GECKO S2 Scientific Course

On March 21th and 22nd, UNIFI hosted the S2 Scientific Course of the GECKO project, titled “Isogeometric methods employing spline representations and adaptive methods”. The course was co-organized by UNIPV and UNIFI and provided participants with an immersive exploration of cutting-edge computational analysis.

Through engaging sessions covering numerical analysis, hierarchical splines, adaptive methods, multipatch constructions, LR-splines, and advanced applications, attendees were empowered to delve into the transformative potential of isogeometric methods. Led by renowned experts, including Giancarlo Sangalli (UNIPV), Alessandro Reali (UNIPV), Carlotta Giannelli (UNIFI), Hugo Vehrelst (UNIFI), Cesare Bracco (UNIFI) and Francesco Patrizi (UNIFI), this interdisciplinary course served as a perfect platform for knowledge exchange, equipping participants with the tools and insights to push the boundaries of scientific inquiry in computational analysis.

GECKO S1 & S3 Scientific Courses

From January 30th to February 2nd, CIMNE-CERCA hosted a rigorous four-day scientific training course within the GECKO project framework, focusing on Isogeometric Analysis (IGA) theory and its practical applications. The course featured an esteemed lineup of instructors including Riccardo Rossi (CIMNE-CERCA), Carlos Roig (CIMNE-CERCA), Rubén Zorrilla (CIMNE-CERCA), Roland Wüchner (TUBS), Ricky Aristio (TUBS), and Manuel Messmer (TUM), alongside Nicolo Antonelli, Doctoral Candidate of CIMNE-CERCA, who supported specific sessions.

The course commenced with an in-depth exploration of IGA theory and fundamentals on Day 1, covering topics such as IGA fundamentals, NURBS-based analysis of structures, IBRA concept, trimming, multi-patch treatment, and CAD-integrated analysis of thin-walled structures. Participants engaged in hands-on sessions to solidify their understanding and explore programming basics related to IGA.

Day 2 continued with practical sessions focusing on IGA hands-on exercises and programming basics, including an introduction to Kratos for Standard Finite Element Method (FEM) and integrated IGA design workflows. Attendees gained valuable experience in working with NURBS fundamentals and IGA elements, laying the groundwork for more advanced topics in subsequent days.

Day 3 delved deeper into Kratos basics and IGA integration, covering essential data structures and algorithms. Doctoral Candidates gained insights into the general structure of Kratos. Practical exercises included working with Kratos examples for standard FEM and exploring IGA within the Kratos framework.

On Day 4, the course concluded with advanced topics and training in Kratos, focusing on parallel programming, Kratos objects for IGA, and an integrated IGA design workflow with hands-on exercises using Rhino for pre- and post-processing. These sessions provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of advanced IGA concepts and practical skills essential for leveraging the full potential of this cutting-edge technology in their research and projects. Nicolo Antonelli’s support enriched the sessions, particularly in guiding participants through integrated IGA design workflows. Through a combination of theoretical discussions and hands-on examples, participants developed a comprehensive understanding of IGA theory and its practical implementation using state-of-the-art tools and methodologies.

The video recording of the sessions opened of the scientific training course are now available for viewing to anyone interested.


GECKO Transversal Skills Training: Entrepreneurship, technology transfer & valorization

  • Date: Monday 29th, January
  • Location: CIMNE (Gran Capità s/n, Campus North UPC Build C1, floor 2, room OCZ)

Last January 29th, CIMNE-CERCA hosted a comprehensive training course under the umbrella of the GECKO project, tailored specifically for the Doctoral Candidates involved in the project. Aimed at enhancing their transferable skills, the course covered various facets of technology transfer and intellectual property management, equipping participants with essential knowledge and tools to navigate the interface of academia and industry.

Led by expert trainers Javier Marcipar, Jordi Jiménez, and Jazmín Ríos from CIMNE-CERCA’s TechTransfer Unit, alongside Malcolm Bain from the consultancy Across Legal, the course provided a unique opportunity for Doctoral Candidates to expand their skill set beyond the confines of academic research. Through a series of interactive sessions, participants gained practical insights and hands-on experience in key areas vital for their professional development.

The training not only offered theoretical knowledge but also emphasized practical application, enabling doctoral candidates to develop tangible skills relevant to their future careers. From understanding the fundamentals of technology transfer to mastering the art of pitching ideas effectively, participants emerged from the course equipped with the confidence and expertise needed to thrive in the competitive landscape of innovation and entrepreneurship. Overall, the training served as a catalyst for empowering doctoral candidates to become versatile professionals capable of driving impactful change in both academic and commercial spheres.

The video recording of the training course is now available for viewing to anyone interested.