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List of Minisymposia

If you are interested in organizing a minisymposium, please send a tentative title and a brief description to esco@fel.zcu.cz.

Applied Statistics and Data Science


Modern statistics and data science face many problems where large data sets and/or extensive simulations are essential for solutions. Research problems in statistics come from many areas of science, medicine, and engineering, and the research is interdisciplinary in nature and increasingly rely on numerical methods.

This minisymposium is focused on computational solutions for statistics and data science problems.

Advanced Computational Methods for Climate Modeling and Analysis


The development and application of global climate models for understanding and predicting the effects of global climate change and sea-level rise is critical, since it can direct energy and infrastructure planning, as well as inform public policy. Earth System Models (ESMs), which are global climate models including biogeochemistry, integrate the interactions between atmosphere, ocean, land, ice, and biosphere to enable the simulation of the state of regional and global climate under a wide variety of conditions. In recent years, there has been a push to develop “next generation” ESMs, models which: (1) are able to perform realistic, high-resolution, continental scale simulations, (2) are robust, efficient and scalable on next-generation hybrid systems (multi-core, many-core, GPU) towards achieving exascale performance, and (3) possess built-in advanced analysis capabilities (e.g., sensitivity analysis, optimization, uncertainty quantification).

This minisymposium will consist of talks describing new and ongoing research in the development of accurate and tractable “next-generation” models for stand-alone climate components (e.g., atmosphere, land-ice, sea-ice, ocean, land, biogeochemistry), as well as talks addressing the challenges in coupling climate components for integration into ESMs. Of particular interest are:

  1. efficient computational strategies and software for tackling the complex, nonlinear, multi- scale, multi-physics problems arising in climate modeling, with an eye towards next- generation hybrid platforms,
  2. advanced ensemble methods and analysis techniques that can inform/enhance existing models through the incorporation of observational data, e.g., approaches for model initialization/calibration, uncertainty quantification (UQ) and data assimilation, and
  3. approaches involving the integration and application of data-driven methods, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), into climate modeling and analysis.

Additionally, we encourage submissions on the emerging area of using climate models/data to study the impacts of climate intervention/geoengineering strategies.

Computers and ICT in STEM Education



  • Braun Moritz
  • Galán-García María Ángeles
  • Rodríguez-Cielos Pedro
  • Segeth Karel

The increasing use of computers and ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in every kind of activity (industrial, academic, social, and other), is nowadays a fact that must be addressed. Specifically in STEM education, the computer and ICT are being used from different point of views in order to develop different STEM education strategies and techniques (programming, e-learning, blended learning, open and distance learning, learner-centered environments, ...). It is very important to know the new trends in the use of Computer and ICT in STEM education since it is a field in constant evolution. In this minisymposium, proposals dealing with the use of Computers and ICT in STEM education are welcome. The minisymposium will promote the outreach of new experiences, application of new educational models and techniques in STEM education in which the use of computers and ICT have an key role.

We want to dedicate this minisymposium to the memory of our good friend Eugenio Roanes-Lozano, co-organizer of this minisymposium in previous ESCO meetings, who suddenly passed away last year. Eugenio, we will miss you!

Smart Applications of Scientific Computing


Nowadays there is a wide variety of mathematical software available: computer algebra systems, technical computing languages, automated deduction systems, dynamic geometry systems, ... This minisymposium is devoted to practical real-world applications of this software in fields like: transportation engineering, electrical engineering, big data, machine learning, medicine, biology, knowledge based systems, smart cities, accelerated time simulations, models of queueing systems, ... (this is not an exhaustive list). The focus will be on advanced and smart applications with a nontrivial mathematical background.

We want to dedicate this minisymposium to the memory of our good friend Eugenio Roanes-Lozano, co-organizer of this minisymposium in previous ESCO meetings, who suddenly passed away last year. Eugenio, we will miss you!

ON-DEM and beyond: Towards a open-source software toolkit for particles and more


Recently, a European COST network was funded entitled ‘Open Network on DEM simulations (ON-DEM)’ which has many aims including increasing industrial utilisation of open-source codes in the area of particle simulation, increasing the collaboration between different codes, reducing there run-time and increasing the range of physics they can cover and improve their accuracy. The provision of best-practice advice, guidance and normalisation are also key objectives.

In order to achieve these goals we must bring in skills and softwares from outside of the particle community and look at topics like: coupling with other solvers for fluids and solids, machine learning for optimisation and calibration, model order reduction, as well as model verification, validation and benchmarking. In the future this could lead to open-source general physics software tool-kit.

This mini-symposium will start by introducing the ON-DEM COST network; however, talks are open to all interested in particle simulations or integrating other techniques with or for particle simulations. Suggested talk topics are:

  • Open-source particle codes
  • Increasing industrial utilisation
  • Coupling particle codes with fluid/solid solvers
  • More efficient contact detection (dealing with large particle numbers and complex particle shape definitions)
  • Calibration of particle simulation
  • Optimisation of particle simulations
  • Standardisation of visualisation and post-processing tools for particle simulation

Recent Developments of Computational Methods for Problems of Fluid Mechanics


  • Petr Svacek (petr.svacek@fs.cvut.cz, Czech Technical University in Prague, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering)
  • (to be specified)

Preliminary list of participants:

  • Radka Keslerova, CTU (Czech Technical University in Prague)
  • Jiri Furst, CTU
  • Anna Lancmanova, Institute of Mathematics CAS / CTU
  • Adam Tater, CTU
  • Jan Valasek, Institute of Mathematics CAS
  • Karel Vacek, CTU
  • Petr Svacek, CTU
  • Jiri Holman, CTU

This minisymposium aims at gathering the latest results in the development of advanced computational methods for approximation of complex flow problems including the development of computational methods suitable for turbulent flows, aeroacoustic problems, problems of fluid-structure interaction, and its applications in engineering, scientific applications, biomechanics, etc.

The minisymposium will focus among others to: development of higher order methods, advanced numerical methods for flow problems, advanced models of turbulent flows, efficient computational strategies for fluid-structure interaction problems.

Additional submissions interested in related problems are encouraged.