ESI Group chair professor on advanced modeling and simulation of materials, structures, processes and systems. He received many scientific awards (among them the IACM -International Association of Computational Mechanics- Zienkiewicz award (New York, 2018), the ESAFORM award, …) in four different fields: bio-engineering, material forming processes, rheology and computational mechanics (with major contributions in Model Order Reduction and Engineered Artificial Intelligence, both integrated in the so-called Hybrid paradigm of Simulation Based Engineering). He is author of more than 320 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and more than 900 contributions in conferences. He was president of the French association of computational mechanics (CSMA) and is director of the CNRS research group (GdR) on model order reduction techniques in engineering sciences, editor and associate editor of many journals. He received many distinctions, among them the Academic Palms, the French Order of Merit, … in 2018 the Doctorate Honoris Causa at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and in 2019 the Silver medal from the French CNRS.
Doctor John Carsley
Doctor John CarsleyMetallurgy Novelis Global Research and Technology Center, USA
Dr. John Carsley is Principal Scientist and R&D Manager of metallurgical research in the Materials Technology group at Novelis, Inc. in Kennesaw Georgia.  He manages a group of metallurgists working on scientific projects to support business interests in aluminum flat rolled products, developing technologies to engineer aluminum microstructural features via processing adjustments to improve product performance in terms of strength, ductility (formability), fracture and corrosion behavior.  Dr. Carsley has 24 years in automotive industrial research experience in materials science, metallurgy, mechanical engineering focused on vehicle lightweighting strategies and technologies for body-in-white and structural applications with aluminum, magnesium and advanced high strength steel materials. He received multiple General Motors’ awards for his significant contribution to production applications. He is the inventor of 27 U.S. patents and author of more than 87 peer-reviewed publications international journals.
Professor Elvira Fortunato
Professor Elvira FortunatoNova School of Science & Technology, Lisbon, Portugal
Elvira Fortunato is Vice-Rector at NOVA and Director of the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT) of the Associated Laboratory i3N, the Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodeling and Nanofabrication. Elvira Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials may be used as true semiconductors. She is co-inventor of the paper electronics concept worldwide: Paper-e®. In 2008 she wins an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project “Invisible” and in 2018 she received the second one ERC, with the amount of € 3.5 million. The project is entitled "Multifunctional Digital Materials Platform for Smart Integrated Applications | DIGISMART". Her research team is exploring novel active properties in advanced and sustainable multifunctional materials, including oxides as well as novel electronic-active materials including alternative deposition methods, with the main objective of developing eco-friendly technologies and devices to be used and exploited in electronic circuits made of stable amorphous semiconductors able to serve large area smart flexible and conformable surface electronics. She is an elected member of: Academy of Engineering (2008); European Academy of Sciences (2016); Lisbon Academy of Sciences (2017) and Academia Europaea (2019). She belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Luso-American Development Foundation (2014). Former Chief Scientific Advisor of the European Commission, between 2016 and 2020. She is coordinating since 2019 at NOVA University the SPEAR project, an European platform for supporting and implementing plans for gender equality in academia and research.

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Professor Stefania Bruschi
Professor Stefania BruschiDepartment of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Italy
Machinability of AM alloys

Stefania Bruschi is full professor of Manufacturing Technologies at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, and currently Head of the Department and member of the Academic Senate. She is fellow member of CIRP (The International Academy for Production Engineering) and currently secretary of the Scientific Technical Committee “Forming”. She is author of more than 240 Scopus-indexed publications in the field of forming and machining of metals, with particular focus on testing and modelling material response to deformation during deformation at room and elevated temperatures, evaluation of surface integrity and tool wear when machining difficult-to-cut alloys, including Additive Manufactured metals. The research activities are carried out in the framework of research projects funded at national and international level, both academic and industrial.