About the Conference

Welcome to the 1st NOMATEN International Conference on Materials Informatics.
Together with the Programme Committee members, I would like to invite you to the 1st NOMATEN International Conference on Materials Informatics. This event will be held on June 1-3, 2022 in Warsaw the centre of Warsaw as well as at the premises of the National Centre of Nuclear Research located in the suburbs of Poland's capital city.

The focus of this workshop is the interplay of materials science with machine learning and will feature presentations from renowned experts in applied mathematics, drug design, material science and renewable energy. Given a fast-emerging novel paradigm in materials science, we plan to explore the latest developments in materials informatics, with a particular focus on the modeling, capture, prediction and classification of defects in materials at extreme conditions - such as high-T or/and irradiation.

This conference is being prepared thanks to the financial support of Poland's National Agency of Academic Exchange (NAWA). We expect that this event will be an excellent opportunity to share, develop and collaborate on new ideas in the field, while also having a good time in beautiful Warsaw.

Stefanos Papanikolaou PhD
Chair of the Programme Committee
Research Group Leader: Materials Informatics - Structure and Function
NOMATEN Centre of Excellence, National Centre for Nuclear Research, Poland

Confirmed Speakers

DuaneJohnsonIowa State
MichaelZaiserFAU Erlangen

Programme Committee

StefanosPapanikolaouChair, NCBJ, Poland
MarinicaCosminCEA, Saclay, France
AlexandraGoryaevaCEA, Saclay, France
MichaelZaiserFAU Erlangen, Germany
MikkoAlavaNCBJ, Poland


Registration deadline: not set



mBank SA:
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Currency: EUR

Conference fee

(up to 3 years after
awarding a PhD diploma)
early bird75February 15, 2022
early bird150February 15, 2022

Call for Abstracts and Papers

Please send the prepared files in PDF format to the following e-mail address: nomatenconference@ncbj.gov.pl


Materials Informatics at NOMATEN

Modern metallurgy of metals for extreme conditions is not much different than the methods used for Damascus steel 1000 years ago. Through trial and error, metallurgy has stumbled upon and settled into few excellent materials, that have been used consistently in extreme condition applications, such as nuclear reactors. The MASIF group, a world leader in Materials Informatics for mechanical deformation applications [1], focuses on the development of similarities, analogies and multiscale modeling, and aims at developing process-structure-property relationships in novel material classes, for identifying cheap, lightweight, strong and ductile materials at extreme conditions, namely high temperature or/and irradiation. Recent highlights include the development of deeper, multiscale understanding of deformation mechanisms in pure metals [2,3] and the development of a novel method for identifying yield points in materials through the use of camera-obtained surface map sequences [4].

The group's plan is to further establish and strengthen leadership in Materials Informatics, in Poland and worldwide. For this purpose, a book on "Materials Informatics" will be written (to be published in 2023-24) with modern approaches and insightful methods, with actual programming codes included, for handling data and promoting physics-informed machine learning in materials science. The MASIF group is also developing a Materials Informatics software that aims to promote machine learning solutions for experimenters in metallurgy and materials science. Moreover, the MASIF group aims to produce more than 5 PhD graduates that will be experts in materials informatics, machine learning, multiscale modeling and data science. Research-wise, the MASIF group will focus on a multi-threaded approach, that primarily includes deep understanding of the interplay between thermo-kinetic processes and mechanical deformation in the extreme conditions of high temperature and irradiation. A key for making progress is the development of efficient multiscale materials modeling approaches and interatomic potentials, by using machine learning methods. In addition, the focus will be on the use the long-developed rules-of-thumb in metallurgy to promote novel, automatically identified, analogies for materials informatics solutions and process-structure-property relationships that shall promote novel pathways in manufacturing.

Recent Publications:

  1. K. Frydrych, K. Karimi, M. Pecelerowicz, R. Alvarez, F.J. Dominguez-Gutiérrez, F. Rovaris, S. Papanikolaou, Materials informatics for mechanical deformation: A review of applications and challenges, Materials, 2021, 14, 5764.
  2. F.J. Domínguez-Gutiérrez, S. Papanikolaou, A. Esfandiarpour, P. Sobkowicz, M. Alava, Nanoindentation of single crystalline Mo: Atomistic defect nucleation and thermomechanical stability, Materials Science and Engineering: A, 826, 2021, 141912, ISSN 0921-5093, DOI:10.1016/j.msea.2021.141912
  3. Xu RG, Song H, Leng Y, Papanikolaou S. A Molecular Dynamics Simulations Study of the Influence of Prestrain on the Pop-In Behavior and Indentation Size Effect in Cu Single Crystals. Materials. 2021 Jan;14(18):5220.
  4. Papanikolaou S, Alava MJ. Direct detection of plasticity onset through total-strain profile evolution. Physical Review Materials. 2021 Aug 6;5(8):083602.

More on NOMATEN's scientific papers: http://nomaten.ncbj.gov.pl/papers-published-nomatens-team-members


Information on suggested hotels in Warsaw city centre will be available soon. Transfer between hotels at Warsaw city centre and NCBJ-NOMATEN premises by bus (DAY 2) will be ensured by the rganizer

Iwona Jozwik at SEM lab

The Center of Excellence has now become an actual center, with 5 research groups in action. The second year of our existence has been one of quick growth in spite of the global pandemic crisis, which has affected research very much. The lack of international mobility and exchanges has so to speak been substituted with hard work in the offices and laboratories. For NOMATEN, this is a well-working recipe as the steps to build up a real research environment do depend on the individual and joint effort of our staff.

We should also acknowledge the institutional support of the National Center for Nuclear Research, hosting us as an operationally independent department. Likewise, the Teaming partners CEA (France) and VTT (Finland) have been – however virtual – supportive and encouraging external “team members”. The CoE is firmly backed by the funding of the Foundation for Polish Science and is under the umbrella of an International Scientific Committee headed by prof. Sergio Bertolucci.

NOMATEN new hires

NOMATEN plans to develop in-house functional programs and applications. We will build a software platform to facilitate data-driven methods of analyzing and predicting materials properties. Therefore, we are looking for:
- Application Developer
- Expert on artificial intelligence and machine learning to use and combine existing code, functional programs and applications, using Python, Numba and Tensorflow or Keras libraries

Materials Informatics software

Large Data is common across materials science. Cross-correlating and understanding data from material surfaces is very important since there is typically a direct connection to physical properties. Also, it is very important to use this data to reconstruct the actual microstructure and perform simulations in a computer at the molecular or larger scale. However, understanding of Large Data requires the application of statistical and machine learning techniques. Further, simulations require efficient microstructural reconstruction techniques. Stefanos Papanikolaou's group at NOMATEN investigates such issues.

Accomodation and Logistics

    DAYS 1 & 3

    Conference site in the centre of Warsaw (details will be available soon).

    DAY 2

    Premises of NOMATEN and National Centre of Nuclear Research (Otwock near Warsaw).
    Transfer between hotels at Warsaw city centre and NCBJ-NOMATEN premises by bus (DAY 2) will be ensured by the Organizer.



Nomaten Centre of Excellence
National Centre for Nuclear Research
Andrzeja Sołtana 7,
05-400 Otwock,



Event Location

Day Location
1 Warsaw
2 Otwock (NCBJ)
3 Warsaw



Thanks to financial support from: