Composites at Lake Louise 2017

An ECI Conference Series

November 12-16, 2017
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Alberta, Canada

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About this Conference

Every two years the Composites at Lake Louise (CALL) meeting convenes to bring together preeminent researchers from across the globe to discuss topics that are significant and timely. CALL explores all aspects of composites, with special focus on the areas of structural, functional, and biological materials. CALL is a highly multidisciplinary meeting wherein researchers from broad array of backgrounds come together to explore, discuss, and learn about cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering. CALL helps identify and encourage emerging areas in composite science, with many fascinating talks at the frontier of innovative research.

As part of CALL 2017, we welcome talks that span a variety of broad, crosscutting topics in the areas of novel synthesis and formulation of materials, advanced manufacturing and fabrication processes, modeling, simulation and theoretical studies, computational design methods, and characterization and analysis. We welcome both fundamental and applied research topics. For organizational purposes, the CALL meeting is broken into Structural, Functional, and Biological Composites topical areas. The following is an incomplete list of research areas are encouraged for the CALL 2017 meeting.

Structural composites are ubiquitous and critical to the advancement of materials science and engineering. Within the Structural Composites topic, we encourage submissions in the areas of conventional composites research; cements; ceramic and metal matrix composites; carbon fiber composites; carbon-carbon composites; shape morphing materials; mechanical metamaterials; self-healing and autonomous materials; pre-ceramic polymers; among others.

Functional Composites are becomingly increasingly widespread and we are just now starting to tap into the true potential of this emerging research area. Within the Functional Composites topic, we encourage submission in the areas of composites for multifunctional materials; energy storage; displays; sensors; flexible and stretchable electronics; optoelectronics; reactive composite; rare earth replacement materials; among others.

Biological composites hold great promise for improving human life, whether it be for biomedical applications or for bio-inspired design of materials. Within the broad Biological Composites topic, we encourage submissions in the areas of biocompatible materials; biodegradeable materials; bioimplantable materials and devices; bioresorbable materials; prosthetics; bioinspired materials and design; bioprinting; synthetic biology as applied to composites; biosynthesis; materials and devices for the brain, among others.

As you might imagine, there are many research areas that do not strictly fit within these topical areas. Crosscutting submissions are ok and, in fact, highly encouraged. We will do our best to fit your talk or poster into the most appropriate symposium. Examples of cross-cutting areas include self- and directed assembly; additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and 4D printing; low energy fabrication approaches; graded materials; next-generation materials for space; hard and soft robotics; microfluidics; autonomous and self-healing materials; origami-based approaches to material assembly; inverse design and topology optimization; modeling and simulation of non-linear and dynamic behavior; machine learning and data analytics; composites systems design; and computational design.

These are not intended to be exhaustive lists of topics for this meeting. We present them only to give you a feel of the meeting. That said, please feel free to submit an abstract for a topic of your choosing, just make sure that your talk or poster is engaging, timely, and interactive.

Please note that attendance is limited to foster interaction and lively discussion within the confines of our intimate venue so this event is invitation-only. However, occasionally there are openings. If you have not received an invitation to this meeting, but would like to attend and present, please contact us.

Conference Organization

Conference Co-Chairs:

Dr. Eric Duoss, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Prof. Waltraud M. Kriven, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bio Composites:

Chairs:  Jennifer Lewis, Van Thompson, Kalpana Katti

Functional Composites:

Chair:  Ranji Vaidyanathan

Dan  Berrigan
Nobuhito Imanaka
Geoff Brenneka

Structural Composites:

Chair:  John Kieffer

Gale Holmes

Asian liaison:  Nobuhito Imanaka

Major Sponsors

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Abstract Submission

Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available. Thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to indicate which conference topic you want your abstract considered for.  The conference topics are:

  • Bio-Composites
  • Functional Composites
  • Structural Composites

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:             June 15, 2017

Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:         June 15, 2017

Abstracts of approximately 300 words should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.  Please indicate the session for which you are submitting your abstract, or else select “poster presentation”.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

Conference Venue


In a park full of stunning places, Lake Louise could well take the top prize.  This lake in the Rocky Mountains has become one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada and is symbolic of the quintessentially Canadian mountain scene.  It is located about 60 km northwest of Banff.  The closest international airport is in Calgary.  The lake (about 2.5 km long and 90 meters deep) itself is a robin-egg blue, surrounded by a mountainous amphitheater of overwhelming beauty.  The Victoria Glacier is at the far end, while Mount Temple and the surrounding mountains paint a natural picture that could not be more aesthetically pleasing.    The lake is 5 km from the small town of the same name – about a 45 minute walk along a footpath.   The park is a year round playground in the Canadian wilderness, combining wild alpine beauty with first class amenities.   A four season recreational area offers everything from downhill skiing/snowboarding to hundreds of miles of mountain trails.

Located in the heart of Banff National Park and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise resort hotel (a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel) is recognized globally for progressive environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.

The Chateau features a Mountain Heritage Program which will take you on a journey and explain how this hotel has become an icon of Canadian identity for more than 100 years.

The hotel has six restaurants, including the Fairview Dining Room (North American cuisine), Walliser Stube (Swiss menu with international accents), Poppy Brasserie (casual dining for the family), Lago (Italian cuisine), Lakeview Lounge (featuring afternoon tea, pre-dinner drinks, and light meals), and the Glacier Saloon (informal fare and beverages in the Western tradition). In addition, the Chateau Deli has soup, sandwiches and snacks and is open 24 hours.   The hotel features high speed internet access, spa, health club, an indoor heated pool, and a full business center.

All rooms offer these features:  alarm clock/radio, cable television (with pay movies and video games), video express check out, ceiling fan and windows that open for fresh air, coffee maker and kettle, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, telephone with voice mail, data line capability, and refreshment center.

High speed internet is free for members of the Fairmont President’s Club. The President’s Club, Fairmont’s guest rewards program, offers a number of other benefits as well. Details are available on their web site.  To receive free Internet access and other benefits during your stay, enroll in the Fairmont President’s Club. Enrollment is free – sign up here:

The hotel has a Health Club with its indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and steam room (6:30 am – 11L00 pm) and a spa.

There are a myriad of outdoor activities available to guests.

Travel Information

Shuttle buses from Calgary Airport to Lake Louise

Note: Information is provided for your convenience.  ECI has no agreement with any shuttle company.

We suggest that you check the shuttle timetable prior to booking your flight.

Brewster Banff Airport Express (

Reservations: Phone: 1-877-625-4372 or 1-403-762-6767 or on the website.

Brewster offers free Wifi on their buses.

Reservations are required for all pick-up locations.

Prices do not include GST, National Park entry fees*, or driver gratuities.

By Private Vehicle

Should you decide to travel by private vehicle, you can expect that the trip will take approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes.

–       Take the only exit road leaving Calgary Airport (it becomes Barlow Trail)
–       Take Barlow Trail South to 16th Avenue
–       Make a right (to the west) onto 16th Avenue
–       16th Avenue becomes the TransCanada Highway 1, which takes you to Banff (approximately 45-60 minutes)
–       Stop at the Banff National Park Gates to obtain your Park Pass (*fee charged)
–       Continuing on the TransCanada Highway, follow signs for Lake Louise
–       Approximately 40-45 minutes past the town of Banff, take the turn-off for Lake Louise
–       Turn left at the intersection, proceed through 2 stop signs, and continue on this road for 2.4 miles.

*Banff National Park, like most national and historic parks throughout the Canadian Rockies, operates on a fee based system to support the maintenance of the parks.  A park pass is required when entering the park.  Park passes are determined based on the number of people travelling and the type of vehicle entering the park.  The pass must be displayed on the left side of the vehicle dashboard.  A daily pass is valid until 4 pm following the day of entry.  A Discovery Pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase.  (The annual pass is approximately the same price as the pass for seven days and allows unlimited opportunities to visit 27 participating national parks and 77 national historic sites and national marine conservation areas in Canada for a period of 12 months.)

The following definitions apply to entry and service fee categories unless otherwise specified:

Adult:    Person 17 to 64 years of age
Senior: Person 65 years of age or over
Family/Group: Up to seven people arriving at the national park in a single vehicle.

Please check this web site for current park fees.

Fees and Registration

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General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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