Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am currently Professor Emeritus at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris-Saclay. Over many years, I have helped accelerate the development of what is known as “Computational Mechanics” and, more recently, “Simulation-based Engineering and Science”. Among my accomplishments, I was the initiator of the French Association in Computational Structural Mechanics (CSMA) which supports the journal Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences (AMSES). At the present time, I am a member of the ECCOMAS Managing Board and also of the IACM Executive Committee. I have co-authored 240 papers and, over the last ten years, delivered 25 plenary and semi-plenary lectures. Between 2005 and 2011, I served as the first AIRBUS Foundation Chair, and now I am a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards of 16 international scientific journals. I have received several distinguished international awards, including: an Honoris Causa Doctorate from ULB (2000), the IACM Computational Mechanics Award (2004), and the EUROMECH Solid Mechanics Prize (2015).
Why did you decide to become Editor-in-Chief of Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences (AMSES)?
My aim is to ensure that AMSES becomes established as one of the premier journals in the Computational Engineering Sciences field
I was asked by the CSMA association through its President Francisco Chinesta to launch a new international journal. I accepted the challenge of starting a new journal from scratch with enthusiasm. The idea was to create a fast-track peer-reviewed journal based on the open access concept with Springer as publisher. My aim in this endeavor is to ensure that AMSES becomes established as one of the premier journals in the Computational Engineering Sciences field after being the first to embrace open access with a renowned publisher.
The Editorial Managing Board is composed of seven well-known scientists (on average about 45 years old) as Associated Editors, with myself as Editor-in-Chief. Its Editorial Board, which consists of eminent scientists from the Computational Engineering Sciences community, has demonstrated our community’s highly positive response to this new journal.
How has the journal’s field advanced in the last few years and what do you think will be an important focus of research in the next several years?
Computer simulation has become increasingly critical to the Engineering Sciences. Thus AMSES devoted to Advanced Modeling and Simulation in Engineering Sciences should face to an increasing scientific domain involving numerous challenges. More and more of these challenges will require multidisciplinary efforts, particularly in modeling, in applied mathematics and in computer science. AMSES thematic series are good illustrations of this trend.
What challenges do you see ahead for AMSES?
AMSES is a relatively new, open access journal. Its unique challenge is to become one of the premier journals in the Computational Engineering Sciences field for the benefit of the entire community.
What advice would you give a researcher before submitting to AMSES?
The AMSES review process is similar to that of the premier journals in Computational Engineering Sciences: same rules, same reviewers.
The basics of a good manuscript are the same for any good journal, i.e. an appropriate state-of-the-art topic and associated bibliography, a relevant technical contribution with some significant reproducible results.