Keynote Speakers

Manolis_Phot_informalProfessor Manolis Gavaises

City University London, UK

Professor Gavaises graduated from the department of mechanical engineering of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) in 1992 and received his PhD from the Department of mechanical engineering of Imperial College London in 1997. For his PhD Thesis he was awarded with the 1998 Richard Way Prize for ‘Most outstanding doctoral thesis in the area of IC engines in the UK’ from the Universities Internal Combustion Engines Group (UnICEG) and the Arch T. Collwell Merit Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). He was appointed lecturer at the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences of City University London in 2001, promoted to Reader in 2006 and Professor and Director of the Energy and Transport Research Centre at City University London in 2009. In 2009-2012 he was holding the Delphi Diesel Systems Chair in FIE Fluid Dynamics. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK (IMechE) and the Institute of Mathematics and it’s Applications (IMA). He is on the editorial board of four journals, and on the scientific and/or organising committee of numerous international conferences and workshops. He has published over 140 papers in scientific journal and peer reviewed conference proceedings.

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Professor Steven L. Ceccio

University of Michigan, USA

Steven L. Ceccio is the ABS Professor of Marine and Offshore Design and Performance and the Department Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Michigan. He has appointments in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Applied Mechanics. He received his B. S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1985. He received his M. S. degree in 1986, and his Ph. D. in 1990 both in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Upon completion of post-doctoral studies, also at the California Institute of Technology, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1990. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1996, and Professor in 2003. He served as an Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan from 2004 to 2009 and as the Director of the Naval Engineering Education Center from 2010 to 2015.
Prof. Ceccio’s research focuses on the fluid mechanics of multiphase flows and high Reynolds number flows, including flow in propulsors and turbomachinery, cavitating flows, vortical flows, friction drag reduction, the dynamics of liquid-gas, gas-solid, and three-phase disperse flows, and the development of flow diagnostics. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Fluids Engineering. He has also acted as a consultant to government and industry. Prof. Ceccio is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and of the American Physical Society, and he was named the 2014 Freeman Scholar by A.S.M.E.

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WangDr Jin Wang

Argonne National Laboratory, USA

Jin Wang is a senior physicist at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1994. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Exxon Research & Engineering Company before he joint ANL as an assistant physicist in 1995. Dr. Jin Wang’s research interest includes revealing structure-function relationship of various dynamical systems involving metal/polymer nanocomposites and low-dimensional nanostructures and their surfaces and interfaces, primarily using x-ray scattering and imaging techniques. Among other research activities, he pioneered the study of dynamics and structure of high-pressure and high-speed fuel sprays using ultrafast x-ray imaging. He has authored or co-authored more than 120 journal publications and presented more than 120 keynotes and invited talks. He is a Fellow of American Physical Society.

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RivasProfessor David Fernandez Rivas

Twente University, Netherlands

David Fernandez Rivas, Assistant professor at the University of Twente, has studied sonochemistry, sonoluminescence and sonochemiluminescence, erosion, cleaning, and hydrodynamic cavitation, all being caused by bubbles. Related to other type of bubbles made with continuous wave lasers, he uses Thermovavitation for painless transdermal drug delivery. David is co-founder of BuBclean ( since October 2013, with Dr. Bram Verhaagen; a company focusing on exploiting ultrasound bubbles e.g., for cleaning purposes and other R&D activities.He also works on other projects such as Solar2fuel to design and build a prototype to produce hydrogen bubbles from water and sunlight.

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MarkMcHughProfessor Mark McHugh

Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Professor McHugh earned a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1975 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1981. He has been Professor of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) since 1999. He was a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Departments at the University of Notre Dame from 1981 till 1985 and the Johns Hopkins University from 1985 till 1999. His research group investigates the underlying physics and chemistry of supercritical fluid (SCF)-solute solutions with novel, high-pressure, high-temperature experimental techniques and an experimental design to reveal fundamental information at a molecular level. For example, his group has coupled high-pressure solution behavior techniques with dynamic light scattering and small angle neutron scattering techniques to create hybrid methods that can modulate and identify molecular interactions between the components in solution at extreme operating conditions. The information generated in this research provides a stringent test of contemporary solution theories developed to predict phase behavior and fluid properties. He currently has published more than 135 peer-reviewed manuscripts, one book, and he has been awarded seven patents.

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Professor Nikolaus A. Adams

TUM, Germany

Professor Adams conducts research focusing on the modeling of transitional and turbulent flows, fluid-structure interaction, microfluidics, multi-phase flows, and numerical methods. He also performs experimental and numerical analysis in the fields of automotive and aircraft aerodynamics, high-velocity aerodynamics, and environmental and sports equipment aerodynamics.
After studying aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and receiving a doctorate from TUM (1993), Professor Adams was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University and NASA Ames Research Center. In 1999 Professor Adams acquired his postdoctoral teaching qualification (habilitation) at ETH (Swiss Federal Technology Institute). He worked as an assistant professor at ETH until 2002 when he moved to TU Dresden as a professor of flow mechanics and magneto-fluid dynamics. Since 2004 Professor Adams has been a full professor in the Aerodynamics and Flow Mechanics Department at TUM. Professor Adams is the speaker of Collaborative Research Centre Transregio TRR 40. He is the author of a monograph on large eddy simulation and is the executive editor of the Journal of Computational Physics.

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FarhatDr Mohamed Farhat

EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr Mohamed Farhat received his PhD in 1995 from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). He joined the R&D department of Hydro-Quebec Company in Montréal (Canada) where he was in charge of several research projects in the areas of production and transportation of hydropower and mainly the monitoring of large hydro turbines. Since 2001, he is senior scientist at the EPFL-LMH laboratory, head of the Cavitation Research Group and lecturer in Master and Doctoral programs. He is member of the Doctoral Committee in Mechanics. He has supervised to completion 15 PhD theses dealing with various aspects of experimental fluid mechanics, namely cavitation, fluid-structure interaction, noise and vibration, free surface flows, hydraulic machines, mixing and hemodynamics. He published over 60 peer reviewed journal papers.

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rasthoferDr Ursula Rasthofer

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Dr Rasthofer obtained her diploma in aeronautics and aerospace from Technische Universität München (TUM) in 2009, and her PhD in mechanical engineering from TUM in 2015, and she’s currently a postdoctoral researcher at ETH Zürich since 2015. Dr Rasthofer’s research interests focuses in modelling and simulation of turbulent flow, numerical methods for multiphase flow and high performance computing.

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koumoutsakosProfessor Petros Koumoutsakos

ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Petros Koumoutsakos is Full Professor of Computational Science at ETH Zurich since 2000. He received his Diploma (1986) in Naval Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and a Master’s (1987) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Master’s (1988) in Aeronautics and his PhD (1992) in Aeronautics and Applied Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology. He is Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Physical Society and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is  recipient  of the ACM Gordon Bell prize in Supercomputing and the Advanced Investigator Award by the European Research Council (2013).

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SchmidtDr Steffen Schmidt

TUM, Germany

Dr. Steffen Schmidt received a Diploma in Mathematics from TU München in 2005. He was member of research staff at Chair of Fluid Mechanics (TU München) from 2005 till 2009. Since 2009 he is the head of the Gas Dynamics Group at Chair of Aerodynamics and Fluidmechanics (TU München). The group focusses on numerical methods for computation and analysis of cavitating flows including thermodynamic properties, wave dynamics and erosive flow events. In his talk entitled “Numerical simulation of cloud shedding and erosion-related collapses” he will present recent results on shock-induced shedding and compare them to collapse-induced shocks.



TzanakisDr Iakovos Tzanakis

Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Dr. Iakovos Tzanakis is a newly appointed Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. He also holds an Academic Visitor position in the University of Oxford (UK) since 2013 and in Brunel University (UK) since 2016. He obtained his BEng from the Technological Educational Institute of Crete (Greece) in 2005, MSc from Strathclyde University (UK) in 2007 and PhD in Tribology from Bournemouth University (UK) in 2010. Subsequently, he worked as a Research Assistant in the School of Design Engineering and Computing at Bournemouth University (UK) focusing on the cavitation erosion mechanisms of steel materials and the frictional mechanisms of PTFE composites applied to industrial applications. In January 2013 he moved to Brunel University and joined the world-renowned Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) where he was a Research Fellow until March 2016. During this time he led the research work on the ultrasonic treatment of molten metal alloys and was spearheaded the experimental research work for the EPSRC project UltraMelt and the FP7 European project EXOMET. Current interests include (a) fundamentals of acoustic cavitation and bubble dynamics in liquid metals, (b) the effect of ultrasound on solidification process, (c) interaction of cavitation bubbles with free-floating surfaces. Iakovos is author and co-author of over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.


dmitry-eskinProfessor Dmitry Eskin

Brunel University London, UK

Professor Dmitry Eskin received his PhD degree from Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in 1988 and worked in the Institute of Metallurgy, Russian Academy of Sciences as a Senior Scientist. In 1999 he moved to the Netherlands and joined the Materials innovation institute and Delft University of Technology where he was a Fellow and Associate Professor until 2011; participating and later leading an extensive research program on direct-chill casting. He made significant contributions to understanding of hot tearing, cold cracking and macrosegregation. In 2011 he joined Brunel University in UK and currently leads research on ultrasonic processing of light alloys and composites. He authored and co-authored more than 200 papers and 6 monographs including those on DC Casting, Ultrasonic Melt Treatment and Phase Diagrams of Multicomponent Al alloys.

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N MorrisDr Nicholas Morris

Loughborough University, UK

Dr Nicholas Morris carried out his post-graduate research determining palliative measures for piston ring cylinder liner frictional losses in conjunction with Aston Martin Lagonda, BP Castrol, Ricardo and Capricorn Automotive. As a member of the International Institute for Cavitation Research his post-doctoral research focused upon cavitation in lubricating films with application to hydrodynamic bearings. Recently he has undertaken a new role at Loughborough University as a lecturer in Dynamics, Energy and Propulsion.


rahnejatProf Homer Rahnejat

Loughborough University, UK

Homer Rahnejat is currently Chair of Dynamics at Loughborough University. He obtained his PhD from Imperial College in elastohydrodynamics in 1984. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings of Institution of Mechanical Engineers since 1999. He has authored or edited 7 books/proceedings and published more than 250 research paper.

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TerwisgaProfessor Tom Van Terwisga

TU Delft, Netherlands

He completed his MSc degree in Marine Technology at Delft in 1985, after which he was employed at the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN) where he is now responsible for research and development on propulsors and multi-phase flows. He obtained his PhD degree in 1996 (cum laude) on the subject of water-jet-hull interaction. He then specialised in research on hydrodynamics of marine propulsion systems. He has been responsible for the project management of several multi-client research projects on, for example, tip vortex cavitation (US-Netherlands Navy cooperation, 1996-2001); CRS PROCAL project dealing with the development of a panel code for cavitating flows over marine propellers (2002-2008) and the EU Project VIRTUE – The Virtual Cavitation Laboratory on the development of multiphase RANS codes (2004¬-2009). He is visiting professor at the Technical University of Delft since 2001 and the Chair of Propulsion and Resistance of Ships in the Department of Marine and Transport Technology.

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garbinDr Valeria Garbin

Imperial College, UK

Valeria Garbin is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Her research group investigates transport phenomena in soft and biological matter, using a unique combination of experimental techniques for high-precision dynamic measurements on the microscale. Valeria has pioneered the use of optical tweezers for the study of bubble dynamics in controlled confinement conditions. Her current interests include biomedical bubble dynamics for ultrasound medical imaging and drug delivery, cavitation phenomena in biosuspensions, and microscale transport phenomena in structured fluids. In 2014 she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant to study extreme deformation of structured fluids and interfaces. Valeria did a postdoc in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and has held a Rubicon Fellowship in the group of Physics of Fluids at the University of Twente. She has a PhD in Nanotechnology from the Department of Physics of the University of Trieste, and a first degree in Physics from the University of Padova.

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FoivosKoukouvinisDr Phoevos Koukouvinis

City University London, UK

Dr Phoevos Koukouvinis graduated from the department of mechanical engineering of NTUA in 2008 and obtained his PhD from the same department in 2012 in the area of CFD simulation of impulse hydraulic turbines. After completion, of his PhD, in early 2013, he was appointed as post-doctoral fellow at the International Institute of Cavitation Research at City to perform computational research on simulation of cavitation erosion. His research interests include multiphase flow/cavitation in hydraulic machinery (such as pumps, injection systems, etc.), cavitation and interaction with turbulence, compressible multiphase flows and bubble dynamics.


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Assoc Prof Dieter Claus Ohl

NTU, Singapore

Assoc Prof Claus-Dieter Ohl works on experimental fluid mechanics and acoustics. He obtained his Diplom in Physics (1989) in Darmstadt and his PhD (1994) in Göttingen. He did his postdoc at Johns Hopkins and at Twente University under Prof Prosperetti and Prof Lohse. In 2004 he became VIDI fellow and started a research group biofluid-mechanics at Twente University. In 2007 Claus-Dieter Ohl joined NTU in Singapore as a faculty where he was promoted and tenured in 2012. His main interest is high-speed fluid mechanics, the interaction of flows with biological cells, microfluidics and nanofluidics, time-reversal acoustics, and bubble dynamics in general. He holds adjunct appointments with IHPC and IMRE (A*STAR, Singapore). Claus-Dieter Ohl has authored more than 90 refereed articles many of them in Physical Review Letters and Journal of Fluid Mechanics. He has organised international conferences including CAV2012 and his group won the 2015 Gallery of Fluid Motion Video prize showing cavitation induced droplet fragmentation in 3D.

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MitroglouDr Nicholas Mitroglou

City University London, UK

Dr Mitroglou graduated from the department of mechanical engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1999 and obtained his PhD from School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (SEMS) of City University London in 2006 in the area of laser diagnostics in fuel sprays. He then performed post-doctoral research at City, sponsored initially by Toyota Motor Company, Japan and then Delphi Diesel Systems on cavitation in real-size transparent nozzle tips. In 2011 he was awarded an IOF Marie-Currie fellowship jointly between City University London and Stony Brook University New York in the US to perform research on fuel additives and cavitation; he was promoted to lecturer at SEMS in 2013.

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EdelbauerDr Wilfried Edelbauer

AVL, Austria

Dr. Wilfried Edelbauer is senior project leader of the multiphase development at the business unit Advanced Simulation Technologies of AVL List GmbH in Austria. His main research field is the Euler-Eulerian multi-fluid approach with focus on cavitating injector flow, spray formation and heat transfer. Currently Dr. Edelbauer deals with numerical methods for the combination of the Volume-of-Fluid and the Euler-Eulerian approaches on different physical scales.



Felix JaegleDr. Felix Jaegle

Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany

Dr. Felix Jaegle is the project coordinator for cavitation modeling and simulation at corporate research of Robert Bosch GmbH in Renningen. He obtained his diploma in aerospace engineering at University of Stuttgart in 2006 and his PhD in simulation of multiphase flow at CERFACS, Toulouse in 2009. After a post-doctoral position at the institute for aerodynamics and gas dynamics at University of Stuttgart, he joined Bosch in 2012.