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IUTAM Symposium 2012:
"Understanding Common Aspects of Extreme Events in Fluids"

Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Miguel D. Bustamante (Chairman)
    School of Mathematical Sciences
    University College Dublin, Ireland  

    miguel DOT bustamante AT ucd DOT ie

    Dr Bustamante holds a permanent Lectureship at University College Dublin since January 2009. He earned his PhD in Physics in 2003 in Universidad de Chile, where he became an expert in non-canonical Hamiltonian structures for nonlinear evolution equations. After that he took postdoctoral positions at ENS Paris and The University of Warwick, receiving first-hand training on numerical methods and high-resolution numerical simulations of turbulence and inviscid fluids.

    Dr Bustamante combines his expertise in differential-geometrical, numerical and analytical methods to the study of fundamental problems in the area of nonlinear and numerical applied mathematics. His current focus is on testing the validity of the hypothesis of finite-time singularity in 3D Euler and other fluid equations.

    Other areas of research: discrete wave turbulence and dynamics of its resonant clusters.
    M. Bustamante
    Prof. Amitava Bhattacharjee
    Peter Paul Professor, Department of Physics
    and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space,
    University of New Hampshire, USA

    Prof Bhattacharjee received his PhD at Princeton University (1981) in theoretical plasma physics from the Department of Astrophysical Sciences. He and his students and postdoctoral colleagues have authored over 200 publications with broad applications to laboratory (including fusion), space and astrophysical plasmas. He is presently the Director of CICART (Center for Integrated Computation and Analysis of Reconnection and Turbulence), a collaborative center with Dartmouth College, supported by the Department of Energy.

    Prof Bhattacharjee's research interests include: magnetic reconnection, turbulence and singularity formation, kinetic theory, free-electron lasers, and complex (or dusty) plasmas.

    A. Bhattacharjee
    Prof. Marc E. Brachet
    CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique Statistique
    Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

    Main field of specialization: Turbulence, fluid dynamics and superfluidity.
    Other fields: Nonlinear physics, statistical physics and numerical methods.
    Current research interests: Finite-temperature effects in superfluids, singularities in ideal fluids and dynamics of Galerkin-truncated systems.

    Prof. Robert M. Kerr
    Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics,
    Department of Mathematics, School of Engineering and
    Centre for Scientific Computing,
    University of Warwick, UK

    Understanding turbulent and strongly nonlinear fluid dynamics presents many challenges to mathematicians and researchers in the natural sciences.  Prof  Kerr specialises in using large computations in conjunction with simple models and mathematics bounds to obtain new understanding. Examples are vortex dynamics, scaling of thermal convection and structure functions in the atmospheric boundary layer, singularities (or lack of) in the underlying Navier-Stokes and Euler equations and quantum (superfluid) turbulence.


    Prof. Alan C. Newell
    Regents' Professor, University of Arizona, USA
    Honorary Professor of Mathematics, University of Warwick, UK

    Prof Newell received degrees from Trinity College, Dublin in 1962 and from MIT in 1966. He has chaired departments of Mathematics at Clarkson University, at the University of Arizona and at the University of Warwick, England, from 1971 until 2000.

    With over 200 publications, his main research interest are wave turbulence and plant patterns/phyllotaxis.

    A. Newell

    Prof. Brian Sawford
    Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,
    Monash University, Australia

    brian DOT sawford AT monash DOT edu

    Prof Brian Sawford completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Tasmania in 1969, and his Ph.D. at Imperial College in the University of London in 1973.

    For the majority of his professional career he was at CSIRO Division of Atmospheric Research, where he worked on a range of theoretical, laboratory and field experimental aspects of turbulent mixing and dispersion in the atmosphere.

    He presently holds a position as part-time Professor at Monash University where he pursues his interests in more fundamental aspects of Lagrangian theory and modelling of turbulent dispersion.

    B. Sawford

    Prof. Makoto Tsubota
    Department of Physics, Osaka City University, Japan

    tsubota AT sci DOT osaka-cu DOT ac DOT jp

    Prof Makoto Tsubota received his PhD at Kyoto University in 1987. He is originally a theorist in the field of low temperature physics. His current research interests include quantum fluid dynamics and quantum turbulence in superfluid helium and atomic Bose-Einstein condensates.

    Recently, quantum turbulence has become one of the most important topics in low temperature physics.
    Prof Tsubota tries to understand the similarity and difference between quantum turbulence and usual classical turbulence.

    M. Tsubota

  • IUTAM Representative

  • Prof. Frédéric Dias (Secretary General IUTAM)
    UCD Dublin, Ireland and ENS Cachan, France                    


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