Plenary Talks

Plenary Speakers:

Plenary talks by renowned scientists are scheduled, one in the morning and one in the afternoon on each day of the conference. Each plenary talk will be 40 minutes long with 10 minutes for discussion.

Prof Jing-Tang Yang, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Title: Flying with body rotation: The flight dynamics revealed from butterflies in free flight

Short Bio: Professor Yang received a doctoral degree in 1983 from the Energy Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin at Madison. Following which he worked as a faculty member at National Tsing Hua University until 2008. Since August, 2008 he is a professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at National Taiwan University. Currently, he is also serving as the CEO of National Energy Program - Phase 2. Prof. Yang's research interests include several multidisciplinary topics such as energy and green engineering, lab-on-a-chip, biomimetic engineering and biophysics, jet propulsion, and laser diagnostics.

M. Legensky, Intelligent Light, USA

Title: Extract-based Workflows to Enable and Accelerate Large Scale Production CFD

Shot Bio: Steve M. Legensky is the founder and general manager of Intelligent Light (, a company that has delivered products and services based on visualization technology since 1984. He attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey and received a bachelors degree in electrical engineering in 1977 and a masters degree in mathematics in 1979. Steve's passion is applying computer graphics and data management to difficult engineering problems. Steve is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and has published and presented for AIAA, IEEE, ACM/SIGGRAPH and IDC.

Dr Ben Evans, Swansea University, UK

Title: The use of CFD in the design of a 1,000mph car: BLOODHOUND SSC, an engineering adventure

Short Bio: Dr Evans studied Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge graduating in 2004. Following which he pursued doctoral studies in Computational Fluid Dynamics at Swansea University, which he completed in October 2008. His PhD research focused on computational solutions to problems in the field of molecular gas dynamics and was conducted under the supervision of Prof Ken Morgan. Dr Evans began working as a research assistant under the supervision of Prof Oubay Hassan in the summer of 2007. His post-doctoral research was on the development of unstructured mesh techniques for high speed flows with particular application to the BLOODHOUND supersonic car. Since 2011 he has been working as a Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at Swansea University’s College of Engineering with research in high speed flow modeling and aerodynamic optimisation methods.

Dr Takashi Shimokawabe, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Title: Large-scale GPU-based CFD Applications based on a High-productivity Stencil Framework

Short Bio: Dr. Shimokawabe is currently an assistant professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center (GSIC), Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). He is a member of the Aoki research group in GSIC. His primary research interests are general-purpose computing on graphics processing units (GPGPU), computational fluid dynamics, stencil computing, and high performance computing. His group was awarded the 2011 Gordon Bell Prize for Special Achievements in Scalability and Time-to-Solution in peta-scale phase-field simulations. He received Ph.D. in Energy Science from Tokyo Tech in 2012. He graduated with M.S. in Physics from Tokyo Tech in 2007.

Dr. Eiji Shima, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan

Title: Challenges of JAXA on High-performance CFD

Short Bio: Dr. Shima is the Director of the Research Unit III, which leads the application of the advanced information related technologies to the space program, at the Research and Development Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. His research interests include aerodynamics, application of CFD and CAE to the space program, and fundamental algorithms of computational physics. He is a fellow of the Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Science and the Japan Society of Fluid Mechanics.

Dr Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California at Davis, USA

Title: Visualizing Extreme-Scale CFD Simulations

Short Bio: Dr. Kwan-Liu Ma is a professor of computer science at the University of California-Davis. He leads the VIDI (Visualization and Interface Design Innovation) research group, and directs the UC Davis Center for Visualization. His research spans the fields of visualization, high-performance computing, and user interface design. Professor Ma received his PhD in computer science from the University of Utah in 1993. He was with ICASE/NASA Langley Research Center as a research scientist before joining UC Davis in 1999. Professor Ma has won several awards and recognition for his outstanding research work including the U.S. Presidential Research Award (PECASE) in 2000, IEEE Fellow in 2012, and IEEE VGTC Visualization Technical Achievement Award in 2013. He is presently the AEIC of IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, and papers chair of IEEE InfoVis 2016 and EuroVis 2016.

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