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SPHERIC 2021 (Virtual) International Workshop

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June 8-11, 2021

The Conference

Training Day (Held Virtually)
June 7, 2021
8:50 am - 4:00 pm EDT
and on-demand
Workshop (Held Virtually)
June 8-11, 2021
8:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT and on-demand
Current date and time

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 (

Dr. Ashish Borgaonkar (

Ms. Kimberly Dripchak (

Dr. Moshe Kam (

Dr. Samuel Lieber (

Scientific Committee

Dr. Alex Crespo (Universidade de Vigo, Ourense, Spain)

Dr. Matthieu De Leffe (NEXTFLOW Software, France)

Dr. Xiangyu Hu (Technical University of Munich, Germany)

Dr. Abbas Khayyer (Kyoto University, Japan)

Dr. David Le Touzé (Ecole Centrale de Nantes, France)

Dr. Salvatore Marrone (CNR-INM, Italy)

Dr. Nathan Quinlan (National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland)
Dr. Ben Rogers (University of Manchester, UK)

Dr. Pierre Sabrowski (Dive Solutions, Germany)
Dr. Stefano Sibilla (Università di Pavia, Italy)

Dr. Antonio Souto Iglesias (UPM, Spain)
Dr. Angelo Tafuni (New Jersey Institute of Technology, US)

Dr. Renato Vacondio (Università di Parma, Italy)
Dr. Rade Vignjevic (Brunel University London, UK)

Dr. Giuseppe Bilotta (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy)

Dr. Ha Bui (Monash University, Australia)
Dr. Andrea Colagrossi (CNR-INM, Italy)
Dr. Raj Das (RMIT University, Australia )

Dr. Walter Dehnen (University of Leicester, UK)
Dr. Peter Eberhard (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

Dr. Marco Ellero (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics, Spain)

Dr. Rouhollah Fatehi (Persian Gulf University, Iran)

Dr. Moncho Gómez-Gesteira (Universidade de Vigo, Spain)
Dr. Steven Lind (University of Manchester, UK)
Dr. Moubin Liu (Peking University, China)

Dr. Pablo Loren-Aguilar (University of Exeter, UK)

Dr. Daniel Price (Monash University, Australia)

Dr. Pengnan Sun (Sun Yat-sen University, China)
Dr. Alexandre Tartakovsky (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, US)

The Conference

Important Dates

  • F̶̶̶e̶̶̶b̶̶̶r̶̶̶u̶̶̶a̶̶̶r̶̶̶y̶̶̶ ̶̶̶1̶̶̶5̶̶̶,̶̶̶ ̶̶̶2̶̶̶0̶̶̶2̶̶̶1̶̶̶:̶ ̶A̶b̶s̶t̶r̶a̶c̶t̶ ̶S̶u̶b̶m̶i̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶D̶e̶a̶d̶l̶i̶n̶e̶

  • F̶̶̶̶̶̶̶e̶̶̶̶̶̶̶b̶̶̶̶̶̶̶r̶̶̶̶̶̶̶u̶̶̶̶̶̶̶a̶̶̶̶̶̶̶r̶̶̶̶̶̶̶y̶̶̶̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶2̶2̶,̶̶̶̶̶̶̶ ̶̶̶̶̶̶̶2̶̶̶̶̶̶̶0̶̶̶̶̶̶̶2̶̶̶̶̶̶̶1̶̶̶̶̶̶̶:̶̶̶ ̶̶̶A̶̶̶b̶̶̶s̶̶̶t̶̶̶r̶̶̶a̶̶̶c̶̶̶t̶̶̶ ̶̶̶S̶̶̶u̶̶̶b̶̶̶m̶̶̶i̶̶̶s̶̶̶s̶̶̶i̶̶̶o̶̶̶n̶̶̶ ̶̶̶D̶̶̶e̶̶̶a̶̶̶d̶̶̶l̶̶̶i̶̶̶n̶̶̶e̶̶̶ ̶(̶e̶x̶t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶)̶

  • M̶a̶r̶c̶h̶ ̶8̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶1̶:̶ ̶A̶n̶n̶o̶u̶n̶c̶e̶m̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶S̶e̶l̶e̶c̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶A̶b̶s̶t̶r̶a̶c̶t̶s̶

  • M̶a̶y̶ ̶1̶0̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶1̶:̶ ̶F̶u̶l̶l̶ ̶P̶a̶p̶e̶r̶ ̶S̶u̶b̶m̶i̶s̶s̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶D̶e̶a̶d̶l̶i̶n̶e̶ ̶(̶e̶x̶t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶)̶

  • M̶a̶y̶ ̶1̶0̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶1̶:̶ ̶A̶u̶t̶h̶o̶r̶ ̶R̶e̶g̶i̶s̶t̶r̶a̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶D̶e̶a̶d̶l̶i̶n̶e̶ ̶(̶e̶x̶t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶)̶

  • M̶a̶y̶ ̶1̶0̶,̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶1̶:̶ ̶L̶a̶s̶t̶ ̶D̶a̶y̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶E̶a̶r̶l̶y̶ ̶B̶i̶r̶d̶ ̶R̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶(̶e̶x̶t̶e̶n̶d̶e̶d̶)̶

  • 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 strongly encouraged. A sample abstract can be found here. The PDF version of your abstract should be submitted via email at on or before February 22, 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 8, 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 basic SPH equations on the paper, since the readers are assumed to know the SPH fundamentals. At least one (1) author must register for the workshop by no later than May 10, 2021. This author will be the presenter at the workshop. Papers with no registered authors by May 10, 2021 will NOT be published in the workshop proceedings and will lose their presentation slots. Full-length PDF papers should be submitted via email at on or before May 10, 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: not awarded

Other relevant information: The three papers selected for the Libersky Prize and additional three highly-ranked abstracts will be recommended for publication in the SPH Special Issue "Latest Advances in SPH for Fluid Mechanics," to be published in the European Journal of Mechanics B/Fluids.

Key Info

Invited Speakers


Prof. 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.


Prof. 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 (June 8-11)
Student Early Bird                        $75
(until May 10, 2021)
Non-student Early Bird               $150
(until May 10, 2021)
Student Regular                          $100
(after May 10, 2021)
Non-student Regular                  $250
(after May 10, 2021)
Training Day (June 7)
Regular                                         $25
Note: Registration fees will be used to cover the cost of the professional platform where the event will be run

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