Associate Partners

The VECMA Associate Partner Scheme aims to officially acknowledge our relationship with an external collaborator through a mutually beneficial arrangement. Associate Partners of the VECMA project are encouraged to participate in meetings and events, making them opportunities for exploring scientific questions of mutual interest. Our network of Core Partners, Associate Partners, and external collaborators, enables us to fully achieve the potential of VECMA.

Scheme benefits:

  • Access to and provision of software, capabilities, and services, including early access to the VECMA software toolkit.
  • Access to and provision of training materials.
  • Invitations to project meetings.
  • Invitations to our workshops.
  • Invitations to our training events.
  • Listing as an associate partner on the VECMA website.
  • Free subscription to our quarterly Newsletter and e-Newsletter.

For enquiries or if you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Dr Apostolos Evangelopoulos.

Our membership comprises:

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun and the stars, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. At the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) scientists and engineers are working with partners around the globe, in Universities, in National Laboratories and in industry to develop fusion as a new source of cleaner energy for tomorrow’s power stations. UKAEA owns and operates the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), the world’s leading laboratory for fusion research. CCFE is based at Culham Science Centre in Oxfordshire. Our contact for UKAEA is Dr Robert Akers, Head of Scientific Computing at CCFE.

The University of Exeter combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 22,085 students from more than 130 different countries. Its success is built on a strong partnership with its students and a clear focus on high performance.
Our contact for the University of Exeter is Prof. Peter Challenor at the Department of Mathematics, whose interests are primarily in uncertainty in the natural world. These range from the statistical analysis of complex numerical models (such as those used to simulate climate) to the interpolation of noisy data and the estimation of the amount of renewable energy in the ocean.

Located in Barcelona, the BSC is the national supercomputing centre in Spain. BSC specialises in high-performance computing (HPC) at all levels: hardware architecture, programming models, code optimization or basic and applied computational mechanics. BSC manages MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe, located in the Torre Girona chapel.
VECMA collaborates with Dr Mariano Vazquez, Research Team Leader at BSC. Dr Vazquez’s main research lines fall within computational science, such as computational bio-mechanics (particularly solid mechanics of organic tissue and electrophysiology) at organ and system level. Following these lines, his team develops a simulation tool to study the cardiovascular and respiratory systems targeted to biomedical researchers in academia, the medical devices sector and the pharmaceutical industry. Infarction, ageing, aneurism rupture risk, arrhythmias, stent design and drug delivery are among the topics where such a tool can become a decisive help. Since 2005, Dr Vazquez has co-led the Alya Project, which has produced a simulation code for high performance computational mechanics. Alya solves coupled multiphysics problems using high performance computing techniques for distributed and shared memory supercomputers, together with vectorization and optimization at the node level. The multiphysics problems solved by Alya are in areas including incompressible/compressible flows, non-linear solid mechanics, chemistry, particle transport, heat transfer, turbulence modeling, electrical propagation, etc.

ELEM Biotech is a biomedical software company which creates software products for the medical industry to optimize and test medical treatments. The company is a spin-off from Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Spanish Scientific Council (CSIC). It has offices in Barcelona and Bristol. ELEM’s Virtual Humans Factory provides digital avatars to perform complex simulations at organ level (now focused on cardiovascular and respiratory systems). ELEM Biotech has rights to commercialise Alya Red, a project of BSC for simulating a human heart and part of the Alya Project (see previous).
Our main contact for ELEM Biotech is Dr Mariano Vazquez, president and CTO (also Research Team Leader at BSC).

The University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (previously Second University of Naples – SUN), was established in 1991. Currently, there are thirty thousand students attending 16 Departments, and 1000+ tenured professors. The Dipartimento di Ingegneria performs research and educational activities in several scientific areas, including civil, envoronmental, mechanical and aerospace engineering, industrial electronics and electrical power systems, robotics, physics, telecommunications and information systems. SUN-DI is participating in 12 EC projects (one, mOSAIC, as Coordinator) and several national projects.
Our contact for the University of Campania is Prof. Beniamino Di Martino, Scientific Responsible for the Information Systems Engineering Research Group. Over the last two years, his Group has authored over 300 publications in scientific journals and over 600 presentations to international conferences. The Group currently comprises 9 tenured positions (one Full Professor, four Associate Professors and four Assistant Professors), two PostDocs and 3 PhD students. It performs research on a number of fields including: Cloud Computing, Mobile Agents and Devices, Ubiquitous and Embedded Computing, High Performance Computing and Systems, Performance Evaluation and Simulation, Knowledge Enginering, Semantic Web and Web Services, Information Retrieval, Pattern Recognition, Data Mining, Formal Systems. It is involved in several international and national projects, including mOSAIC – an Open Source API and Platform for multiple Clouds (EC FP7-ICT-2010-256910) – Project Coordinator Prof. Beniamino Di Martino, Crystal – Critical Systems Engineering Acceleration (EC FP7 SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2012-AIPP1- 332830), CoSSMIC- Collaborating Smart Solar-powered Micro-grids (EC FP7-ICT-SMARTICITIES-2013- 608806), H2020 ICT-BIGDATA TOREADOR and H2020 SUV GREENCHARGE.

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) was established in 2010 as an independent Research & Technology Organisation (RTO) with the objective of bridging the gap between academia and industry -often referred to as ‘the valley of death’. MTC provide integrated manufacturing system solutions for customers large and small, across sectors as diverse as automotive, aerospace, rail, informatics, food & drink, construction / civil engineering, electronics, oil & gas and defence. With over 700 employees at present, MTC helps companies manufacture faster, at a consistently higher quality and lower cost, in an agile environment in partnership with industry and academia. MTC’s facilities provide a fantastic environment for the development and demonstration of new technologies on an industrial scale, offering flexibility to their growing membership, clients and research partners. MTC’s role has also increased to cover not only research and development (R&D) but also training, advanced manufacturing management as well as factory design. Their clear vision is to inspire Great British manufacturing on the global stage.
Our contact for MTC is Dr Anas Yaghi, Senior Research Engineer. His team performs numerical modelling of manufacturing processes for the support and promotion of high-value manufacturing in the UK, such as the simulation of mechanical, physical and metallurgical behaviour for the purpose of design, research and development as well as component integrity and product optimisation.

Norton Straw is an independent consultancy working in engineering and technology. They provide specialist technical and management services to clients across a range of industries. Their technical teams combine first-principles engineering knowledge and applied mathematics to provide industry-leading services in numerical simulation, analysis and engineering design. Norton Straw combines technical expertise with commercial and industry experience, gained from leadership and senior management roles in engineering and technology.
Our contact at Norton Straw is Dr Bruce Kakimpa, Principal Engineer with a wide experience in using High Performance Computing simulations of multi-scale fluid flow to address engineering challenges across a range of sectors. Bruce holds a PhD in Computational Fluid Mechanics and previously he was a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham’s Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre, with a research focus on the development and application of novel multi-scale and mixed flow regime methods for two-phase flow. His work has involved the use of various national, university and company HPC facilities. He has interests in the use of HPC simulations in fluid flow and structural stress problems, recently manαging a programme of Peridynamics modelling using HPC.