The 18th International Conference on Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements, organised by the Wessex Institute, with the collaboration of the University of Alicante and the University of Naples “Federico II, took place in Alicante, represented by Professors Carlos A Brebbia, Yolanda Villacampa and Giovanni Carlomagno respectively.
The meeting was sponsored by those organisations, the International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements and the WIT Transactions on Engineering Sciences. This well-established series of conferences has a long and distinguished history, having started in Washington DC in 1981. It has been held in many different locations throughout the world, lastly in Opatija, Croatia in 2015.
The continuous improvement in computer efficiency, coupled with diminishing costs and the rapid development of numerical procedures have generated an ever-increasing expansion of computational simulations that permeate all fields of science and technology. As these procedures continue to grow in magnitude and complexity, it is essential to validate their results to be certain of their reliability. This can be achieved by performing dedicated and accurate experiments, which have undergone a constant and enormous development. At the same time, current experimental techniques have become more complex and sophisticated so that they require the intensive use of computers, both for running experiments as well as acquiring and processing the resulting data.