June 15, 2020
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
June 16-18, 2020
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
You are cordially invited to the 15th Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics rEsearch and engineeRing International Community (SPHERIC) Workshop at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ USA.
What is SPHERIC?
SPHERIC, the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics rEsearch and engineeRing International Community, stimulates research and facilitates exchange of ideas among developers and users of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH). Activities include the yearly international workshop, newsletters, journal special issues, prizes, and networking. Any institution or company with an interest in SPH can become a member, free of charge. SPHERIC is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of ERCOFTAC, the European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion.
The SPHERIC workshops are the only worldwide events focusing exclusively on the Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics methodology and related simulation approaches. SPH has gained enhanced attention in the area of scientific computing. The community particularly welcomes work that addresses the SPHERIC Grand Challenges (GC). Research topics include, but are not limited to:
Convergence, consistency and stability (GC1)
Boundary conditions (GC2)
Adaptivity and variable resolution (GC3)
Coupling to other methods (GC4)
Free surfaces and moving boundaries
Solids and structures
Multiple continua and multi-phase flow
Viscosity and turbulence
Pre-processing and visualisation
Alternative and novel formulations (FVPM, MPS, RSPH, etc.)
Applicability to Industry, defines generic aspects of SPH which must be advanced to foster the method’s diffusion and adoption in industry. The following indicative list of application domains is by no means complete, and the Workshop would welcome presentations of the extension of SPH into new fields.
Applicability to industry (GC5)
Maritime and naval architecture applications
Biomechanics and Medical Devices
Solids and Fracture Mechanics
The successful concept of SPHERIC is due to a methodological focus on an interdisciplinary application environment, integrating the know-how of physicists, mathematicians, IT experts and engineers from academia and industry. Dedicated to the aim of stimulating an enhanced direct exchange of ideas between the community of SPH researchers, the International SPHERIC Workshop follows a single-track format.
On behalf of the organizing team, it is our pleasure and honor to invite you to the 15th International SPHERIC Workshop at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ USA. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Newark, and sharing a successful and enjoyable meeting with you!
Local Organizing Committee (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
Dr. Angelo Tafuni (email@example.com)
Dr. Ashish Borgaonkar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ms. Kimberly Dripchak (email@example.com)
Dr. Moshe Kam (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Samuel Lieber (email@example.com)
Scientific Organizing Committee
Dr. Ben Rogers (Univ. of Manchester, UK)
Dr. Damien Violeau (EDF, Chatou, France)
Dr. Nathan Quinlan (National Univ. of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Dr. David Le Touzé (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France)
Dr. Stefano Sibilla (Univ. of Pavia, Italy)
Dr. Jean-Christophe Marongiu (ANDRITZ Hydro, Switzerland)
Dr. Salvatore Marrone (CNR-INM, Italy)
Dr. Xiangyu Hu (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Dr. Rade Vignjevic (Brunel University London, UK)
Dr. Antonio Souto Iglesias (UPM, Spain)
Dr. Alex Crespo (Univ. de Vigo, Ourense, Spain)
Dr. Renato Vacondio (University of Parma, Italy)
Dr. Matthieu De Leffe (NEXTFLOW Software, France)
Dr. Angelo Tafuni (New Jersey Institute of Technology, US)
January 31, 2020: Abstract Submission Deadline
February 21, 2020: Announcement of Selected Abstracts
March, 21, 2020: Registration Deadline (Early Bird Rate)
April 21, 2020: Full Paper Submission
April 28, 2020: Author Registration Deadline
May 31, 2020: Registration Deadline (Regular Rate)
June 15, 2020: Training Day
June 16-18, 2020: Workshop
To present your work at the SPHERIC workshop, you need to submit a 1-page abstract for peer-review. Upon notice of abstract acceptance, a full length paper is also requested and will be published in the proceedings. Please see below for more info.
Abstract submission: Abstracts should be one (1) page long and must include one or two illustrative figures outlining the quality of the results. A comparison with reference solutions is recommended. An exemplary abstract can be found here. A PDF version of the abstract should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before January 31, 2020, 11:00 PM EST. The email should have SPHERIC 2020 Abstract - "Last Name of Corresponding author" as object and also state:
Whether the abstract refers to (a) fundamental SPH research or (b) SPH practical/industrial applications
Review process: Abstracts will be reviewed by at least three SPH experts. Notification of acceptance for publication will be given on or before February 14, 2020. The quality of the abstracts will be assessed using averaged ratings for 3 equally important criteria, i.e. (1) novelty, (2) applicability & impact and (3) predictive accuracy & predictive improvements over the state-of-the-art. These categories are used for both types, (a) fundamental SPH research and (b) SPH practical applications, so that there is an equal process for all abstracts.
Full paper: After notification of abstract acceptance, authors must prepare a full 8-page-or-less paper according to the Word (here) or LaTeX (here) SPHERIC templates. It is important NOT to put any page numbers in the paper. It is also recommended not to spend too much space on standard SPH equations on the paper, since readers are assumed to know the basics of SPH. At least one (1) author is expected to register for the workshop by no later than April 28, 2020. This author will be the presenter at the workshop. Papers with no registered authors by April 28, 2020 will NOT be published in the workshop proceedings. Full-length PDF papers should be submitted via email at email@example.com on or before April 21, 2020. The email should have SPHERIC 2020 Article - "Last Name of Corresponding author" as object.
Libersky student prize: The Libersky Prize is awarded at every SPHERIC Workshop for the best work by a student, based on their presentations and papers, as judged by the Scientific Committee. All students who present at the Workshop are considered for the award, which is named in honour of Prof. Larry Libersky, one of the pioneers of SPH in engineering. Student authors who would like to sign up for the student prize should indicate it in the email during the submission of the paper. To be eligible for the student prize, the student must be the first author on the paper, present the work and attend the final ceremony. Below are the previous recipients of the Prize, all of whom achieved significant advances in SPH.
2007: Louis Delorme
2008: Ruairi Nestor
2009: Salvatore Marrone
2010: Martin Ferrand
2011: Christian Ulrich
2012: Terrence Tricco
2013: Agnes Leroy
2014: Agnes Leroy
2015: Samuel Braun
2016: Iason Zisis
2017: Alex Ghaïtanellis
2018: Thomas Fonty
2019: Thomas Fonty
Other relevant information: Paper presentations are 13 minutes long. Instead of taking questions after each talk, a discussion panel will be held at the end of every session, involving all speakers. A built-in PC will be provided with Windows 10 and MS Office 2016. VGA and HDMI connections will be available for laptops. Before your session, please either copy your presentation onto the built-in PC, or test your laptop. Workshop staff will be available to assist. The standard voltage in the United States is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. While a limited set of power adapters will be available, you are strongly encouraged to bring your own.
The 15th SPHERIC International Workshop will take place on NJIT's campus, in the Atrium of the Campus Center Building (CTR). The training day will take place in the Central King Building (CKB), room G-12.
How to reach NJIT campus
From Newark Penn Station (the major rail and bus station in Newark), the Newark Light Rail operated by NJ Transit will take you to NJIT campus (Warren St station) in just 4 minutes. We are also currently working to arrange NJIT shuttle transportation. More info will be included shortly.
NJIT campus is also well connected to New York City. NJ Transit operates a direct train ride between the Broad St station (10 minutes walk from campus) and New York Penn Station, in midtown New York City. Alternatively, you can reach New York Penn Station from Newark Penn Station via a 20-minute train ride, also offered by NJ Transit. All train tickets on NJ Transit trains can be purchased online via the NJ Transit app or on board. Finally, it is also possible to reach several locations in NYC using PATH trains, operated by the Port Authority of NY and NJ. For these, a cash MetroCard needs to be purchased from vending machines located in every PATH station. This MetroCard can also be used to ride the NYC subway and buses operated by the MTA. Find more info about PATH trains here.
Below you can find the campus location on Google Maps as well as a high-resolution PDF map with all the building names. Relevant travel directions and recommendation for lodging in Newark, Jersey City, and New York City are also included below.
Newark International Airport (EWR) is a mere 10-minute car ride to/from NJIT campus and it will cost you between $10 and $20, depending on traffic and whether yellow taxi or other car service is used. Public transportation to/from campus is also available via buses and rail, and is operated by NJ Transit. Additional info can be found here.
A 25' train ride from EWR to NYC (New York Penn Station) and viceversa is also available 24/7. It will cost you $13 one way and tickets can be purchased online or on board (cash or credit).
John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and La Guardia Airport (LGA) are two additional options for flying into the New York metropolitan area. They are located approximately 35 miles and 25 miles away from Newark NJ, respectively.
Using public transportation from these airports to NJIT is possible via a combination of air trains, NYC subway, PATH trains and Newark light rail. However, a taxi ride is highly recommended.
RAIL & BUSES
Newark Penn Station is the main hub for trains and buses coming to Newark, NJ. Train service is offered by NJ Transit, Amtrak, and PATH. Many bus companies offer stops in Newark Penn Station, such as Greyhound and BoltBus, as well as NJ Transit.
If you plan on reaching NJIT by car, please find some useful directions at this link.
Parking on NJIT Campus is allowed but needs to be arranged in advance. Please let us know if you plan on driving a rental car or your own car to campus.
Below you can find hotel suggestions in Newark, Jersey City, and New York City, with conference-negotiated rates. Booking links are coming soon. Enjoy your stay during the conference wherever it is more comfortable for you!
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Dr. Dan Negrut
University of Wisconsin, Madison
"SPH: From Vehicle Fording to Granular Flows"
Dr. Negrut received his Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Iowa. He spent six years working for Mechanical Dynamics, Inc., a software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2004 he served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He spent 2005 as a Visiting Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division. At the end of 2005, Dan joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests are in Computational Science and he leads the Simulation-Based Engineering Lab (http://sbel.wisc.edu). Lab sponsors include National Science Foundation, US Army, Army Research Office, and Department of Transportation. The lab’s projects focus on high performance computing, computational dynamics, terramechanics, robotics and autonomous vehicles, and fluid-solid interaction problems. Dr. Negrut received in 2009 a National Science Foundation Career Award. Since 2010 he is an NVIDIA CUDA Fellow. He is one of the technical leads of Project Chrono, an open source physics-based simulation engine.
Dr. Wenxiao Pan
University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Modeling Fluid-Solid Interactions: From Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics to Generalized Moving Least Square"
Dr. Wenxiao Pan is an assistant professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her PhD in applied mathematics at Brown University. Before joining UW-Madison, she was a research scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Her research focuses on multiscale modeling of complex fluids and soft matter through accurate, robust, and scalable numerical methods and data-driven approaches.
Registration is not open yet!
Early Bird - Student $400
(until March 31, 2020)
Early Bird $550
(until March 31, 2020)
Regular - Student $500
(until May 31, 2020)
(until May 31, 2020)
(June 1, 2020 and onwards)
Training Day, June 15, 2020 $80
(Includes breakfast & lunch)
Guest Ticket $160
(BBQ Dinner + Banquet)
Guest Ticket $100
(BBQ Dinner + Banquet, Kids 5-12)
Obtaining a Visa
If it is necessary for you to obtain a visa to attend SPHERIC 2020, you can find relevant information about the application process on the U.S. Visas Department of State website.
Apply for your Visa well in advance of your travel! Important steps to remember:
Review your visa status, and find out if you need a U.S. visa or a renewal. Review the visa wait times information for interview appointments and visa processing at each embassy and consular section worldwide available on the U.S. Department of State website. Visit the embassy or consular section website where you will apply for your visa to find out how to schedule an interview appointment, pay fees and any other instructions. Plan on an interview at the embassy or consulate, which is required for most visa applicants. As part of the visa interview, quick inkless fingerprint scans should be expected. Some visa applications require additional administrative processing, which requires some additional time. Applicants are advised when they apply.
Letter of Invitation Request Form
If you require a letter of invitation from SPHERIC, please submit a request for a letter of invitation to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the following information:
- Full Name
- Zip/Postal Code
- Are you an author of an accepted SPHERIC 2020 abstract?
- Have you registered to SPHERIC 2020?
Note that at least one of the following criteria must be met by the requesting party to qualify for a letter of invitation:
1) Be an author of an accepted abstract and/or paper
2) Have paid the registration fee for this conference
About the Training Day
Supplementary to the Workshop, a Training Day will be offered on June 15, 2020 between 09:30 am and 04:30 pm. The training is most suitable for researchers who are familiar with the principles of SPH but are beginning their work in the field. More experienced SPH developers and users may find that the training day is a useful opportunity for sharing insights and ideas. You can choose to enroll in the training day during registration for a stand-alone fee of $80, which includes a light breakfast and a buffet lunch on June 15, 2020. The Training Day will be split into two morning lectures and a hands-on afternoon practice session. The preliminary program includes:
Morning lecture by TBA (9:30 am - 11:00 am):
The lecture will aim at introducing the fundamentals of SPH, together with some practical aspects, including:
Basics of the SPH method
SPH formulations in weakly-compressible approach
Scheme stabilization (use of diffusive terms, Riemann solvers)
Space varying resolution (variable smoothing length, Adaptive Particle Refinement)
Parallelization on distributed memory
Morning lecture by TBA (11:00 am - 1:00 pm):
Lecture contents TBA.
Practical session with the open-source code DualSPHysics (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm):
The afternoon will be devoted to hands-on practice in setup and execution of SPH models, and visualization of output data. Topics will be demonstrated through practical examples in the open-source SPH solver DualSPHysics. The examples will include wave generation, floating objects, inlet & outlet conditions and examples of coupling with the Project Chrono library. This session will be led by the DualSPHysics developers themselves. They will be available throughout the session to support participants one-on-one and share their knowledge. Desktop PCs will be provided, with all the necessary software.