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The Fourth Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics

University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus | 28th – 29th November 2019 (pre-conference workshop on 27th Nov)

University of Tasmania is proud to host the 4th Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics.

The conference will be held at our Sandy Bay Campus within the state-of-the-art Harvard Lecture Theatre, Centenary Lecture Theatre and Engineering Design Centre in the Centenary and Engineering Buildings.

Welcome Message

Dear ACCM Members, Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the organising committee and as the conference chair, we would like to welcome you to the 4th Australasian Conference on Computational Mechanics (ACCM-4) held in Hobart, Australia from 28-29 November 2019 (with a pre-conference workshop on 27 Nov).

The Australasian Association for Computational Mechanics (AACM) facilitates the organisation of this premier biennial conference. The conference aims to provide an international forum for researchers, industry practitioners, engineers and postgraduate scholars to promote, exchange and disseminate recent findings on contemporary and wide-ranging topics in Computational Mechanics.

Computational Mechanics is a fundamental subject of engineering science. It underpins all of the primary engineering disciplines, including Civil, Mechanical, and Materials Engineering. Computational Mechanics addresses a broad range of areas, from conventional structural and mechanical designs, failure analysis, dynamic and vibration analysis, and fluid mechanics to cutting-edge computational mechanics, nano-micro mechanics, multiscale mechanics, coupled multiphysics problems and novel materials. This is truly reflected in the variety of fields featured in the conference topics. One key aim of ACCM is to retain and engage high-quality graduate students in Computational Mechanics research. ACCM aims to nurture the talent of young researchers through its best paper awards.

The ACCM series started in 2013 with the ACCM-1, ACCM-2 and ACCM-3 held in Sydney, Brisbane and Geelong, respectively. The ACCM conference has become a flagship activity of AACM and will be regularly organised. ACCM will accommodate presentations on a wide range of topics to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas in science, engineering and allied disciplines, and helps to foster collaborations.

The ACCM conference is unique in that it showcases the current trends and research developments in Computational Mechanics in the Australasian region and its relationship to national and regional priorities. The extended abstracts to be presented at ACCM-4 will address many grand challenges in modern engineering. The extended abstracts to be presented at ACCM-4 will be peer-reviewed by expert reviewers including members of the National Scientific and Local Organising Committees for ACCM-4. The topics of these extended abstracts will range from nano- to macro-mechanics of materials, dynamics, sustainable manufacturing, biomechanics and computational mechanics.

Finally, we invite you to participate in the ACCM-4 conference, and hope you will have a wonderful and richly rewarding conference experience in Hobart, Australia. We look forward to your participation at this and continued engagement at future ACCM conferences.

Conference Program

Pre-conference workshop - 27 November

9:00am - 4:00pm
Pre-conference workshop
Computational Hardrock Mechanics
To be facilitated by:
Prof Chun’an Tang,
Prof Andrew Chan,
Dr Hong Y Liu and
Mr Mojtaba Mohammadnejad.

Workshop Documents

Day 1 – 28 November

Registration Open

Conference Open and Welcome

Keynote 1

Morning Tea

Concurrent Sessions


Concurrent Sessions

Afternoon Tea

Concurrent Sessions

Close of Day 1

Day 2 – 29 November

Conference Open and Welcome

Keynote 2

Morning Tea

Concurrent Sessions


Concurrent Sessions

Conference close

There will be two to three keynote speakers, whose details will be confirmed soon

Call for Abstracts and Important Dates

The conference is intended to cover all aspects of computational mechanics in all disciplines of engineering and physics. Authors are invited to submit first outline abstracts and then extended abstracts of topics related to this conference. The extended abstract template is available here for download upon acceptance into the program.

Important Dates

  • Call for outline abstracts closes: Monday 23rd September 2019
  • Notification of abstract submission outcome: Monday 14th October 2019
  • Extended abstracts due: Friday 8th November 2019
  • Early bird registration deadline: Friday 1st November 2019

The authors of the selected extended abstracts will be invited to submit full papers to a special issue of a leading computational mechanics journal.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to

  • adaptive meshing for fluid dynamics
  • advanced computational cardiovascular modelling
  • advanced computational fluid dynamics
  • advanced developments on finite element and meshless technologies
  • advanced gridding and discretization techniques for petroleum reservoir simulation
  • advanced materials: computational analysis of properties and performance
  • advanced numerical methods for fluid structure interaction
  • advances in boundary element methods and mesh reducing techniques
  • advances in discontinuous galerkin method
  • advances in membrane structures computations
  • bio- and nano-mechanics and materials with applications
  • computational aspects in damage and failure mechanics
  • computational aspects of smart structures and materials
  • computational bioengineering and biomedicine
  • computational bioimaging and visualisation
  • computational biomechanics
  • computational contact mechanics
  • computational geomechanics
  • computational geotechnics
  • computational mechanics of composite materials
  • computational modelling and simulation in dentistry
  • generalised continuum, higher-order homogenization and multiscale methods
  • generalised/extended FEM and other enriched partition of unity based methods
  • inverse problems, design and optimisation
  • multidisciplinary design optimization in computational mechanics
  • uncertainty quantification in computational modelling, design and optimisation
  • multi-scale computational modelling
  • new trends in topology optimisation
Abstract Submission


The registration rates are decided in considering the following information

  1. to keep a low registration rate; and
  2. to make the conference financially healthy and sustainable.

Author registrations that are completed after the Early-Bird Registration Deadline may not be included in the Conference Proceedings. Attendees are encouraged to register as early as possible.

Please be reminded that the publication cost for one paper per presenter is included in the registration. If you have submitted more than one paper you will need to nominate at a later date which one is published. If you have co-authors then please ensure that sufficient are registered so that the above choice does not have to be made.

Each delegate may present and publish one paper.



Registration Type Early Bird Registration Standard Registration
Student (not include conference dinner) $300 AUD excl GST $400 AUD excl GST
Full Delegate Registration (including congerence dinner) $500 AUD excl GST $650 AUD excl GST
Pre Conference Workshop (including USB with FDEM, RFPA and the two software’s instruction materials, lunch and refreshments) $80 AUD excl GST $80 AUD excl GST
Conference Dinner (included for the full delegate registration) $100 AUD excl GST $100 AUD excl GST


Sponsorships are open for local, national and international organisations. The sponsors will be provided with a space for a stand outside the conference areas

  • Silver sponsorship ($1000 excl GST) would be named as the sponsor for a session of tea or coffee
  • Gold sponsorship ($2000 excl GST) will be for sponsoring one of the keynote speakers
  • Platinum sponsorship ($4000 excl GST) will be for one of the lunch sessions

Venue and Travel

The conference will be hosted by School of Engineering within the College of Science and Engineering in the Centenary and Engineering Buildings at the Sandy Bay Campus of University of Tasmania.

Introduction to University of Tasmania:

University of Tasmania is the fourth oldest university in Australia and Engineering has been taught for over 100 years in Hobart. There are major computational research activities in e.g. geomechanics and oceanography areas. The university is the host of the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing facility. The facility supports applications using more than 7,000 Central Processing Unit (CPU) cores, exposing researchers to the scaling problems of large CPU count jobs and providing them essential experience if they are wanting to migrate workloads to larger facilities such as the supercomputer at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility in Canberra.

Tasmania is a place of wild and beautiful landscapes, friendly people with a relaxed island lifestyle, wonderful food and wine, and a haunting history evoked by world-famous convict ruins. It's also Australia's smallest state and the most geographically diverse with over 40 per cent reserved as national parks and world heritage wilderness. ( Hobart, Tasmania's capital city, offers a blend of heritage and lifestyle with world class activities and attractions nearby. (

Conference Rooms

Centenary Lecture Room (Capacity: 160)

Harvard Lecture Rooms (Capacity: 62)

Engineering Design Centre

Getting there

Air: All visitors can take flights to Hobart’s International Airport and drive, take a shuttle bus or taxi to the Sandy Bay Campus. The travellers from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane can also fly to Launceston Airport and then drive or take a shuttle bus to Hobart.

Driving: The Sandy Bay Campus is located approximately 20 minute’s drive from Hobart International Airport. All the major rental car companies have information desks on-site at the airport. Launceston airport is approximately 200 kilometers from Hobart. Some of the major rental car companies information desks on-site at the airport. The following Google Map shows the route from Launceston Airport to the Sandy Bay Campus.

Airport Shuttle: From Hobart International Airport you can use SkyBus to travel direct to the hotels around the Sandy Bay Campus. Contact, booking, price, and timetable information can be found on their website. From Launceston Airport you can use the Launceston Airport Shuttle to travel direct to Hobart. Contact, booking and price information can be found on their website. Please contact this company directly for information on pick-up and drop-off options in Hobart.

Taxis: The Hobart taxi website ( has information on estimating taxi fares, booking online, etc. The contact number for booking a taxi in Hobart is 131 008.

Visa applications: International delegates please note a Visa may be required to enter Australia.

For information on Visa requirements as well as how and where to apply for a visitor’s visa to Australia, please visit the Department of Immigration Website for more information. Please note you will need to register for the conference and pay your fees before applying for a visa. It is recommended that Visa applications are submitted no later than 6 weeks prior to your date of intended travel.


Being a major tourist destination, there are a wide variety of hotels and motels at various price ranges: As November is in late Spring and that is before the school Summer holidays, there should not be major problems concerning availability. However, as the University of Tasmania semester 2 examination finishes on 12th November therefore student Accommodation will be available

Wrest Point
The Old Woolstore
Hotel Grand Chancellor


To learn more about the conference and get in touch, please email or phone the conference organisers.

Prof Andrew Chan

ACCM-4 Conference Chair

Professor and Head
School of Engineering | College of Science and Engineering
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 65 Hobart
Tasmania 7001 Australia
Room: Engineering Building (Bldg8) - 327
Phone: +61 3 6226 2954
Mobile: +61 439 094 236

Dr Hong Y Liu

ACCM-4 Conference Co-chair

Senior Lecturer in Geomechanics
School of Engineering | College of Science and Engineering
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 65 Hobart
Tasmania 7001 Australia
Room: Engineering Building (Bldg8) - 221
Phone: 03 6226 2113
Mobile: 0423910031

Dr Ali Tolooiyan

ACCM-4 Conference Co-chair

Senior Lecturer in Computational Geotechnics
School of Engineering | College of Science and Engineering
University of Tasmania
Private Bag 65 Hobart
Tasmania 7001 Australia
Room: Engineering Building (Bldg8) - 226A
Phone: 03 6226 2429

Keynote Speaker

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Professor D Vaughan Giffiths
Colorado School of Mines

Keynote Speaker

headshot Michael Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor Michael Kirkpatrick
The University of Sydney

Keynote Speaker

headshot Amir H. Gandomi

Professor Amir H. Gandomi
University Technology Sydney

Invited Speaker

headshot Mitsuo Umezu

Professor Mitsuo Umezu
Waseda University


Local Organising Committee

  • Conference Chair: Prof Andrew Chan
  • Co-chairs: Dr Hong Y Liu, and Dr Ali Tolooiyan
  • Secretary: Dr Reza Kefayati
  • Committee members: Dr Alex Taoum, Dr Damien Holloway, Mr Mojtaba Mohammadnejad

Also available a MS Word Document [15.1 KB]

Given NamesSurnameUniversity
AbdulSheikhUniversity of Adelaide
AdrianRussellUniversity of New South Wales
AliTolooiyanUniversity of Tasmania
AndrewChanUniversity of Tasmania
ArmanKhoshghalbUniversity of New South Wales
AssaadTaoumUniversity of Tasmania
BaolinWangWestern Sydney University
ChongminSongUniversity of New South Wales
DaichaoShengUniversity of Technology Sydney
DamienHollowayUniversity of Tasmania
DiWuUniversity of Technology Sydney
Dong (Tracy)RuanSwinburne University
Fang-BaoTianUniversity of New South Wales, Canberra
GholamrezaKefayatiUniversity of Tasmania
Giang D.NguyenUniversity if Adelaide
HongGuanGriffith University
HongLiuUniversity of Tasmania
ItaiEinavUniversity of Sydney
ItsuSenMacquarie University
KlausThoeniUniversity of Newcastle
LihaiZhangUniversity of Melbourne
LiyongTongUniversity of Sydney
LumingShenUniversity of Sydney
MikeXieRMIT University
NamMai-DuyUniversity of Southern Queensland
NasserKhaliliUniversity of New South Wales
QingLiUniversity of Sydney
Qing Quan (Stephen)LiangVictoria University
QinghuaQinAustralian National University
RajDasRMIT University
RichardYangWestern Sydney University
SarahZhangWestern Sydney University
ShiweiZhouRMIT University
TracieBarberUniversity of New South Wales
WeiGaoUniversity of New South Wales
WeihuaLiUniversity of Wollongong
Wing KongChiuMonash University
YangXiangWestern Sydney University
YingyanZhangUniversity of Sydney
YuanTongGuQueensland University of Technology