Entrance hall of the ICMS

New mathematics for a safer world: wave propagation in heterogeneous materials

Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 16, 2017

ICMS, 15 South College Street


Name Institution
Croxford, Anthony University of Bristol
Lombard, Bruno Laboratoire de Mécanique et Acoustique, CNRS
Mulholland, Anthony University of Strathclyde
Tant, Katy University of Strathclyde
Treyssede, Fabien IFSTTAR


There are safety critical structures all around us such as nuclear plants, aircraft, gas pipelines, bridges and railway tracks. They are safety critical since any failure is potentially catastrophic. To avoid such disasters these structures are checked periodically for the presence of flaws and other precursors to the component failing (this is called non-destructive testing). This is performed at various stages in the lifetime of the component: at the manufacturing stage, periodically while the component is in service, and to assess the component for remanufacturing at the end of its lifetime. Safety has become more pressing of late as many of these structures are operating well beyond their intended lifespan. To address this problem there have been rapid developments in the types of ultrasonic sensors that are used to find these flaws and cracks. These sensors produce massive data sets and therefore require a matched development in the mathematical algorithms used to extract the knowledge from this data. To enable this development this workshop will bring together leading mathematicians, engineers (and other disciplines) in the field who can present the current state of the art techniques, the open problems, and the opportunities. This workshop will serve as the catalyst for new collaborations and new research directions in mathematics.



This workshop is anticipated to begin around 09.30 on Monday 12 June and close at lunchtime on Friday 16 June 2017.



  • INVITED SPEAKERS: will receive an invitation email from ICMS in early February 2017.
    - Please register via the link in your invitation email.  (Please do NOT use the Public Application form to register as this contains different information).
    - ICMS will arrange accommodation for Invited Speakers.

    - there are some additional places for Public Applicants. Please complete this PUBLIC APPLICATION FORM. (Invited Speakers should should register via the link in their invitation email).
    - The Organisers will make decisions once the closing date of Friday 5 May is reached.   
    - If you wish to be considered for a contributed talk or a poster, please provide a title and short abstract on the application form (no more than 200 words).
    - Please state your research interests on the application form.  
    - You are asked to arrange and pay for your own accommodation and travel, but please wait until you hear the outcome of your application before booking.  Suggestions for accommodation are below:

    Ibis Hotel on South Bridge (not Hunter Square)
    Very close to ICMS.

    Masson House, Pollock Halls of Residence, The University of Edinburgh, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY 
    0800 028 7118 (UK only) - +44 (0)131 651 2189 - http://www.book.accom.ed.ac.uk/
    University of Edinburgh accommodation. Pollock Halls is about a 20-25 minute walk.

    Jurys Inn Edinburgh, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DH
    +44 (0)131 200 3300 - www.jurys-edinburgh-hotels.com
    Only a 5 minute walk from ICMS.

    Edinburgh City Hotel, 79 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9HZ 
    +44 (0)131 622 7979 - http://www.edinburghcityhotel.com/

    St Christophers Hostel, 9-13 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 1DE  (approx 25.00 or less depending on offers available)
    +44 (0)20 7407 1856 -  www.st-christophers.co.uk - bookings@st-christophers.co.uk
    This is Youth Hostel accommodation.

    Further details and many more suggestions for accommodation can be found here


Registration Fee
A registration fee of 100 GBP is payable by all participants (excluding Organisers and Plenary Speakers).  Payment can be made on arrival at ICMS - at Registration we will accept cash, credit/debit card payments and sterling cheques (payable to “Heriot-Watt University”).  Unfortunately, we do not yet have an on-line payment system at ICMS.   If you wish to pay by credit/debit card, please complete this credit/debit card form and bring the completed form to Registration. 

The workshop will be held at ICMS, 15 South College Street, Edinburgh. 


Talks and Audio/Visual Equipment
All talks will be held in the Newhaven Lecture Theatre.  The lecture theatre has a built in computer, data projector, and visualiser/document camera.  In addition, there are two blackboards.  The projector and one board may be used simultaneously.  We advise Speakers that, where possible, you bring your talk on a memory stick/USB to put onto our computer in advance of your session - either at the start of the day or during coffee/lunch breaks.   ICMS staff can help with this.   It is possible for you to use your own laptops but it is then your own responsibility to ensure that resolutions are changed on the laptops if necessary (ICMS will not change the resolution on our equipment).   If you use a MAC we expect you to bring your own adaptor.


It is anticipated that there will be a Poster Session on Monday in the early evening after the talks.   This will be combined with an informal wine reception.  If you wish to present a poster, please indicate this giving a title and abstract in the Public Application Form.  

UK Visas
If you are travelling from overseas you may require an entry visa. A European visa does not guarantee entry to the UK. Please use this link to the UK Visas site to find out if you need a visa and if so how to apply for one. 


Information about travel to the UK and Edinburgh is available here.

Please note that it is your responsibility to have adequate travel insurance to cover medical and other emergencies (volcanic ash disruptions) that may occur on your trip.

A taxi directly from the airport will cost approximately 20.00 to 25.00 GBP to the city centre for a one-way journey.     There is also a bus service direct from the airport to the city centre which will cost 4.50 GBP single or 7.50 GBP return - the Airlink 100.  This is a frequent service (every 10 minutes during peak times) and will bring you close to Waverley Railway Station, only a short walk to the accommodation and the workshop venue (see map in 'Venue' section above). 

Lothian buses charge £1.60 for a single, £4.00 for a day ticket. Please note that the exact fare is required and no change is given.

If travelling by train, please note that Edinburgh has several railway stations - Waverley Railway Station being the main station and closest to the workshop venue at 15 South College Street.  If you alight at Edinburgh Waverley, the workshop venue is an easy 10 minute walk over North and South Bridge. The second large railway station is called Haymarket and is at the West End of the city centre.    Please be aware that there is also an Edinburgh Park railway station but this is at the west side of the city some way from the city centre.  For ICMS, use Edinburgh Waverley.



To be announced



Presentation Details
Baronian, Vahan
Imaging defects in an elastic waveguide using time-dependent surface data
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Barucq, Hélène
Using Trefftz-DG numerical methods for solving wave equations in heterogeneous media
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Bellis, Cédric
Defect identification using topological sensitivity approaches and piezoelectric transducer modelling
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Bonnet-BenDhia, Anne-Sophie
Invisible obstacles in waveguides
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Borcea, Liliana
Wave propagation in random waveguides with turning points
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Capdeville, Yann
Homogeneization and the elastic full waveform inverse problem
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Croxford, Anthony
The ultrasonic diffuse field for NDE
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Curtis, Andrew
Imaging solid media using Marchenko methods and multiply-scattered waves
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Deschamps, Marc
Interaction of guided waves with cracks in an embedded multilayered anisotropic plate by a boundary element approach
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Gower, Artur
Characterising composites with acoustic backscattering: combining analytical and data driven methods
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Leger, Alain
Wave propagation in bonded domains: changing a thin layer into a surface
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Leichleiter, Armin
Dynamic inverse problems for waves
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Lombard, Bruno
Modeling of nonlinear waves in solids with slow dynamics
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Marzani, Allesandro
A guided waves based SHM system for a composite full scale outer wing demonstrator
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Mercier, Jean-François
Homogenization of an array of air bulbes in air with Minnaert resonance
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Pagneux, Vincent
Scattering of acoustic waves with loss, gain and symmetry
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Pham, Kim
Homogenization of resonant interface for wave propagation
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Savin, Eric
Kinetic models for sound propagation in unsteady heterogeneous flows
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Solna, Knut
Beam-wave backscattering in random multi scale media and imaging
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Solodov, Igor
A new approach to monitoring and imaging of defects in composites via resonant ultrasonic activation
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Treyssede, Fabien
On the modeling of elastic waveguides coupled to infinite media
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Velichko, Alexander
Ultrasonic defect characterisation using parametric-manifold mapping
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Walton, Jay
An approach to determining material parameters and residual stress from ultrasound interrogation of a nonlinear elastic body
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Name Institution
Abrahams, I David Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Aleshin, Vladislav Institute of Electronics, Microelectronics and Nanotechnology
Baronian, Vahan CEA LIST
Barucq, Hélène INRIA
Bellis, Cédric Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'acoustique
Bonnet-BenDhia, Anne-Sophie CNRS
Borcea, Liliana University of Michigan
Capdeville, Yann CNRS, Université de Nantes
Croxford, Anthony University of Bristol
Curtis, Andrew University of Edinburgh
Deschamps, Marc Université Bordeaux
Gower, Artur University of Manchester
Leger, Alain CNRS
Leichleiter, Armin Universität Bremen
Lombard, Bruno Laboratoire de Mécanique et Acoustique, CNRS
Marzani, Allesandro University of Bologna
Mercier, Jean-François École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées
Mulholland, Anthony University of Strathclyde
Niederleithinger, Ernst Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung (BAM)
Pagneux, Vincent Universite Du Maine
Pham, Kim École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées
Pichugin, Aleksey Brunel University London
Savin, Eric Onera
Solna, Knut University of California, Irvine
Solodov, Igor Universität Stuttgart
Tant, Katy University of Strathclyde
Treyssede, Fabien IFSTTAR
Van Den Abeele, Koen KU Leuven
Velichko, Alexander University of Bristol
Walton, Jay Texas A&M University