Keynote Lecture

Keynote Lecturers (To Be Updated; in Alphabetical Order)

  • Zoltan Donko
    Scientific advisor, Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungary

    Zoltan Donko has graduated from the Technical University of Budapest and has been working in the field of low-temperature plasma physics for 30 years. During this time, his research has focused on experimental studies of gas lasers, electron transport in gases, direct-current and radio-frequency plasma sources. He has developed a family of particle-based simulation codes to investigate the physics of these systems at the level of elementary processes of individual particles. Another line of his research has focused on strongly coupled plasmas. He has developed Molecular Dynamics simulation codes to study the thermodynamic behavior (including higher-order correlations) and dynamical effects (collective excitations) of single- and multi-component systems, as well as their transport characteristics (diffusion, viscosity, and thermal conductivity). His recent work is mostly focusing on the physics of electron swarms and kinetic effects (power absorption modes, charged particle dynamics, formation of the particle distribution functions, driving voltage waveform tailoring) in low-temperature plasma sources, which he investigates by Monte Carlo and Particle-in-cell approaches, respectively. He has served for more than a decade as head of department at the Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics and later on at the Wigner Research Centre of Physics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was / is a member of committees of several international conference series. Besides his position at Wigner Research Centre of Physics, Budapest, he was a Visiting Scholar of Boston College, USA, for several years and currently holds a Mercator Fellow position at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany and a Visiting Professorship at Osaka University, Japan. Besides teaching his Low-Temperature Plasma Physics course at Hungarian universities he has as well given courses on low temperature plasma science and numerical simulation techniques at several universities abroad. He is member of the Editorial Board of the IOP Journal Plasma Sources Science and Technology.

  • Clinton P. T. Groth
    Professor, Institute for Aerospace Studies, University of Toronto, Canada

  • Yan Guo
    Professor and Chair, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA (1995~Present)
    Assistant Professor, Princeton University, USA (1996~1997)
    Yan Guo received his B.S. from Peking University in 1987. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Brown University in 1993. He was a Courant Instructor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences for 1993-95. He joined the faculty of the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University as an Assistant Professor in September 1995. He was an Assistant Professor at Princeton University for 1996-97. His professional awards include an Honorable Mention in SIAM Student Paper Competition in 1992, an A. P. Sloan Dissertation Fellowship in 1993, an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship for 1995-98. Yan Guo is an A. P. Sloan Research Fellow for 1998-2000, Simon research fellow from 2015-2016. Yan Guo is an AMS fellow. Yan Guos research concerns with PDE study of basic physical models, which include kinetic theory modeling dilute gases (Boltzmann equation), plasma physics (Landau equation or Vlasov-Maxwell systems) and dynamics of galaxies and stars (Vlasov-Poisson system); classical fluid models governed by Euler and Navier-Stokes equations, such as the two-fluid theory (Euler-Maxwell system) for describing plasmas, as well as Euler-Poisson system for describing self-gravitating stars. His work concerns with stability questions, boundary effects, as well as singularity formation from a mathematical standpoint.

  • Kentaro Hara
    Assistant Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University, USA (2019~Present)
    Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, USA (2016~2019)
    Ken Hara is Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University. He received a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering and a Graduate Certificate in Plasma Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and B.S. and M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Tokyo. He was a Visiting Research Physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow. Prior to joining Stanford, he spent three years as a faculty member in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University. Professor Haras research interests include electric propulsion, low temperature plasmas, plasma physics (plasma-wall interactions, plasma-wave interactions), and computational fluid and plasma dynamics. He is a recipient of several awards, including the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Graduate Scholarship Award, the Air Force Young Investigator Program Award, and the Department of Energy Early Career Award.

  • Jason Rabinovitch
    Mechanical Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA (2014~present)
    Jason Rabinovitch is a Mechanical Engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology, where he works in the Entry, Descent, and Landing & Formulation Group. Prior to JPL, Dr. Rabinovitch received a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University in 2008, a M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 2009, a M.Sc. in Fluid Mechanics from École Polytechnique (Paris) in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Aeronautics from Caltech in 2014. His PhD research focused on CFD for hypersonic flows and ablation modeling, and since then he has been fortunate to work on a variety of different projects at JPL since starting in 2014. These projects have ranged from delivering flight hardware to the upcoming Mars 2020 mission, designing, implementing, and testing a low-density low-speed open jet fan-array wind tunnel for the Mars Helicopter, to developing a hybrid rocket propulsion system for small satellites. His current research interests span a wide range of topics related to experimental and computational fluid mechanics applied to EDL, vehicle design, propulsion, and geophysical applications. In particular, Dr. Rabinovitch's work focuses on modeling supersonic parachute inflations in the upper atmosphere of Mars for future Mars missions and using DSMC simulations to look at hypervelocity sampling in the upper atmosphere of Venus for the Cupid's Arrow mission concept.

  • Tom Schwartzentruber
    Professor, Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota, USA

  • Takashi Tokumasu
    Professor, Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University, Japan (1999~Present)

    Takashi Tokuamsu has completed his Ph.D at the age of 28 years old from the University of Tokyo and was postdoctoral fellow in this University in one year. He moves to Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University as a research assistant in 1999, promoted to lecturer in 2003, associate professor in 2005, and professor in 2017. He is a professor of Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University. During his research career, he became a visiting professor of INSA-Lyon, France (4 months in 2008 and 2 months in 2019). He also became a visiting professor of Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France (1 month in 2012). He researched about the energy exchange during collision of N2, energy distribution of free jet expansion, generation of nucleus of a bubble. Now he is interested in the relation between the transport phenomena and nanoscale structure in polymer electrolyte fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells and all solid-state Li ion batteries. He has already published more than 150 papers in reputed journals or peer review proceedings and more than 270 times presentation in international conferences. He got the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) Young Engineers Award in 2000, the Contribution Award for Flow Dynamic Division of JSME in 2013, the Certificate of Merit for Thermal Engineering Division of JSME in 2016 and Micro-Nano Science & Technology Division, Certificate of Merit for Contribution in 2019.

  • Lei Wu
    Associate Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, China (2019/11~Present)
    Senior Lecturer, University of Strathclyde, UK (2018/12~2019/10)
    Dr. Lei Wu is an Associate Professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology from November 2019. He received his BSc and MSc in Physics from Zhejiang Normal University, China. After obtaining his PhD in Fluid Mechanics from the University of Strathclyde (UK) in 2013, he continued to work there as a postdoctoral research associate, Chancellor's Fellow and Senior Lecturer. His research interest is in Rarefied Gas Dynamics, in particular to construct efficient and accurate numerical schemes to solve the Boltzmann equation for dilute gases and the Enskog equation for dense gases, as well as kinetic modelling for polyatomic gas flows, with applications in aerothermodynamics of space vehicles, micro-electromechanical systems, shale gas transportation, and multi-scale heat transfer in crystals. Recently he and his collaborators proposed the general synthetic iterative scheme (GSIS) which solves the linearized Boltzmann equation within dozens of iterations, at any Kn number.

  • Yonghao Zhang
    Weir Professor, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK (2007~Date)
    Computational Scientist, STFC Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, UK (2001~2007)
    Yonghao Zhang completed his PhD from Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 2001, He worked as a Computational Scientist, then Senior Scientist, in the Computational Science and Engineering Department of STFC Daresbury Laboratory, UK. In 2007, He joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research has mainly been on understanding multi-scale and multi-physical flow physics through theoretical and computational studies. His group has developed a suite of computational models for gas non-equilibrium flows and multiphase flows, especially at the micro/nano scales. These models can be exploited for both fundamental research and engineering design simulations. His recent work includes understanding and quantifying the transport of dense gas in ultra-tight porous media; investigating a new approach for digital rock analysis coupling multiscale modelling and imaging techniques; developing a multi-level parallel solver based on gas kinetic theory to utilize high-performance computing resources to directly calculate flow properties of porous media; establishing a first-principle based model to evaluate erosive damage of surface materials in a flow system transforming current semi-empirical methodologies; lattice Boltzmann modelling of droplet dynamics in lab-on-a-chip devices; modelling rarefied gas dynamics for aerospace applications.