The general scope of the colloquium is impact phenomena in mechanical systems, with an emphasis on unilateral geometric constraints. Mechanical systems subject to non-smooth contact laws still present many interesting scientific challenges in the Mechanical Engineering community, with more and more applications in other fields (computer graphics, haptic interfaces, control systems, granular materials, robotics, machine dynamics, etc) and in industry (aerospace, deep drilling, automotive systems, energy production, etc). The focus will be put on: 1) modeling (especially multiple impacts). 2) numerical analysis (time-stepping and event-driven methods, iterative methods solvers for complementarity problems and generalizations). 3) stability and control of non-smooth mechanical systems. 4) bifurcation analysis.

The colloquium will be held at the Maison Jean Kuntzmann on the Grenoble Campus University (see more details here).

Chairs of the colloquium:
  • Bernard Brogliato, INRIA Rhône-Alpes
  • Christoph Glocker, ETH Zürich
  • Caishan Liu, Peking University


Local organizing committee:
  • Vincent Acary
  • Florence Bertails-Descoubes
  • Gilles Daviet
  • Danièle Herzog
  • Marie-Eve Morency

The colloquium is funded by the ANR projects SALADYN and Multiple Impacts.