Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers
L. Beirao da Veiga
(University of Milano, Italy /


Lourenço Beirão da Veiga is Full Professor of Numerical Analysis at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. After a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Pavia (2005) he won an Assistant position at the University of Milano, where he later became Associate Professor (2010). In 2015 he moved as Full Professor to the University of Milano-Bicocca.

He initially worked on Finite Elements for plates and shells, plasticity, a-posteriori and a-priori error estimation, with particular attention on robustness to physical coefficients. More recently his research focused on the development and theoretical analysis of novel numerical technologies for partial differential equations. He strongly contributed to the development of Mimetic Finite Differences and Isogeometric Analysis, with results on the theoretical foundations of the methodology, on the approximation properties of nurbs and T-splines, on the development and analysis of Galerkin and collocation schemes, on domain decomposition approaches. More recently, he is among the founders of the Virtual Element Method (VEM), which constituted his main area of research in these last years. Some noteworthy achievements are an ERC Consolidator Grant (on the VEM technology) and the J. L. Lions Award of the ECCOMAS. He is author of more than 100 publications and a Highly Cited Author for the last three years according to Web of Science.

Yongyong Cai
(Beijing Normal University, PRC /
Yongyong Cai is a Professor at Beijing Normal University since 2019. He received his BS (2004) degree and MS (2007) degree in Pure Mathematics from Peking University, and PhD degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics from National University of Singapore in 2012.
His research focuses on computational and applied mathematics including modeling, analysis and numerical simulation with applications in quantum physics and chemistry, Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC), complex fluids, etc. In particular, he has been working on mathematical analysis, numerical analysis and scientific computing for nonlinear Schrödinger equations (also known as Gross-Pitaevskii equation) from Bose-Einstein condensates, highly oscillatory dispersive PDEs, and phase field equations. Most recently, his research interests have been focused on high order numerical methods for nonlinear dispersive equations in the highly oscillatory/long time regime and phase field equations.
Mi-Young Kim
(Inha University, Korea /
Mi-Young Kim is a professor at Inha University. She received her B.S. degree (1985) and M.S. degree (1987) in Mathematics from Yonsei University. She received her Ph.D. degree (1993) in Applied Mathematics from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA. She has been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Trento (1995-1996) in Italy and a J. Tinsley Oden Faculty Fellow (2006-2007) at University of Texas at Austin in the US.

Mi-Young worked on population dynamics, epidemiology, and their finite element approximations. Mi-Young’s recent research concerns the development of high order discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods for the PDEs with a focus on the design of an efficient iterative linear solver for the high order discontinuous Galerkin approximation with Lagrange multiplier.

Misun Min
(Argonne National Lab, USA /
F. Nobile
(EPFL, Switzerland /
Benjamin Peherstorfer
(New York University, USA /


Benjamin Peherstorfer is Associate Professor at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Until 2016, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the
Aerospace Computational Design Laboratory (ACDL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), working with Professor Karen Willcox. He received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. His Ph.D. thesis was recognized with the Heinz-Schwaertzel prize, which is jointly awarded by three German universities to an outstanding Ph.D. thesis in computer science. Benjamin was selected for a Department of Energy (DoE) Early Career Award in the Applied Mathematics Program in 2018 and for an Air Force Young Investigator Program (YIP) award in Computational Mathematics in 2020. In 2021, Benjamin received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award in Computational Mathematics. His research focuses on computational methods for data- and compute-intensive science and engineering applications, including scientific machine learning, mathematics of data science, model reduction, and computational statistics.
Xiaofeng Yang
(University of South Carolina, USA /


Xiaofeng Yang is currently a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina. He received his BS (1998) and MS (2001) in Mathematics from University of Science and Technology of China, and Ph.D. degree in computational mathematics from Purdue University in 2007. After a postdoctoral position at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2007-2009, he joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina as the assistant professor (2009), associate professor (2013), and professor (2018). Yang’s research focuses on the mathematical modeling, numerical analysis, scientific computing, for applications ranging from fluids, solids, and soft matter to cell dynamics. His recent work has focused on mathematical modeling and the design of numerical methods with high order, decoupled and energy-preserving structure to simulate the dynamics of multiphase fluid flow, multiphase ferrohydrodynamic and magnetohydrodynamic systems, and the growth of multiphase, multicomponent alloys in the mushy region.
Xiangxiong Zhang
(Purdue University, USA /
Xiangxiong Zhang got his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and applied mathematics from the University of Science and Technology in China in 2006, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Brown University in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral associate in Imaging and Computing Group, Mathematics Department, MIT. In 2014, he joined the Department of Mathematics at Purdue University, West Lafayette. He is currently an associate professor of mathematics at Purdue University. His research interests include high-order accurate numerical methods for PDEs, nonsmooth convex optimization, and Riemannian optimization algorithms.