Title of keynote speech: Discrete Element Modelling Of Cohesionless, Cohesive And Bonded Granular Materials – From Model Conceptualisations To Industrial Scale Applications
Jin holds the chair of Particulate Solid Mechanics at the University of Edinburgh, working with some 25 researchers in the Granular Solids Mechanics and Industrial Infrastructure Group. With 30 years of experience in particulate solid mechanics and bulk solids handling, his research covers both computational and experimental studies of solids behaviour and investigating industrial problems in bulk handling and processing.
Jin has a particular passion in exploiting research outcomes to address significant industrial problems and develop innovative solutions. He co-founded EDEM (DEM Solutions Ltd) in 2003 which provides the market leading Discrete Element Method (DEM) software for simulation of bulk materials and processes. In 2015, he co-founded Particle Analytics to develop new disruptive tools to “visual-analyse” simulation data and help users extract key design information effectively. Jin has also led the development of uniaxial testers for assessing flowability of cohesive solids. Two have been licensed for manufacture including the Edinburgh Cohesion Tester (ECT) and the Edinburgh Powder Tester (EPT) – the latter licensed to Freeman Technology leading to the launch of Freeman UPT Testers.
With a PhD in Engineering from the University of Sydney and a first class honours degree in BEng Civil Engineering from the University of Auckland, Jin joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 1990. He has been a professor since 2005 and is currently the Director of Civil & Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering.
Jin has published extensively with over 150 journal and conference papers and several book chapters. He has delivered many keynote lectures in conferences around the world and is on the editorial board for Canadian Geotechnical Journal and Acta Geotechnica. He has also edited several successful special issues for leading journals relating to granular mechanics and computational modelling. He is actively involved in the R&D community, providing leadership as Coordinator for the €4.1M T-MAPPP European ITN Consortium on multiscale analysis of particulate processes involving 6 universities and 10 companies (www.t-mappp.eu), and the €3.2M PARDEM ITN Project on DEM calibration and validation (www.pardem.eu).