MESM'2008, August 26-28, 2008, Philadelphia University, Amman, Jordan, Conference Keynote

Keynote Speaker

Professor Cyrille Bertelle
LITIS, University of Le Havre University,
25 rue Philippe Lebon – BP 540
76058 Le Havre cedex, France
Tel: +33 232 744 317
Fax: +33 232 744 314

Complex systems, emergent computing and applications to engineering

Complexity is inherent to living systems. The meaning of living systems complexity is based on continuous evolution of structural organizations crossed by energetic fluxes. The whole comprehension of all the interactions of the living systems components inside their environment is needed to understand them. As a major complexity property, we can say that the reduction of the complete interaction network of the components of a living system does not allow to understand it, breaking with its complexity. The current natural and social World deals with this complexity property and need an accurate comprehension of this complexity, both for environmental purposes and for economical or geopolitic purposes. The Earth ecosystem equilibrium evolution is nowadays highlighted by local perturbations generated by human development and deep climatic perturbations could result of that. Geopolitic is also nowadays in fast and deep evolution as the result of the intensive development of modern communication processes which has transformed the old geographical cultural clustering. Interaction networks and patterns of emergent organizations are the keys of complex systems concepts understanding with which the current world must deal. Dissipative structures (following I. Prigogine) are the basis of the energetic approaches of self-organization criticality phenomena. We will present how computer science which can be considered as the science of modelling, dealing with information theory and systems conception can propose today, some models for self-organization processes. Cellular automata, sand pile models, segregation models (based on the works of the nobel price Thomas Schelling), agent-based modelling, social insects modelling for swarm intelligence can be the basis of relevent simulations for a better understanding of natural, economical or geopolitical systems that we have to face today.


Cyrille Bertelle is professor in Computer Science in Le Havre University, France. He is director of Le Havre component of LITIS which is the research laboratories aggregation of Computer Science, Information Technologies and Systems in Haute-Normandie region. This research center is labelled by the French Ministery of High Education and Research (EA 4108) and include more than 150 researchers (half of them are professors and assistant professors and half of them are PhD students). Professor Cyrille Bertelle is also co-director of Le Havre University Master of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science. He manages the research orientation of this master (MIASC) specialized in complex systems modelling. He contributes to many international conferences organizations. In next October, he will be the general Chairman of the International Conference ESM'2008 helded at the University of Le Havre. During the past years, he has managed and he will manage the organization of many international workshops: "Emergent Properties in Natural and Artificial Complex Systems" in ECSS 2005, Paris, France, November 2005 and in ECSS 2007, Dresden, Germany, October 2007, "Modeling, Computation and Systems" in IEEE-ICECS 2005, Gamarth, Tunisia, December 2005, "Complex Systems and Self-organization Modelling" in ESM 2006, Toulouse, France, October 2006 and in ESM 2007, St Julian's Malta, October 2007. He has edited 3 books in 2006 for Springer Verlag "Understanding Complex Systems" collection, for ESM 2006 and ESM 2007 conferences proceedings. He will be the editor of two other books for Springer Verlag before the end of 2008.

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Invited Speaker

Prof. Zamri Bin Yousif
Centre for Advance Computational Engineering,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering,
Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN),
Putrajaya Campus, 43009, Selangor, Malaysia

Numerical Simulations of Transient Flows in Shock Tube and Validations with Experimental Measurements

This paper describes the numerical simulations of transient flows in shock tube which involves multiple reflections of shockwaves, contact surface and expansion waves and their interactions. The numerical formulations solve the fully compressible Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes (RANS) equations set using finite volume method. The numerical results are validated against analytical solutions and experimental measurements in the high speed flow test facility available at the Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Malaysia. Experimental tests for different operating conditions have been performed. High precision pressure transducers were used to measure the pressure history at two different locations within the shock tube. Experimental results were compared with the numerical results and good agreements were obtained. The numerical simulations also revealed that the flow tend to be very unstable in the region close to the diaphragm after the reflected shock wave interacts with the contact surface.

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Professor Dr Mohd Zamri Yusoff obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours) from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK in 1992. He started working with Tenaga Nasional Berhad Research and Development Division (now TNB Research) upon finishing his study in a 1992. He later continued his study University of Cambridge, UK. Then he joined University of Birmingham, UK to do his PhD which he completed in 1997. His PhD thesis was on the Numerical Modeling of High Speed Two-Phase Condensing Flow of Steam in LP turbine. Upon finishing his PhD, he joined Universiti Tenaga Nasional as an academic staff. He is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional. Prior to this he has served as Head of Mechanical Engineering Department and Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering. Prof Dr Mohd. Zamri is also the Head of the Centre for Advance Computational Engineering, UNITEN and Computational Fluid Dynamics Research Group, UNITEN. He has published numerous papers in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thermofluids and Energy related studies in international journals and conferences among other in the Proceeding of Royal Society (A), IMechE Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Numerical Heat Transfer (Part B), Progress in CFD, Asean Journal on Science and Technology for Development, Journal Industrial Technology, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, International Journal of Thermal Science and IEM Journal. He is a Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Malaysian Energy Professionals and graduate member of Institution of Engineers, Malaysia.