UPCLaboratori de Càlcul Numèric(LaCaN)

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research that specializes in engineering, architecture and science. Its schools and research centers are known, nationally and internationally, for education and training as well as for research in these areas. UPC teaches high-quality courses that are responsive to the training needs and requirements of traditional, evolving and newly-developing production sectors. LaCaN with 14-research faculty is a well-balanced active and young group in Computational Mechanics with strong commitment to both high-educational training (15 PhD theses supervised in the past 5 years) and research (130 indexed papers in the last 5 years, among those 52% with international coauthors). LaCaN focuses on both mathematical modeling and computational methods, and their applications to applied sciences and engineering. This includes fields extending across engineering and mathematics. This is reflected in the composition of the group, the nature of the research projects and pattern of publications. Consequently, there are contributions in a wide number of applied areas (viz. acoustics, mechanics of solids and fluids, geophysical and biomechanics) and applications of these techniques include mechanical, aerospace, automotive, civil or energy engineering

ECN,  Research Institute in Civil and Mechanical Engineering (GeM)      

GeM is a joint research unit of Ecole Centrale Nantes, University of Nantes and CNRS. It was recently (2011) awarded an A+ mark (highest) by the French national evaluation agency AERES, and is recognized as a centre of expertise in modelling and simulation for civil and mechanical engineering, both nationally and internationally. The Institute currently counts over 50 research staff and faculty, and about 100 Ph.D. students, with about 20-25 graduations per year. It has a long history of strong links with industry, which allowed establishing several industrial chairs in the last few years, supported by companies such as EADS/Airbus or Faurecia. Its research teams attract external funding ranging between 2.5 and 3 M€ every year.

SUZienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering, College of Engineering (C2EC)

The Zienkiewicz Centre for Computational Engineering (ZC2E) in the College of Engineering at SU is acknowledged internationally as a European leading Centre for computational engineering research. In the last UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), the C2EC was ranked second overall in the UK, with 95% of academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. The Centre, with over 150 academics and researchers, has attracted research income over £30M in the last five years, and has an annual rate of over 6 publications per year per staff member. The C2EC has been designated a Centre of Excellence in Technology and Innovation (CETIC) to develop, support and enhance links with industry and counts with a completion rate of 10 doctoral theses per yea


AIRBUS, Airbus Group Innovations:

Airbus Group ( is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. Corresponding to the product range, the company comprises of Airbus, Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Defence and Space.

Airbus Group Innovations is the research & technology production facility of Airbus Group. With sites around Europe and the World and a workforce of more than 700, it provides world-class capabilities in aeronautics, defence and space research topics. Consistent with the Airbus Group research & technology strategy and covering the skills and technology fields that are of critical importance to the Airbus group of companies, Airbus Group Innovations is organized into several transnational Technical Capability Centres.

Airbus Group Innovations also develops models and algorithms associated with their materials and processes, the former quite specific for aerospace applications and the last well adapted to engineers involved in aircraft or launcher design. Thus, AGI adapts models and create specific simulation applications by combining cutting-edge numerical techniques for the particular problems to be treated, trying to personalize computational mechanics to a variety of applications where efficiency is a key parameter for productivity and innovation.

ESI-Group, provider in Virtual Product Engineering, leveraging the physics of materials:

ESI boasts a unique know-how in Virtual Product Engineering, based on an integrated suite of coherent, industryoriented applications. Addressing manufacturing industries, Virtual Product Engineering aims to replace physical prototypes by realistically simulating a product’s behavior during testing, to fine-tune fabrication and assembly processes in accordance with desired product performance, and to evaluate the impact on product use under normal or accidental conditions.

ESI’s solutions fit into a single collaborative and open environment for End-to-End Virtual Prototyping. These solutions are delivered using the latest technologies, including immersive Virtual Reality, to bring products to life in 3D; helping customers make the right decisions throughout product development.

The company employs about 1000 high-level specialists worldwide covering more than 40 countries.

ESI group develops simulation codes in different areas of the engineering has a recognized expertise in (i) industrial needs in the area of modeling and simulation; (ii) elaboration of multi-physic coupled solutions by combining different existing solvers; (iii) state of the art and recent numerical techniques for solving a variety of problems concerning most of physics involved in engineering applications; and (iv) the implementation of research developments in efficient simulation codes.

SIEMENS, SIEMENS Magnet Technology Siemens Plc:

Part of Siemens’ Healthcare Sector, Siemens MR Magnet Technology (SMT) designs and manufactures superconducting magnets for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). SMT produces over 40% of the world market of superconducting magnets used in MRI scanners. With over 30 years of magnet development success, magnets designed and manufactured by SMT were at the heart of 8 new Siemens MR products, launched over the last 12 years (see

The company has an annual turnover of around £190m, and employs over 440 people at its Oxford facility in the UK. SMT’s design and manufacturing excellence has been recognised with a number of prestigious awards, including the Cranfield University award for Process Innovation, and the Manufacturing Excellence award for Engineering Product Innovation from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

VW, Volkswagen AG, Group Research, Vehicle Technology.

The Volkswagen Group is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. It is the goal of the Group to offer attractive, safe and environmentally sound vehicles, which are competitive on an increasingly tough market. Volkswagen's Group Research is working on every field of automotive application and is responsible for identifying, evaluating and transferring innovative technologies to advanced engineering or series development departments of all brands of the Volkswagen Group.