Vision 2030 streamlines Saudi Arabia's role as one of the major players in petrochemical industry. The diversification of the industry towards producing composite materials is necessary to exemplify Saudi's competitive advantage and to fuel the economy with high-volume (energy, civil, transportation) and high-technology markets (aeronautics and space). A scientific event that will bring together academia, industry and government institutes that supports such transformation will be beneficial for all parties. 

Encouraged by the success of our previous workshops (CEMAM in 2013, COMINT in 2015), COHMAS Laboratory organizes a workshop in the field of composite materials with the theme of "Shaping the future with composite materials". This workshop provides a high-level forum to discuss the latest development of composite science and technology relevant to our interests. This workshop will invite a number of high-caliber professors, researchers, engineers and industry practitioners who will share their knowledge, expertise and experience in their respective areas.  

The workshop will be organized around following areas: 
  • Addressing the needs for Composite Industry 4.0
  • Imagining new applications in energy and transportation sectors
  • Improving composites through big data and artificial intelligence
  • Inventing new concepts for composite assemblies and large structures
  • Building a composite industry 
Conference chairs:​ Prof. Gilles Lubineau (KAUST), Dr. Fahad Al-Khodairi (Corporate Fellow, SABIC)

Venue: KAUST campus, Thuwal, KSA

Date: March 16-18, 2020

Program: Keynote lecture, technical presentation, round-table discussion, poster session, center and laboratory visits, social events

Speakers (confirmed):
  1. Prof. Suresh Advani, University of Delaware, USA
  2. Dr. Khaled A. Al-Buraik, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia​
  3. Dr. Fahad Al-Khodairi, SABIC, Saudi Arabia​
  4. Prof. Majed Alrefae, Royal Commission Yanbu, Saudi Arabia
  5. Dr. Muneer Bakhsh, GDC Middle East, Saudi Arabia
  6. Prof. Wesley Cantwell, Khalifa University, UAE​
  7. Prof. Pedro Da Costa, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  8. Prof. Martin Dunn, Univ of Colorado Boulder, USA
  9. Prof. Gerard Fernando, University of Birmingham, UK
  10. Prof. Eric M. Feron, KAUST, Saudi Arabia​
  11. Dr. Enrique Garcia, National Composite Center, UK
  12. Prof. Carlos Gonzáles, IMDEA, Spain
  13. Prof. Vassilis Kostopoulos, University of Patras, Greece​
  14. Dr. Celine Largeau, IRT Jules Verne, France​
  15. Prof. Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  16. Prof. Gilles Lubineau, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  17. Prof. Véronique Michaud, EPFL, Switzerland
  18. Prof. Jerry Qi, Georgia Tech, USA
  19. Prof. Kumar Shanmugam, Khalifa University, UAE
  20. Prof. Tong Earn Tay, NUS, Singapore
  21. Prof. Michael Wisnom, University of Bristol, UK
  22. Dr. Recep Yaldiz, SABIC, The Netherlands
Conference website: futurecomposite.kaust.edu.sa​ 
For further query, please contact: Prof Gilles Lubineau (gilles.lubineau@kaust.edu.sa)​​​​​​