I am a senior lecturer in the Turbulence, Mixing and Flow Control (TMFC) group, in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London (ICL). I hold a PhD and a Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches from the University of Poitiers in France in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) applied to turbulence. Before becoming a lecturer in 2014, I was a Research and Teaching Assistant at the P' Institute in Poitiers and a Research Assistant in the Department of Aeronautics at ICL. I am the chair of the UK Fluids Network SIG “Multicore and Manycore Algorithms to Tackle Turbulent flows” ( and the PI of the EPSRC UK Turbulence consortium (

Understanding turbulent flows and how to use them in various engineering applications is the motivation behind my research. With the help of numerous collaborators, I have developed a suite of high-order finite-difference highly-scalable flow solvers designed for low cost and accurate simulations of turbulent flows. 

Current Research Activities:

Optimization techniques based on Machine Learning for drag reduction in turbulent boundary layers;

Immersed Boundary Methods for moving objects;

Wake prediction for wind turbines, design and control of wind farms;

Modelling of Dielectric Barrier Discharge Plasma Actuators for Direct Numerical Simulations with the P' Institute in Poitiers;

Active control of free-shear flows;

Turbulence-resolving simulations of gravity currents with Porto Alegre and PETROBRAS in Brazil;

Development and use of a suite of high-order finite-difference highly-scalable flow solvers ( and


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