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Thematic session on Contact Mechanics @ ICTAM 2024

Dear Colleague,

we are organizing a thematic session on Contact Mechanics (SM02) at the 26th International Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (ICTAM), Daegu, Korea, August 25-30, 2024,

The deadline for abstract submission is approaching: January 15, 2024.


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Open phd courses on computational mechanics at IMT Lucca, Italy

Selected courses delivered in the A.Y. 2023/24 by professors of the Multi-scale Analysis of Materials Research Unit at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca for: 

- PhD programme in Systems Science, Track in Computational Mechanics

- PhD programme in Management of Digital Transformation


will be open to incoming visiting students (in person or remote participation is possible), without fees. 


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10-year impact report - MUSAM Research Unit

On November 2023 the research unit MUSAM -Multi-scale Analysis of Materials-  at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca turns 10! 

To celebrate the contributions made to computational and experimental mechanics over the past 10 years, and to acknowledge the PhD students, researchers and visiting professors that have animated the research unit, I am pleased to share with you a 10-year impact report. 

I hope you might find it interesting and inspiring for future collaborations! 

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PhD positions in Computational Mechanics, IMT Lucca, Italy

Are you interested in pursuing an international PhD in the area of Computational Mechanics

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PhD positions in Computational Contact and Fracture Mechanics at IMT Lucca, Italy

PhD positions in Computational Mechanics - Fracture and Contact Mechanics

We just opened at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca a call for PhD students for the next cycle of the PhD Programme in Systems Science, Track Computer Science and Systems Engineering.

People interested in computational mechanics and tribology should mention MUSAM -Multi-scale Analysis of Materials- in their motivation letter and in the online form.

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Open courses on Computational Mechanics @ IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca

Dear Colleagues,

this year my courses on Computational Mechanics for the PhD in Systems Science at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca will be delivered online and will be open to anyone interested in.

Enclosed please find a list of syllabi of the courses, along with the schedule of the lessons (Central European Time zone) and the Zoom link.

The courses are:

- Numerical Methods for the Solution of Partial Differential Equations (20 hours, December-January)

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Machine learning and SIR epidemiological models applied to the analysis of the Italian Lockdown

How many people were involved in the covid-19 epidemic during the Italian Lockdown in Lombardy, Valle d'Aosta, Veneto and Emilia Romagna? 

How open data on infected and recovered individuals were biased by the limited extent in the use of medical swabs? 

How lockdown measures have influenced the spread of covid-19 epidemic in the above regions? 


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Joint Technology Transfer initiatives of 4 Schools for Advanced Studies in Italy

Technology Transfer from research to companies and institutions is one of the missions of the Universities in Italy and also of the Italian system for higher education.

In this framework, 4 over 6 Schools for Advanced Studies, IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore and Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori Pavia share a common office for technology transfer initiatives, JoTTO, see


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Multiple PhD positions available @ IMT Lucca: listen the storytelling of 4 enrolled PhD students

PhD positions on Systems Science with specialization in computational mechanics are available at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Tuscany, Italy), see the following previous posts on imechanica:

- A call for 1 PhD position in the framework of the H2020 Marie Curie Project NewFrac (deadline: 30 June 2020):

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PhD Student Position at IMT Lucca within EU MSCA-ITN-ETN NewFrac

Dear All, 

a PhD Student Position at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is now available within the EU MSCA-ITN-ETN Marie Curie Innovative Training Network project "NewFrac". The topic concerns computational fracture mechanics (phase field and cohesive zone mdoels), for photovoltaic (multi-physics) applications, see:

The candidates for such a position must be not Italian, according to the MSCA agreement. 

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Virtual testing and digital twin models for Industry4.0 - PhD positions and industrial cooperations

Virtual testing is an established methodology in computational mechanics to accelerate the design of new materials and components. Nonetheless, there is plenty of room to transfer such methods in R&D departments of SMEs.

Recently, digital twin models come into play, and they are opening even more perspectives to incorporate computational mechanics and optimization towards the realization of digital models of real production lines. 

A recent demonstrator of those technologies has been recently realized in Italy, see: 

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PhD positions on Computational Mechanics, IMT Lucca, Italy. Deadline July 10, 2020

Dear Colleague,

the new call for PhD applications at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca is now open:

The direct link to the instructions on how to submit your application is:  

Application deadline: July 10, 2020 (12:00 CEST)

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Modeling, simulation and data analysis for Covid-19 epidemic

Online symposium organized by the Young Academy of Europe on models and simulation for Covid-19 epidemic, including data analysis, on April 22 from 4 to 6 pm (CEST).

Free attendance upon registration. 

See the link below for more info about speakers, abstracts, timetable and registration:

150 people have already made the registration 

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New book on Modeling and Simulation of Tribological Problems in Technology, CISM series, Springer

The new book "Modeling and Simulation of Tribological Problems in Technology" (CISM book series, Springer) has been published:

Editors: Paggi, Marco (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy), Hills, David (University of Oxford)

Main contributing authors, lecturers of the CISM course D.A. Hills, J.R. Barber, M. Paggi, D. Dini, A. Almqvist 

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PhD positions in mechanics of materials and computational mechanics

2019/20 PhD programs at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Lucca, Italy

Deadline for applications – April 23rd, 2019, 12 pm CEST

Online application form:

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Post-doc position at IMT Lucca, funded by Robert Bosch GmbH

Modelling, testing and simulation of the effect of roughness on mechanical response of adhesive joints

1 Post Doctoral Fellow position at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Lucca, Italy), in cooperation with Robert Bosch GmbH (Renningen, Germany)

(Deadline January 2nd, 2019 12:00 Italian time)


Fields: Adhesives; Roughness; Nonlinear finite element method; Experimental testing; Confocal profilometry


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PhD positions at IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy

Dear Mechanician,

we are searching for excellent PhD candidates for the next 3-yrs PhD programme in Systems Science (Track Computer Science and Systems Engineering, research unit MUSAM on Multi-scale Analysis of Materials) of the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Lucca, Tuscany, Italy) to work on an interdisciplinary research topic across computational mechanics, materials science, optimization, and high-performance computing.

Deadline: August 3rd 2018 at 12.00pm (CEST)

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Wiki surface - an open access encyclopedia of surfaces

Dear Mechanicians,

a new project at the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca (Lucca, Italy) has just been launched to create the first open access database of rough surfaces from nature and technology, see:

People are invited to contribute to the database by providing images of surfaces acquired using experimental techniques, as well as the corresponding elevation data field (raw x,y,z data in columns).

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Advanced course on contact mechanics and tribology @ CISM, Italy

Dear Colleague,


this is a gentle reminder about the CISM course:


"Modelling and Simulation of Tribological Problems in Technology"  

Udine, May 28 - June 1, 2018


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CISM course ''Modelling and Simulation of Tribological Problems in Technology''

Advanced Course at the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences (CISM, Udine, Italy)


Modelling and Simulation of Tribological Problems in Technology

May 28, 2018 — June 1, 2018 


Marco Paggi (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Lucca, Italy)

David A. Hills (University of Oxford, Oxford, Great Britain)

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Thematic session on Contact Mechanics @ EMMC 2018, Nantes

Abstract submission for the European Mechanics of Materials Conference (Nantes, 26-28 March 2018) is open, with deadline at the end of September 2017.

Contributions are welcome for the following thematic session organized by Marco Paggi (IMT Lucca) and Jean-Francois Molinari (EPFL):

 S13 Mechanics of discrete systems (incl. granular media, tribology, scratch, indentation, adhesion)


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Mini-Symposium ''Reaction Diffusion Problems in Mechanics'' @ ESMC 2018

 Abstract submission for the 10th European Solid Mechanics Conference (EUROMECH), Bologna (Italy), 2-6 July 2018, is now open, with deadline the 15th of November 2017.  Contributions are welcome for the following Mini-Symposium:  Mini-symposium 9-2 - Reaction Diffusion Problems in Mechanics OrganizersMarco Paggi (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca),Ricardo Ruiz Baier (Oxford University),Fabrizio Davì (Università Politecnica delle Marche) Mini-symposium d

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Identification of higher-order continua equivalent to a Cauchy elastic composite

Dear Mechanician,

A novel method for the identification of higher-order continua equivalent to a Cauchy composite has been published, as a result of the collaboration between the following two ERC projects:

Full paper:


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