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ICHD 2020

14th International Conference on Hydrodynamics
September 2022

Keynote Speakers


Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Michael Triantafyllou is the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor in Ocean Science & Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the Director of the MIT Sea Grant Program. He teaches and has published over 350 journal articles and refereed conference papers in the areas of biomimetics, dynamics and control of marine systems, cable mechanics, and experimental fluid mechanics. He pioneered the development of science-driven biomimetic robots to study the basic mechanisms of flow control that lead to the outstanding agility of fish and cetaceans. The RoboTuna original design is at the Science Museum in London, while a second version of the robot shown at left, is on exhibit at the MIT Museum. He is currently studying the physics of flow sensing in fish and marine mammals to achieve super-maneuverability in ocean vehicles through flow feedback control. He is a Life Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Life Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. He has served as Associate Department Head in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2008-2010), Director of the Center for Ocean Engineering (2005-2017) and is a Visiting Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 1991. He is serving on the American Bureau of Shipping’s Marine Technical Committee (2015- ). He has served as Chairman of the Board of the National Technical University of Athens (2013-2017).
Professional Experience
Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor in Ocean Science & Engineering (2017- ) Director, MIT Sea Grant Program (2017 - ) Director, O. E. Testing Tank Facility (1988- ) and Propeller Tunnel (2002 - ) Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Visiting Scientist/Guest Investigator (1989 - ) Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
Department of Ocean Engineering: Research Associate (1978-1979); Assistant Professor (1979-1983); Associate Professor (1983-1990); Professor (1990-2004); Chairman, Joint Committee, Applied Ocean Sciences & Engineering, MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography (1997-2002).
Department of Mechanical Engineering: William I Koch Professor of Ocean Technology (2008-2017); Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering (2005- ); Head, Area of Ocean Science & Engineering (2005- 2008); Associate Department Head for Ocean Engineering (2008-2010). Director, Chevron-MIT University Partnership Program (2007-2016). Director, Center for Ocean Engineering (2005 - 2017).
Research Interests
Dynamics and control of marine vehicles and structures. Biomimetic Robotics. Flow-structure interaction and vorticity control.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
ScD in Ocean Engineering (1979)
  • SM in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering (1977)
  • SM in Mechanical Engineering (1977)
National Technical University of Athens:
  • Diploma in Naval Architecture and Mechanical Engineering (1974)
Honor and Awards
  • Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor in Ocean Science & Engineering (2017 - ).
  • Fellow, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers, 2016.
  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2014.
  • Aurel Stodola Medal and Lecture “Biomimetic survival hydrodynamics and sensing”, ETH Zurich, May 2014.
  • Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor in Ocean Science & Engineering (2017 - ).
  • William I. Koch Professor of Marine Technology (2008 - 2017).
  • Article on trout swimming in vortices also on cover of Science, Nov. 28, 2003.
  • ABS/Linnard Prize for best paper in the Transactions of SNAME (1997).
  • Work on Robotic Tuna on the cover of Scientific American (March 1995). Highlight Paper of 1995 Scientific American.
Selected Recent Journal Articles
  1. D. Fan, G. Jodin, T. R. Consi, L. Bonfiglio, Y. Ma, L. R. Keyes, G. E. Karniadakis, M. S. Triantafyllou, 2019, “A Robotic Intelligent Towing Tank for Learning Complex Fluid-Structure Dynamics”, Science Robotics, (to appear).
  2. S. Calisch, N. Gershenfeld, D. Fan, G. Jodin, & M.S. Triantafyllou, 2019, “Fabrication and characterization of folded foils supporting streamwise traveling waves”, Journal of Fluids and Structures, (to appear)./li>
  3. R. Maziar, Z. Wang, M.S. Triantafyllou, G.E. Karniadakis, 2018, “Deep Learning of Vortex Induced Vibrations”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 861, 119-137, doi: 10.1017/jfm.2018.87.
  4. J.S. Izraelevitz, M. Kotidis, & M.S. Triantafyllou, 2018, “Optimized kinematics enable both aerial and aquatic propulsion from a single three-dimensional flapping wing”, Physical Review Fluids, 3, 073102.
  5. A. Gao, & M.S. Triantafyllou, 2018, “Independent caudal fin actuation enables high energy extraction and control in 2D fish-like group swimming”, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 850, 304-335,
  6. M. Bora, A.G.P. Kottapalli, J.M. Miao, & M.S. Triantafyllou, 2018, “Sensing the flow beneath the fins”, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 13, 025002.
  7. G.D. Bousquet, M.S. Triantafyllou, & J.-J. Slotine, 2017, “Optimal dynamic soaring consists of successive shallow arcs”, J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 14, 20170496.
  8. Bora, M., Kottapalli, A.G.P., Miao, J.M., Triantafyllou, M. S., 2017, "Biomimetic Hydrogel-CNT Network Induced Enhancement of Fluid-Structure Interaction for Ultrasensitive Nanosensors", NPG Asia Materials (2017) 9, e440.
  9. M. Bora, A.G. Kottapalli, J. Miao, & M.S. Triantafyllou, 2017, “Fish-inspired self-powered microelectromechanical flow sensor with biomimetic hydrogel cupula”, APL Materials Journal, 5, 104902.
  10. M.S. Triantafyllou, 2017, “Tuna fin hydraulics inspire aquatic robots”, Science, 357 (6348), 251-252 (Perspectives).


Department of Science, University Roma Tre, Rome, Italy

Since July 2019 is Full Professor at Department of Science of the University Roma Tre. From 1983 to 2019 was Senior Researcher at ENEA. In the period 1983-1990 he worked on geological research for nuclear power sites and on glacial, aeolian and alluvial deposits in order to study paleoclimatic variations in Central Italy. Since 1985 he has been working on glaciology and remote sensing, applied to the study of cryosphere and climate variability of East Antarctica. He has joined 14 PNRA expeditions to Antarctica, from 2004 to 2010 he is Principal Investigator of European Project TALDICE (Talos Dome Ice Core Project), from 1996 to 2004 project leader of PNRA-ITASE (International TransAntarctic Scientific Expedition), from 2016 to 2019 PI of “WP 1 Logistic support and Coordination” H2020 “Beyond EPICA-Oldest Ice” Project. Since 1992 Principal investigator of 10 projects on ice sheet mass balance and 1000 years evolution of East Antarctica for the Antarctic Italian Program as well as member of the Steering committee of the Concordia Station, SCAR/IGBP ITASE, ISMASS, IPICS e EuroPICS programs. Since 2014 is President of Italian Glaciological Committee, from 2008 to 2011 member of Council of International Glaciological Society, since 2011 member of Italian Commission for Antarctic Research and from 2011 to 2013 member of Council of Managers of National Antarctic Program. In 2008, European Commission awarded him for collaborative research (EPICA) of Descartes Prize and by ENEA of E2 Excellence Prize. In 2010 as PI of TALDICE project has been awarded by the Italian Minister for the Environment for its scientific merits in environmental research. His publication list comprises more than 90 peer-reviewed papers. He is referee of several international Journals and research programme in the field of cryosphere and paleoclimate.