Keynote Speakers

Prof. Dr. Kalpana KATTI
North Dakota State University
Civil and Environmental Engineering
United States

Dr. Kalpana Katti is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at North Dakota State University. She obtained a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington. At NDSU she leads the Center for Engineered Cancer Test-beds. Dr Katti’s primary area of research is in bone tissue engineering, cancer scaffolds and biomimetics. She has published 184 articles in Journals, conference proceedings and book chapters including 107 Journal articles. She has received the most cited award from the journal Colloids and Interfaces, received NSF CAREER award, is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and recipient of the Roon award from Federation of Coatings Technologies.

Prof. Dr. Laurence VICO
French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)
Unit of Integrative Biology of Bone Tissue
St. Etienne, France

Laurence Vico, Research Director at INSERM is heading the SAINBIOSE lab at Lyon University, in Saint-Etienne, France. She obtained her PhD in bone biology in 1990. She was a post doctoral fellow at NASA AMES Center, Palo Alto CA, USA. Her present research focuses on the mechanical and metabolic deconditioning occurring in extreme (spaceflight and analogs) or disuse (osteoporosis, inactivity, osteoarthritis, nutrition disorders) conditions. Such (dys)adaptations encompass intertwined loops leading to bone loss, altered bone/cartilage interactions, vascular changes, muscle shift and metabolic alterations. She is an author of 290 publications in peer-reviewed journals, in 4 chapter books and more than 40 Contributions to International and National Conferences.

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang WALL
Institute for Computational Mechanics
TUM Department of Mechanical Engineering
Technical University of Munich
Munich, Germany

Wolfgang A. Wall is full Professor and founding Director of the Institute for Computational Mechanics at TU Munich. He received his PhD from the University of Stuttgart and a.o. acted as founding director of the Munich School of Engineering and is co-founder of two companies. He received several esteemed awards and serves on a large number of prestigious boards. Currently he also serves as Rector of CISM in Udine/Italy and is member of the Austrian and the Bavarian Academies of Sciences. His research can be described as “application motivated fundamental research” in a broad range of areas in computational mechanics, with a special focus on biophysics and biomedical engineering.