Covid-19 Contingency Planning

Since we announced this year’s IBSim-4i event earlier this year we have seen significant relaxation of social distancing regulations in the UK. Although forecasts are suggesting that we are well on course for these to be relaxed further in the coming months, we appreciate there is still a large uncertainty around committing to travel for such an event.

We still sincerely hope that we will be hosting this year’s event ‘in-person’ as planned. However, we thought it pertinent to share some details about contingency plans with you to alleviate any concerns you may have in committing to attending.

  • Scenario A, no restrictions remain: We will host a fully ‘in-person’ event at the IOP’s headquarters in London with no live online offering.
  • Scenario B, limited restrictions which may impact some individuals (e.g. not feasible to travel to the UK or needing to self-isolate at short notice): We will host an ‘in-person’ event with arrangements for individuals who cannot be present to attend virtually.
  • Scenario C, restrictions increase severely limiting venue capacity: The event will move online, we will rearrange the schedule to avoid screen lethargy and registration fees will be adjusted appropriately.

If you have any queries about the venue’s Covid-19 arrangements please email



The event will consist of two parts:

  • Day 1-2: User training of the various techniques required for image-based simulation
  • Day 3-4: User and developer forum with keynote talks, presentations and a networking reception

Please visit our sister site at the IOP for an up-to-date programme where details (such as specific talk timings and titles) will be added nearer the time of the event. You may browse previous events' programmes and download presentations for an example of the sessions at IBSim-4i.

Day 1: Training  Day 2: Training  Day 3: Forum Day 4: Forum

Day 1: Training 

Mon 18 Oct 2021

  • 9:30 - Registration & Coffee
  • 10:00 - Session 1
    ORS Dragonfly:
    Learn how to take advanced materials and develop (beginning-to-end) fully customized Deep Learning automated segmentation, such that the material is ready for preparing a simulation model (FEM mesh, pixel grid for LBM, pore network model, etc.).
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - Session 2
    ORS Dragonfly (cont.)
  • 14:45 - Coffee
  • 15:15 - Session 3
    ORS Dragonfly (cont.)
  • 17:00 - End

Day 2: Training 

Tue 19 Oct 2021

  • 9:00 - Session 4
    Open source image-based mesh generation and processing.
  • 10:30 - Coffee
  • 11:00 - Session 5
    Iso2Mesh (cont.)
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - Session 6
    Open source FEA coupled with machine learning for optimisation of laboratory experiments.
  • 14:45 - Coffee
  • 15:15 - Session 7
    VirtualLab (cont.)
  • 17:00 - End

Day 3: Forum

Wed 20 Oct 2021

  • 9:30 - Registration & Coffee
  • 10:00 - Welcome
  • 10:15 - Keynote 1
    Jean-Yves Buffiere, INSA, Université de Lyon
    "Image-based simulation of damage development in metals under mechanical loading."
  • 11:00 - Session 1
    Tim Burnett, The University of Manchester
    “Introduction to the NXCT facility”

    Wenjia Du, University College London
    “3D microstructure and image-based modelling of face coverings”

    Sebastian Larsen, Imperial College London
    “Deep Semi-supervised Learning of Dynamics for 3D Defect Mapping in Laser Powder Bed Fusion”
  • 12:15 - Lunch
  • 13:15 - Session 2
    Fabien Leonard, The University of Manchester
    “Global digital volume correlation of large volumes: beyond hardware limitations”

    Muhammad Sajid Khan, WIDI WALES
    “Skeleton Based Human Action Recognition Using Doubly Linked List”

    Elena Syerko, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Research Institute in Civil Engineering and Mechanics (GeM)
    “Image Processing Applied to Multi-Scale Textile Reinforcements for Permeability Prediction”

    Nicolas Tonello, Constelcom Ltd
    “A concurrent ecosystem for HPC-powered image visualisation and image-based simulations”
  • 14:55 - Coffee
  • 15:25 - Session 3
    Thomas Blumensath, University of Southampton
    “Efficient GPU accelerated tomographic reconstruction using generic tetrahedral mesh basis functions: a TIGRE toolbox”

    Liang Yang, Cranfield University
    “An explicit finite element method for Navier-Stokes-Brinkman equations”
  • 16:15 - Special Invited Talk
    Tim Barden, Rolls-Royce plc
    “Sensors and sensing - Getting to the start line for imaged-based simulation”
  • 16:50 - End
  • 17:30-21:00 - Networking Reception

Day 4: Forum

Thu 21 Oct 2021

  • 9:30 - Keynote 2
    Chu Lun Alex Leung, University College London
    "Seeing inside powder bed fusion with X-ray imaging and image-based modelling"
  • 10:15 - Session 4a
    Christopher Thornton, University College London
    “Laser-Plasma Accelerator X-ray Sources and their Applications so far….”
  • 10:40 - Coffee
  • 11:10 - Session 4b
    Alessandro Olivo, University College London
    “Laboratory-based x-ray phase contrast imaging for NDT and industrial testing”

    Yasasween Hewavidana, Loughborough University
    “3D Fiber Crimp Angle of Nonwoven Materials”

    Martin Jones, The Francis Crick Institute
    “Image analysis of biomedical volume electron microscopy data using deep learning and crowdsourced training data”
  • 12:25 - Lunch
  • 13:25 - Session 5
    Fabrice Pierron, University of Southampton
    “Measuring deformation from 3D images: the DVC curse”

    Guillaume Couégnat, Laboratoire des Composites Thermostructuraux (LCTS)
    “Image-based modeling of carbon/carbon and ceramic matrix composites: from X-ray microtomography to finite element models”

    Franck Vidal, Bangor University
    “Optimisation and Simulation of X-ray images: Automatic registration of surface models on synchrotron microtomography data”
  • 14:40 - Coffee
  • 15:10 - Session 6
    Edoardo Pasca, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UKRI
    “The CCPi Core Imaging Library. A versatile software for tomographic imaging”

    Ben Callow, Ghent University
    “Unearthing uncertainty - Optimal X-ray micro-CT image-based methods for porosity and permeability quantification in heterogeneous sandstones”

    David Harman, Synopsys (Northern Europe) Ltd. UK
    “An Industrial Workflow for a Non-Destructive Testing and Simulation of Heat Exchanger”
  • 16:25 - Wrap Up
  • 16:40 - Close

Information for speakers

Keynote speakers will have 45 minutes (35 mins + 10 mins Q&A), other presenters are given 25 minutes (20 mins + 5 mins Q&A).

A computer will be available to presenters, or they may connect via standard HDMI. If presenters wish to use their own equipment which does not use this connection they will need to provide their own adapters. We would kindly ask that all presenters arrive in the break before their session and introduce themselves to the session chair to upload slides or test equipment.