Keynote Speakers


Professor Beverley Inkson,  University of Sheffield, UK

Talk: In situ analysis of friction and wear mechanisms at single asperity contacts

Beverley Inkson is Professor of Nanostructured Materials and Director of the Sheffield NanoLAB. Previously she obtained her MA (Physics) and PhD (Aerospace Alloys) at The University of Cambridge, was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, Germany, and a Royal Society URF in Nanomechanics at the University of Oxford.

Beverley is currently Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences section of The Royal Microscopical Society, and Director of the PicoFIB International Network for Gas-Ion Microscopy.

Further information is available on her web site at:


Professor David Hills, University of Oxford, UK

Talk: Frictional Elastic Contacts– their taxonomy and properties - with application to Fretting

David Hills read Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, graduating in 1976.  After a short spell in industry he went to what was then Trent Polytechnic to study for a PhD in wear.  He became a lecturer in the same institution, and spent the academic year 1983-4 at University of Michigan with Jim Barber.  That partnership has endured ever since, although he returned to the UK in 1984 not to Trent but to the University of Oxford, and Lincoln College.  He has remained at these institutions, and studied experimentally and analytically frictional contacts, and particularly the phenomenon of fretting fatigue.  He has just published a second monograph on this topic.

Further information is available on his web site at:


Professor John Mottershead, University of Liverpool, UK

Talk: The first Modern Practice Conference was held in Liverpool in 1989: What have we learnt since then?

John Mottershead has BSc and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering and was awarded the DEng degree by the University of Liverpool, where he is the Alexander Elder Professor in Applied Mechanics.  His research interests include FE model updating, image processing of full-field vibration and strain data, active vibration control and servoaeroelasticity. He has published several hundred papers in international journals and conference proceeding and his industrial collaborations include, from the motor industry BMW, Fiat, Ford and Peugot-Citroen, and from the aerospace industries Leonardo (Helicopter Division), Airbus UK and Rolls-Royce. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing.  

Further information is available on his web site at:


The two winners of the Early Career Researcher Prize for outstanding contribution to the field of Applied Mechanics are as follows:

An investigation towards the Uncertainty Model calibration approaches for NASA-Langley UQ Challenge 2019
Adolphus Lye, University of Liverpool

Adolphus Lye is currently a 4th-year PhD student based at the Institute of Risk and Uncertainty within the University of Liverpool. In 2018, he graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Science (with Honours) majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics. In that same year, he obtained the Singapore Nuclear Research and Safety Initiatives (SNRSI) scholarship which funded his PhD study. 

Through the course of his candidature, his research interest mainly revolves around the topic of Bayesian model updating and its applications in addressing numerous applied mechanics problems. This includes reviewing the state-of-the-art developments in Bayesian model updating, addressing model uncertainty in Sequential Bayesian filtering for Structural Health Monitoring, and more recently, merging Uncertainty Quantification tools with Artificial Intelligence algorithms to provide probabilistic predictions on Nuclear material properties.

To date, he has attended numerous conferences where he has given talks discussing his research works such as the European Safety and Reliability Conference, International Conference on Nuclear Power Plants, the International Conference on Uncertainty Quantification in Computational Sciences and Engineering, and the upcoming International Conference on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis. Details to his conference proceedings can be found on his personal webpage:

Studies aside, he enjoys doing sports and is currently a member of the University's Athletics and Cross Country Team.

Higher Order Invariant Manifolds Parametrisation of Geometrically Nonlinear Structures Modelled with Large Finite Element Models
Alessandra Vizzaccaro, University of Bristol

Alessandra is a Research Associate in Engineering Mathematics at the University of Bristol under the DigiTwin programme grant. She completed her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2021. Her research aims to develop numerical and experimental tools to model, understand, and design the dynamics of nonlinear mechanical systems, with application to large scale finite element models as well as hybrid structures and digital twins.

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31 July 2022

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Early September 2022


Organised by the IOP Applied Mechanics Group