Some Minisymposia

Some participants of the conference proposed the organization of minisyposium in their area of activity.
Minisymposium proposals are welcome.

To propose a minisymposium, please send an email to with the following information:
- Title of the minisymposium
- Organizer(s), with Afiliation and email
- A short description of the subject of the minisymposium.

To submit a contribution, please upload your abstract in the same way as regular papers and send an email to one of the organizers of the minisymposium.


Minisymposium organizers:
Andres Tovar, Ph.D. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (

A mini symposium of interest for the Engineering Optimization community is Design for Additive Manufacturing (AM). As AM technologies evolve and become more accessible, there are fewer constraints in structural design of engineering products. Free form structural design methods (shape/topology optimization) become less conceptual and even more relevant for industrial applications. However, Design for AM is yet a field to be established.


Minisymposium Organizers:
Prof. Marcelo J. Cola├žo - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (
Prof. Helcio R. B. Orlande - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (
Prof. George S. Dulikravich - Florida International University, USA (
Prof. Thiago Ritto - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (
Prof. Rafael Lopez - Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (

When performing real life optimization or parameter identification, usually some level of uncertainty is intrinsically present in the models used. Such uncertainty can be present in the measured boundary and/or initial conditions, physical properties of the media, or even the mathematical model that does not represent the physical phenomena with a high degree of fidelity. When analysis of candidate solutions is very expensive or time consuming, it is a common practice to use metamodels or low fidelity models to represent a more complex problem, in order to save time and computational resources in large scale optimizations and inverse problems. Thus, there is a recognized and rapidly growing need for the development of reliable, accurate and computationally efficient methods to deal with such uncertainties in inverse problems, design and optimization of real life nonlinear multi-disciplinary problems.
The proposed minisymposium should bring together international experts on these subjects and serve as a forum for comparing the capabilities and drawbacks of conceptually different algorithms, thus advancing the fields of inverse problems, design and optimization simultaneously. Applications dealing with deterministic and stochastic problems are welcome.

Title: Optimization in Oil and Gas Industries

Minisymposium organizers:
Afonso , S.M.B, (
Horowitz, B. (

The advances in computational and numerical capabilities allow more efficient engineering design, through the solution of optimization problems.
Thus, new realistic and challenging optimization applications in Oil and Gas Industries including the following areas: Reservoir Engineering, Offshore Engineering and Pipelines have been tackled.
This mini-symposium is dedicated to the discussion of recent developments and applications of optimization techiniques in the field of Oil and Gas Engineering and related areas.
The goal is to bring together researchers, students and professionals in the field of those areas.
Papers related to practical applications of optimization methods as well as software development are encouraged to be submitted in this mini-symposium

Title: Optimization of Composite Structures

Minisymposium organizers:
A.L. Araujo, IDMEC/IST Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal (
J.F.A. Madeira IDMEC/IST Universidade de Lisboa and ISEL, Portugal (

The purpose of this minisymposium is to bring together researchers in the field of optimization of composite structures, covering, but not limited to, the mathematical, computational and physical treatment of topics such as: Composite Laminated Beams, Plates and Shells; Sandwich Structures; Homogenization, Hierarchical and Multiscale Optimization of Composite Structures; Inverse Problems in Composite Structures; Smart, Multifunctional and Ceramic Composites; Nanocomposites; Buckling/Post Buckling; Acoustics and Heat transfer in Composite Structures; Fluid/Composite Structure Interaction; Impact and Fatigue in Composite Materials.