IUTAM developments – from climate change to unmanned aircraft vehicles

Exciting developments – ranging from climate change to unmanned aircraft vehicles – have emerged from the highly successful International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics (IUTAM) symposium.

Symposium chairs Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt and Associate Professor Mathieu Sellier, of UC’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, are delighted at how well the symposium– which UC hosted earlier this year– served as a vehicle for sharing new ideas and expanding the reach of UC by showcasing its expertise in engineering and applied mathematics.

Dr Stefanie Gutschmidt is pictured here with Prof Pankaj Wahi from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur – India.

One of many exciting outcomes is a new collaboration between UC and Florida State University that could help unlock new perspectives on ice melt and climate change.

Following the symposium, Dr James Hewett, symposium secretary, and  Associate Professor Sellier have initiated a collaboration with Professor Nick Moore, a mathematician at Florida State University, to better understand pattern formation during the melting of ice.

“This is particularly important as a way to better quantify ice mass balance in polar regions and to inform climate change models,” says Associate Professor Sellier.

Other fascinating topics covered at the symposium, the first international meeting hosted in UC’s new Engineering Core, included:

  • using ocean waves to predict and identify passing ships
  • how the flapping of birds’ wings generates forward motion
  • using numerical simulations to better understand insect flight for biomimetic unmanned aircraft vehicles.

The symposium was supported by the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, UC and Comsol Multiphysics.