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Pannel Session

Optimal design, metamaterials, 3D printing


Long-lasting developments in automated optimal design have made it possible to synthesize innovative devices; however, design uncertainties and fabrication tolerances dictated by old technologies might severely limit practical realizations. Recently, new technologies linked with additive printing put the ground for synthesizing new materials and prototyping tolerant-free samples.

Moving from this idea, the panel will address the main advances in the area of automated optimal design and will discuss new possibilities offered by 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology as well as various technologies for the fabrication of conductive layers in low and high frequency applications. The panel aims to provide a short overview and to stimulate a broad discussion by the audience.

Specifically, the format allows for short discussion by each panelist, followed by question/answer time from the audience.


  • Prof. Paolo Di Barba, University of Pavia, Italy (chairman)
  • Prof. Sławomir Hausman, Łódź University of Technology, Poland
  • Prof. Yoshihiro Kawase - Gifu University, Japan
  • Prof. Xose Lopez-Fernandez, University of Vigo, Spain
  • Prof. Lidija Petkovska, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia
  • Prof. Jan Sykulski, University of Southampton, UK
  • Prof. Barbara Šlusarek, Tele and Radio Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland


  1. Introduction – P. Di Barba
  2. Frontiers of shape synthesis – J. Sykulski
  3. Designing 3D fields – Y. Kawase
  4. Shape synthesis and innovative motors – L. Petkovska
  5. Frontiers and challenges of new ferromagnetic materials – B. Šlusarek
  6. Synthesizing metamaterials with 3D printing and conductive layers – S. Hausman
  7. Industrial design perspectives – X. Lopez-Fernandez
  8. Summary and remarks – P. Di Barba
  9. Questions/answers and comments from the audience.


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