Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is an emerging activity that involves the integration of computational modeling with the manufacturing process. It is expected to improve quality control and economic performance. The First World Congress on ICME will be held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort. This site and the programming schedule are conducive to stimulating discussions and interactions. There will be seven internationally renowned keynote speakers, and additional oral presentations and presentations for a poster session will be selected based on the submitted abstracts. Active student participation is strongly encouraged, particularly in the poster session. An International Advisory Committee representing 14 countries is promoting the conference worldwide, and various associated international materials societies (including those from Brazil, Canada, Australia, and Japan) are promoting the conference their home countries. Participation by students, postdoctoral fellows and young faculty is being especially encouraged for the purpose of fostering future generations of the ICME workforce. NSF funding will be used to support registration fees for 20 students, 5 postdoctoral researchers, 5 young faculty, 5 keynote speakers and for partial support of the conference proceedings. The organizing committee is expected to invite candidates by contacting university departments and/or laboratories that are known to have strong programs in computational materials science and engineering. Every effort will be made to encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply for financial assistance.
The First World Congress on Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) was held at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, Pa, 10-14 July 2011, and was partially supported by NSF funding. At this conference, about 50 talks were delivered over 6 sessions, spanning 5 days. Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME) is an approach to designing materials for specific applications that uses computer modeling programs that predict the behavior of materials and integrates this information into the overall materials design process. ICME has recently been highlighted as a methodology that can unlock the potential for large benefits in cost effective, efficient, materials and process design leading to significant reductions in the time and cost it takes to design and bring new products (that employ advanced materials) to the consumer market. This conference provided a forum for presentations and discussions centering on ICME-related topics. Many of these talks were focused on comparing the results of predictive computational modeling of materials with results obtained from traditional experiments. Making comparisons between the computer-based results and the experimental-based results is essential to determining if the computational modeling approach is sufficiently accurate, and thus successful. Other talks focused on determining the role that ICME should have in the undergraduate and graduate school education of materials engineers. Another topic of interest was the goal of developing ways to more effectively share materials data, computational tools, and ICME insights over the internet as part of a "digital infrastructure." This specialty conference had a strong attendance from all types of research institutions (universities, government agencies, and industrial research laboratories), ensuring the presence of a variety of research insights and providing the spark for future collaborations and innovations.