S. Marfia, G. Garcea, S. de Miranda

Computational Mechanics is becoming a primal research field for most engineering branches, in particular for Civil, Mechanical, Aerospace, Naval, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering. An active and constantly increasing research effort toward innovative and highly efficient computational techniques that make it possible to tackle new mechanical problems as well as classical ones with a higher level of reliability. An example is the development of innovative discretization methods as Isogeometric Analysis, Mimetic Finite Differences and Virtual Elements, X‐FEM, Immersed Methods, SPH and Particle Methods, and others. New methods for the analysis of complex engineering problems, such as phase‐field modelling, fluid‐structure interaction and multiphysics simulations, have been developed in the last years. Numerical tools for structural optimization, computational design and stochastic simulations are also topics of active research. 

The Italian Group of Computational Mechanics – GIMC – organizes this minisymposium with the aim to provide a forum for discussing advantages, drawbacks, new possibilities and applications of the forefront of Computational Mechanics. The minisymposium seeks at gathering researchers and scholars working on conception, development, mathematical analysis, and validation of advanced numerical methods and modern computational techniques. The MS also welcomes researchers devoted to the development of innovative applications of more classical computational techniques. 

A special prize will be awarded to the best presentation delivered by a young researcher (under 35).