Keynote Speakers

Prof. Spencer Sherwin (Department of Aeronautics, Imperial College London)


Spencer Sherwin is the McLaren Racing/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. Over the past 20 years he has specialised in the development and application of advanced parallel spectral/hp element methods for flow around complex geometries with a particular emphasis on vortical and bluff body flows, biomedical modelling of the cardiovascular system and more recently in industrial practice through the partnership with McLaren Racing.

Professor Sherwin’s research group ( also develops and distributes the openware spectral/hp element package Nektar++ ( which has been applied to direct numerical simulation, large eddy simulation and stability analysis to a range of applications including vortex flows of relevance to offshore engineering and vehicle aerodynamics as well as biomedical flows associated with arterial atherosclerosis. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in international journals covering topics from numerical analysis to applied and fundamental fluid mechanics and co-authored a highly cited book on the spectral/hp element method. Currently he is an associate editor on the Journal of Fluid Mechanics and chair of the EPSRC Platform for Research in Simulation Methods (PRISM) at Imperial College London (

Dr Fehmi Cirak (University of Cambridge)fehmicirak

Dr Cirak is a Reader in Computational Mechanics and is the Principal Investigator in the Computational Structural Mechanics Lab (CSMLab) in Cambridge. Prior to Cambridge, he was for seven years at the California Institute of Technology; the first two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Aeronautics and the subsequent five years as a Senior Scientist at the Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR). Dr Cirak has a PhD in Computational Mechanics from the University of Stuttgart. His research is dedicated to the development of computational techniques and software for integrated geometric design and analysis, fluid-structure interaction, and large-scale high-fidelity simulations.

Professor Mike Hartnett (NUI Galway)

Mike Hartnett is a Professor in Civil Engineering, National University of Ireland, Galway, and is a Visiting Professor at Hohai University, Nanjing, China and at the University of Edinburgh. His research and areas of application include:

  • Tidal energy
  • High resolution flood modelling
  • Water quality modelling
  • Storm surges

Mike has co-authored over 50 journal papers, and is on the editorial boards of 5 international journals.  He is Deputy Director of the Science Foundation Ireland funded Research Centre, MaREI, for marine and renewable energy.  He currently leads a team at NUIG in marine renewable energy research. He is also member of the Irish Committee of the International Hydrology Programme.  His group set up the first Irish operational system for forecasting marine conditions. His models have been used to provide national surge forecasts to the Office of Public Works, Irish national agency for flood control. Mike has worked as Expert Advisor to the Irish Government on the radionuclide transport in the Irish Sea and has worked as Expert Advisor to the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) on radionuclide transport in the Gulf.