44th International Conference on Boundary Elements and other Mesh Reduction Methods


15–17 June 2021



With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that BEM/MRM44 should not take place as scheduled in Valencia, Spain, but take place as an online event instead.

The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK and the University of Mississippi, USA, represented by Prof. Alexander Cheng.

The conference, which started in 1978, attracts high-quality papers that report further advances in techniques that reduce or eliminate the type of meshes associated with finite elements or finite differences, for instance.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by Prof A. Cheng who welcomed the delegates to the event.

George Green Medal

Prof A. Cheng conducted the George Green Medal Ceremony and awarded this year’s medal to Prof Dragan Poljak, from the University of Split, Croatia. Subsequently, Professor Poljak gave a Keynote Address on “Integral Equation Methods in Computational Electromagnetics (CEM)”.

The George Green Medal was established by the University of Mississippi at Oxford, Mississippi, USA and the Wessex Institute and is now supported by Elsevier. It is in honour of the man who single-handedly set up the basis for the modern Boundary Element Method, amongst other achievements.

Invited Presentations

There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:

  • Localized collocation Trefftz method in conjunction with Generalized reciprocity method for transient heat conduction analysis in heterogeneous materials 
    by Prof. Z. Fu, Hohai University, China

  • Accurate treatment of boundary conditions for the solution of Helmholtz equation with BEM 
    by Dr A Romero Ordonez, University of Seville, Spain

  • BEM analysis of boundary value problems with periodic boundary conditions 
    by Prof. E. Strelnikova, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Ukraine

  • Coupled Boundary element. Stochastic collocation approach for uncertainty estimation of simulations of transcranial electric stimulation 
    by Dr J. Ravnik, University of Maribor, Slovenia

  • Plate buckling including effects of shear deformation and plate bending curvatures using the boundary element method 
    by Prof. L. Palermo Jr., University of Campinas, Brazil

  • Block Gaussian elimination methods applied to the full Hilbert equation systems
    by Prof. E. Kansa, Convergent Solutions, USA

  • Interface nodes topology sequence interpolation technique for zonal free element method in multi-fields coupling analysis
    by Prof. X. W. Gao, Dalian University of Technology, China

  • On calculation of the Cauchy type integrals near contour in direct and inverse elastic problems
    by Prof. A. Galybin, Schmidt Institute of Physics of the Earth-IPE RAS, Russia

  • Boundary element analysis of 3D linear potential problems combining fast multipole expansion and machine-precision numerical integration
    by Prof. N. Dumont, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • On the application of hybrid BEM/FEM for inhomogeneous electromagnetic scattering from small maritime targets
    by Prof. H. Dodig, University of Split, Croatia

  • Accuracy analysis of the fast multipole method for three-dimensional boundary value problems based on the Laplace's equation
    by Dr A. Buchau, University of Stuttgart, Germany

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were focused on the following topics:

  • Advanced formulations
  • Computational methods
  • Heat and mass transfer
  • Fluid flow modelling
  • Electrical Engineering and electromagnetics
  • Structural mechanics applications

Q&A Live Zoom Sessions

Conference delegates were invited to participate in a Q&A Live Zoom Sessions on Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th June 2021. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.

EABE Editorial Board Meeting

The Editorial Board Meeting of the International Journal of Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements took place over Zoom on Tuesday 15th June. Members of the board had the opportunity to discuss recent developments in how the publication is progressing. Of special interest was the continuous increase in the impact factors and the number of submissions. The papers in the Journal also attract a substantial number of citations.

Conference Publication

Accepted papers presented at this conference are published in 131 of the WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences (ISSN 1743-3533). Papers included in this volume are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

Closing of the Conference

We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.

We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series.

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