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In order to reflect the broad coverage of the journal, Dr. Lacarbonara exchanged ideas with Michael Luby, the former Senior Editor of NODY during a conference in Tampa, Florida. They came up with the concept for NODYCON, a new international conference series that would share recent advances and discoveries in nonlinear dynamics research. The core idea was to bring together the diverse international scientific community of nonlinear dynamics overcoming the disciplinary fences often encountered in traditional conferences.
Dr. Lacarbonara put together two strong international advisory and steering committees made of 73 members chaired by Prof. G. Rega. He exchanged innumerable emails with the committee members as well as other colleagues in the field to share the main ideas about the selection of papers, as well as the conference proceedings publication and papers presentation policies. He attended several international conferences in 2018 to announce NODYCON and the launch of the prestigious Ali H. Nayfeh Prizes to be awarded to the best papers presented by graduate students and postdocs at the conference in honor of NODY's founding editor.
The main challenges were associated with the organization of NODYCON since it was the first time Dr. Lacarbonara engaged with a team from his University and the international committees to organize an international event focused on nonlinear dynamics research in a very broad sense. There was the risk of only gathering a few participants due to several competing meetings in the field of nonlinear dynamics.
NODYCON 2019 received 450 short papers. Based on 467 reviews, 391 papers and 17 posters were accepted and published in the Book of Abstracts. To overcome the drawbacks of excessive topical fragmentation and to highlight the important unifying aspects, the diverse topics covered by the papers were organized in four major themes reflected also in the technical sessions layout: methods and concepts in nonlinear dynamics, mechanical and structural systems, nonlinear dynamics and control, recent trends in nonlinear dynamics.
Two special issues – “NODYCON 2019” and “In Memory of A. H. Nayfeh” – were announced in conjunction with the conference and received about 120 high quality manuscripts from prominent researchers. In addition, over 200 papers were submitted for publication in the Proceedings of the First International Nonlinear Dynamics Conference within the Springer Proceedings of Engineering series. The collection features both well-established streams of research and novel areas and emerging fields of investigation. After a rigorous peer review process the submitted papers were collected in three volumes:
As part of the conference program, an exciting and solemn moment was the Ali H. Nayfeh Award ceremony, which awarded three prizes for the best student papers to:
After the conference, and the first journal editorial board meeting held at the conference venue, the vision for the journal became clearer to the senior and newly appointed editors who got excited about the goals they collectively contribute to achieve.
After the first highly successful event, the 2nd edition of the International Nonlinear Dynamics Conference will be held February 14-17, 2021 in Rome. Once again NODYCON 2021 will provide a unique platform for participants to present their innovative research thoughts and share their unique research work.
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