SPHERIC 2021 (Virtual) International Workshop 

June 7-11, 2021

The Conference

Training Day (Held Virtually)
June 7, 2021
Time: TBA
Workshop (Held Virtually)
June 8-11, 2021
Time: TBA

You are cordially invited to the 15th Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics rEsearch and engineeRing International Community (SPHERIC) Virtual Workshop. The event is organized and sponsored by the Newark College of Engineering 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.

SPHERIC Workshops

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:

  1. Convergence, consistency and stability (GC1)

  2. Boundary conditions (GC2)

  3. Adaptivity and variable resolution (GC3)

  4. Coupling to other methods (GC4)

  5. Free surfaces and moving boundaries

  6. Solids and structures

  7. Multiple continua and multi-phase flow

  8. Viscosity and turbulence

  9. Incompressible flow

  10. Complex physics

  11. High-performance computing

  12. Hardware acceleration

  13. Pre-processing and visualisation

  14. Alternative and novel formulations (FVPM, MPS, RSPH, etc.)


Applicability to industry defines the aspects of SPH which must be advanced to foster the method’s diffusion and adoption in the 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:

  15. Applicability to industry (GC5)

  16. Hydraulic applications

  17. Maritime and naval architecture applications

  18. Biomechanics and Medical Devices

  19. Geotechnical applications

  20. Microfluidics

  21. Astrophysics

  22. Solids and Fracture Mechanics

  23. Disaster simulations

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. We are looking forward to sharing a successful and enjoyable meeting with you!

Local Organizing Committee (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Dr. Angelo Tafuni (atafuni@njit.edu)

Mr. Francesco Ricci (fr248@njit.edu)

Dr. Ashish Borgaonkar (ashish.borgaonkar@njit.edu)

Ms. Kimberly Dripchak (dripchak@njit.edu)

Dr. Bruno Goncalves da Silva (bruno.m.goncalvesdasilva@njit.edu)

Dr. Moshe Kam (moshe.kam@njit.edu)

Dr. Samuel Lieber (samuel.lieber@njit.edu)

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)

Dr. Andrea Colagrossi (INSEAN, Italy)
Dr. Abbas Khayyer (Univ. of Kyoto, Japan)
Dr. Walter Dehnen (Univ. of Leicester, UK)
Dr. Raj Das (RMIT University, Australia )
Dr. Alexis Hérault (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, France)
Dr. Joe Monaghan (Monash University, Australia)
Dr. Peter Eberhard (University of Stuttgart, Germany)
Dr. Moubin Liu (Peking University, China)
Dr. Mehmet Yildiz (Sabanci University, Turkey)
Dr. Alexandre Tartakovsky (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
Dr. Pablo Loren-Aguilar (University of Exeter, UK)
Dr. Aman Zhang (Harbin Engineering University, China)
Dr. Xu Fei (Nortwestern Polytechnical University, China)


Important Dates

  • February 15, 2021: Abstract Submission Deadline

  • March 1, 2021: Announcement of Selected Abstracts

  • May 3, 2021: Full Paper Submission Deadline

  • May 3, 2021: Author Registration Deadline

  • May 3, 2021: Registration Deadline (Early Bird Rate)

  • June 7, 2021: Online Training Day

  • June 8-11, 2021: Online Workshop

Author Information

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 at least one illustrative figure outlining the quality of the results. A comparison with reference solutions is encouraged. A sample abstract can be found here. The PDF version of your abstract should be submitted via email at info@spheric2021.com on or before February 15, 2021, 11:00 PM ESTThe email should have SPHERIC 2021 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

  • The contribution of the authors' work to at least three of the 23 Workshop topics above.

Review process: Abstracts will be reviewed by at least three SPH experts. Notification of acceptance for publication will be given on or before March 1, 2021. 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 the 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 May 3, 2021. This author will be the presenter at the workshop. Papers with no registered authors by May 3, 2021 will NOT be published in the workshop proceedings. Full-length PDF papers should be submitted via email at info@spheric2021.com on or before May 3, 2021The email should have SPHERIC 2021 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

2020: N/A

Other relevant information: Will be added soon!


Invited Speakers

Dr. Leslie Greengard

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU New York, US

"Fast and adaptive methods for simulation in complex geometries"

Bio: Leslie Greengard received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1979, and his M.D/Ph.D. degree from Yale University in 1987, with the Ph.D. in Computer Science.  He has been a member of the faculty at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU since 1989, and was Director of the Institute from 2006-2011. He is also Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, and presently serves as Director of the Center for Computational Mathematics at the Flatiron Institute, a division of the Simons Foundation. Greengard, together with V. Rokhlin, developed the Fast Multipole Method (FMM) for problems in gravitation, electrostatics and electromagnetics.  Much of Greengard’s research has been aimed at the development of high-order accurate integral equation based methods for partial differential equations in complex geometry. He is a member of  the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Wenxiao Pan

University of Wisconsin, Madison, US

"Modeling Fluid-Solid Interactions: From Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics to Generalized Moving Least Squares"

Bio: 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.

Dr. Steven Lind

University of Manchester, UK

"SPH and Particle Shifting: Past, Present, and Future"

Bio: Steven Lind is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Civil Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK. He read mathematics and physics at the University of Bath before completing a PhD in applied mathematics at Cardiff University. Steven’s research is focused on developing new models and numerical methods in SPH for a wide range of engineering applications.

Dr. Dan Negrut

University of Wisconsin, Madison, US

"SPH: From Vehicle Fording to Granular Flows"

Bio: Dan Negrut received his Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. in 1998 from University of Iowa. He joined the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Wisconsin-Madison in late 2005, where he leads the Simulation-Based Engineering Lab. The lab’s projects focus on high performance computing, computational dynamics, terramechanics, robotics and autonomous vehicles, and fluid-solid interaction problems. Since 2010, Dan is an NVIDIA CUDA Fellow. He is one of the technical leads of Project Chrono, an open source physics-based simulation engine.


Workshop Rates
Early Bird                                    TBA
(until May 3, 2021)
Regular                                       TBA
(after May 3, 2021)
Additional Options
Training Day, June 7, 2021    TBA
Registration will open in February 2021 and will have significantly reduced rates with respect to the standard workshop rates

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  or +1 (973) 596-3327

Email: info@spheric2021.com


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