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    Luigi Cabras

    Luigi is postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Brescia, on the project "Computational homogenization and microstructural modeling of medium-high carbon steel". He obtained his Master's degree at the University of Cagliari in Civil Engineering, specifically in the field of structural mechanics in 2007. He continued his studies with a University Master Degree in "Design of Structures in Reinforced concrete" at Politecnico di Milano in 2008, where, during the final thesis, he engaged in the joint supervision of the Plan of Requalification Fair of Milan, which involved the analysis of the response of the Isozaki Tower to wind forces, obtained in the GVPM Wind Tunnel. In 2012, he started the PhD in Structural Engineering, at the University of Cagliari. The research was aimed at modelling innovative materials focusing in particular on those with negative Poisson's ratio. During his doctorate, he spent almost two years in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Liverpool, as an Honorary Researcher Fellow, as part of the Liverpool Waves Group. After the PhD, in 2015 he secured a grant for a project on "Modeling of the mechanics of complex materials". In 2015 he joined the Solid and Structural Mechanics Group of the University of Trento working in the projects "Mechanical modelling of cellular materials obtained via 3D printing" as well as "Homogenization and propagation of waves in elastic composite materials". In 2019 I have joined the Multiscale Mechanics and Multiphysics of Materials Group of the University of Brescia. I am currently working in the project “Computational homogenization and microstructural modeling of medium-high carbon steel”.

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    Francesca Fantoni

    Francesca defended her thesis on "Fracture growth in brittle and embrittled materials: variational formulations and crack tracking algorithms" at University of Brescia (Italy) in 2016 as a Ph.D. student of "Methods and mathematical models for engineering applications" in Brescia. Currently she holds a post-doc position at m4lab, after a similar, one-year long position at IMT, Lucca, Italy. Her reasearch concerns the study of three dimensional fractures propagation due to the increment of the external loads or to the pressure of an internal viscous fluid (fluid-driven cracks). Simulation of fractures elongation is grounded on specific crack tracking algorithms coming from variational formulations of the quasi-static fracture propagation problem as a standard dissipative system. Francesca's research also involves multi-field asymptotic homogenization techniques for periodic Cauchy materials (in particular pyroelectric, piezoelectric and thermo-diffusive composite materials), with the goal of determining the overall constitutive properties and, in the dynamic regime, dispersive properties and band structures. Furthermore, Francesca is involved in the application of machine learning algorithms exploited to alleviate the computational burden of multiscale techniques with the purpose of modeling complex materials behaviour.