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EMMC-CSA Workshop on Industrial impact of materials modelling

Date(s) - Monday, July 8, 2019 - Wednesday, July 10, 2019
All Day


Politecnico di Torino is organizing the workshop

Industrial impact of materials modelling – achievements and perspectives

8-10 July 2019 – Sala Teatro, SiTI (Links Foundation), Politecnico di Torino – Turin, Italy

Report of the outcome of the workshop

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Objectives of the workshop

The rapid evolution of current technologies requires continuous development of improved materials in a wide range of industrial sectors. In this view, materials modelling techniques have the potential to serve as valuable and powerful means to accelerate industrial innovation. For this reason, the European Commission, through the European Materials Modelling Council, is strongly committed to promote the uptake of materials modelling by the European industry. To this goal, networking and collaboration among the different European stakeholders involved in the materials development sector – e.g. academic model developers, software owners, Translators (consultants) and end users – is to be promoted. Improved collaboration helps to identify critical areas needing development, possible bottlenecks for the adoption and use of materials models and to design proper strategies for more efficient exploitation and further development of materials models.

The objective of this meeting is therefore to gather a consistent number of experts (around 70) from the different stakeholders interested/involved in materials development, and provide a discussion platform for industrial requirements as compared to state-of the-art modelling techniques. The ambition of the workshop is to cover the more relevant aspects which are critical to the widespread adoption of materials modelling techniques in industry. To this, six thematic sessions are organized and will cover: 1) state-of-the-art modelling techniques and guidelines for further model developments; 2) the perspective of the European software owners/developers; 3) the economic impact of materials modelling on industrial innovation; 4) strategies for improving the two-way transfer of knowledge between academia and industry – i.e. Translators and their training requirements; 5) interoperability requirements and frameworks – e.g. ontologies – for integration of models and software. Finally, a special session will be dedicated to the discussion of the potential of artificial intelligence in the framework of materials modelling, with particular emphasis on the benefit for high-throughput simulations, big data and their mining – e.g. data-driven modelling – and industrial automation towards Industry 4.0.

Session layout

Monday 8th July (12:45h – 18:45h)

11:45 – 12:45 Registration
12:45 – 13:00 Welcome by Prof. Roberto Zanino, Deputy Rector for European Relations (Politecnico di Torino)
13:00 – 13:10 Welcome by the European Materials Modelling Council (EMMC)

Session 1: Materials modelling techniques (13:10 – 16:00)
Chair: Kersti Hermansson – Department of Chemistry, Uppsala University (Sweden)

13:15 – 13:45 Elisa Molinari – CNR-NANO and Department of Physics, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy)
13:45 – 14:15 Designing materials with HPC: the MaX European Centre
13:45 – 14:15 Arnulf Latz – Department of Computational Electrochemistry, German Aerospace Center (Germany)
13:45 – 14:15 Spatially resolved modeling and simulation of degradation in Lithium ion batteries
14:15 – 14:45 Vladimir Lobaskin – School of Physics, University College Dublin (Ireland)
13:45 – 14:15 Multiscale modelling of bionano interface
14:45 – 15:15 Ilian Todorov – Department of Scientific Computing, Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK)
13:45 – 14:15 DL_MESO: The UK’s DPD Vehicle for Academic and Industrial Collaboration

Session 2: Software deployment (16:25 – 18:45)
Chair: Volker Eyert – Materials Design (France)

16:30 – 17:00 Beatrice Carasi – COMSOL (Italy)
13:45 – 14:15 Standard and advanced material modelling with COMSOL Multiphysics
17:00 – 17:30 Umberto Martinez – Synopsys (Denmark)
13:45 – 14:15 Lean and agile software development of the QuantumATK platform
17:30 – 18:00 Gabriele Mogni – (US)
13:45 – 14:15 Cloud computing for Materials Modeling

Tuesday 9th July (08:55h – 18:00h)

Session 3: Economic impact of materials modelling (08:55 – 12:15)
Chair: Donna Dykeman – ANSYS (UK)

09:00 – 09:30 Glenn Jones – Jonhson Matthey (UK)
13:45 – 14:15 Economic Impact of Materials Modelling in R&D: There is clearly value, but we are still some way from a quantitative measure
09:30 – 10:00 Emilio Paolucci – Department of Management and Production Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
13:45 – 14:15 University – Industry Collaboration in an innovative context: A discussion of inhibitors and enablers
10:00 – 10:30 Sophie Snook – ANSYS Discovery Live (France)
13:45 – 14:15 Democratization of Modelling, Simulation and Information
11:00 – 11:30 Malgorzata Celuch – QWED Sp. z o.o. (Poland)
13:45 – 14:15 Why set up a modelling SME when you are student? The economic impact of QuickWave software

Session 4: Translation & Training for companies (13:55 – 17:15)
Chair: Pietro Asinari – Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

14:00 – 14:30 Peter Klein – Institute for Industrial Mathematics, Fraunhofer (Germany)
13:45 – 14:15 Translation and Training from a SMEs perspective
14:30 – 15:00 Fedor Goumans – Software for Chemistry & Materials, SCM (Netherlands)
13:45 – 14:15 Making new material modeling techniques technology ready & pragmatic
15:00 – 15:30 André Haufe – DYNAmore GmbH (Germany)
13:45 – 14:15 On identification of industrial needs, providing of solutions and training of clients in macroscopic constitutive modelling in engineering applications
16:00 – 16:30 Svenn Halvorsen – NORCE Research (Norway)
13:45 – 14:15 Model Translator – What Is Required?

Poster session (17:15 – 18:00)

Conference dinner at the restaurant La Badessa

Wednesday 10th July (08:55h – 15:30h)

Session 5: Interoperability and integration (08:55 – 12:00)
Chair: Gerhard Goldbeck – Goldbeck Consulting (UK)

09:00 – 09:45 Gerhard Goldbeck & Jesper Friis – Goldbeck Consulting (UK) & SINTEF (Norway)
09:00 – 09:45 EMMO: A semantic knowledge framework for materials and modelling
09:45 – 10:15 Piotr Macioł – Department of Applied Computer Science and Modelling, AGH University of Science and Technology (Poland)
09:00 – 09:45 The prototype ontology for metal alloys
10:45 – 11:15 Ian Bruno – Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (UK)
09:00 – 09:45 Achieving Interoperability between Crystallography and Chemistry

Session 6: Artificial intelligence & Industry 4.0 (12:55 – 15:30) – OPEN SESSION TO PUBLIC!
Chair: Eliodoro Chiavazzo – Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

13:00 – 13:30 Salvador Izquierdo – Multiphysics & Multiscale Simulation Group, ITAINNOVA (Spain)
13:00 – 13:30 Translation of physically-informed data-driven models of material transformation processes
13:30 – 14:00 Haoyan Huo – Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of California Berkeley (US)
13:00 – 13:30 Data-mining millions of scientific literature for predictive materials synthesis
14:00 – 14:30 Rajat Srivastava – Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
13:00 – 13:30 Thermal properties of nanomaterials predicted through atomistic-to-continuum models supported by machine learning

Final participation type

Organisation & Contact

This is an “invitation-only” event; invited experts will be contacted by the organizers. After you have confirmed your participation you will receive the registration link.
Workshop organization: Pietro Asinari and Luca Bergamasco – Politecnico di Torino, Italy. Please contact Luca Bergamasco for information!

How to reach Sala Teatro, SiTI (Links Foundation), Turin, Italy

There may be possibility of direct flights to the Turin airport (Caselle). From the Caselle airport (A. Pertini) to the City Center there is a bus which takes around 45 min to downtown (stops at Porta Susa Station and Porta Nuova Station). Information can be found here. Taxi service is available at the airport: the duration is about 30-40 min and the price around 30-35 € (indicatively and depending on the traffic). If no direct flight to Turin is available, the Milan airport can be chosen. From the Milan Malpensa airport to Turin city center buses are available. The duration of the trip is about two hours. Information can be found on the company website.

Visiting Turin and the Piedmont Region

Information and suggestion on what to see in Turin can be found on the official website of the Touristic Office. Some recommendations about museums are: the Egyptian Museum, the second most important in the world after the Museum of Cairo; the National Museum of Cinema and Mole Antonelliana, the monumental symbol of Turin; the Museo dell’Automobile, about the great tradition of the city with cars. Other attractions include: the Valentino Castle and its park on the river, Monte dei Cappuccini (for a sightseeing view of the city especially at the sunset), the Superga hill and the cathedral dedicated to the Great Torino football team and the aerial crash in 1949, and more. Turin is particularly famous for coffee, chocolate and pastry. The city center offers a number of cafès where you can try them. Vermouth was born in Turin, so tasting the “Italian aperitivo” is highly recommended!

Outside Turin, where possible, visiting the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato zones in Piedmont is very recommended. These areas are part of the Unesco World Heritage and they are especially known for great vineyards and Italian wines, excellent food and beautiful landscapes. Small tours are normally available from Turin – see this option for example – but a good option is to go by car in one hour. Mountain hiking is also possible on the Alps in Piedmont as well as in the neighboring Region Valle d’Aosta, which can be reached in roughly one hour by car.

You may want to have a look at some beautiful photos of Turin from the “Torinese” photographer Valerio Minato.

Suggested accommodations

  • Hotel NH Torino Centro – Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 104, 10121 Torino TO | Walking distance (10-15 min) from the venue of the meeting 
  • BW PLUS Hotel Genova – Via Sacchi 14/B, 10128 Torino TO | This Hotel is very close to the Porta Nuova railway station. The meeting location can be reached by bus (line 12) in 10-15 min or walking in around 25 min
  • Hotel & Residence Torino Centro – Corso Inghilterra 33, 10138 Torino TO | This Hotel is very close to the Porta Susa railway station. The meeting location can be reached by bus or metro, even though the best way is walking, in around 20 min.


This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project
from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 72386

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