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UT Austin | Portugal Short Course on ISOGEOMETRIC ANALYSIS

Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon


May 25th, 2016



Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES)

The University of Texas at Austin, 201 East 24th Street, Austin, Texas 78712, USA




Last October marked the tenth anniversary of the appearance of the first paper [1] describing a vision of how to address a major problem in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE).  The motivation was as follows:  Designs are encapsulated in Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems. Simulation is performed in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) programs.  FEA requires the conversions of CAD descriptions to analysis-suitable formats from which finite element meshes can be developed.  The conversion process involves many steps, is tedious and labor intensive, and is the major bottleneck in the engineering design-through-analysis process, accounting for more than 80% of overall analysis time, which remains an enormous impediment to the efficiency of the overall engineering product development cycle. 

The approach taken in [1] was given the name Isogeometric Analysis.  Since its inception it has become a focus of research within both the fields of FEA and CAD and is rapidly becoming a mainstream analysis methodology and a new paradigm for geometric design [2].  The key concept utilized in the technical approach is the development of a new foundation for FEA, based on rich geometric descriptions originating in CAD, resulting in a single geometric model that serves as a basis for both design and analysis. 

In this short course I will introduce Isogeometric Analysis, describe some of the basic tools and methods, identify a few areas of current intense activity, and areas where problems remain open, representing opportunities for future research [3].


[1]  T.J.R. Hughes, J.A. Cottrell and Y. Bazilevs, Isogeometric Analysis:  CAD, Finite Elements, NURBS, Exact Geometry and Mesh Refinement, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 194, (1 October 2005), 4135-4195.

[2]  J.A. Cottrell, T.J.R. Hughes and Y. Bazilevs, Isogeometric Analysis: Toward Integration of CAD and FEA, Wiley, Chichester, U.K., 2009.

[3]  Isogeometric Analysis Special Issue (eds. T.J.R. Hughes, J.T. Oden and M. Papadrakakis), Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 284, (1 February 2015), 1-1182.


This website (see the top) should be used for Registration.

Details on this course are also available here on 'External Events'. 

The Course will be held at the Department of Mathematics (Room P. 12


  Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
  UT Austin|Portugal Colab
  Center for Computational and Stochastic Mathematics

UT Austin | Portugal CoLab - Advanced Computing and PHYSIOMATH Autumn School and Workshop (November 9-13, 2015, Lisbon, Portugal)

Autumn School (November 9-13, 2015)

Data Driven Computations in the Life Sciences                                               

One Day Workshop (November 12, 2015)

Innovative Modeling Techniques for Predictive Medicine

Organizing Committee:

Adélia Sequeira and Jorge Tiago (Depart. of Math and CEMAT, IST/UL); Marília Pires (Depart. of Math. Univ. Évora)

The aim of the School and the Workshop is to bring together doctoral candidates, postdoctoral scientists and graduates in applied mathematics, bioengineering and medicine, who wish to be involved in the fascinating research field of compu-tational modeling of physiological problems and to interact with recognized experts.

Project PHYSIOMATH: Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Human Physiology

  Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
  UT Austin|Portugal Colab
  Center for Computational and Stochastic Mathematics

Workshop on Modeling and Simulations of Cardiovascular Diseases and Cancer


To face the major causes of death in developed countries, the event will bring together multidisciplinary participants and encourages new connections. 

Within the activities of the UT Austin | Portugal CoLab Program in Advanced Computing, the Workshop will take place at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences  on November 13-15, 2017. 

The Workshop follows a series of events organized in the previous years devoted to this multidisciplinary research field which demands different expertise and an effective national and international collaboration between mathematicians, computational scientists, bioengineers and medical doctors to address complex biomedical problems.

Its main goal is to bring together doctoral candidates, postdoctoral researchers and graduates interested in Computational Medicine and Biomathematics, giving them the opportunity to make scientific interactions and new connections with established experts in the different topics covered by this event. Through this workshop, it is also expected to foster the collaboration between members of the different areas of the UT Austin | Portugal community.

Poster presentations are welcome.

Free entry, registration required.

More information at

  Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
  UT Austin|Portugal Colab
  Center for Computational and Stochastic Mathematics

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