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. Prof. Majed Alrefae, Royal Commission Yanbu, KSA
  3. Prof. Paco Chinesta, ENSAM, France
  4. Prof. Pedro Da Costa, KAUST, KSA
  5. Prof. Martin Dunn, Univ of Colorado Boulder, USA
  6. Prof. Gerard Fernando, University of Birmingham, UK
  7. Dr. Enrique Garcia, CTO, National Composite Center, UK
  8. Prof. Satish Kumar, Georgia Tech, USA
  9. Prof. Jinsong Leng, Harbin Institute of Technology, China
  10. Prof. Gilles Lubineau, KAUST, KSA
  11. Prof. Veronique Michaud, EPFL, Switzerland
  12. Prof. Jerry Qi, Georgia Tech, USA
  13. Prof. Kumar Shanmugam, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi
  14. Prof. Tong Earn Tay, NUS, Singapore
  15. Prof. Michael Wisnom, University of Bristol, UK
  16. Dr. Recep Yaldiz, Sabic, Netherlands
Conference website: to be updated
For further query, please contact: Prof Gilles Lubineau (gilles.lubineau@kaust.edu.sa)​​​​​​