The Department of Mechanical Engineering is bringing forth the next edition of Mechanical Department Distinguished Lecture with Professor Perumal Nithiarasu,Associate Dean – Research, Innovation, and Impact (RII), Professor at Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, Swansea University, UK, and Adjunct Professor, IIT Madras, India.
Date: February 26, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 4.00 pm IST
About the Speaker:
Perumal Nithiarasu is the Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Impact in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Previously he served as Director of Research in the College of Engineering, Swansea University (2018-2021). He was also a Deputy Head of the College of Engineering and held the position of Dean Academic Leadership (Research Impact) at Swansea University between 2015 and 2021.
Dr Perumal Nithiarasu served as the Head of Zienkewicz Centre for Computational Engineering for 5 years (2013-2018). He has also served in several SU committees including HR Research Working Group as a chair leading the HR excellence award submission and REF14 impact and appeal committees as a member. He has proposed and implemented a public lecture named after the father of the finite element method, Professor O.C. Zienkiewicz.
A Mechanical Engineer by training, Dr Perumal Nithiarasu has extensive experience in teaching various disciplines. His research areas of interest include computational fluid dynamics/biomedical engineering and recently AI. He has been working in these areas for more than 25 years and has published a large number of articles and books (h-index, 40 – google scholar).
Well known internationally for his work, Dr Perumal Nithiarasu was awarded the Zienkiewicz silver medal of ICE London in 2002, the ECCOMAS Young Investigator Award in 2004 and the prestigious EPSRC Advanced Fellowship in 2006. The group led by Dr Nithiarasu currently consists of 10 academic staff, more than 20 post-docs and research students.
Dr Perumal Nithiarasu currently co-chairs 2 international conferences, including the well-known Computational and Mathematical Biomedical Engineering series (CMBE series, www.compbiomed.net) founded by him. He is also the founding editor in chief of the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, published by Wiley-Blackwell. Dr Perumal Nithiarasu was elected to the fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales in 2018.
Abstract of the Talk:
Building digital twins (DTs) of engineering systems and processes is a real challenge. While the potential offered by DTs in designing, monitoring and decision making is hugely appreciated by researchers, building a comprehensive DT requires a strongly multidisciplinary approach. This lecture will discuss the definitions, classifications, and challenges of constructing a DT. The talk will try to define DTs suitable for engineering applications. The discussion will also focus on the availability or lack of tools for building DTs. In addition, the talk will also cover various topics such as data, AI, and physics-based models. Finally, the lecture will use some energy and healthcare examples to provide context to the DTs.