11-14 July 2023 Genoa – Italy

Keynote Speakers

Hrvoje Jasak

Hrvoje Jasak

Hrvoje is the Gianna Angelopoulos Professor of Continuum Physics, at the Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge. He also holds a Professorship at the University of Zagreb and a Mercator Fellowship at TU Darmstadt, Germany. Furthermore, he is one of the two original co-authors of OpenFOAM, Chair of the OpenFOAM Numerics Technical Committee and a member of OpenFOAM Governance Steering Committee. He is also the founder and managing director of Wikki Ltd. Hrvoje Jasak has a first degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Zagreb (1992), and a Ph.D. in CFD from Imperial College London, with Prof. A.D. Gosman (1993-1996). He was a Senior Development Engineer at CD-adapco (now Siemens PLM) (1996-2000), Technical Director at Nabla Ltd (2000-2006), and has worked on new generation software at Ansys-Fluent Inc. (2000-2008).

OpenFOAM: Year in review


Jennifer Keenahan

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at University College Dublin. She graduated with her Ph.D. in bridge engineering in 2014 before spending a number of years practicing as an engineer at Arup. She was awarded chartership with Engineers Ireland in 2016. Her current research interests are in the computational modeling of wind effects on long-span bridges, modeling of erosion of wind-turbine foundations, and the optimization of wastewater treatment reactors.

Validation of openfoam models using both field data and experimental data

Neil Ashton

Neil Ashton

Neil is a Principal Computational Engineering Specialist at Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as being a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE). He leads the Amazon-wide CFD working group and acts as a CFD subject matter expert across the diverse departments using CFD at Amazon. Prior to joining AWS he obtained a Masters and PhD at the University of Manchester, and previous positions were at the University of Oxford, NASA Ames Research Centre, Lotus Formula 1 Team as well as consultancy roles for a range of automotive and aerospace companies. His expertise is on applying and developing the next generation of Computational Fluid Dynamics approaches with a particular focus on interplay between high-fidelity turbulence models, Machine Learning and High-Performance Computing (HPC). He created the Automotive CFD Prediction Workshop (whose 4th edition is happening in September 2024), and has lead the hybrid RANS-LES technical working group for the 5th AIAA High-Lift Prediction CFD Workshop.

The role of Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and High Performance Computing (HPC) in accelerating the adoption of High-Fidelity CFD for Industry

joaquim martins

Joaquim R. R. A. Martins

Joaquim is the Pauline M. Sherman Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he heads the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory. His research group develops MDO methods and applies them to the design of aircraft and other engineering systems. He is a co-author of “Engineering Design Optimization”, a textbook published by Cambridge University Press. Prof. Martins is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2009, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. From 2002, he held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Multidisciplinary Optimization. He received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London, with a British Aerospace Award. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Ballhaus prize for best thesis in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has received the Best Paper Award at AIAA Conferences five times. He has served as Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal, Optimization and Engineering, and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Aircraft.

Enabling OpenFOAM-based multidisciplinary design optimization

antonio traverso

Antonio Traverso

Antonio holds a MSc degree in Physics from the University of Genoa and has worked for CETENA since 1989. He is currently part of the Platform Engineering and Research Business Unit, dealing with RANS and BEM CFD numerical analysis. He’s overseen several research projects and industrial engineering activities in the hydrodynamics and naval aerodynamics field. He cooperates with Fincantieri design engineers on a daily base to evaluate different design solutions aimed to the hull forms and superstructures optimization.

RANSE: Resistance & Propulsion, Manoeuvrability & Seakeeping for marine engineering applications