The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZCCE) organises an annual high profile workshop, which highlights the excellent research of our students. All EngD, PhDs students within ZCCE take an active role, together with academic staff within the Centre.

The workshops are designed to showcase the research of our postgraduates, to enhance their presentation and networking skills and to improve their employability. 

We welcome invited external speakers to our Centre and interested external participants to our event.

Postgraduate Event 2020

ZCCE PG Workshop 2020

What happens?

All our postgraduate students present a poster highlighting their latest excellent research developments during the workshop.

The poster presentations are complemented by a series of presentations given by distinguished invited external speakers giving talks covering the spectrum of modelling, simulation and computational research interests within the ZCCE.

In addition, external lecturers are also invited to provide feedback on our students’ work and will participate in the judging of the poster sessions. During the workshop our students will get first hand feedback from UK academic and industrial experts and as be offered advice on post-doctoral research opportunities.

2021 Workshop

We were delighted to welcome Professor Alistair Borthwick, FREng, FRSE, The University of Edinburgh and Professor Christopher Pain, Imperial College London as our guest speakers for the 2021 ZCCE Postgraduate Student Workshop.

Professor Alistair Borthwick, FREng, FRSE The University of Edinburgh

Alistair Borthwick has more than 40 years’ experience in engineering science. He is a Professorial Fellow at The University of Edinburgh and Visiting Professor at the University of Plymouth. Alistair was previously a Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, where he worked for 21 years from 1990-2011. He was Head of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCC from 2011-13, where he was the Founding Director of the SFI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy. Alistair’s research interests include environmental fluid mechanics, coastal and ocean engineering, and marine renewable energy. In 2016, Alistair was awarded Dr honoris causa by Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In 2019, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers for his lifetime contributions to civil engineering. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

‘Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan – Marine Plastic Debris’

In a sense marine debris could be viewed as flotsam, jetsam, and lagan (which refer to different forms of wreckage in the sea). The lecture will first consider the definition of the words, flotsam, jetsam, and lagan, then consider their historical usage before turning to the modern era, and considering marine debris. We will examine the mechanisms that move such debris around the oceans, causing material to accumulate in certain zones. After a brief description of Stokes drift and Ekman-Stokes flow, the lecture will consider recent studies of the motion of floating particles in waves carried out at the Universities of Oxford, Plymouth, and Edinburgh. The studies have found that marine litter particles can gain a boost in their drift arising from their variable submergence and buoyancy relative to the water surface, and demonstrate the importance of the Ekman-Stokes velocity in particle transport. The lecture will conclude by looking forward to tackling the problem of marine pollution by plastic flotsam, jetsam, and lagan.

Professor Christopher Pain, Imperial College London

Professor Christopher Pain is head of one of ICL's largest research groups, Applied Modelling and Computation Group, consisting of 60+ postgraduate students and RAs. He is also head of the Data Assimilation Lab. within ICL’s Data Science Institute. He has >230 journal publications, has graduated 50 PhD students, and, with AMCG, received ICL’s research excellence award. Currently he works on the modelling for 5 consortia, MAGIC, PREMIERE, INHALE, RELIANT and MUFFINS, and co-leads the Royal Society’s volunteer initiative for academics on modelling aerosols and airflows (Rapid Assistance for the Pandemic). The original developer of the Fluidity model for fluid dynamics and the FETCH criticality model, he was the technical lead of the first AI approach to the formation of surrogate models for nuclear reactors, which was applied to the fuel management of the UK’s Advanced Gas cooled Reactors (AGRs). He has also applied AI to numerous geophysical inversion problems and fluids problems.

‘Multiphysics and AI modelling methods and applications’

The key aspects of coupled flow/solids/radiation modelling are presented. A number of methods and applications provide the focus for this talk, including (a) adaptive mesh methods to increase computational speed as well as minimise the time for an engineer to design meshes; (b) solid-fluid-radiation coupling methods and applications; (c) the use of AI to increase computational speed of simulations and to provide priors for flow/dynamics.

Contact Details

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